Browsing the August 2019 archive of The Pastor's Note

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 »