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Pastor's Note| 24th Sunday in Ordinary Time| September 13, 2020

Posted by Parri Van Dyke on 9/11/20

Jesus' message In this Sunday's Gospel reading explains a line from the "Our Father" prayer he had taught earlier (Matthew 6:12): "Forgive us our sins as we forgive those who sin against us." The strongest word here is "AS" -- the same as, just like, in equal measure. If ... Read More »

Pastor's Note| 23rd Sunday in Ordinary Time| September 6, 2020

Posted by Parri Van Dyke on 9/11/20

This Sunday's readings all speak of the need to stand up for what is holy and right and true in a way that that invites others to turn away from sin. If we don't, we indirectly play a part in the sins he or she commits, and we will be held ... Read More »

Pastor's Note| 22nd Sunday in Ordinary Time| August 30, 2020

Posted by Parri Van Dyke on 9/11/20

This Sunday's first reading is one of my personal favorites. I have often felt the way Jeremiah does here. I have yelled at God, "You duped me, O Lord, and I let myself be duped!" And I allow it again and again. "You knew this would happen, Lord! Why ... Read More »

Pastor's Note| 21st Sunday in Ordinary Time| August 23, 2020

Posted by Parri Van Dyke on 8/21/20

When Jesus ordained Peter to become the rock upon which he would build his Church, he made a promise. The gates of hell, he said, speaking of the netherworld that belongs to the principalities and powers of darkness (see Ephesians 6), "shall never prevail against it." Jesus did not ... Read More »

Pastor's Note| 20th Sunday in Ordinary Time| August 16, 2020

Posted by Parri Van Dyke on 8/14/20

The Gospel reading for this Sunday challenges us to examine our tendency to judge others. The Canaanite woman had two reasons why the disciples might have judged her as unworthy of Jesus' attention: her gender and nationality. Of course, Jesus was there as Savior for the whole world, but ... Read More »

Pastor's Note| 19th Sunday in Ordinary Time| August 9, 2020

Posted by Parri Van Dyke on 8/14/20

In the Gospel reading for this Sunday, Jesus finishes with the miracle of multiplying a few loaves and fish to feed thousands of people, and then he goes off by himself to pray. When you host a large dinner party or complete a big project or overcome difficult obstacles, ... Read More »

Pastor's Note| Eighteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time| August 2, 2020

Posted by Parri Van Dyke on 7/31/20

18th Sunday in Ordinary Time

The readings for this Sunday make me thirsty and hungry! Can we go out to dinner after Mass?

As we say in the responsorial Psalm, "The hand of the Lord feeds us; he answers all our needs." Yet, despite knowing this, we think we ... Read More »

Pastor's Note| Seventeenth Sunday in Ordinary Time| July 26, 2020

Posted by Parri Van Dyke on 7/24/20

In this Sunday's Gospel reading, Jesus tells us that the kingdom of God is like a buried treasure, a pearl purchased at all cost, and a net from which the bad catch of fish will be tossed away and the good catch will be valued. In other words, our ... Read More »

Pastor's Note| Sixteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time| July 19, 2020

Posted by Parri Van Dyke on 7/17/20

Go and Make Disciples: A National Plan and Strategy for Catholic Evangelization in the United States (published in 1992) names three important layers of evangelization: (1) Nurture your own faith-growth, (2) invite others to conversion, and (3) transform society through true Christian living. In this Sunday's Gospel reading, Jesus teaches ... Read More »

Pastor's Note| 14th Sunday in Ordinary Time| July 5, 2020

Posted by Parri Van Dyke on 7/02/20

Does the yoke of Jesus weigh you down or does it feel light? His yoke -- according to what he exampled with his life -- is servanthood, a ministry that cares for others, a love that makes sacrifices. We feel weighed down by personal struggles; we have so many ... Read More »