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Am I A Person Of Humility?

Pastor’s Column 22nd Sunday in Ordinary Time August 28, 2016 In this Sunday’s gospel (Luke 14: 1,7–14), Jesus is at a dinner engagement. He has been invited by some of the leading Pharisees, and it’s the third one of these dinners that we hear about it Luke’s Gospel. One can’t imagine that Jesus enjoyed this very much, since it’s obvious that he was invited in order to be cross-examined and watched while he ate and conversed. It is obvious that Jesus was being judged negatively by these people. But guess what? Jesus is watching them too! The Lord observes all our actions and hidden motives of the heart. He is a hidden guest at every dinner or social gathering that we are at; he is present i

Asking God the Wrong Question

Pastor’s Column 21st Sunday Ordinary Time August 21, 2016 “Lord, are there few in number who will be saved?” Luke 13:22 There are times that we have questions for God, sometimes very tough questions. Therefore, it is very enlightening to look at the Scriptures to see which types of questions God answers directly, which he doesn’t, and why. In this Sunday’s gospel, Jesus is traveling toward Jerusalem (Luke 13:22-30). He knows his time on earth is limited, and has much to teach us about life on earth. Jesus wants the disciples to understand as much as possible about what really matters to God. In fact, all of us are on the same journey to death and life beyond, eternal life. Our time on e

Surrounded by Many Witnesses

Pastor’s Column 20th Sunday in Ordinary Time August 14, 2016 “Since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us rid ourselves of every burden of sin which clings to us and persevere in running the race which lies before us, while keeping our eyes fixed on Jesus, the leader and perfecter of faith.” Hebrews 12:1-2 With the Olympics in full swing right now in Rio de Janeiro Brazil, the second reading from Hebrews 12:1-4 is a perfect example for us. In order to understand our place in the universe, both the physical and spiritual realities of our existence, it is necessary to use analogies to help us grasp the truth of things, and what better image than a sporting event like run

Where is My Treasure?

Pastor’s Column 19th Sunday in Ordinary Time August 7, 2016 Provide money bags for yourselves that do not wear out, an inexhaustible treasure in heaven that no thief can reach nor moth destroy. For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also. Luke 12:33-34 These days many Americans are experiencing financial insecurity or wondering where a safe investment might be that actually provides a decent return. Yet it is true that even if we succeed in finding such an investment, we cannot hold onto our possessions, our wealth, or anything else in this world that seems to promise security; but, in fact, offers only a temporary one at best. Jesus strongly advises us to make sure we are inv

Wealth that Endures

Pastor’s Column 18th Sunday Ordinary Time July 31, 2016 Qoheleth was a man who seemed to have everything. And yet, he was not happy! In today’s first reading, he makes a profound statement about the human condition: “Vanity of Vanities, all is vanity!” (Sirach 1). “For what purpose,” he asks, “do we work and labor, all the while storing up riches for someone else to enjoy after we die?” Disturbing thoughts indeed. The common theme of this Sunday’s readings is inheritance. In the first reading, Qoheleth ponders about how all his hard-earned money and possessions will be passed on to others who have not worked for them whatsoever. Our gospel (Luke 12:13–21) also echoes this same theme: tw

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