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A Word #193| Fourth Sunday of Easter| April 22, 2018

Posted by Parri Van Dyke on 4/19/18

Jesus said: "I am the good shepherd. A good shepherd lays down his life for the sheep.

 

As I reflect on the readings for this Good Shepherd Sunday I cannot ignore the irony that I, your priest, have been away from you almost a year; but thanks be ... Read More »

A Word #192| Third Sunday of Easter| April 15, 2018

Posted by Parri Van Dyke on 4/12/18

“He showed them his hands and his feet. While they were still incredulous for joy and were amazed...”

 

We are just beginning our third week into the Easter Season and it’s probably a good time to measure whether our joy is the same today as it was on ... Read More »

A Word #191| Divine Mercy Sunday (Second Sunday of Easter)| April 8, 2018

Posted by Parri Van Dyke on 4/05/18

The community of believers was of one heart and mind, and no one claimed that any of his possessions was his own, but they had everything in common. With great power the apostles bore witness to the resurrection of the Lord Jesus, and great favor was accorded them all.

 

It is no secret that I have a special devotion to Divine Mercy. I have encouraged the recitation of the Divine Mercy Chaplet after Holy Mass and I hope in the near future to see a Blessed Sacrament chapel dedicated to Divine Mercy on our parish campus. The message of Divine Mercy that was given to St. Faustina in the days leading up to World War II is no less relevant now as it was then. In fact, I would say the gospel of Divine Mercy is needed now more than ever. Our parish, our city, our state, our nation, and yes even our world needs to know about Divine Mercy. What we have just celebrated during the Easter Triduum made our access to Divine Mercy possible. So it is no wonder that Jesus told St. Faustina that the Feast of Divine Mercy should be celebrated on the Second Sunday of ... Read More »

A Word #190| Easter Sunday of the Lord's Resurrection| April 1, 2018

Posted by Parri Van Dyke on 3/29/18

On entering the tomb they saw a young man sitting on the right side, clothed in a white robe, and they were utterly amazed. He said to them, "Do not be amazed! You seek Jesus of Nazareth, the crucified. He has been raised; he is not here.”

 

Even ... Read More »

A Word #189| Palm Sunday of the Lord's Passion| March 25, 2018

Posted by Parri Van Dyke on 3/22/18

Rather, he emptied himself, taking the form of a slave, coming in human likeness; and found human in appearance, he humbled himself, becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross.

 

After five weeks of Lent, we have finally arrived at Holy Week. As in ... Read More »

A Word #188| Fifth Sunday of Lent| March 18, 2018

Posted by Parri Van Dyke on 3/15/18

“Amen, amen, I say to you, unless a grain of wheat falls to the ground and dies, it remains just a grain of wheat; but if it dies, it produces much fruit.”

 

Maybe you have seen those bumper stickers: “Keep Portland Weird.” Although it may not be the ... Read More »

A Word #187| Fourth Sunday of Lent| March 11, 2018

Posted by Parri Van Dyke on 3/08/18

"For God so loved the world that he gave his only Son…”

 

We have all heard the expression: “There is no such thing as a free lunch,” meaning, it is impossible to get anything for nothing. Although the exact origins of this phrase is unknown, there is some ... Read More »

A Word #186| Third Sunday of Lent| March 4, 2018

Posted by Parri Van Dyke on 3/01/18

His disciples recalled the words of Scripture, Zeal for your house will consume me.

 

What does it mean to be zealous? I think most people will associate zeal with religious or cultic fanaticism or extremism. Yes, current events and history have provided disturbing and tragic examples of the ... Read More »

A Word #184| First Sunday of Lent| February 18, 2018

Posted by Parri Van Dyke on 2/15/18

Jesus came to Galilee proclaiming the gospel of God: “This is the time of fulfillment. The kingdom of God is at hand. Repent, and believe in the gospel."

 

The ashes may now be erased from our foreheads but the command to “repent and believe in the Gospel” continues. ... Read More »

A Word #183| Sixth Sunday in Ordinary Time| February 11, 2018

Posted by Parri Van Dyke on 2/08/18

A leper came to Jesus and kneeling down begged him and said, "If you wish, you can make me clean." Moved with pity, He stretched out His hand, touched him, and said to him, "I do will it. Be made clean."

 

Regrettably both lovers and fools will be ... Read More »