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The Blind Man Who Clearly Sees

Pastor’s Column 30th Sunday in Ordinary Time October 28, 2018 “Bartimaeus, a blind man, the son of Timaeus, sat by the roadside begging. On hearing that it was Jesus of Nazareth, he began to cry out and say, ‘Jesus, Son of David, have pity on me.’” Mark 10:46-52 There were many people lining the roadside as Jesus left Jericho that day. Jericho lies at an oasis at the base of a long arduous climb up to the mountains of Jerusalem. Jesus, by this time, was quite famous and many came to see him: the curious, those expecting miracles, those seeking a cure, those who wanted to hear him. Others in Jericho were just too busy to bother, going about their usual business without a thought or a reali

Jesus, Our Throne of Grace and Mercy

Pastor’s Column 29th Sunday Ordinary Time October 21, 2018 For we do not have a high priest who is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses, but one who has similarly been tested in every way, yet without sin. So let us confidently approach the throne of grace to receive mercy and find grace for timely help. Hebrews 4:14-16 Who among us has not wondered about the meaning of suffering in our lives? Does God really care about me? Our God is not merely an innocent bystander, watching the events of the world unfold while sitting in the bleachers. No, he himself has entered the arena of this world, just as we are now, and had a full plate of suffering, though without sin, in the person of his

A Rich Young Man Encounters Jesus

Pastor’s Column 28th Sunday Ordinary Time October 14, 2018 Is there something lacking in my relationship with God? In this Sunday’s gospel of the rich young man and his haunting encounter with Jesus (Mark 10:17-30), Mark has an added detail that the other Gospels lack – he notes that Jesus looks at this young man and loves him. Why does he love him so much? The young man has spent his whole life trying to love God without even realizing it, because he was trying to keep the Commandments. Trying to keep the Commandments of God is how I love God. Breaking the commandments is when I do not love God. It is really just that simple. Once again, we see that love is not a feeling we have for s

Helping Win the Battle

Pastor’s Column 27th Sunday Ordinary Time October 7, 2018 Life can at times be a real battle zone! Things can be very peaceful, and then all of a sudden we are in a war-zone, and often we do not see this coming. Fortunately, our faith gives us many tools of spiritual warfare that we can use very effectively! Sometimes, it is precisely when the tasks seem beyond us that the Lord is actually inviting us through the Holy Spirit to let him wage these battles for us, whether we are fighting against sins, worry, crises of all kinds, or every kind of difficulty. Here is a short list of some of the tools God has given us. Repentance. There are few actions we can take against evil in our lives that a

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