Voices of Faith

The Twenty-Eighth Sunday in Ordinary Time

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Dear Friends,

Anyone striving to follow Jesus is always looking for the answer to the question posed to Jesus in today’s gospel: “What must I do to inherit eternal life?” It is really a question about discernment… about which way to go, what steps to take, what to say, and what to do to be close and remain close to Jesus. The rich young man who asked the question felt he lacked something, but the fact of the matter is that he had too much: it was his attachment to other things that made it difficult for him to choose to follow Jesus. Our daily discernment about what to do for the Lord should include some examination of making good use of what we have before we go asking the Lord for something else. I’m not talking about possessions or material wealth but on the abundance of spiritual gifts—our talents and abilities—that we can use to serve the Lord.

I hope you will make the time to join us for our Parish Mission this week. In the midst of all the challenges facing our Church and the struggles that we face in our daily lives, these days will provide an opportunity to strengthen your relationship with Jesus and focus on what is truly important in our practice of the faith. I look forward to our reflections on the true gifts that God has given us and our time together in prayer and reflection.

I ask you to keep in prayer the priests of our Archdiocese who will gather for our bi-annual convocation this week (Fr. John and I will be there for only the second half of the program so that we can be here for the Mission). The Convocation is always a great time for mutual support, shared prayer, and fellowship among us as brother priests, and this year’s topic is most timely as we reflect on “priestly health.” There will be presentations and time to focus on spiritual, mental, and physical health. Fr. John and I will be gone Wednesday and Thursday, and we have arranged for Fr. Paul Cook and Fr. Shawn Gould to cover the 8:30 am Mass those mornings.

God’s peace,

Fr. Rick