Welcome to the Church of the Nativity family. Since its dedication on October 21, 1989, our community has faithfully committed to our mission: We are a praying, learning and caring community fulfilling the mission God gives us in baptism by our worship in faith, by our witness in hope, and by our service in love. We invite you to journey with our community in Christ, thus will be said, “Day by Day the Lord added to their number” (Acts 2:47). Our Nativity School is led by faith-filled, loving professional staff who provide not only excellence in academics for our children so that they may excel in life, but help cultivate and form our children to come to know, love and serve God through the gifts God has blessed each of them. We are a Dynamic Parish and look forward to walking with you and your family to pray, worship, and give thanks to God for the many blessings He has bestowed upon us. In joy and in sorrow, we will live out together the witness of faith, hope and charity. At the Church of the Nativity, there will always be room “in the inn” (Luke 2,7).
Father's Message For the Fifth Sunday in Lent:
“I am the resurrection and the life;
whoever believes in me, even if he dies, will live,
and everyone who lives and believes in me will never die.”John 11,25-26
The Fifth Sunday of Lent is the 3rd Scrutiny for our brothers and sisters elect and candidates. In the first Scrutiny Sunday, we heard the story of the woman at the well from Samaria where Jesus offers her living water, and her thirst is satisfied. In the second Scrutiny Sunday we learned about the man born blind where Jesus offers him not just sight, but true sight that focuses on Christ and the Eternal word. And today, the third and final Scrutiny we hear Jesus raise Lazarus; not only did he raise him from the dead, but he also offered him eternal life with Martha and Mary. What then does all this mean for us? My dear brothers and sisters in Christ, as you may remember, the purpose of the scrutiny is twofold. First, it is to uncover and heal all that is weak, defective or sinful in the heart of the elect and ourselves. We must ask ourselves as we approach Easter, what sins do we need to uncover and to be healed? Secondly, it is to bring out and strengthen all that is upright, strong and good in the elect and ourselves. And so, think about what is good in your life.
And so, as we journey together with our elect and candidates this Lent, especially in the midst of a pandemic, may our hearts be purified through hearing the Word of God, allowing the Holy Spirit to come in our life, guiding us in our daily decisions, and filling us with His sanctifying grace which is the supernatural help of God through the redemptive act of Jesus Christ on the Cross. God’s love is freely given to all of us, but it is through Grace and our loving response to it that we become more faithful disciples of Jesus Christ. Our faith will be strengthened through our practices of prayer, fasting and almsgiving, not only in the season of Lent but throughout the year. With so much uncertainty filling the media and the world, know that Jesus is the only One who can bring us His peace.
My dear brothers and sisters, just like the woman at the well, where Jesus fills her thirst, giving her a sense of purpose, he also quenches our thirst. It is only through Jesus Christ that we can fill the God-shaped hole that St. Augustine spoke of which exists in our soul. Without God, we are like a ship without a rudder at the mercy of the storm of this pandemic plaguing our world. And like the story of the blind man who can see, our faith is a gift from God to use to glorify Him. We must see the world during this pandemic through the eyes of faith and trust in Jesus Christ, and not what the world wants us to see and trust in worldly goods. Lastly, the story of the raising of Lazarus gives us a glimpse into the promise fulfilled by Jesus Christ, and that, my friends, is eternal life with God! The important fact is not just about how many may perish in this pandemic but how many will be in a state of grace. As disciples of Jesus, we must put to prayer all those who need God’s mercy but are oblivious to it. Until God calls us home, we have a mission given to us by Jesus: to bring the Gospel of Salvation to the world. How do we go about this? By being a witness to love in the world through our words and actions, especially patience, kindness, charity, and self-control. Let us together prepare to enter deeply into the Paschal Mystery as it unfolds in the coming week where together we will witness Jesus’ greatest sacrifice of love for our salvation. May God who has begun his work in all of us bring it to fulfillment! Amen.
Fr. Minh Do