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Come and Reign Within Me Lord

Pastor’s Column Solemnity of Christ the King November 25, 2018 This Sunday I am lending my column to Origin, an early Church father who lived from 185-254. This exquisite passage from the Divine Office that priests, religious and many lay people pray is one of my favorites. It is meant to be read slowly. Every time I ponder these words, they take on new meaning. Father Gary The Kingdom of God, in the words of Our Lord and Savior, does not come for all to see; nor shall they say: Behold, here it is, or behold, there it is; but the Kingdom of God is within us, for the Word of God is very near, in our mouth and in our heart. Thus it is clear that he who prays for the coming of God’s kingdom

Life Can Change at Any Moment

Pastor’s Column 33rd Sunday in Ordinary Time November 18, 2018 “Learn a lesson from the fig tree. When its branch becomes tender and sprouts leaves, you know that summer is near. In the same way, when you see these things happening, know that he is near, at the very gates.” (from Mark 13:24-32) Most of us know that things in our lives can change very quickly. Certain moments are “hinges” – periods of life where things alter radically, and they often happen without much warning. Yet, we can be prepared if we are able to read the signs of the times. Jesus warns us in this Sunday’s gospel that the end of the world (and the end of our own lives) will catch many people by surprise, much as the

God Has a Purpose for My Life

Pastor’s Column 32nd Sunday in Ordinary Time November 11, 2018 “…but she, from her poverty, has contributed all she had” from Mark 12:41-44 Today’s gospel finds Jesus sitting by the place in the temple where people would put their money offerings, silently watching. Many had lots to give, but Jesus is more attracted to a poor widow who put in only two small coins, for she gives everything she had. There are times in all of our lives when we may wonder what purpose God has in mind for us or what possible mission or purpose there can be. What am I here for? Why am I sick or have these family troubles or an issue that simply will not go away at work or in my personal life? This beautiful pra

Putting Our Two Cents In

Pastor’s Column 31st Sunday in Ordinary Time November 4, 2018 “…but she, from her poverty, contributed all she had, her whole livelihood.” Mark 12:44 I love the story of the widow’s mite. Have you ever wondered where Jesus sat when he went to the synagogue? Well, this time he sat near the collection box and watched people making their contributions, watching them. If someone next to you in church made a point to see what you had written on your envelope, this would be considered very rude, but Jesus does this to make a point: God sees everything. There is so much to learn from this little story. So often we tend to judge ourselves and others by how wealthy we are, or how big and beautif

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