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Having the Divine Perspective in Life

Pastor’s Column The Ascension of the Lord May 28, 2017 “It is not for you to know the times or the seasons that the Father has established by his own authority. But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes upon you.” From Acts 1:1-11 If only we would allow the Holy Spirit to guide us into seeing things in our lives as they really are! How vital it is, especially in these days of depressing or confusing news for us to get beyond the illusions we prefer or a life lived only on the surface of reality. There are so many mysteries our Lord wishes to share with us if we are open to seeing them – in our personal lives, in the world around us, and in the world to come (where we are rapidl

The Value of Having “Shaky Tires”

Pastor’s Column 6th Sunday of Easter May 21, 2017 If you love me, you will keep my commandments. And I will ask the Father, and He will give you another Advocate to be with you always, the Spirit of Truth, which the world cannot accept, because it neither sees nor knows him. John 14:16-17 My grandfather was an executive with the BF Goodrich Company. When I bought my first (very used) car at age 18, it needed new tires, so he picked me up a set that he said was “just right for me” from a company store. Now this was right at the time that the national speed limit was reduced to 55 mph (what a time to get your first driver’s license!). Well, I soon found out why t

Everything Here is Rental Housing

Pastor’s Column 5th Sunday of Easter May 13, 2017 “Do not let your hearts be troubled. You have faith in God; have faith also in me. In my father’s house there are many dwelling places.… I am going to prepare a place for you.” John 14:1-3 A number of years ago I signed up to be a chaplain on a cruise ship. I have only done this once, because I get deathly seasick on boats, and no amount of patches, Dramamine or wrist bands seems to be enough. Nevertheless, I received some tremendous insights on this voyage about the nature of life on earth. Life is like a voyage on an ocean liner. There are all kinds of rooms on-board. Some are fine staterooms with beautiful views and balconies over the

Hearing the Voice of the Shepherd

Pastor’s Column Good Shepherd Sunday May 7, 2017 “A thief comes only to steal and to slaughter and to destroy. I came that they might have life, and have it more abundantly.” John 10:10 Every year on the fourth Sunday of Easter, Christ comes to us in the liturgy as the Good Shepherd. It is a comforting image. So many have been consoled by praying over the 23rd Psalm: “The Lord Is My Shepherd There Is Nothing I Shall Want.” One of the dynamics between a flock of sheep and a shepherd who cares for them is that the sheep get to know the shepherd and trust him. They recognize his voice and will respond to it, whereas other voices frighten them and may cause them to run away. So Jesus tells

On The Road to Emmaus

Pastor’s Column 3rd Sunday of Easter April 30, 2017 “And it happened that while they were conversing and debating, Jesus himself drew near and walked with them, but their eyes were presented from recognizing him.” (from Luke 24:13-35) This haunting gospel sounds familiar to us on many levels, because it has within it many of the elements of the Mass! Luke is, in fact, describing not only what happened that first evening after the Resurrection, but what happened at an early Christian worship service. Let’s look at a few elements of the story and see if they aren’t familiar to us. While the disciples are gathered and conversing, Jesus walks along with them. Didn’t Jesus te

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