By Fr. Frank J. Timar, MSC

The Gospel for the fifth Sunday of Lent is the story about Jesus’ friend Lazarus being raised from the dead after being in his grave for four days. Jesus knew that what He was about to do would cost Him His life, but that didn’t stop Him from raising Lazarus from the dead. This miracle triggered the events of that first holy week. And true enough, from then on, the Pharisees and other critics of Jesus put their plan in motion to have Jesus executed.

Fr. Frank J. Timar, MSC (Pennsylvania Community)

Father Frank professed his first vows on September 14, 1952 and was ordained on July 13, 1958. He is in residence at our Sacred Heart Villa in Center Valley, Pennsylvania.

By Fr. Frank J. Timar, MSC

In making His choice for the next king of Israel, the Lord didn’t look at any of the leaders of Israel. Instead the Lord turned His gaze on a simple shepherd boy with no pretensions to greatness and no qualifications to be a king except that the Lord looked at the heart of David. Amazingly, David became the greatest of all the kings of Israel!

Fr. Frank J. Timar, MSC (Pennsylvania Community)

Father Frank professed his first vows on September 14, 1952 and was ordained on July 13, 1958. He is in residence at our Sacred Heart Villa in Center Valley, Pennsylvania.

By Fr. Frank J. Timar, MSC

Do we feel comfortable in His presence? As Jesus looks at us, would we be able to open ourselves fully without fear of being condemned? Nothing is more important than to open up to Jesus, because He  accepts us as we are.

Fr. Frank J. Timar, MSC (Pennsylvania Community)

Father Frank professed his first vows on September 14, 1952 and was ordained on July 13, 1958. He is in residence at our Sacred Heart Villa in Center Valley, Pennsylvania.

By Fr. Frank J. Timar, MSC We may find it shocking and daring that Satan would even try to tempt Jesus. But just think about it, if Satan had succeeded, what a boon that would be for Him. Actually, it’s a good thing that Jesus was tempted. Why? Because it helps us to understand ourselves…

By Fr. Frank J. Timar, MSC

Lent is not about giving up dessert or favorite foods and drink. It is not about doing something hard for six weeks. Lent is a time for us to reflect on our lives, a time to have a better understanding of our relationship with God, and most importantly Lent is a time to grow deeper in love with the God who loves us.

Fr. Frank J. Timar, MSC (Pennsylvania Community)

Father Frank professed his first vows on September 14, 1952 and was ordained on July 13, 1958. He is in residence at our Sacred Heart Villa in Center Valley, Pennsylvania.

By Fr. Frank J. Timar, MSC

God definitely wants us to live together in peace and harmony. No doubt about that! But that will never happen as long as we go on hating each other? God respects us and He wants us to respect one another. But that’s not going to happen either as long as we continue to devalue others by using suggestive and demeaning words and are condescending. Perhaps we are more like the Pharisees of old than we care to admit. Too much on-the-surface-stuff, and not enough from-the-heart-stuff, where it really counts.

Fr. Frank J. Timar, MSC (Pennsylvania Community)

Father Frank professed his first vows on September 14, 1952 and was ordained on July 13, 1958. He is in residence at our Sacred Heart Villa in Center Valley, Pennsylvania.

By Fr. Frank J. Timar, MSC

“You are the salt of the earth…. You are the light of the world.” Jesus told this to the crowd that was following Him. But this description is meant for us as well. Jesus knows that about us and He thinks that about us. Jesus even says that about us. So, what does He mean when He says we are the salt of the earth?

Fr. Frank J. Timar, MSC (Pennsylvania Community)

Father Frank professed his first vows on September 14, 1952 and was ordained on July 13, 1958. He is in residence at our Sacred Heart Villa in Center Valley, Pennsylvania.

By Fr. Frank J. Timar, MSC

We need to hear such a message of hope and encouragement and, thank God, we have the example of faith and hope shown in two elderly people Simeon and Anna that God is still in charge of the world no matter how much evil there is in it. Simeon had been waiting for the Messiah for some time, and Anna had been looking for this Messiah day and night for years. Their faith was rooted in the promises of God. It was not an empty faith but a faith powerfully inspired by the Holy Spirit. It was a faith in God who alone can bring salvation to us. Theirs is a faith we would do well to imitate.

Fr. Frank J. Timar, MSC (Pennsylvania Community)

Father Frank professed his first vows on September 14, 1952 and was ordained on July 13, 1958. He is in residence at our Sacred Heart Villa in Center Valley, Pennsylvania.

By Fr. Frank J. Timar, MSC

All of us can have a profound effect on others. If we strive for integrity, for honesty, and if we pray for our leaders to be honest and just, maybe, just maybe, we may be a beacon of hope for a better and kinder future.

Fr. Frank J. Timar, MSC (Pennsylvania Community)

Father Frank professed his first vows on September 14, 1952 and was ordained on July 13, 1958. He is in residence at our Sacred Heart Villa in Center Valley, Pennsylvania.

By Fr. Frank J. Timar, MSC

Sooner or later, our ideas of a Messiah will clash with what Jesus is really doing. Jesus, the real Jesus, the real Messiah, the Lord, the Good Shepherd, our Savior and our true Friend, this Jesus will upset our expectations. This Jesus will ask us, He always does, if we really want to follow Him, or if we want to cling to our idea of who the Messiah should be. And Jesus wants to know if we are ready to follow Him wherever He wants to take us, or do we want to be comfortable and worship a God of our own choosing?”

Fr. Frank J. Timar, MSC (Pennsylvania Community)

Father Frank professed his first vows on September 14, 1952 and was ordained on July 13, 1958. He is in residence at our Sacred Heart Villa in Center Valley, Pennsylvania.

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