Browsing the February 2021 archive of The Pastor's Note

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 »