This past week and this weekend we will celebrate our nations birth. Our independence. We will see fireworks and gather with friends and family. Celebrating something can be a time of reflection of our past and our future. We celebrate Mass in the same way. People will ask me why I go to church. You seem so faith filled. Speaking for myself I always tell those who ask. I go to church not because I am "faith filled". I go because I need to reflect on the week that just passed and how I can do better the coming week ahead. I tell them I do not like being called faith filled or that I am more faithful than anyone else. I do not believe anyone is more faithful than another. I am not perfect and I make my mistakes. The best part of celebrating Mass for me is seeing Jesus upon the cross. This image is the most beautiful in the world. You see there is nothing worse than when someone says I know how you feel in a time of despair. The crucifix tells me Jesus is the only one who knows. That final day he experienced all the pains each human could suffer and then he forgave it all. For me this image, this reality is my saving grace. He knows my pain at any giving moment and he loves me unconditionally. He loves all of us the same way. We are all faithful. Let's celebrate that together.