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Beginning as mustard seeds…

Beginning as mustard seeds…

Father Lam T. Le, Pastor

St. John Paul II Parish

3110 17 Mile Rd, Cedar Springs

616 696 3904

Growing as the hands and feet of Christ

On December 1, 2019 the Catholic Church entered the season of Advent: a preparation for the commemoration of Christ’s first coming at Christmas and the awaiting for the Lord to come again at the end of history. It was also the first day of the new liturgical year, and for Catholics in the Cedar Springs community, a new chapter in their journey of following the Lord: The Dedication of the Church for St. John Paul II Parish.  

During the early summer of 2013, as the newly appointed pastor of the recently established parish, I visited the site for the first time. Although I felt a great sense of hope and a strong zeal for the Gospels, I made the words that the Apostles spoke to the Lord more than 2000 years ago my own, “Increase our faith” (Luke 17:5).  Walking around the campus, I found a large maple tree that offered shade and a place to rest. It was under this tree where I heard the Lord answer my plea: “If you have faith the size of a mustard seed, you would say to [this] mulberry tree, ‘Be uprooted and planted in the sea,’ and it would obey you” (Luke 17:6).

The Dedication of the Church for St. John Paul II Parish is a culmination of a six-year journey of approximately 400 households coming together, with their pastor, and opening their hearts to the Lord’s invitation: to have faith the size of a mustard seed. From humble beginnings, the parish has blossomed into a warm and welcoming community of believers! How grateful I am to the Lord and to those who have joined the parish over the last six years! The Dedication of a Church also provides an opportunity for current and future members of this parish to re-commit themselves to the parish’s mission—to be the hands and feet of Christ.

In sharing this reflection with all of you, the readers of the Post, I ask for your prayers for our Catholic community, may it continue to grow and be the hands and feet of our Lord to the community. In the spirit of Advent, may the poor truly experience welcome because our Lord Jesus Christ, for our sake, “became poor although he was rich, so that by his poverty you might become rich” (2 Corinthians 8:9).  Amen.

Father Lam also is the Pastor of Mary Queen of Apostles Parish, 1 West Maple St, Sand Lake, Michigan 49343 phone: 616-636-5671.

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