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Pastor's Greetings

July 21, 2019 - 16th Sunday of Ordinary Time
 
Greetings my brothers and sisters in Christ,

Our Responsorial Psalm this weekend tells us that if we do justice, if we are good to our neighbor, if we go out of our way to help another in need,

''One who does these things shall never be disturbed'' Psalm 15:5

Look at what happened to Abraham in the First Reading today from the Book of Genesis. First, he recognized the presence of the Lord God, then he bowed down before Him and offered the three men representing the Holy One, water, food and rest under the tree since the sun was so hot. This beautiful act of kindness was not forgotten by God. We all know Sarah, his wife, was the barren one in her old age, the one without child. They questioned where Sarah was. Abraham told them she was in the tent.

''One of them said, ‘I will surely return to you about this time next year, and Sarah will then have a son.’'' Genesis 18:10

“For nothing is impossible for God,” if we truly believe in this statement, then we ought to do the same ourselves. We must be constantly looking for occasions to help one another, in our distress, pain, suffering, sickness, abandonment, rejection, loss and loneliness. As a priest, people have always been generous to me with their prayers, advice, friendship and love. They leave food outside my door, treats for my dog and many cards and letters mailed to me, with love at the heart of the gesture.

Justice and peace are two core actions which we Catholics should always promote in our living out of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Every time we do a “just” act, we do what St. Paul describes in the Second Reading today; bringing Christ to others. This was the goal of St. Paul, to let as many know that Jesus Christ is Lord; that message is true, that this rich mystery is now revealed to all.

‘‘...it is Christ in you, the hope for glory. It is he whom we proclaim, admonishing everyone and teaching everyone with all wisdom, that we may present everyone perfect in Christ.'' Colossians 1:27-28
 
This is the Christian way, to bring the message of Christ to all in prayer and action and in return to receive the many blessings from God. Sarah received her blessings by the birth of a son in her old age. Paul received his blessings with the success of his missionary journeys proclaiming the Good News of Jesus Christ. To be a Christian means promoting, proclaiming and living the Gospel of Jesus Christ in harmony with one another.

The Gospel today follows this line of thought; it is a teaching about choosing the right thing and the blessings which follow from that decision. Mary chose to sit at the feet of Jesus while Martha complained. Jesus tells Martha,

''...you are anxious and worried about many things. There is need of only one thing. Mary has chosen the better part …'' Gospel of Luke 10:41-42

Maybe in a nutshell the message this week for all of us to reflect about is to:

       Choose wisely,
       Trust in God,
       Be patient,
       Do not worry,
       Give generously,
       and many blessings will come your way,
       often unexpectedly.

Thanks for your presence, Sunday after Sunday, at Mass.
To all our visitors here this weekend, blessings upon you and those of other faith traditions, may the Lord be always with you.

To all our volunteers and ministers, thanks for sharing your gifts with your parish community.
Love and prayers from me,
Fr. Gerard
 
                                                                                      Love and prayers from me,
                                                                                              Fr. Gerard