Browsing From the Pastor

29th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Posted by Mindy Emick

“Whoever wishes to be great will be your servant.” For great people recognize the fact that true greatness consists in self-sacrifice, in handing ourselves over for the sake of others.  In this way, all authentic greatness mirrors the greatness of the Father, whose love always takes the form of ... Read More »

28th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Posted by Mindy Emick

     Beyond all else, we prefer “the spirit of wisdom.”  Why?  Because the wise person knows what he desires, since wisdom enables him to see what is really there.  This is what the rich young man lacks.  He comes to Jesus with constricting preconceptions that betray just how ... Read More »

27th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Posted by Mindy Emick

“It is not good for man to be alone.” “If there were such a thing as a loneliness which could no longer be penetrated and transformed by the word of another…then we should have real, total loneliness and frightfulness, that theology calls ‘hell’” (Pope Benedict XVI).  What's God has ... Read More »

26th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Posted by Mindy Emick

As both Joshua’s and Jesus’ disciples learned, God uses the least likely people to be his instruments of grace.  Maybe he does so to uproot in us the self-righteousness and indignation that instinctively provokes.  Moses asks Joshua, “Are you jealous for my sake?”  A conceited, disdaining mindset, a spirit ... Read More »

25th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Posted by Mindy Emick

“Where jealousy and selfish ambition exist” there is the temptation to “beset the just one” with “revilement and torture.”  This is what Jesus reveals to his disciples: he is to be “handed over to men and they will kill him.”  The disciples’ staggering response is to squabble among themselves ... Read More »

24th Sunday in Ordinary Times

Posted by Mindy Emick

When Christ asks, “Who do people say that I am?” the disciples answer by identifying Jesus with the greatest men of their history: Elisha, John the Baptist, the prophets.  But no one dares to call Jesus the Messiah of God…until Peter pipes up, claiming, “You are the Christ.”  The ... Read More »

How should one act to Scandals in the Church?

Posted by Mindy Emick

Off and on for the past year, I have been following the growing number of  sexual scandals in the Church. These scandals range from sexual abuse of young boys, young men and women, to abuse of seminarians, and to homosexual acts among and by our clergy. To say I ... Read More »

22nd Sunday in Ordinary Time

Posted by Mindy Emick

The scribes and the Pharisees live according to a defective understanding that disregards God’s commandment and clings to human tradition.  Since their hearts are far from God, evils like malice, deceit, blasphemy, and arrogance come ‘from their hearts.’  God endows us with ‘statutes and decrees’ in order to rescue ... Read More »

21st Sunday in Ordinary Time

Posted by Mindy Emick

Many murmur, “This saying is hard; who can accept it?”  If we approach Christianity from our own presuppositions, then we completely miss the fact, as Pope Benedict XVI writes, that “being Christian is not the result of an ethical choice or a lofty idea, but the encounter with an ... Read More »

20th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Posted by Mindy Emick

We continue hearing from the 6th chapter of John this week as the focus turns to the true presence of Christ in the Eucharist and Christ’s command or teaching, …unless you eat the flesh of the Son of Man and drink his blood, you do not have life within ... Read More »