From the Corner Office is Father Mike's weekly column...
Our journey continues this week with scripture passages different than our readings the past few weeks. The First Reading moves from talking about the journey of the Israelites to the Mosaic Law in Deuteronomy. The Second Reading moves from St. Paul to St. James, and the Gospel (which shifted last week) moved from nice old St. John to St. Mark.
The unique movement in all of these readings was from the fluffy and supportive to the matter of fact and challenging. Basically, we have moved into the “What are YOUuuu doing?” questions from Jesus. Moses lays down the law, so to speak, and St. James affirms that we need to be doers of the faith. Jesus tells the Pharisees and scribes of Jerusalem to be concerned about the “inside and outside”. Jesus invites us to look inward to ourselves and ask, “How are we living out our faith?” Bounce back to St. James’ statement, “Be doers of the word and not hearers only…” Question – How are you, your family, and (all of us) the parish of St. Thomas More living out the Gospel?
75th Anniversary thoughts:
So, we as a parish of St. Thomas More continue to celebrate our 75th Anniversary year. I can continue to thank the Pastoral Council and 75th Anniversary volunteers, which should never get old, as the appreciation is there for all, and from all.
But, let’s take a break this week with the theme of the scripture passages to reflect and go deeper… as a parish. How are we as the parish of St. Thomas More doing currently, in the past, and (even) going forward at being “Doers of the Gospel”? We celebrate the rich history of doing a whole lot, and we are currently doing a lot. But, we will need to think about and pray over how we want to go forward into the next 75 years. What do we want our children, grand-children, and (even) great grand-children to look back on and be thankful for? What have we done for them in the future?
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