Pastor’s Corner 1/7/2018

Today the words of the gospel proclaim about the wise ones: . . . AND THERE, AHEAD OF THEM, WENT THE STAR, THAT THEY HAD SEEN AT ITS RISING . . . .

The question for us today, in our own time and in our own generation is:  “Are we to be counted among the wise?”  I suppose that a prior question would have to be, “Do we even have a star to follow?”

For you who have gathered here today to celebrate the Epiphany of the Lord (or perhaps at home, unable to attend, but receiving Holy Communion and getting a copy of the bulletin), THE STAR to follow is OUR RELIGION AND OUR FAITH.  If you think about it, most often the guiding light in people’s lives around the world is what they believe in.  Sometimes that fact can be scary.  Right?  Scarier, though, is the fact that in life many have no guiding light to follow at all!

At the raising of the Host and Chalice today; at beholding people processing to receive Blessing and Holy Communion today:  see your Guiding Light!  Believe in it.  Live it!

Epiphany calls to us on a few levels:  before anything else, it is a call to believing that God reveals God’s self at all; next it is a God-given, life-changing experience (a theophany); and, finally, it is a call to witness by living out our God-given vocations.  Look to those original wise men at Bethlehem to see the truth of this.  They believed in great significance of a leading star; their lives were changed forever; and they boldly went forth to give witness and do God’s will with humility and trust.  There you have it!

For my campaign money (excuse the commercial please), no year more than 2018 could use a great Epiphany of the Lord!  And if you believe that our Faith and Religion is indeed the guiding light to follow throughout this year, then EVANGELIZE!  Let us attract others to our faith, to embracing our religion, and to our parish of St. Rita, by the way we live and practice our faith.  In Bethlehem, on the Cross, and in the Resurrection, is our Guiding Light—the Light that dispels the darkness.  Then 2018 has the potential to offer our children and our youth new hope, a path to follow, to hang the experiences of life upon—THE GIFT OF EIPHANY!    

Pastor’s Corner 1/14/2018

This Sunday the gospel reading is taken from St. John and is really preparatory for next Sunday’s reading taken from St. Mark. This Sunday John has “The Baptist” telling his disciples to turn their allegiance to Jesus (which they do); next Sunday in Mark the same disciples will be called by name. To borrow from the realtor’s world, one might say it’s all about “VOCATION, VOCATION, VOCATION.” Continue Reading

Pastor’s Corner 12/31/2017

Saint Paul says:

“Concerning times and seasons…you yourselves know very well
that the day of the Lord will come like a thief in the night.”

On Monday we celebrate the Solemnity of Mary, the Holy Mother of God, preceded by our celebration of The Holy Family.  By providing these back to back observances, think of the Church as fortifying and arming us for 2018.  In drawing from the example and story of Mary, Joseph, and Jesus, the Church wishes us to see how powerful our families can be in healing a hurting and wearied world. On the one hand, bringing relief and peace in our own homes and communities, while on the other hand extending the image to a healed and even “holy family of humankind.” Continue Reading