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Pastor's Note| 25th Sunday in Ordinary Time| September 22, 2019

Posted by Parri Van Dyke on 9/20/19

Poverty, as exampled by many Saints, is not the only path of holiness. This Sunday's Gospel reading tells us how a person can be affluent and holy at the same time -- as exampled by other Saints. If we recognize that our possessions are gifts from God that are ... Read More »

Pastor's Note| 24th Sunday in Ordinary Time| September 15, 2019

Posted by Parri Van Dyke on 9/13/19

This Sunday's Gospel reading is an assurance of God's desire to regain what has been lost. Our Lord is a God of reconciliation and renewal. He pursues those who have strayed from the truth. Why? Because he cares -- he cares more than we do about the people we ... Read More »

Pastor's Note| 23rd Sunday in Ordinary Time| September 8, 2019

Posted by Parri Van Dyke on 9/06/19

What in your life is a higher priority than your relationship with God? That's what Jesus wants us to look at in this Sunday's Gospel reading. Which people? What work? What trial? What possessions? What friendships? What goals? What activities? What crosses do you want to get rid of ... Read More »

Pastor's Note| 22nd Sunday in Ordinary Time| September 1, 2019

Posted by Parri Van Dyke on 8/29/19

This Sunday's Gospel reading raises the question: What are my expectations (my motivations) when I do good? How other-centered are they? How self-centered? If benefiting others is done for the sake of receiving something in return, our motive is not Christ-like. Jesus explains this with the example of inviting to ... Read More »

Pastor's Note| 21st Sunday in Ordinary Time| August 25, 2019

Posted by Parri Van Dyke on 8/21/19

This Sunday's scripture readings are signposts on the road to the narrow gate at the entrance of heaven. Isaiah says that God knows our works and our thoughts. To help us sanctify our works and purify our thoughts, so that we can see the fullness of the glory of ... Read More »

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 »