No matter how many slogans, inspirational speeches, even threats are hurled at us, any action made or taken can only come from a person's conscious decision to move. A slogan is just a bunch of words unless someone listens and takes action. That first step and whatever follows begins with a decision to go on. Our response to the Gospel is like that; we make a conscious decision to put the Gospel into action or not. In today's Gospel, Jesus tells the story of two sons responding to their father. One says he will do what the father wishes and then does nothing, the other says he will not do it but changes his mind and does. Our actions, much more than our words, define who we are, especially who we are as sons and daughters of our gracious God.
Beginning this October 16, the Feast of St. Margaret Mary, our parish enters a year of celebration for our 75th anniversary. It is truly a landmark in the life of our community in which we will be looking back at the history of the parish. Our "outreach committee" has been working on publishing stories of our history both in the bulletin and in a parish calendar for our jubilee year. You will see some "St. Margaret Mary trivia" in the bulletin over the year that some of you will remember and others will find interesting to know. This history of our parish is a result of the decisions of many people, our founding families, to bring together the community that is now St. Margaret Mary. This history is a living history… it did not end with Fr. Hegarty or any of our other pastors but continues with us and our decisions that we make today to move forward as a pilgrim community of faith. As part of our celebration, a challenge is being made to all of us to make or renew our decision to service in our Church and Community. An old saying states that we stand on the shoulders of those who have gone before us. Truly, we stand on the decisions on which our founders acted and, looking to the future act on our own decisions today. May our decisions be ones for service, hospitality and acts of love. Just do it!