We had a fantastic night at Christ Memorial last night, beginning with a celebration of the Mass for the Feast of St. Clare in the Chapel. It was practically standing room only! After Mass, the crowd swelled to almost 40 people, and we had a delicious meal provided my many generous members of the parish. We ate ham, chicken casserole, corn casserole, salad, macaroni and cheese, roasted potatoes, and many other tasty items. For dessert we had chocolate cake, brownies and the best banana pudding in the entire world (my wife's specialty).
We finished up with an introduction to the Book of Judges. In an effort to set the stage for the book and to provide a cultural and historical background for the people and events in Judges, I spent the hour tracing the wanderings of the Hebrew people from the Patriarchs through their slavery and redemption in Egypt to Joshua's leadership in the initial conquest of Canaan. We discussed some of the underpinning theology of Judges and the pattern of disobedience, repentence and salvation so prominent throughout the book (and the lives of all God's people I might add).
"And the people did what was evil in the sight of the LORD..." That is a phrase that will come up time and time again in the Book of Judges, and we begin that discussion next Wednesday starting, as always, with Mass at 6PM. Please pass the word and encourage your friends, family and neighbors to come and hear and experience God's Word.