In today’s gospel, we hear about a deaf man who is looking to be touched by the grace of Jesus to support him in his time of need. How many of us are looking for a little additional support in our own lives? I’m not sure about you, but curing the deaf seems to be a bit of a stretch for a college accounting professor! Being a disciple, however, doesn’t always have to take the form of a giant gesture or large investment of time and effort. Sometimes the little things can have just as much impact.
My wife Katie and I moved to Waverly a little over three years ago in search of a new faith family. I was somewhat familiar with St. Mary as I had attended as a Wartburg student several years prior, so we decided it would be a good place to start. Right away we felt at home as we were welcomed by various parishioners and even encouraged to get involved. The occasional Iowa State sports comments didn’t hurt either! This gentle push led me to participate in music ministry and the pastoral council, and Katie becoming a lector. Small gestures by a few people saying hello after Mass opened us up to a deeper parish experience. We all have the ability to make this faith come alive to those around us.
As we reach the time of year where we see changes all around us, cooling temperatures, a new teacher in the classroom, and maybe a new coworker starting in our office, we know our faith is one constant we can lean on for support. I encourage you to start small and see where it leads you. There are nearly 400 Wartburg students who identify themselves as Catholic and many will be searching for a new faith home in the next few weeks. We also have several new families who have recently moved to the area and are looking to find their place. Let us welcome these groups and any other new faces to our congregation by showing them this parish family is here to support them in whatever way we can.
Justin Crouse, Pastoral Council Chair