Browsing The Pastor's Note
Posted by Parri Van Dyke on 9/14/18
This Sunday's second reading defines the doctrine of faith and works. Works without faith, no matter how good the works are, don't get us into heaven. Some of us try to earn our way into God's heart by serving in church activities, saying all the "right" prayers, and so ... Read More »
Posted by Parri Van Dyke on 9/07/18
The readings for this Sunday show us God's concern for the disabled. How closely do we share in his concern for them? We're all disabled, one way or another. We can have eyes that see and still be blind. In fact, the scripture from James shows us just how ... Read More »
Posted by Parri Van Dyke on 8/31/18
In the Gospel reading this Sunday, Jesus chastises the Pharisees for honoring God only with their lips while their hearts were far from him; love was missing from their analysis of whether or not Jesus and his disciples had sinned when they disobeyed a Jewish rule about cleanliness. The ... Read More »
Posted by Parri Van Dyke on 8/24/18
Looking beneath the surface to find Jesus In this Sunday's Gospel reading, we see the tragic rejection of Christ's true mission by many who had been listening to him and watching him. How could they miss the message that he taught? "The words I have spoken are Spirit and ... Read More »
Posted by Parri Van Dyke on 8/17/18
Being consumed without being destroyed
In this Sunday's Gospel reading, we hear the Great Eucharistic Command. Jesus says: "Those who feed on me will have life because of me." What kind of life? What's the difference between having his life and the one you were born with?
Jesus gives us his ... Read More »
Posted by Parri Van Dyke on 8/10/18
Feasting on the source of eternal life
This Sunday's Gospel passage is Christ's explanation of the Eucharist. He says: "Whoever believes has eternal life. I am the bread of life."
Why does he call the Eucharist "the bread of life"? How does it give us life?
He answers: "Whoever ... Read More »
Posted by Parri Van Dyke on 8/03/18
Working hard for what matters most
In this Sunday's Gospel reading, Jesus says: "Do not work for food that perishes but for the food that endures for eternal life." In other words: In your daily life, work hard to obtain whatever will nourish your soul and sustain you ... Read More »
Posted by Parri Van Dyke on 7/27/18
The truth about the miracle of multiplication
I've heard this Sunday's Gospel reading de-supernaturalized with explanations such as: "The real miracle is that Jesus got the people to share the food they had brought with them", and even this: "There wasn't enough food for everyone to have their ... Read More »
Posted by Parri Van Dyke on 7/19/18
Finding energy to do what we're called to do
Everyone in ministry feels overwhelmed by their calling from time to time. Whether it's the ministry of raising children, or caring for an elderly spouse or parent, or working a job in a way that reveals Christ, or volunteering ... Read More »
Posted by Parri Van Dyke on 7/12/18
Go forth in bold confidence!
In this Sunday's Gospel passage, Jesus teaches us about trust. If we're to fulfill our calling as God's missionaries of love in this world, if we're to fulfill our calling to share the Good News, we must trust God and the resources that ... Read More »