Browsing the July 2021 archive of The Pastor's Note

Pastor's Note| 18th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Posted by Parri Van Dyke on 7/29/21

In this Sunday's Gospel reading, Jesus says: "Do not work for food that perishes but for the food that endures for eternal life." In other words: In your daily life, work hard to obtain whatever will nourish your soul and sustain you past death into eternity. Jesus says: "The ... Read More »

Pastor's Note| 17th Sunday in Ordinary Time| July 25, 2021

Posted by Parri Van Dyke on 7/23/21

I've heard this Sunday's Gospel reading de-supernaturalized with explanations such as: "The real miracle is that Jesus got the people to share the food they had brought with them", and even this: "There wasn't enough food for everyone to have their fill, but what they had was offered to ... Read More »

Pastor's Note| 16th Sunday in Ordinary Time| July 18, 2021

Posted by Parri Van Dyke on 7/16/21

Everyone in ministry feels overwhelmed by their calling from time to time. Whether it's the ministry of raising children, or caring for an elderly spouse or parent, or working a job in a way that reveals Christ, or volunteering at a church or pastoring a parish, it's necessary to ... Read More »

Pastor's Note| 15th Sunday in Ordinary Time| July 11, 2021

Posted by Parri Van Dyke on 7/09/21

In this Sunday's Gospel passage, Jesus teaches us about trust. If we're to fulfill our calling as God's missionaries of love in this world, if we're to fulfill our calling to share the Good News, we must trust God and the resources that he provides. And we must trust ... Read More »

Pastor's Note| Fourteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time| July 4, 2021

Posted by Parri Van Dyke on 7/02/21

In this Sunday's Gospel reading, we see the painful truth of what happens when we share our faith with those who knew us before we became alive in our faith. Like Jesus, we are rejected, misunderstood, and disbelieved by people who don't understand why we changed. They feel threatened ... Read More »