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The Most Valuable Thing in My Life

Pastor’s Column 17th Sunday in Ordinary Time July 30, 2017 “The Kingdom of heaven is like a merchant searching for fine pearls. When he finds a pearl of great price, he goes and sells all he has to buy that pearl.” from Matthew 13:44-52 Jesus offers two truly haunting parables this Sunday. In one, a man happens to find a treasure in a field, and with great joy, buys that field with every cent that he has. This man has stumbled upon the most valuable of all possessions by accident while doing his job. The other person is actually searching for a really valuable pearl; and when he finds it, he too goes out and buys it at the cost of everything he has. Yet, what is striking is that in both

A Parable About Good and Evil

Pastor’s Column 16th Sunday Ordinary Time July 23, 2017 Why does God allow evil to exist in our world? This is one of the most vexing of all questions. Jesus gives us part of the answer this Sunday in the parable of the weeds and the wheat (Matthew 13:24-30). The servants of the master’s household are perplexed because weeds have begun growing amid the good crop. How did they get there? Should they pull them up right away? This “weed” is a real plant that Jesus’ hearers would have been very familiar with. It is called darnel, and it looks so much like wheat that you can’t always tell which plant is which – until the end. The wheat is edible, but the weed is poisonous! The servants’ f

Am I Cultivating the Seeds God Plants?

Pastor’s Column 15th Sunday in Ordinary Time July 16,2017 “A sower went out to sow his seed.” Matthew 13:3 The Lord is the sower in this Sunday’s gospel (Matthew 13:1-23) and he scatters seeds everywhere! God is at work in each area of our lives. He even plants seed in areas where there is very little chance of growth, in case we might find them there. Every farmer knows that if a seed grows into a valuable plant, it is wealth. Let’s see what chokes off the “wealth” Jesus is trying to grow in our lives. Some seed fell on stony ground. Much of the ground around Israel was shallow with a layer of stone under the soil. Seeds scattered here would not be able to have deep roots. Though the

“My Yoke is Well-Fitting”

Pastor’s Column 14th Sunday Ordinary Time July 9, 2017 “Come to me, all you who labor and are burdened and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am meek and humble of heart; And you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden light.” from Matthew 11:25-30 This wonderful passage is read every year on the Solemnity of the Sacred Heart (which was two weeks ago), every three years on Sunday, and usually when a person is given the Anointing of the Sick, often when they are gravely ill. But what does it mean? Jesus begins his talk by praying to the Father; then he talks to his disciples; finally, he, as it were, looks up from the pages of script

Everywhere We Meet the Cross!

Pastor’s Column 13th Sunday Ordinary Time July 2, 2017 “Whoever does not take up his cross and follow after me is not worthy of me. Whoever finds his life will lose it, and whoever loses his life for my sake will find it.” ---from Matthew 10:37-42 (this Sunday’s gospel) All of us have periods of our lives where things just don’t seem to go the way we hope they will. We have to struggle with God’s permissive or active will… things he allows in our lives or chooses for us that we would not necessarily prefer! How true it is that, in seeking to escape one cross we have encountered, we often run into a heavier one. Life for a Christian carries deep meaning in precisely those events we have vo

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