Browsing The Pastor's Note
Posted by Parri Van Dyke on 6/28/19
How well do you handle rejection? This Sunday's Gospel reading shows us how the disciples reacted to rejection. They had entered a Samaritan village ahead of Jesus, as he had asked them to do, to gather an audience. But because the Samaritans had an anti-Jewish prejudice, they didn't want ... Read More »
Posted by Parri Van Dyke on 6/21/19
"Love is like five loaves and two fish, always too little until you start giving it away." This is the message inscribed at a shrine near the northern end of the Sea of Galilee, built where Jesus multiplied a small amount of food to provide for the needs of ... Read More »
Posted by Parri Van Dyke on 6/14/19
What don't you know that you hope God will reveal to you? What have you been asking Jesus to tell you that is still unanswered? What teaching of the Church don't you understand or agree with? In this Sunday's Gospel reading, Jesus explains that there is more he'd like ... Read More »
Posted by Parri Van Dyke on 6/07/19
John 20:19-23 is one of two possible Gospel readings for Pentecost Sunday. In it, Jesus says "peace be with you" twice. First, he gives his disciples the gift of peace so that they can take their focus off of their worries to look at him and recognize him standing ... Read More »
Posted by Parri Van Dyke on 5/31/19
Imagine how readily people would have converted if he had resumed his public ministry after his resurrection. Even the Pharisees who had seen him die would have fallen at his feet in repentance.
However, God's salvation plan for the world was much bigger than that. While Jesus walked the ... Read More »
Posted by Parri Van Dyke on 5/24/19
As this Sunday's Gospel reading points out, to love Jesus means to live by his commandments and teachings. In our hearts, we do want to do this. We want to honor Christ by imitating him. We want to love like Jesus loves. We know that God dwells in us ... Read More »
Posted by Parri Van Dyke on 5/17/19
If you knew you were about to die, what wisdom would you impart to your loved ones in your final moments? What's most important for them to learn from you?
In this Sunday's Gospel reading, Jesus knows that his time is short. The first thing he says to ... Read More »
Posted by Parri Van Dyke on 5/10/19
This Sunday's Gospel reading is short and to the point: Jesus, our Good Shepherd, is the only one we follow, the only one we can trust blindly.
Others who have authority in our lives might be good shepherds, but none of them are to be followed blindly, not ... Read More »
Posted by Parri Van Dyke on 5/03/19
Whenever I read this Sunday's Gospel story, I have to wonder, how did Jesus catch the fish he was barbecuing when the disciples came ashore? Did he have a net, too? Did he buy it in town with the bread? If so, didn't anyone recognize him? Or maybe the ... Read More »
Posted by Parri Van Dyke on 4/26/19
This Sunday's Gospel reading sets the stage for Pentecost. Prior to giving us the full gift of his Spirit, Jesus provides the gift of peace, the gift of his heart. A supernatural gift, it penetrates deep into our own hearts. It is the calming presence of Christ when we ... Read More »