Browsing the 2017 archive of A Word From Fr. John

A Word #172| 33rd Sunday in Ordinary Time| November 19, 2017

Posted by Parri Van Dyke on 11/16/17

“For to everyone who has, more will be given and he will grow rich; but from the one who has not, even what he has will be taken away.”

 

Last Sunday, our pastoral team offered each of us an invitation. The invitation was not for a birthday party ... Read More »

A Word #171| 32nd Sunday in Ordinary Time| November 12, 2017

Posted by Parri Van Dyke on 11/09/17

“Therefore, stay awake, for you know neither the day nor the hour.”

 

Being ready or prepared is a fact of life. There are countless situations in day to day life where it is a must to be prepared. Whether at home, school, or at work we must be ... Read More »

A Word #170| 31st Sunday in Ordinary Time| November 5, 2017

Posted by Parri Van Dyke on 11/02/17

“The greatest among you must be your servant. Whoever exalts himself will be humbled; but whoever humbles himself will be exalted."

 

Recently I went to see the film: Victoria and Abdul. If you haven’t already seen it, I strongly encourage you to do so! The movie is based ... Read More »

A Word #169| 30th Sunday in Ordinary Time| October 29, 2017

Posted by Parri Van Dyke on 10/26/17

There are many words in English that express the same meaning. For example, we can call a cup a glass or a car a vehicle. But of all the words in English, there is only one word for love. Although one would argue that charity is another word for ... Read More »

A Word #168| 29th Sunday in Ordinary Time| October 22, 2017

Posted by Parri Van Dyke on 10/19/17

At that he said to them, "Then repay to Caesar what belongs to Caesar and to God what belongs to God."

Benjamin Franklin once remarked: “... in this world nothing can be said to be certain, except death and taxes.” Franklin’s remarks are right on the mark. First, we ... Read More »

A Word #167| 28th Sunday in Ordinary Time| October 15, 2017

Posted by Parri Van Dyke on 10/12/17

“Then he said to his servants, 'The feast is ready, but those who were invited were not worthy to come. Go out, therefore, into the main roads and invite to the feast whomever you find.'”

For over six months, four banners have been placed at the entrance or in ... Read More »

A Word #166| 27th Sunday in Ordinary Time| October 8, 2017

Posted by Parri Van Dyke on 10/05/17

“Have no anxiety at all, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, make your requests known to God. Then the peace of God that surpasses all understanding will guard your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus.”

I was stunned when I woke up this morning to see ... Read More »

A Word #165| 26th Sunday in Ordinary Time| October 1, 2017

Posted by Parri Van Dyke on 9/28/17

Thus says the LORD: You say, "The LORD's way is not fair!" Hear now, house of Israel: Is it my way that is unfair, or rather, are not your ways unfair?”

From time to time I will go to sleep on a Friday or Saturday evening with one homily ... Read More »

A Word #164| 25th Sunday in Ordinary Time| September 24, 2017

Posted by Parri Van Dyke on 9/21/17

"Are you envious because I am generous?'

Thus, the last will be first, and the first will be last."

For those who are familiar with the corporate world you know that there is a lot of competition to get ahead and climb the corporate ladder. Often advancement or promotions ... Read More »

A Word #163| 24th Sunday in Ordinary Time| September 17, 2017

Posted by Parri Van Dyke on 9/14/17

Peter approached Jesus and asked him: "Lord, if my brother sins against me, how often must I forgive?

St. Mother Teresa of Calcutta once said: "If you really want to love, we must learn how to forgive." Forgiveness is not foreign to love rather it is intimately connected to ... Read More »