From the Corner Office is Father Mike’s weekly bulletin column.
The Nineteenth Sunday of Ordinary Time has us continuing our journey, together, as one family of faith. The First Reading speaks of having faith, having courage, and awaiting the salvation of God. The simple passage we have from the Book of Wisdom shows God punishing our adversaries and then our being glorified as those summoned. The Second Reading then tells of the calling of Abraham, after the Responsorial Psalm calls those chosen (all of us…) as “Blessed”.
So often, I imagine that we feel all BUT blessed, maybe even like Abraham, “…as good as dead…” Those are tough words, but how often do we seem to feel that way? The first words of the Gospel reading tells us, “Do not be afraid any longer, little flock…” Jesus then moves through his parable in the Gospel of Luke of being awake and waiting as prudent stewards. Realizing that we are all called, and despite our feeling tired and down, that God is not done with us! Let’s echo that line from Jesus, “Do not be afraid any longer, little flock…” – We still have (much) work to do, yet.
From the Pastor’s Desk:
Sooooo, Christmas in July has passed, the Parish Festival has passed, the months of June & July quickly passed… Now we are into the weeks of August, as these will also be passing really fast.
The CYO sports have all started their practices and the equipment for the new season is starting to arrive. Before you know it, we’ll be blessing backpacks and welcoming the kids back to school. So, we continue to have a whole lot happening, and even more to be thankful for as a parish. Please take time to reflect a bit with these summer months. Before we crawl back into our winter holes, stop and talk with the neighbors, take a walk around the parish campus to notice the flowers and repairs that have been happening. I’ll also encourage you to take time to thank all of our volunteers and staff for all of the hard work that they have been keeping up with here at our St. Thomas More home. We should really have that “Volunteer & Staff” appreciation week on the calendar, but for now stop, and say “thank you to an usher, minister, musician, volunteer gardener, or front office staff in the rectory” office or school.
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