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Our Lord Disguises Himself

Pastor's Column 30th Sunday in Ordinary Time October 29, 2017 "If you take your neighbor's cloak as a pledge, you shall return it to him before sunset. For this cloak of his is the only covering he has for his body. What else has he to sleep in? If he cries out to me, I will hear him, for I am compassionate." from Exodus 22:20-26 When we were in Spain a few years ago the image of Saint Martin of Tours seemed to pop up everywhere. Saint Martin was a military man in the Roman army who was on his horse when he came across a poor beggar who did not even have a coat to wear. You and I might say, "Well, what can I do? I have only one coat!” But Martin had a unique solution to this problem. Ma

What God Desires From Us

Pastor’s Column 29th Sunday in Ordinary Time October 22, 2017 “Then repay to Caesar what belongs to Caesar and to God what belongs to God.” Jesus is confronted with an ugly reality in this gospel (Matthew 22:15-21): the Pharisees and the Herodians absolutely hated Jesus, and were trying to dig up anything they possibly could to use against him. When someone truly dislikes us enough, nothing we can say or do will be enough to please them, and this was the case with Jesus and these religious leaders. They had already made up their minds about him. The essential problem was that each Jew was required to make a yearly tithe to support the operation of the temple, but the coins they needed to

Are You Attending the Wedding?

Pastor’s Column 28th Sunday Ordinary Time October 15, 2017 Today’s gospel (Mt 22: 1-14) presents us with somewhat of a paradox. How can it be that so many people turned down the king’s wedding invitation? Even if he wasn’t very well liked, you would think people would come just to keep their heads from being cut off! It promised to be a feast of wine and song and good food, a true royal banquet. How could so many people make excuses? Obviously, these people did not know what they were passing up. Even worse, they didn’t realize the danger they were in by insulting the king. Apparently, the prospect of going to this wedding must have looked pretty awful at first glance! What lessons ca

We Are All Renters

Pastor’s Column 27th Sunday in Ordinary Time October 8, 2017 In this Sunday’s gospel (Matthew 21:33-43), Jesus offers the parable of a man who takes great care to set up his own business—a vineyard. He made a sizeable investment in time and money, planting a hedge, installing an expensive winepress, and cultivating grapes (this takes time!). After all these extensive preparations, he went out and found tenants to buy a lease and run the business for him. We know how this comes out in Jesus’ parable! The tenants refuse to pay their rent or even a fair share of the profits they are earning on this leased land. Incredibly, they actually begin to think that the property and all that was set

Two Sons: One Said Yes, One Said No

Pastor’s Column 26th Sunday Ordinary Time October 1, 2017 “A man had two sons. He came to the first and said, ‘Son, go out and work in the vineyard today.’ He said in reply, ‘I will not,’ but afterwards changed his mind and went.” Matthew 21:28-29 The parable of the two sons has so much meaning for our lives! Who hasn’t encountered someone who tells us they will do something, but never actually completes the job? One son in the parable is like this: he says “Yes,” but actually doesn’t do what he is asked, while the other son says “No!” quite emphatically, but then changes his mind and is obedient. Personally, I am convinced that this dad had another child that wasn’t mentioned – the one

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