An East Coast Ivy League professor was teaching a university class and he told the class that he was going to prove there is no God. He said, “God, if you are real, then I want you to knock me off this platform. I’ll give you fifteen minutes!” Ten minutes went by, all the time the professor taunting God. “Here I am, God. I’m still waiting.” As the last minute approached, he smugly smiled. A young U.S. Marine, just released from active duty and newly registered in the class, walked up to the professor and hit him full force on the chin, sending him flying from his platform and crashing to the floor. The professor struggled up, badly shaken, and yelled, “What’s the matter with you? Just what do you think you’re doing?” The Marine replied, “God was busy; he sent the Marines.”
It’s not because God is busy that he sends us to do his work, but because he wants us to share in the joy of living his life. And God’s work is about reminding us over and over again how much He loves us and how much love is multiplied when it is shared with others. It is with that conviction that our “battalion of catechists” marches in to the lives of our children and teens to share with them the power of God’s Good News. And on this annual Catechetical Sunday we support them with our admiration and gratitude.
So many of our Faith Formation teachers, Day School teachers, aides and volunteers have been witnessing to their faith in this way for years; it has simply become a way of life for them. While we welcome and gratefully acknowledge those who are new to this ministry this year, we are in awe of those who have come back once again, just as they have so many times before. All of you are a tremendous example of what it means to cherish the faith to a point of needing to share the energy faith creates with those who yearn to know of God’s love. It’s almost like you have no choice-the love for Christ and His Church builds up inside of you to such a point that it boils over into lives of service. And we stand in awe and thankfulness.
Under the leadership of Robin Jensen, myself, and with the guidance of our Board of Christian Education, our program of religious instruction and faith formation rivals any in the diocese. We can be proud not only of its quality and comprehensiveness, but of the quality of volunteers it attracts to carry out its vision and focus. May your lives and ours be richly blessed for you’re willingness to live your faith.
God has truly sent you into our Holy Cross Parish Family as a gift. Because you are on a mission, we are inspired to greatness as well.
God Bless You!
Ms. Marti Burkard
Director of Faith Formation
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