On the Second Sunday of Lent we consider the way we are
following the Lord. Do we allow ourselves to be exposed to the
spiritual? Do we pray, really pray? Do we allow the spiritual to
become real in our lives? Are we allowing God's plan to take
effect in our world? Are we living as citizens of heaven, or is
our glory the mere external following of our religion? If
someone were to ask any of us, “What exactly is a Catholic?” in
what terms would we form our answer? If we were to answer the
question in terms of religious practices, such as “a Catholic is
a person who goes to Church on Sundays, receives the sacraments,
says the Rosary, etc.” we would be giving far too much
importance to what we do and not enough importance to what God
is doing. However, if we were to answer the question, “What is a
Catholic?” in terms of what God does, if we were to say, “A
Catholic is someone united to God in such a way that others
experience the Mystery of God working in Him,” then it is God
and His works that are the essence of lives. Few people are
drawn to Catholicism because they want to do the things that
Catholics do. People are drawn to Catholicism because they want
to experience God as Catholics experience Him.
Welcome to the Website of Holy Name of Jesus Parish, Harrisburg,
PA. We are a Roman Catholic Parish in the Diocese of Harrisburg.
We were founded in 1960.
Please join our parish family in worship as we give glory to God
and pray for one another.
Pray that the Holy Spirit will guide each one of us that we may
be His instruments and channels of His grace to build His
kingdom in our part of the community. Please browse through our
site and learn more about our parish.
We invite you and welcome you, in the Holy Name of Jesus.
Very Rev. Edward J.
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SECOND SUNDAY OF LENT
March 17, 2019
Spiritually alive, living with God, united in the Holy Spirit,
we can become the Divine Magnet for the world.
We began today’s Gospel with Jesus at prayer, in union with the
Father, entering into the mystery of his Being. He is
transfigured. The disciples call out, “It is good for us to be
here.” Yes it is. It is good for all of us to be here in the
presence of the Lord. We also are called into the mystery of our
being, the depth of whom we are where physical and spiritual
unite. We are called into our depth, into union with the Holy
Spirit so others might say, “It is good for us to be here.”
Transform us, Lord. Transfigure us, Lord. You want the spiritual
to be real in our lives. You knock on the door of our hearts.
Help us to let you in. Help us to fight for the reign of the
spiritual, the mystical. Help us to be vehicles of your
- Excerpted from Rev. Msgr. Joseph A. Pellegrino, Diocese of St.
THE WORD OF THE LORD!
Readings for next Sunday,
March 24, 2019
THIRD SUNDAY OF LENT
Exodus 3: 1 - 8a, 13 - 15
Psalm 103: 1 - 2, 3
- 4, 6 - 7, 8, 11
1 Corinthians 10: 1 - 6, 10 - 12
Luke 13: 1 -