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Pastor's Note| 20th Sunday in Ordinary Time| August 18, 2019

Posted by Parri Van Dyke on 8/16/19

In this Sunday's Gospel reading, Jesus says that he did not come to bring peace to earth. He came to light a fire. The fire that he longed for with great anguish was the presence of the Holy Spirit alive and active within each of his followers. This is ... Read More »

Pastor's Note| 19th Sunday in Ordinary Time| August 11, 2019

Posted by Parri Van Dyke on 8/09/19

We're told in this Sunday's Gospel reading that God is "pleased" to give us his kingdom, which includes eternal life in heaven as well as all the benefits of his love and goodness here on earth. God does not withhold anything good from us. But do we avail ourselves ... Read More »

Pastor's Note| 18th Sunday in Ordinary Time| August 4, 2019

Posted by Parri Van Dyke on 8/02/19

When we understand God's generosity, we realize how wealthy we truly are. Even if we have little money in the bank, our lives are rich in God -- feeling protected and cared for by God, giving us an abundance of peace that gets us through trials and battles with ... Read More »

Pastor's Note| 17th Sunday in Ordinary Time| July 28, 2019

Posted by Parri Van Dyke on 7/26/19

In this Sunday's Gospel reading, Jesus teaches us how to pray with faith. Notice that his parable does not say that we can get everything we ask for. Not everything is good for us; the "bread" that runs as a theme through this scripture is the life of holiness. ... Read More »

Pastor's Note| 16th Sunday in Ordinary Time| July 21, 2019

Posted by Parri Van Dyke on 7/19/19

In this Sunday's Gospel reading, Jesus speaks to us about our anxieties and worries. They distract us. They're harmful to us if we let them control our lives, because they take our eyes off of our Lord and focus us on what's going wrong and how it might get worse.

Mary chose the "better part"; she didn't let anything distract her from being a disciple learning avidly from Jesus. When we make the time to put aside the busyness of life to sit quietly and learn from Jesus, we discover reasons why our worries aren't really so ... Read More »

Pastor's Note| 15th Sunday in Ordinary Time| July 14, 2019

Posted by Parri Van Dyke on 7/12/19

The opposite of love is not hate. It's apathy: ignoring a need, not caring, and doing nothing when there is something we can do to relieve suffering. In this Sunday's Gospel reading, Jesus gives us the Parable of the Good Samaritan to explain that if we love God with ... Read More »

Pastor's Note| 14th Sunday in Ordinary Time| July 7, 2019

Posted by Parri Van Dyke on 7/05/19

In this Sunday's Gospel reading, Jesus tells his disciples to ask the "Master" (God the Father) of the "harvest" (conversion to Christ) to send out more "laborers" (evangelizers). And in the next breath, he tells them that they are the laborers and that they must get busy: "Go on your way," ... Read More »

Pastor's Note| 13th Sunday in Ordinary Time| June 30, 2019

Posted by Parri Van Dyke on 6/28/19

How well do you handle rejection? This Sunday's Gospel reading shows us how the disciples reacted to rejection. They had entered a Samaritan village ahead of Jesus, as he had asked them to do, to gather an audience. But because the Samaritans had an anti-Jewish prejudice, they didn't want ... Read More »

Pastor's Note| Solemnity of the Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ| June 23, 2019

Posted by Parri Van Dyke on 6/21/19

"Love is like five loaves and two fish, always too little until you start giving it away." This is the message inscribed at a shrine near the northern end of the Sea of Galilee, built where Jesus multiplied a small amount of food to provide for the needs of ... Read More »

Pastor's Note| Solemnity of the Most Holy Trinity| June 16, 2019

Posted by Parri Van Dyke on 6/14/19

What don't you know that you hope God will reveal to you? What have you been asking Jesus to tell you that is still unanswered? What teaching of the Church don't you understand or agree with? In this Sunday's Gospel reading, Jesus explains that there is more he'd like ... Read More »