Browsing the 2021 archive of The Pastor's Note

Pastor's Note| Easter Sunday| April 4, 2021

Posted by Parri Van Dyke on 4/02/21

Easter Sunday, The Resurrection of the Lord

Celebrate! Today is the anniversary of the Great Surprise, and just as the first disciples were surprised to find the tomb empty, so too does God have some resurrection surprises in mind for you!

In Easter Sunday's Gospel reading, there's a lot ... Read More »

Pastor's Note| Palm Sunday| March 28, 2021

Posted by Parri Van Dyke on 4/02/21

Passion (Palm) Sunday

For Palm Sunday, before we get caught up in the Passion of the Cross -- the hardships and sufferings and death of Jesus that he endured because of his tremendous love for us -- let's take a look at the passion of the woman who anointed ... Read More »

Pastor's Note| Fifth Sunday of Lent| March 21, 2021

Posted by Parri Van Dyke on 3/19/21

In our desire to trust God and follow Jesus wherever he leads us, it's not a sin to feel troubled about it. Yes, we do have to be willing to lose our lives (i.e., our own agendas, our own desires, our own ideas on what we should do with ... Read More »

Pastor's Note| Fourth Sunday of Lent| March 14, 2021

Posted by Parri Van Dyke on 3/12/21

Fourth Sunday of Lent

Why do we hide in darkness? Why do we prefer to conceal our sins rather than face them and go to the Sacrament of Reconciliation and speak about them out loud?

It's Jesus who meets us in the confessional, appearing to us in the form ... Read More »

Pastor's Note| Third Sunday of Lent| March 7, 2021

Posted by Parri Van Dyke on 3/05/21

Third Sunday of Lent

The final paragraph of this Sunday's Gospel reading is very revealing: Jesus did not "trust" himself to the converts whose faith in him was based on the signs and wonders that he had done. The reason: He did not want anyone to testify (i.e., spread ... Read More »

Pastor's Note| Second Sunday of Lent| February 28, 2021

Posted by Parri Van Dyke on 2/26/21

Think of a "mountaintop experience" you've had. What was the peak moment of that? What generated it? What did it mean for you? Did it change your life forever or was it just a momentary high?

In Biblical symbolism, a mountain represents getting close to God. Did your mountaintop ... Read More »

Pastor's Note| First Sunday of Lent| February 21, 2021

Posted by Parri Van Dyke on 2/19/21

This Sunday's Gospel reading shows us the first thing that Jesus did after his baptismal anointing in the Jordan River: He wrestled with temptation.

His baptism had marked the moment of his complete surrender to the Father's will. As he arose from the water, he left behind his old ... Read More »

Pastor's Note| Sixth Sunday in Ordinary Time| February 14, 2021

Posted by Parri Van Dyke on 2/12/21

This Sunday's second reading gives us a great motto that we should post on our bedroom mirrors so that it's the first thing we see as our sleepy eyes awaken each morning: "Whatever you do, do it for the glory of God."

Everything! Brush your teeth for the glory of ... Read More »

Pastor's Note| Fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time| February 7, 2021

Posted by Parri Van Dyke on 2/12/21

This Sunday's reading from St. Paul's First Letter to the Corinthians describes my own ministry of writing these Good News Reflections:

If I preach the Good News, this is no reason for me to boast,because I have an obligation to do this,and woe to me if I do not ... Read More »

Pastor's Note| Fourth Sunday in Ordinary Time| January 31, 2021

Posted by Parri Van Dyke on 2/12/21

This Sunday's Gospel reading illustrates the authority of Jesus. If we truly accept and understand his authority over our lives, we can rejoice in the Lord even when life hands us hardships. Why? Because we know that Christ's authority is supreme, which means that everything we've placed under his ... Read More »