Letters From a Pastor to His People

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    Letters from a Pastor to His People- September 27, 2020

    Dear Parishioners,

    "That's not fair!" How many times have we heard that from a toddler? Or from a NFL player complaining about a flag (or no flag)?  Or maybe a spouse saying "that's not fair!" to his/her partner?  Or a priest saying that to his bishop?  Or an associate pastor or seminarian saying that to his pastor (never here, of course, at Saint Juliana!)?

    Or us saying that to God?

    We might not know we're complaining internally to God.  We can usually tell by our "spiritual mood."  Are you more prone to distraction in prayer? Do you find yourself brooding in prayer or anxious in prayer? Is there a glaring division between your prayer life and moral life? That is, you seem to be praying okay or experiencing peace at Mass, but then as soon as you see your family or walk out to the parking lot you're angry?

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Gospel March 29, 2020

The First Reading is from the Book of the Prophet Ezekiel. At the time of this story, the people of Israel are captives in Babylon, living in physical exile from their homeland and in spiritual exile from God. They feel God has abandoned them. But Ezekiel bears witness to the reanimation of the dead Israel in preparation for her return to the Promised Land. He guarantees his community in exile that the Lord will one day bring them back to live in the freedom of the Promised Land. The Lord states, “I will open your graves, have you rise from them, and bring you back to the land of Israel.” 

22 Mar

Gospel March 22, 2020

In the First Reading, from the First Book of Samuel, Samuel, a special servant of the God of Israel, is sent on a mission of great importance, to anoint a new king to replace Saul. Samuel thinks that God’s choice is surely one of Jesse’s seven sons who are present when he arrives, but he is mistaken. God chose the most unlikely candidate, namely, David, the shepherd boy, the youngest son of Jesse. Now Samuels sees what God had in mind, a young man with the confidence and character needed to fill a large role in God's Plan of Salvation.

15 Mar

Gospel March 15, 2020

 

In the First Reading from the Book of Exodus, the ungrateful Israelites are grumbling about the lack of fresh water. They threaten Moses with stoning and even want to go back to Egypt. They still complain rather than praying with patience and expectation for the Lord to continue to help them. In the face of their grumbling, mistrust, and lack of gratitude Moses, the great intercessor and mediator, lifts up his hands in prayer and places his trust in God’s power to save his people, even his rebellious people. God does provide the necessary water in abundance and in a miraculous way.

08 Mar

Gospel March 8, 2020

In the First Reading, from the Book of Genesis, we listen to the call of Abram (later changed to Abraham to signify his new relationship with God) to pick up all of his belongings and family and move to a land he didn't know. His obedience to God’s call is a model for all believers.  Abraham became the father of many nations and the Father of the Jewish, Christian and Muslim faiths.

01 Mar

Gospel March 01, 2020

 

 

The First Reading, taken from the Book of Genesis describes the “Original Temptation” – “You will be like gods, knowing what is good and what is evil.” Adam and Eve were given the possibility of making a choice to live for God, dependent upon and obedient to His will, or to say no to God. The temptation to evil led Adam and Eve to an act of faithlessness and sin. In this case they did not love God enough to be faithful. That is what sin is!