From the Pastor's Desk ~ January 27 - 28, 2018

Feb 2, 2018

My Dear Parish Family,

People are often duped by powerful speakers whose hidden agenda is to exploit or manipulate. How do we discern when a speaker truly has our best interests at heart? The answer is not always easy to discern, but some indications are when actions are consistent with words, when care and compassion are evident, and when the good of others is of primary concern.

Jesus’ authenticity and authority was immediately discernible, as we see in today’s Gospel, because what he taught and did clearly showed that he understood and respected the human situation and people’s needs. He always acted for the good of the other. This is the very definition of love … self-giving for the good of the other … and love begets life

Jesus listened to people and learned from them for thirty years before he embarked on the public ministry that had people and their lives at its very center. We too must be so in tune with the people around us and their lives that we can speak and act with the same authority and integrity of life that Jesus did. Like Jesus, our own love begets life because “the Holy One of God” is among us and acting through us.

In Christ’s Peace,

Fr. Walter