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Opportunities That Never Come Again

Pastor’s Column 3rd Sunday in Ordinary Time January 26, 2020 We are haunted by these first gospels of the new liturgical year. Jesus has emerged from the obscurity of his home in Nazareth to proclaim Repent, for the Kingdom of God is at hand! (Matthew 4:12-23). How in the world could Jesus state that the Kingdom was imminent--at hand­­--when in fact we have been waiting now for 2000 years!? The people who lived at the time of Christ were receiving an opportunity that no human being before or since has ever quite experienced …. God Almighty, in the person of Jesus Christ, literally walked among them. He was only to live three more years; so, if Jesus called, they had better not miss their

Behold the Lamb of God

Pastor’s Column 2nd Sunday Ordinary Time January 19, 2020 “Behold, the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world.” (from John 1:29-34) Why is Jesus called the “Lamb of God?” We hear this phrase at every Mass: “Behold the Lamb of God!” One way to understand the meaning of this is by looking at the Jewish feast of the Atonement. In ancient Israel, a lamb or goat was sent out to the desert to die, symbolically carrying the sins of the nation. This is where the term “scapegoat” comes from. Jesus, the Lamb of God became our scapegoat. Ironically, in the eyes of many, he still is a scapegoat, an object of ridicule (and his believers!), even though he wishes to bring us to the true ful

Do You Remember Your Baptism?

Pastor’s Column Baptism of the Lord January 12, 2020 Baptism carries with it a once-in-a-lifetime offer: it washes away all the sins that came before the Sacrament, provided we are truly sorry. After baptism, the Lord gave us the Sacrament of Reconciliation as a kind of “second baptism” that also washes away our sins, and is also a great gift from God. For an adult, baptism gives a truly new beginning. But most of us were baptized as children (where only original sin was washed away). Whether baptized as an adult or a child, we all need reminders of the greatness of our baptism! The holy water font at the entrance of the Church is intended to be one of those reminders. We should always

The Wise Men Change Their Minds

Pastor Column Epiphany 2020 And having been warned in a dream not to return to Herod, the Wise Men departed for their country by another way. Matthew 2:12 The Magi, going in search of the newborn King of the Jews, set out on a path that was unknown to them. They simply “followed a star rising in the east” and trusted that it would lead them to that which they were seeking. This was enough for them. In addition to the “star” (their personal inspiration), part of their journey was having to ask for directions (when they lost their way) upon arriving in Jerusalem. They could not achieve their goal without assistance at some point, and this is the same way God wishes to deal with us, giving u

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