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The Pastor’s Corner
                        16th Sunday of the Year
                                July 21, 2019 
        



2018-2019

A Year of Prayer, Discernment, & Planning


“Continuing the Mission of Jesus 

By Walking the Way of Jesus

Listening to The Lord, Sharing the Gospel Message, 
And Walking Our Talk
Inviting, Welcoming, and Serving God and All Creation!

  

Stewardship of Our Faith

Dear Folks,

             Today we have the story of Martha and Mary.  Martha complains to Jesus because Mary isn’t helping her in the kitchen with the preparation of the meal.  Instead, Mary is personally engaged in conversation with Jesus.  Jesus responds, "Martha, Martha, you are anxious and worried about many things. There is need of only one thing. Mary has chosen the better part and it will not be taken from her."

I don’t know whether Mary regularly did here share of the housework.  Mary may have been a little like the 5 foolish virgins who only thought about the present moment and therefore were never prepared for what was coming down the road.  The foolish virgins tried to take advantage of the 5 wise virgins.  If this is the case with Mary, then it is understandable why Martha was upset with Mary.  Nonetheless, by exposing their “dirty laundry” to Jesus, Martha revealed her own culpability.  Martha was more concerned about controlling the details of hospitality that she was about being personally “hospitable” to Jesus.  Martha’s resentment leads here to be impolite to Jesus.  One must wonder about both the quality of Martha’s prayer life.  How many days does Martha find it impossible to make time for personal prayer with the Lord? 

The lesson is clear.  Ends may not justify the means.  But the means cannot replace the end.  We need to live in the present with an eye to the future.  We need to wisely deal with the details of life without loosing sight of the big picture.  In other words, we need to always be personal with everyone and everything while we’re dealing with the trivial and mundane things of life.  Smile and affirm the teller behind the counter.  Mother Theresa was famous for saying that she was empowered by seeing the face of Jesus in the poor and dying that she served.  If we do this, we will be choosing the better part. 

Fr. Steve

 

Goings On

This is the last full week of July and the 2nd to last full week before school starts.  Get that last minute summer excursion or project under you belt while you still can!  August 7 – First Day of School!  

“Stewardship is a spiritual way of life that defines who we are in relationship to God
And everyone and everything we ever encounter”.
                Stewardship -  January 27, 2019 - 3rd Sunday of the Year

Martha and Mary are the focus of this weekend’s Gospel, which abounds with rich themes about hospitality, service, and finding the right balance between action and prayerful attention to the Lord. Christians who are good stewards of their faith life realize that if they are too busy to enjoy peaceful, private time with the Lord, then something is out of balance in their spiritual lives. If we make time for Mass, but then carry on with our busy schedules without prayer, meditation and reflection, we are missing out. If we find ourselves anxious and harried by life’s routines, could it be a sign that something in our spiritual life needs some serious attention?

           “Our inherited Catholic Legacy is what our Catholic forebears have done for us.  

     Our stewardship is the means by which we will hand on our Catholic Legacy 
                                                   To those who will follow after us.”

 

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