Why should I come to the Backyard BBQ next Sunday?
Our parish is inspired by the image of the good father embracing his prodigal son in the 15th chapter of Luke’s gospel. Despite the son’s mistakes and failures, the good father in this story is generously hospitable. He provides a great feast for his son, who was once lost and has been found. With this image in mind, radical hospitality is a top priority for us at Sacred Heart. We recognize that many feel lost and unworthy of coming to Our Father’s house, the church. Yet, we are waiting with open arms and hearts to welcome the lost and broken into our community. And when they do, we seek not to condemn them for their past, but to celebrate them for who they truly are – sons and daughters of our Good Father. Our backyard BBQ is our way of preparing a feast for these prodigal sons and daughters. This is a nonthreatening environment for anyone to attend and to experience the joy of authentic Christian community. Without such, we run the risk of allowing our faith to become dry, our joy to become shallow, and our suffering to become unbearable. We greatly value the gift of our beautiful community here at Sacred Heart and we want to share this gift with those who are disconnected. If you are already well-connected to our community, I challenge you to personally invite someone you know to our backyard BBQ – and to welcome them when they arrive. If you are disconnected from our community, I would like to personally invite you to join us next Sunday after the 11 a.m. Mass behind the church for an afternoon of food, fun, and friendship. We are looking forward to meeting you and introducing you to others.