Browsing the May 2019 archive of The Pastor's Note
Posted by Parri Van Dyke on 5/31/19
Imagine how readily people would have converted if he had resumed his public ministry after his resurrection. Even the Pharisees who had seen him die would have fallen at his feet in repentance.
However, God's salvation plan for the world was much bigger than that. While Jesus walked the ... Read More »
Posted by Parri Van Dyke on 5/24/19
As this Sunday's Gospel reading points out, to love Jesus means to live by his commandments and teachings. In our hearts, we do want to do this. We want to honor Christ by imitating him. We want to love like Jesus loves. We know that God dwells in us ... Read More »
Posted by Parri Van Dyke on 5/17/19
If you knew you were about to die, what wisdom would you impart to your loved ones in your final moments? What's most important for them to learn from you?
In this Sunday's Gospel reading, Jesus knows that his time is short. The first thing he says to ... Read More »
Posted by Parri Van Dyke on 5/10/19
This Sunday's Gospel reading is short and to the point: Jesus, our Good Shepherd, is the only one we follow, the only one we can trust blindly.
Others who have authority in our lives might be good shepherds, but none of them are to be followed blindly, not ... Read More »
Posted by Parri Van Dyke on 5/03/19
Whenever I read this Sunday's Gospel story, I have to wonder, how did Jesus catch the fish he was barbecuing when the disciples came ashore? Did he have a net, too? Did he buy it in town with the bread? If so, didn't anyone recognize him? Or maybe the ... Read More »