25 September, 2021

Pastor’s Ponderngs – September 26, 2021 – Our Eternal Reward

The words in today’s gospel, “Whoever gives a cup of water in the name of Christ will not lose their reward,” hits us at home.

As parents, we gain our “reward” when we bring water to a frightened todddler in the middle of the night, or Kool Aid to parched five-year-olds, or hold ice chips to the fevered lips of a spouse. It is that simple and that sacred.

In our homes, we give until it hurts “in the name of Christ”.

 

12 September, 2021

Pastor’s Ponderings – September 12, 2021 – Happiness

If we want to be happy at home, we must commit (“lose ourselves”) to our family.

If we try to be independent from others (“save ourselves”), we end up lonely and alone. Happiness is found in commitments.

The gospel is true: We save our life by losing it!
-Mark 8: 27-35

19 August, 2021

Pastor’s Ponderings – August 22, 2021 – Family Difficulties

Even though many found the teachings of Jesus difficult, He did not back down.

In our families, it is important to say what is difficult to hear, to speak the truth with kindness, to correct with love and guide with understanding.

A father is someone you can look up to no matter how tall you get.

15 August, 2021

Pastor’s Ponderings – August 15, 2021 – Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary

While in Egypt, Joseph awaited the angel’s notice that he could safely return home. In the third dream, the angel told Joseph that those who sought to kill the child were dead and ordered him to rise, take the child and his mother, and return to the land of Israel. Once more, Joseph promptly obeyed—he got up, took the child and his mother, and went to the land of Israel. Again, it was a long and dangerous trip.

In the Gospel of Luke, it is specifically written that Jesus’ parents observed all the prescriptions of the Law: the rites of the circumcision of Jesus, the purification of Mary after childbirth, the offering of the firstborn to God and attending the annual celebration of the Feast of Passover. This would have involved many journeys to the holy city of Jerusalem to the temple.

St. Joseph, we ask you to intercede to Jesus and Mary for as we journey in our spirituality and in our humanity. May your patient obedience to God’s commands be our goal too?

St. Joseph, obedient father, model of patience, pray for us.