Letters From a Pastor to His People

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    Letters from a Pastor to His People- May 24, 2020

    Dear Parishioners,

    Clouds are mentioned quite a bit in Sacred Scripture. In the Old Testament, God was manifested in a cloud. We read in the Book of Exodus, "And as soon as Aaron spoke to the whole congregation of the people of Israel, they looked toward the wilderness, and behold, the glory of the Lord appeared in the cloud" (Exodus 16:10). A column of cloud led the Israelites through the desert (cf. Exodus 13:21) and then the shekinah was like a cloud or light that was in the temple of Jerusalem, signifying God's dwelling.

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24 Nov

Gospel November 24, 2019

In the Solemnity of Our Lord Jesus Christ, King of the Universe, the First Reading is from the Second Book of Samuel. In today’s short reading, we have the third accounts of the anointing of David as King of Israel. He was anointed by the elders of Israel for three reasons. First, all the tribes of Israel are descended from the same ancestors. Second, David under Saul’s reign showed strength and wisdom on the role of the military commander. Finally, God gave David the role of shepherd king responsible for watching over the flock, protecting them from predators and the role of military commander who leads his people in battle, fighting against their enemies. David agrees to rule with justice, and the people promise loyalty.    

17 Nov

Gospel November 17, 2019

The First Reading is from the Prophet Malachi. Malachi is writing in the fifth century before Christ to a community with very lax morals. In this reading, Malachi speaks in frightening terms of the imminent “Day of the Lord.” There was much corruption and unfaithfulness to God. The message here is that all humanity must eventually take sides to choose "good" or "evil" because "a Day is coming" when there will be a reckoning and all must be judged.

10 Nov

Gospel November 10, 2019

Synopsis, Nov 10, 2019

In the First Reading from the Second Book of Maccabees, we hear only part of the story about the heroism of a family of seven brothers who died at the hands of a Greek king who tried to force all Jews into accepting the Greek culture of Hellenism. These brothers would rather die than betray the God of Israel. Their faith gave them reassurance that fidelity to God's laws would be rewarded with salvation and resurrection which was a fairly recent concept for the Jews of that time; and only some of the Jews accepted it.

03 Nov

Gospel November 3, 2019

The first reading from the Book of Wisdom is a beautiful reflection on how our divine Creator is intimately involved with every aspect of his creation: “Before the LORD the whole universe is as a grain from a balance or a drop of morning dew come down upon the earth.” The Creator loves all that he has created and is rich in mercy to all who have sinned. God’s whole desire is not to condemn the sinner but to gradually draw him/her to repentance. God’s mercy extends to all.