Sixth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Feb 15, 2019

My Dear Parish Family,

In today’s readings we are offered a choice: trust in God or trust in humans (the first Reading), the way of the just or the way of the wicked (the psalm), belief in or denial of Christ’s resurrection, and blessing or woe (the Gospel). There is no middle ground. Instead, our decisions will define the course of our lives.

In three weeks we will be celebrating the First Sunday of Lent. Today’s Gospel and those for the next two weeks are taken from Jesus’ Sermon on the Plain. Jesus’ words emphasize the closeness of God to those who are poor, oppressed, and grieving. As we approach the season of Lent, a time of prayer, fasting and almsgiving, we might begin to consider how we could use that holy time to align ourselves with those whom Jesus proclaims as blessed. In every decision and action that make up our daily lives we have an opportunity to encounter blessing or woe, justice or wickedness, trust in God or in the things of the world that are passing away. The choice is ours.

In Christ’s Peace,

Fr. Walter