Browsing the February 2020 archive of The Pastor's Note
Posted by Parri Van Dyke on 2/28/20
How do you deal with temptation? That's the personal challenge given to us by the Word of God on the first Sunday of Lent. And so we begin our journey with Jesus, traveling to the holiest place we can reach at this point in our lives.
This Lent ... Read More »
Posted by Parri Van Dyke on 2/21/20
Mercy is the key to understanding this Sunday's Gospel reading. Think of love as the front door to people's hearts. When they close it, mercy is the love that sneaks in through the back door.
In ancient times, if someone gouged another person in the eye, the victim ... Read More »
Posted by Parri Van Dyke on 2/14/20
Sixth Sunday in Ordinary Time
The Jewish religious authorities of Jesus' day were often literalists in their interpretation of the Law of God. Jesus, however, gave a deeper meaning to the Law. He placed his focus on the goal of the Law: Love.
In this Sunday's Gospel reading, Jesus ... Read More »
Posted by Parri Van Dyke on 2/07/20
This Sunday, Jesus tells us: "You are the salt of the earth." What does it mean to be salt? Think about what salt does. It adds flavor to foods that lack sufficient taste.
Jesus also raises the point that if we lose our flavor, how can it be ... Read More »