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The Problem with Hippos

Pastor’s Column Solemnity of Christ the King November 26, 2017 There was an interesting story in the paper about a man who had raised a hippo, almost from birth. Even as the wild animal grew, he fed it and cared for it and considered it to be a kind of friend and pet. He was also warned that this animal remained wild. As it grew, it began raiding neighbors’ crops and causing mischief. Eventually, as hippos are prone to do, he turned on his “friend” and mauled him to death without any provocation. This story is almost like a parable. We cannot really make friends with sin and expect to come out of the encounter alive. We may have a relationship with our “friend” for a long time; but, tr

Who is the Wise Investor?

Pastor’s Column 33rd Sunday Ordinary Time November 19, 2017 This Sunday’s gospel has a familiar ring to it: a rich man gives talents out to each of his servants and then goes off on a long journey (Matthew 25:14-20). He loans each person different amounts to invest. Later, he comes back to see how they did. Those who did well he puts in charge of many things and invites into the house to share the master’s joy. Jesus spends a great deal of time on the subject of wise investing. Of course, many in our world are very interested in making lots of money, and seem to do very well, but unless we know the rules of the game of life, we are very likely to be betting on the wrong horse in the end

Am I Low On Oil?

Pastor’s Column 32nd Sunday Ordinary Time November 12, 2017 “The foolish ones, when taking their lamps, brought no oil with them, but the wise brought flasks of oil with their lamps.” from Matthew 25:1-13 In this Sunday’s gospel, we meet two kinds of bridesmaids—the wise and the foolish. Newly married couples often played a little game at the time of Christ: after the wedding, the groom would return to the household, but would try to catch the wedding party by surprise! If he could sneak by them, they would be locked out of the party. Some of the bridesmaids were smart, and brought lots of oil—they knew the bridegroom might try to pull a fast one and show up after dark, so they were prep

Every Earthly Pleasure is a Passing Joy

Pastor’s Column 31st Sunday in Ordinary Time November 5, 2017 “The greatest among you will be your servant. Whoever exalts himself will be humbled, and whoever humbles himself will be exalted” from Matthew 23:1-12 Many in this world place great value in things that, in the end, are of little importance. The gospel today can help open our eyes to what Christ expects of us as his followers. Three false gods of the worldly, an inordinate desire for wealth, fame and power, are turned upside down by the teachings and life of Jesus Christ. How many there are that have all but sold their souls in order to acquire power, wealth or fame, having little concern for morality or the people that they h

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