Pastor’s Reflection for July 26, 2015

Dear Parishioners,

On the cover of the bulletin this week, there is a picture of those who attended our Religious Education Summer Camp. They are members of Grades 3-5, who participated in a pilot program in lieu of 24 separate classes throughout the year. The students completed 30 hours in one week. During the week the students focused on developing their relationship with Jesus and learning different aspects of our faith. Their primary goal was to learn to live their faith daily with their family.

What is your opinion about…? How do you feel about? We hear these questions many times. We all have opinions and feelings. What is your opinion of who has the best pizza? How do you feel about Joe being named the leader of the group? Opinions and feelings are neither right nor wrong when dealing with subjective issues. But it is a different matter concerning objective issues. An example would be me saying that it is my opinion that the sun revolves around the earth. I am simply wrong. It is not true. Unfortunately we have crossed over the line in regard to moral teaching such as abortion, same sex marriage, cohabitations, stealing, cheating, etc. We have subjective opinions but do they live up with objective truth? When you enter into discussion on moral issues, you need to base your thoughts on objective truth. If there is no objective morality then it becomes a free for all. Let us take the example of a sporting team. I have an opinion that they should play certain players, trade another, get rid of the coach, or manager, and change their style of play. In reality, I have no power to make these changes. I don’t own the team. God who is the creator gave us the moral code. I may not like His way for whatever reason but I don’t change the moral code because it doesn’t live up with my opinion or code. Today when Christians defends the ways of the Lord, many come under attack. Be strong. Our response is that we are not giving subjective opinions or feelings but rather we are basing our thoughts on the objective truth rooted in the teachings of Jesus. Woe to us if we begin determining morality by the subjective opinion of the masses. For you who are standing up for the truth remember the Beatitude in which the Lord says, “Blessed are you when men revile you and persecute you and utter all kinds of evil against you falsely on my account. Rejoice and be glad, for your reward is great in heaven, for so men persecuted the prophets who were before you.” (Mt. 5: 11-12)

I will be available for confession this week on Tuesday, July 28, from 2:00 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.

May Jesus continue to shepherd you in all of your needs.

God love you,