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Pastor's Note| 33rd Sunday in Ordinary Time| November 18, 2018

Posted by Parri Van Dyke on 11/16/18

            Do you have an unending problem? Where's Jesus? In this Sunday's Gospel reading, Jesus speaks of his Second Coming. And here he hasn't even finished his first coming! How confusing it must have been to the disciples.

            They grew even more confused after Jesus died, was resurrected, and ascended ... Read More »

Pastor's Note| 32 Sunday in Ordinary Time| November 11, 2018

Posted by Parri Van Dyke on 11/09/18

            Following Jesus requires a tremendous amount of trust, because he often takes us to unexpected places that require new growth, difficult sacrifices, and moving beyond the boundaries of what's familiar and comfortable.

            Consider the two widows in this Sunday's first reading and the Gospel reading. How could they give ... Read More »

Pastor's Note| 31st Sunday in Ordinary Time| November 4, 2018

Posted by Parri Van Dyke on 11/02/18

            In this Sunday's Gospel reading, Jesus asserted the two greatest commands of the Law. He quoted from the ancient Hebrew scriptures, which we have for today's first reading. And the second reading, from the New Testament letter to the Hebrews, explains how the Law of Love supersedes or fulfills ... Read More »

Pastor's Note| 30th Sunday in Ordinary Time| October 28, 2018

Posted by Parri Van Dyke on 10/26/18

After Jesus touches our lives -- answers a prayer, gives us a healing, provides a life-changing insight, or makes any other kind of difference -- what do we do next? Our life has been changed by divine grace. Do we make the most of this new opportunity?

God never ... Read More »

Pastor's Note| 29th Sunday in Ordinary Time| October 21, 2018

Posted by Parri Van Dyke on 10/26/18

To be great in the kingdom of God means to be a servant, says Jesus in this Sunday's Gospel passage: We are to serve the needs of others for the benefit of the kingdom.

This does not mean that our own needs and desires and dreams don't matter. Being ... Read More »

Pastor's Note| 28th Sunday in Ordinary Time|

Posted by Parri Van Dyke on 10/12/18

In this Sunday's Gospel reading, Jesus asks the rich young man, "Why do you call me good? Only God is good." There's a two-fold message here.

First, if the young man truly believes that Jesus is good and that his teachings are good (and wasn't merely trying to win ... Read More »

Pastor's Note| 27th Sunday in Ordinary Time| October 7, 2018

Posted by Parri Van Dyke on 10/05/18

Do you love someone who isn't loving you back? Have you experienced God's supernatural love helping you love those who are difficult to love?

For those of us who are married, we expect to be loved by our spouses as much as we need to be loved. And we ... Read More »

Pastor's Note| 26th Sunday in Ordinary Time| September 30, 2018

Posted by Parri Van Dyke on 9/28/18

Jesus says in this Sunday's Gospel reading that whoever is not against us is for us. The reality of this often takes us by surprise in unexpected partners. On the one hand, it can seem like someone is against us when really they are not. For example, when someone ... Read More »

Pastor's Note| 25th Sunday in Ordinary Time| September 23, 2018

Posted by Parri Van Dyke on 9/21/18

In this Sunday's readings, we face wickedness: jealousy destroying what is good, selfishness causing harm to others, and pride squashing those who get in the way. The first scripture covers the evil doings of outsiders who oppressed the Israelite nation. In the Gospel reading, Jesus predicts the evil doings ... Read More »

Pastor's Note| 24th Sunday in Ordinary Time| September 16, 2018

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 »