Letters From a Pastor to His People

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

    Dear Parishioners,

    Do you remember what we heard nearly six weeks ago? 

    Remember that you are dust and unto dust you shall return.

    My God Ash Wednesday seems like an eternity ago.  The church was packed, people were coming in and out of the office and parish center, and the school and other groups were humming along.

    And then the Coronavirus hit.

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29 Sep

Gospel September 29, 2019

 

In the First Reading from the Book of the Prophet Amos, the Prophet denounces the rich who exploit and take advantage of the poor. The merchants considered the Sabbath an intrusion into their questionable business transactions. The insensitivity of the rich toward the poor will be punished by exile. Amos challenged the people of Northern Kingdom to change their ways as God’s judgement was imminent. 

22 Sep

Gospel, September 22, 2019

The First Reading is from the Book of the Prophet Amos. This prophet from the Southern Kingdom of Judah is called by God to preach to the Israelites living in the Northern Kingdom. Amos, a deeply religious man, zealous for God’s glory, is often called the prophet of social justice. He proclaims that true religion involves not only worship of God on the Sabbath, but also caring for the poor during the rest of the week. That is why Amos condemns dissolute city life, social injustice and insincerity of religious worship. He exposes those who exploit the poor and upbraids judges for their venality.

15 Sep

Gospel, September 15, 2019

In the First Reading from the Book of Exodus, the molten calf has been built and the rebellious people have offered sacrifice to their god. The Israelites wanted to worship something they could see, touch and feel, not God Himself who gave them life, freedom and direction. This incident is a metaphor for Israel’s relationship with God. They were a people who constantly disobeyed and rebelled against God. But now, because of Israel’s idolatry, the Lord no longer identifies them as “my people”; they now belong to Moses. Moses’ plea to the Lord is both audacious and unselfish. The Lord listened to such an impassioned speech and turned away from the threatened punishment. In spite of Israel’s infidelity, the people remain the Lord’s own.

08 Sep

Gospel September 8, 2019

In the twenty-third Sunday in Ordinary Time, the First Reading is from the Book of Wisdom (9:13-18B). Today’s reading is from the prayer of Solomon in which he asks “Who can know God’s council, or who can conceive what the Lord intends? The answer is, of course, no one unless God chooses to reveal it. According to Solomon, wisdom knows and understands all things and will guide him and make his deeds acceptable. Only those to whom God has given wisdom through the only spirit sent from on high will know God’s counsel.

01 Sep

Gospel, September 01, 2019

In the twenty-second Sunday in Ordinary Time, the first reading comes from the Book of Sirach (3:17-18, 20, 28-29). Sirach represents an amalgamation of the wise man’s keen insights on the Torah, on other sacred writings, on wisdom and maxims for sensible, successful living of a well-disciplined, moral life.  The context of today’s reading is that of a parent counseling his child in the fine art of dealing with other people. In his exhortation regarding humility the author praised the value of a modest, gentle life, free of pretentiousness and excessive ambitiousness. Humility is the ultimate act of faith in which the believer abandons the self to the will and care for God.