February 23, 2008 – Unsung Heroes

I hope everyone made it through another week of winter weather.  It doesn’t seem possible that next week it will be March, and the week after that we will begin daylight savings time – we still seem stuck in the depths of winter.  What a wonderful sight the green grass and flowers and buds on the trees will be this year.

This past week I had the opportunity to lead the communion service that was held on Wednesday evening.  Part of the service is to give a brief reflection on the scripture readings of the day.  The gospel reading that particular day was from Matthew, and it contained a particular verse that I focused my reflection on: “Whoever wishes to be great among you shall be your servant, whoever wishes to be first among you shall be your slave  … The son of man did not come to be served, but to serve.”  As I read this, it reminded me of a news show I watched years ago.  It had a segment called “unsung heroes”, and the focus of the segment was on people who did good deeds without seeking recognition for them – people who found happiness in helping others.

I’m sure we all have our own “unsung heroes” in our lives.  I know that I certainly do.  Even though these people seek no attention for their good deeds, they are deserving of our praise and respect.  As I read in an article a few days ago, “Don’t save your tributes for the funeral.”  So the next time your “unsung hero” does something for you out of the blue, whether it be having dinner ready and waiting when you get home, or offering you a ride to work in bad weather, or just calling to see how things are going, be sure to let them know that they are appreciated.

I would also like to acknowledge some “unsung”, dedicated people in our parish – our catechists in our parish school of religion.  Every Sunday morning these folks take valuable time away from their homes and families for no pay to provide a quality religious education for our children.  Most of these folks have done this for many years, and they truly do it because they find happiness in helping others.  So a big thank you to Layla Kaspar, Sharon Misuraca, Stacey Fedderke, Mary Hurst, Jill Waller, our substitute catechists, and our director of religious education, Cheryl Gross for their dedication and generosity.

As I did a little surfing of the internet today, I read through a few other blogs.  There are all kinds of blogs out there now, but it seems that the majority of blogs are there to post about negative things, or to complain about this or that.  This is part of the reason why I decided to begin my own blog, not just to share my thoughts on St. Mary’s and the church, but to show that blogs can offer a positive spin on things as well.  I hope I have done that to this point, and I hope to continue to do it.

Thanks again for reading my blog.  As always, your comments and suggestions are welcomed and appreciated.  Peace. 

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