Browsing The Pastor's Note
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »