Despite the number of hotdogs that are consumed on the day, the Fourth of July is really one of the healthiest of our national holidays. It is the holiday on which people consume the most fruit, drink the most water, and get the most exercise. It also should be a day that contributes to our spiritual health as well.
So make the most of the occasions that you have on this day to strengthen your bonds of friendship and family love – and also include moments of sincere thanksgiving for the God-ordained freedoms and the wealth of blessings that we enjoy. Of course, the best way to show our gratitude for what we have received is through our willingness to share it with others.
This weekend we welcome to our parish a missionary priest from the Diocese of Kohima in India. Kohima is a very young diocese. It was less than a hundred years ago that Catholic missionaries first arrived in Kohima to share the good news to the people there who had never before heard of Jesus Christ.
Thanks be to God, the people there responded. They received the gospel with great joy and the local church has been growing rapidly. The difficulty however is that the diocese is having trouble ministering to and providing resources to the great number of people who have come to the Kohima parishes seeking sacraments, spiritual formation, and material resources.
In addition to evangelization, the Church in Kohima also offers health care to those who are sick, care for orphans, and rehabilitation to drug addicts. Much remains to be done for this interior and underdeveloped region. So your generosity and prayers are much appreciated.
God blesses America so that we can in turn become blessings to others. May Nativity of Mary always reach out in love to Bloomington and far beyond.
Blessed holiday everyone. Be safe and spiritually strong.