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Pastor's Note| 32nd Sunday in Ordinary Time| November 10, 2019

Posted by Parri Van Dyke on 11/08/19

Do you believe in the resurrection? That's the question that Jesus indirectly poses when he challenges the Sadducees in this Sunday's Gospel reading.

As Christians, we believe that someday we will experience a resurrection like Christ's after we depart from this present earthly "age" or stage of life. All ... Read More »

Pastor's Note| 31st Sunday in Ordinary Time| November 3, 2019

Posted by Parri Van Dyke on 11/01/19

Notice the determination of Zacchaeus in this Sunday's Gospel reading. His view of Jesus was obstructed, but that didn't stop him from seeing Jesus. He had an obstacle (the crowd) and a handicap (his short stature), but he refused to allow any of this to prevent him from reaching ... Read More »

Pastor's Note| 30th Sunday in Ordinary Time| October 27, 2019

Posted by Parri Van Dyke on 10/25/19

30th Sunday in Ordinary Time

            In this Sunday's Gospel reading, we see what happens when our primary motivation in whatever we do is not love but self-centeredness. "Whoever exalts himself will be humbled." Sooner or later, self-exalting people get humbled, whether they realize it or not. They are ... Read More »

Pastor's Note| 29th Sunday in Ordinary Time| October 20, 2019

Posted by Parri Van Dyke on 10/18/19

In this Sunday's Gospel reading, God promises to secure the rights of his faithful ones who seek his justice. When we're abused, neglected, rejected, abandoned, or falsely accused, God comes to our rescue. And speedily, he says! What? He's not helping you fast enough? Is he breaking his promise ... Read More »

Pastor's Note| 28th Sunday in Ordinary Time| October 13, 2019

Posted by Parri Van Dyke on 10/11/19

In this Sunday's Gospel reading, why do nine out of ten healed lepers not return to Jesus to thank him? Maybe they had run off to tell their families and friends about the miracle. Perhaps they were busy trying to convince their families and friends that they really had ... Read More »

Pastor's Note| 27th Sunday in Ordinary Time| October 6, 2019

Posted by Parri Van Dyke on 10/04/19

This Sunday's Gospel reading is disturbing. After doing a lot of hard work and offering it for the glory of God, the last thing we want to hear from him is: "You're an unprofitable servant."

            Think of how hard you work. Whether it's at home or for a ... Read More »

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 »