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Pastor's Note| 18th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Posted by Parri Van Dyke on 7/29/21

In this Sunday's Gospel reading, Jesus says: "Do not work for food that perishes but for the food that endures for eternal life." In other words: In your daily life, work hard to obtain whatever will nourish your soul and sustain you past death into eternity. Jesus says: "The ... Read More »

Pastor's Note| 17th Sunday in Ordinary Time| July 25, 2021

Posted by Parri Van Dyke on 7/23/21

I've heard this Sunday's Gospel reading de-supernaturalized with explanations such as: "The real miracle is that Jesus got the people to share the food they had brought with them", and even this: "There wasn't enough food for everyone to have their fill, but what they had was offered to ... Read More »

Pastor's Note| 16th Sunday in Ordinary Time| July 18, 2021

Posted by Parri Van Dyke on 7/16/21

Everyone in ministry feels overwhelmed by their calling from time to time. Whether it's the ministry of raising children, or caring for an elderly spouse or parent, or working a job in a way that reveals Christ, or volunteering at a church or pastoring a parish, it's necessary to ... Read More »

Pastor's Note| 15th Sunday in Ordinary Time| July 11, 2021

Posted by Parri Van Dyke on 7/09/21

In this Sunday's Gospel passage, Jesus teaches us about trust. If we're to fulfill our calling as God's missionaries of love in this world, if we're to fulfill our calling to share the Good News, we must trust God and the resources that he provides. And we must trust ... Read More »

Pastor's Note| Fourteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time| July 4, 2021

Posted by Parri Van Dyke on 7/02/21

In this Sunday's Gospel reading, we see the painful truth of what happens when we share our faith with those who knew us before we became alive in our faith. Like Jesus, we are rejected, misunderstood, and disbelieved by people who don't understand why we changed. They feel threatened ... Read More »

Pastor's Note| 13th Sunday in Ordinary Time| June 27, 2021

Posted by Parri Van Dyke on 6/25/21

Wouldn't it be great if we could actually touch and feel the hem of Jesus' clothing, like the woman in this Sunday's Gospel reading? To be near enough to Jesus to be healed spiritually, physically, and emotionally. How can we, more than 2000 years after he ascended to heaven, ... Read More »

Pastor's Note| 12th Sunday in Ordinary Time| June 20, 2021

Posted by Parri Van Dyke on 6/17/21

It's hurricane season where I live in Florida. Some people believe that destructive storms are punishments from God. While it is true that people deserve to be punished for their immorality, Jesus took the Father's righteous wrath upon his own body, accepting torture, shedding blood, and dying, so that ... Read More »

Pastor's Note| 11th Sunday in Ordinary Time| June 13, 2021

Posted by Parri Van Dyke on 6/11/21

This week, something is going to happen that will give you the opportunity to touch someone's life with God's love. Watch for it. If you consciously choose to make the most of the situation, you might feel challenged, perhaps a bit nervous or intimidated, but you will experience the ... Read More »

Pastor's Note| Solemnity of the Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ| June 6, 2021

Posted by Parri Van Dyke on 6/04/21

This Sunday's readings speak to us of the Eucharist: "the blood of the covenant" and "the cup of salvation". What does the Eucharist mean to you?

Christ came to earth to serve us as our high priest. Unlike the Jewish priests of the Old Testament, who atoned for the ... Read More »

Pastor's Note| Solemnity of the Most Holy Trinity| May 30, 2021

Posted by Parri Van Dyke on 5/27/21

You are very special to God. You belong to God -- all of God: Father, Son and Holy Spirit.

The reason why it's so important to be baptized in the name of the full Holy Trinity, as Jesus instructs in this Sunday's Gospel reading, instead of only through Jesus our Savior ... Read More »