Letters From a Pastor to His People

  • 25 October 2020 | By

    Letters from a Pastor to His People- October 25, 2020

    Dear Parishioners,

    Picture the most serious love you have.  I'm not thinking about love for the Bears or for White Castle (ok, maybe that's just me), but love for your spouse or for your child or for your parents or siblings.  Do we love God that way?  We have to.  Jesus says so.  We are commanded to love.

    But how can love be a commandment?  You can't be forced to love.  No one forced you to love your husband or wife, and if they did, it probably wouldn't have been love. 

    The way we can be commanded to love is by the part of love that involves the will.  For love is not simply a feeling.  It is an act of the will.  You cannot force feelings.  You can, however, force or command your will.

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Gospel September 13, 2020

The First Reading is from the Book of Sirach. He observes that people are inclined to “hug tight” or “cherish” wrath and anger. They seem to enjoy holding grudges and keeping the memory of offences against them alive. Could anyone nourish anger against another and expect healing from the LORD? The reason a person does not receive healing from the Lord is that the sinner holds onto grudges and is unrepentant. As recipients of God’s love and mercy, we are also expected to show love and mercy to others.

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Gospel September 6, 2020

The First Reading is from the Prophet Ezekiel. Ezekiel’s original mission is to warn God’s people that unless they turn back from their evil ways, the Babylonians will destroy their country, and are now in exile in Babylon. This passage is, however, mainly about Ezekiel’s responsibility to carry out his mission to persuade disinterested people that if they do not change, they are in danger of being cut off from the Lord.