March 17, 2017

Letter From the Pastor – March 19, 2017

Have you ever observed that a person who does not pray goes on a lonely pilgrimage?  He  or she shuts himself off from that help that is within his or her reach.  He will not take the outstretched hand of God.  He chooses to go it alone.  We should not make light of that person, for his choice may be born of deep sincerity.  But it would certainly seem that he puts too much trust in human strength alone.  In the New Testament, Jesus had much to say about the power of prayer.  But nowhere did He probe more deeply […]
March 10, 2017

Letter From the Pastor – March 12, 2017

If you ever visited the Holy Land, you would discover it is a dusty land.  It has two seasons – a rainy season that begins in the late fall and ends in the early spring.  Then, the arid season begins.  The land becomes parched and dry.  At the same time the siroccos blow from the deserts of Transjordan and Arabia.  This dusty character of the land is reflected throughout the bible.  The custom of foot washing was a courteous and practical gesture for guests who arrived with tired and dirty feet. We too get some dust on us just by […]
March 3, 2017

Letter From the Pastor – March 5, 2017

In this Lent 2017, we Catholics need to reflect on ways of winning people back to Jesus.  One way is a deliberate attempt to bring people to Christ by befriending them.  As soon as some hear this, they might wonder, “Can that be right?  Should we befriend people just to bring them to Christ?”  Absolutely!  The greatest reason to befriend someone is Jesus Christ.  The greatest gift we can give a friend is Jesus Christ.  If we are truly someone’s friend, we want what is best for him or her.  What can be better for anyone than to come to […]
February 16, 2017

Letter From the Pastor – February 19, 2017

St. Paul wrote in 1 Corinthians that “there are varieties of gifts, varieties of ministries, and  varieties of efforts.”  What he is saying is that unity does not mean sameness.  Such was certainly not the case with the early disciples of Jesus.  There were differences,    disagreements, and disputes among them.  And one of the most beautiful things about the New   Testament is its honesty.  There is no attempt at cover up.  When James and John were arguing over who should have first place in the kingdom of God, the Gospel reports it just as it happened.  When Paul and Barnabas […]
February 10, 2017

Letter From the Pastor – February 12, 2017

 Several years ago the newspaper reported the murder of a young Jewish boy of 16 and two of his friends who were seriously wounded as they were traveling home in a van in Manhattan.  This unprovoked act of violence filled the hearts of many people with great anger and frustration.  Everyone recoiled at this senseless violence and injustice.  And yet we all know that violence and injustice must be rejected in favor of justice, understanding and peace. Jesus’ message in the Gospel is very clear: there is no room for any retaliation, no eye for an eye, no resistance to […]