Browsing the February 2019 archive of The Pastor's Note
Posted by Parri Van Dyke on 2/28/19
8th Sunday in Ordinary Time A blind person, in the analogy that Jesus makes in this Sunday's Gospel reading, is anyone who cannot see things in the light of truth. It can be due to sin or ignorance, but it's always dangerous. There are many wrong decisions that we ... Read More »
Posted by Parri Van Dyke on 2/22/19
We can use this Sunday's Gospel passage as a checklist to survey our holiness. Jesus is outlining, in very clear terms, true Christian living. He describes how to love -- faithfully and unconditionally, which sometimes means sacrificially as well.
It's not an easy love, that's for sure. But it's ... Read More »
Posted by Parri Van Dyke on 2/15/19
Jesus makes it clear that he sides with the downtrodden in this Sunday's Gospel reading: the poor (this could be spiritually or materially), the hungry (again, spiritually or physically; the Lord cares about all who feel empty), the weeping, the hated, the excluded, the insulted, and those who are ... Read More »
Posted by Parri Van Dyke on 2/08/19
Very often, the Lord gives us help even when we don't ask for it. We see this in what he did for Simon Peter, James and John in this Sunday's Gospel reading, when he provided a great catch of fish for them.
What's his motive? Was he rewarding these ... Read More »
Posted by Parri Van Dyke on 2/01/19
Take a close look at this Sunday's Gospel story. Jesus has just finished reading the scripture that we heard on the previous Sunday ("The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, he has anointed me to bring good news to the poor," etc.). He tells the people in the ... Read More »