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Investing in What Matters to God

Pastor’s Column 4th Sunday in Ordinary Time January 29, 2017 Many years ago now I can remember my mother complaining that the bank CD rate she was getting was too low – and it was 18% at that time! Now one is lucky to get even 1%. A decade ago it seemed like there was no way for real estate prices to decline, but they did (they are back up, for now). The stock market has suffered dramatic rises of late, and crashes that inevitably will follow. But all the possessions of this world will fail us in the end. What lasts? What matters? What wealth will we actually be able to take with us into heaven? Why do we spend so much time worrying about this world (which is so temporary) and so little

Hearing the Call of the Lord

Pastor’s Column 3rd Sunday Ordinary Time January 22, 2017 In this Sunday’s gospel (Matt. 4:12-17) we are early in Jesus’ ministry. He has just moved to Capernaum after being baptized by John the Baptist. Jesus is attracting huge crowds, so much so that he found need to use a boat to push off a short distance from the shore and teach from there: the boat of Peter and Andrew. Walking along the shore at a later time, Jesus spots the two brothers and simply calls them to “follow me”. They do so, and their lives change forever. James and John, fishing partners of Peter and Andrew, were next to be invited. Did they even have a clue as to what they were getting into? Of course, they did not.

The Holy Spirit and the Present Moment

Pastor’s Column 2nd Sunday in Ordinary Time January 15, 2017 "John testified further, saying, "I saw the Spirit come down like a dove from heaven and remain upon him." from John 1:29 – 34 When Jesus was baptized in the Jordan, the Holy Spirit descended upon him like a dove. I had an interesting experience last year. I went out to someone's house to give them Holy Communion and the anointing of the sick, as the person was dying. It was the same day that this reading was read one year ago. And as I looked at the pyx, that is, the container holding the consecrated hosts, I noticed that on the top of it was a beautiful image of the Holy Spirit descending upon Christ. "I saw the Holy Spirit desc

Christ and the Great Secret of Our Existence

The first thing we notice at Epiphany is that God is keeping a secret. He speaks in dreams. Herod doesn't have a clue and he's in power. The ruling religious authorities don't have a clue and they're in power. Once again, who do we see that does have a clue? Powerless shepherds, a couple (Mary and Joseph) without any money, not even enough for his wife to give birth in a decent spot. And now we find three pagan kings who get wind of this and show up. One thing for sure is that God has a secret plan, and he wants us to be in on it. Another thing that is certain is that the world at large generally does not have a clue nor a desire to know what this plan is, or they would all want to get in on

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