Pastor’s Reflection for October 15, 2017

Dear Parishioners,

This Wednesday, October 18, is the feast of St. Luke. Whenever we celebrate the feast of an evangelist, it is a good reminder of the importance of reading the Scriptures. As we read the Scriptures, we are attentive to the Word of God. We are listening to the Lord speaking to us. To help you in understanding the Scriptures, we have made available Catholic commentaries on Sacred Scripture We still have copies of St. Matthew and St. Mark commentaries available in the rectory for you to purchase at $10 each.

I came across a reflection from The Word Among Us that you might enjoy.

God gives us many gifts that we can rejoice in. Everyday blessings like our work, our families, and the food on our table, and spiritual blessings like the ability to pray, to read and understand Scripture, and to receive Jesus in the Eucharist. But as beautiful as these gifts are and as praiseworthy as our efforts are to use them, they all point to something much bigger. They confirm to us that our names are written in heaven. Our Father, who loves us and provides for us, has given us eternal life. He has a place in heaven set aside just for us. Now that is something to rejoice about!

When you pray today, try to picture Jesus in heaven. Imagine that He is standing in front of you, holding out His open hands to you. As you look, you can see your name written on His palms (Isaiah 49:16). Imagine Him telling you that He is always thinking of you, every moment of every day. Now picture Him turning and pointing to His Father, your Father. See God welcoming you and embracing you – not because of your blessed life or your spiritual powers, but simply because He loves you. He has always wanted you to be with Him, and now He is rejoicing that you have come. So receive His love, and rejoice with Him!

I will be available for confession this week on Tuesday, October 17, from 6:30 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.

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

God love you,