Pastor’s Reflection for June 19, 2016
Happy Father’s Day to all fathers. Father’s Day is a good time for fathers to renew their vocations. A father is concerned about providing and protecting his family. As this is true on the human level, how much more so on the spiritual? We are engaged in a spiritual battle. Men are to be in combat defending women, children and others against the wickedness and snares of the devil. The devil is a terrorist, who comes to steal, kill and destroy. (John 10:10) Unfortunately, the truth is that a large number of Catholic men are failing to keep the promises they made at their children’s baptism, promises to bring them to Christ and to raise them in the faith of the Church. Paul writes in Ephesians 6:12-13, “For our struggle is not with flesh and blood but with the principalities, with the powers, with the world rulers of this present darkness, with the evil spirits in the heavens.” Can you imagine if an enemy came into town to take our women and children? Would the husbands and fathers flee from the enemy? This is happening, in a spiritual sense, in many Christian homes today. The ultimate goal of satan is for us to lose salvation and go to hell. A father’s work is to see that his family is strong in the faith, that God is the center of the home and that everyone reaches heaven – their final goal and destination. We pray that all fathers live as faithful followers of Jesus and be the spiritual protectors and providers of their families. I wish to thank all fathers who are engaged in this battle and are being faithful as Christian fathers. May the Lord keep you faithful in your work especially in the world that we live in today.
We have begun a Men’s Group here at the parish that meets regularly. The next scheduled meeting date will be on Saturday, July 2, at 9:30 a.m. in the Youth Ministry Room. Please see page 5 in this week’s bulletin for more details.
For your information, we replaced the new wooden platform at the altar of Saint Joseph. The old platform had some damage caused by the watering from plants.
I will be available for confessions this week on Wednesday, June 22, from 2:00 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.
May Jesus continue to shepherd you in all of your needs.
God love you,