Pastoral Messages

2nd Sunday of Advent – 2022

Sunday’s Readings: Isaiah 11:1-10; Psalms 72:1-2, 7-8, 12-13, 17; Romans 15:4-9; Matthew 3:1-12

……from your Pastor’s Desk – People ask me what they can ‘do’ during Advent to make it more meaningful. Lent has pretty clear-cut things, but Advent – not so much. Here is a practical Advent ‘To-Do-List. Try a few each day, even random numbers. Your world and the world of those around you will be a better place. You’ll See. …

33rd Sunday in Ordinary Time – 2022

Sunday’s Readings: Malachi 3:19-20a; Psalms 98:5-6, 7-8, 9; 2 Thessalonians 3:7-12; Luke 21:5-19

……from your Pastor’s Desk – END TIMES? – Every year on the last Sunday of Ordinary Time – we have apocalyptical readings about the ‘End-Times. Truth is, we do not know when the Last Day will come, Christ does not tell us. But what He does tell us very clearly in the Holy Gospel today is not to listen to those who say the end is nigh. …

29th Sunday in Ordinary Time – 2022

Sunday’s Readings: Exodus 17:8-13; Psalms 121:1-2, 3-4, 5-6, 7-8; 2 Timothy 3:14-4:2; Luke 18:1-8

……from your Pastor’s Desk – So, why pray? – What were the words you used the last time you prayed? I mean, really prayed, not just grace before meals or ‘Now I lay Me Down To Sleep’; but a heartfelt prayer. Was it words like, please or I want? Words like I need or Why don’t you? Or was it words like; Thank you and praise you and I love you and ‘What can I do for you, my God?’ …

28th Sunday in Ordinary Time – 2022

Sunday’s Readings: 2 Kings 5:14-17; Psalms 98:1, 2-3, 3-4; 2 Timothy 2:8-13; Luke 17:11-19

……from your Pastor’s Desk – What the Nine Lepers got Right – This weekend we have the story of the ten lepers who asked Jesus for healing. Lots of times, when we hear this story, nine of the lepers are portrayed as ungrateful. A word or two on their behalf is in order. They all approached Jesus and called out to him “Jesus, Master, have mercy on us.” They all obeyed his command to go show themselves to the priest. …

27th Sunday in Ordinary Time – 2022

Sunday’s Readings: Habakkuk 1:2-3; 2:2-4; Psalms 95:1-2, 6-7, 8-9; 2 Timothy 1:6-8, 13-14; Luke 17:5-10

……from your Pastor’s Desk – Learning from him – “Lord, increase our faith,” said the apostles in today’s Gospel. Elsewhere they asked him, “Lord teach us how to pray” (Lk 11:1). In essence the two requests were the same. To pray is to focus our heart on God, to have faith in God’s concern for us. Every prayer renews our trust in God, and whenever we turn to God in faith, we are praying. …