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We Have Questions For God

Pastor’s Column 21st Sunday Ordinary Time August 25, 2019 “Lord, are there few in number who will be saved?” Luke 13:22 We all have questions for God, sometimes very tough questions. It is very enlightening to look at the Scriptures to see which types of questions God answers directly, which he doesn’t, and why. Jesus is traveling toward Jerusalem in this Sunday’s gospel (Luke 13:22-30). He is headed toward his death, and he has eternity on his mind. He knows his time with the disciples is limited, and wants them to understand as much as possible about what really matters to God. In fact, we are on the same journey, and our time on earth is also limited. It is essential that we discover

We Are All Runners in a Race

Pastor's Column 20th Sunday in Ordinary Time August 18, 2019 “Brothers and sister: Since we are surrounded by so great a Cloud of witnesses, let us rid ourselves of every burden and sin that clings to us, and persevere and running the race that lies before us, while keeping our eyes fixed on Jesus.” Hebrews 12:1-12 In today’s second reading, St. Paul compares our life on earth as if we are runners in a race. When I was in middle school, the PE teacher used to call a lap around the track a “scenic”. I have to admit that I hated running those “scenics”. I would gladly have sat in the bleachers and watched everyone else through PE, but that was not an option! Of course, I was forced to do

“Where Your Treasure Is….”

Pastor’s Column 19th Sunday in Ordinary Time August 11,2019 Provide money bags for yourselves that do not wear out, an inexhaustible treasure in heaven that no thief can reach nor moth destroy. For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also. Luke 12:33-34 Most people, whether they may be experiencing financial insecurity or instead have investments and are seeking a safe yet decent return, yearn for more. Yet, even if we succeed in finding such an investment, we cannot hold onto our possessions, our wealth, or anything else in this world that seems to promise security but, in fact, offers nothing of the kind. Everything we have is borrowed. Like a monopoly game, we put the money

“Vanity of Vanities, All is Vanity”

Pastor’s Column 18th Sunday Ordinary Time August 4, 2019 Qoheleth was a man who seemed to have everything. And yet, he was not happy. In today’s first reading, he makes a profound statement about the human condition: “Vanity of Vanities, all is vanity!” (Sirach 1). “For what purpose,” he asks, “do we work and labor, all the while storing up riches for someone else to enjoy after we die?” Disturbing thoughts indeed. The common theme of today’s readings is the idea of inheritance. In the first reading, Qoheleth ponders how all his hard-earned money and possessions will be passed on to others who have not worked for them whatsoever. In the gospel, two people are arguing about an inheritanc

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