Letters From a Pastor to His People

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    Letters from a Pastor to His People- July 5, 2020

     

    Dear Parishioners,

    If you missed my bulletin letter from last week, I explained how I am away currently and will be for the entire month of July making a 30-Day Retreat.  Just a reminder, I will not respond to any messages, so if there is an emergency, please contact the parish office or Father Emanuel. I wrote this week’s letter, and the upcoming letters, ahead of time, just to offer a little spiritual reflection on the readings.  I would also, however, like to provide some wisdom from St. Ignatius of Loyola.  Perhaps you could do a little "30-Day Retreat" with me.

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25 Aug

Gospel, August 25, 2019

On the twenty-first Sunday in Ordinary Time, the first reading is from the Book of the Prophet Isaiah 66:18-21. Isaiah 66 is considered part of Third Isaiah. It was written as a prophetic book following the Babylonian exile. The tone of this reading is apocalyptic. It looks forward to the creation of a new heaven and a new earth. God gives the nation the role of bringing back to Jerusalem “all your brothers and sisters” from the lands where they have been scattered. An essential purpose of the gathering of Israel and the nations is thus worship. The final verse of this reading seems to describe an extraordinary transformation.

18 Aug

Gospel August 18, 2019

In the twentieth Sunday in Ordinary Time, the first reading is from the Book of the prophet Jeremiah (38:4-6, 8-10). Jeremiah had announced, “This city shall certainly be handed over to the army of the king of Babylon; he shall capture it.” His prophecy conflicted with the military strategies of the princes, who brought their accusations against him to Zedekiah who was a week and inconsistent leader, the last of Judah’s kings. They chose to throw him into a muddy cistern, intending to make him a humiliating spectacle whose prophetic word would be ridiculed. The king who had approve the violent action against Jeremiah orders Ebed-melech to rescue the prophet before he dies.      

11 Aug

Gospel August 11, 2019

In the nineteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time, the first reading is from the Book of Wisdom (18:6-9). The author’s purpose in writing was to strengthen the faith of his coreligionists in Alexandria and to help them rediscover and maintain the richness of their heritage and traditions. The reader is reminded of what God accomplished through the exodus event. The people were delivered out of bondage, given their ultimate freedom, and set upon their own land. The annual Passover was a living memorial to the God who saves, provides for, delivers, and protects his people.

04 Aug

Gospel August 4, 2019

In the Eighteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time, the first reading is from the Book of Ecclesiastes (1:2, 2:21-23). Vanity or hebel (Hebrew) repeated six times literally translated as “breath” or “vapor.” Therefore, Qoheleth, the author of this Book uses “vanity” to refer to things in life that are transient, transitory, fleeting, and insubstantial. For this author, riches, power, pleasures are worthless and empty. Only God gives meaning to life.