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Pastor's Note| 7th Sunday in Ordinary Time| February 24, 2019

Posted by Parri Van Dyke on 2/22/19

We can use this Sunday's Gospel passage as a checklist to survey our holiness. Jesus is outlining, in very clear terms, true Christian living. He describes how to love -- faithfully and unconditionally, which sometimes means sacrificially as well.

It's not an easy love, that's for sure. But it's ... Read More »

Pastor's Note| 6th Sunday in Ordinary Time| February 17, 2019

Posted by Parri Van Dyke on 2/15/19

Jesus makes it clear that he sides with the downtrodden in this Sunday's Gospel reading: the poor (this could be spiritually or materially), the hungry (again, spiritually or physically; the Lord cares about all who feel empty), the weeping, the hated, the excluded, the insulted, and those who are ... Read More »

Pastor's Note| 5th Sunday in Ordinary Time| February 10, 2019

Posted by Parri Van Dyke on 2/08/19

Very often, the Lord gives us help even when we don't ask for it. We see this in what he did for Simon Peter, James and John in this Sunday's Gospel reading, when he provided a great catch of fish for them.

What's his motive? Was he rewarding these ... Read More »

Pastor's Note| 4th Sunday in Ordinary Time| February 3, 2019

Posted by Parri Van Dyke on 2/01/19

Take a close look at this Sunday's Gospel story. Jesus has just finished reading the scripture that we heard on the previous Sunday ("The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, he has anointed me to bring good news to the poor," etc.). He tells the people in the ... Read More »

Pastor's Note| 3rd Sunday in Ordinary Time| January 27, 2019

Posted by Parri Van Dyke on 1/25/19

In this Sunday's Gospel reading, we see Jesus announcing the reality of his ministry: "The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he has anointed me to bring good news to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim liberty to captives and recovery of sight to the ... Read More »

Pastor's Note| 2nd Sunday in Ordinary Time| January 20, 2019

Posted by Parri Van Dyke on 1/18/19

The Gospel story this Sunday gives us a good example of how to handle conflicts without sinning. Mary sees a need and wants Jesus to do something about it. She knows full well that only a miraculous intervention will solve the problem. She wants the divine in him to ... Read More »

Pastor's Note| Feast of the Baptism of the Lord| January 13, 2019

Posted by Parri Van Dyke on 1/11/19

This Sunday's readings are full of expectation. What are you waiting for? How do you need God to come and rescue you from injustices, or deliver you from evil, or comfort you as you wait for loved ones to turn their hearts back to God? What guidance have you been seeking ... Read More »

Pastor's Note| Feast of the Epiphany of the Lord| January 6, 2019

Posted by Parri Van Dyke on 1/04/19

The Season of Christmas includes the celebration of the arrival of the magi from the East. The Greek word "magi" meant oriental scientists. Despite sometimes being translated as "astrologers", their appearance at the manger does not validate astrology. Matthew included the magi in his Gospel account to show that ... Read More »

Fr. Ben's Christmas Message| December 25, 2018

Posted by Parri Van Dyke on 12/21/18

Dear Parishioners,

            On that first Christmas, the angels praised God, saying, “Glory to God in the highest, and peace on earth to men of good will.” The shepherds came and adored the newborn Savior. St. Luke wrote, “And Mary treasured all of these things and reflected on them ... Read More »

Pastor's Note| 4th Sunday of Advent| December 23, 2018

Posted by Parri Van Dyke on 12/21/18

The Fourth Sunday of Advent shows Elizabeth and her unborn son, John, reacting to the nearness of the unborn Christ. We know that Elizabeth immediately understood that Mary was pregnant with the Lord, because the Gospel says she was filled with the Holy Spirit. But how could the fetal ... Read More »