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Gaining the Divine Perspective

Pastor’s Column 31st Sunday Ordinary Time October 30, 2016 You and I live in Jericho and Christ is passing by. Last week we heard about a lowly tax collector who prostrated himself on the ground. His only prayer was, Oh God, be merciful to me, a sinner. And can you believe it, we have another tax-collector again this Sunday (Luke 19:1-10). Our friend Zacchaeus has a lot of strikes against him. He is not a well-liked man in town - it goes with the job. He wants to get a glimpse of Jesus but the crowd is too thick. And the worst part of all - Zacchaeus is really SHORT. But for Zacchaeus being short is actually his greatest asset – he has to do something or he’s not going to see or hear

Thanksgiving Takes Practice

Pastor’s Column 28th Sunday Ordinary Time October 9, 2016 Ten lepers were cleansed, were they not? Where are the other nine? Has no one returned to give thanks except this foreigner? Luke 17:19 Learning to be a thankful person, a person who praises God in all circumstances takes practice; it is a habit, just as complaining is also a habit. This is something I personally have to keep working on, so I keep quite a few reminders about praise and thanksgiving that I have heard or read over the years. Here are a few of them. Praise God every morning. How you start the day is a critical component of a successful life! What do you say when the alarm goes off? “Oh no, not again?” A famous spea

Increase Our Faith, O Lord!

Pastor’s Column 27th Sunday Ordinary Time October 2, 2016 The apostles said to the Lord, “Increase our faith!” The Lord answered, “If you had faith the size of a mustard seed, you could say to this sycamore, “Be uprooted and planted in the sea and it would obey you.” Luke 17:1-2 If the apostles, who witnessed Jesus’ miracles, needed more faith, how much more do we! Think about it for a moment: only in this brief lifetime, during our short stay on earth, is it possible to have faith. The moment we die and see the Lord, it will no longer be possible to have faith, because then we will have seen the truth! This short lifetime of ours is filled with incredible riches. According to some mystic

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