Pastor’s Reflection for May 22, 2016
This Sunday we celebrate the feast of the Holy Trinity. It is our faith that we believe in one God, three divine persons. This is a mystery. Our minds can not comprehend such a mystery. One result of this feast is to make us humble. We cannot understand or explain everything of what we believe, that is why we say I believe. Our finite minds cannot grasp the infinite. It is like going to the beach with a pail and trying to bring home the ocean. We can only take so much.
Unfortunately, we tend to be a bit arrogant. Instead of living in a humble, submissive relationship with God, we live as though we are above God. Look how as a society we blatantly change the laws of God, we make what is good evil which is offensive to God. How often do we personally live lives in opposition to the ways of God, thinking that we know it all. If I cannot comprehend the mysteries of God, if I cannot even give myself the gift of life, it would be good for me to have a good dose of humility and acknowledge that God knows best and be dependent upon Him. We read in James 4:6,10 – “God resists the proud but gives grace to the humble. Humble yourselves before the Lord and He will exalt you.”
On May 10, Leonard Duggan passed away. He was a long time parishioner who contributed much to this parish. He was a member of both the school and parish finance committees. He was a real guardian of the parish finances. He worked for many pastors and I publicly want to express my appreciation for the behind the scene work he did for the parish. He will be missed by many, especially the parish staff. His mantra was, we need a balanced budget and to have money put away for a rainy day fund.
Msgr. Paul Russell, who was a deacon in the parish in 1987, will be ordained a bishop on Friday, June 3, 2016. He will be the pope’s representative in Turkey. He will be celebrating his first Mass as a bishop on Saturday, June 4, at the 4pm Mass. This parish is special for him for he celebrated his first Mass and his 25th Anniversary. We celebrate his ordination and look forward to his visit with us on Saturday, June 4.
I will be available for confessions on Tuesday, May 24, from 3:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.
May Jesus continue to shepherd you in all of your needs.
God love you,