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Sixteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time

07-21-2019Pastor's LetterFr. George Wanser, S.J.

Martha must have felt stunned. She asked Jesus to remonstrate with her sister, Mary, for not helping out with the tasks of hospitality, and Jesus rebuked her.

Do we sometimes think that with all the good things we are doing, we're putting Jesus in our debt? Jesus rebuked Martha because she wasn't paying attention to her guest … a most special guest at that.

We all have a checklist of all we're doing for Jesus? Do we talk to Jesus? Tell him about our troubles? Listen to what he might be telling us?

Have we been able to establish a personal relationship with Jesus? If not, let's get started.

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Fifteenth Sunday of Ordinary Time

07-14-2019Pastor's LetterFr. George Wanser, S.J.

Both the priest and the Levite passed the man who had been beaten. Both would have incurred ritual impurity if they touched the man's blood.

On the other hand, the Samaritan, a hated outsider, stopped to offer assistance.

Are there times when we ignore people who are suffering for what we consider to be "right" reasons? Is this the correct attitude for those of us who are followers of Christ.

Decimoquinto domingo del tiempo ordinario

Tanto el sacerdote como el levita pasaron junto al hombre que había sido golpeado. Ambos habrían incurrido en impureza ritual si tocaran la sangre del hombre.

Por otro lado, el samaritano, un odiado forastero, se detuvo para ofrecer ayuda.

¿Hay ocasiones en que ignoramos a las personas que sufren por lo que consideramos razones "correctas"? ?Es esta la actitud de un seguidor de Cristo?

The Laborers are Few

07-07-2019Pastor's LetterFr. George Wanser, S.J.

The harvest is plentiful, but the laborers are few. How true! But wait a minute. Perhaps I'm being called to be one of the laborers. Is there some way I can help XIV (Xavier Ignatian Volunteers) collect over-the-counter medical supplies and other items for the needy? Can I help out St. Vincent de Paul by donating a case of water for the thirsty? How about a case of diapers? Personal hygiene kits?

Take a chance: Contact Suzie Malloy at SFX. The harvest is great, but . . .

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Thirteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time

06-30-2019Pastor's LetterFr. George Wanser, S.J.

The call to follow Jesus is urgent. Elijah gave Elisha time to say good-bye to his loved ones, Jesus does not. Jesus is not being cruel. Typically it might take years in Jesus' time to put the affairs of one's deceased father in order.

Often the body would be placed in a sarcophagus (literally a flesh eater), and after a year or so, the bones would be collected and placed in a box for burial. We are called to follow Jesus without delay. The call is urgent.

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We are all the Body of Christ

06-23-2019Pastor's LetterFr. George Wanser, S.J.

To better understand today's second reading, check out the passage immediately before it (1 Cor 11:17-22). Paul is hopping mad! The Corinthians are holding the Eucharistic Celebration as part of a larger meal in the houses of wealthier Roman families. The wealthier got the better seats, and the better food; the poor received lower places and poorer food - some no food at all.

No wonder Paul was angry. We are all the Body of Christ. There is no distinction. All are welcome at the Table of the Lord.

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Trinity of Love

06-16-2019Pastor's LetterFr. George Wanser, S.J.

The Spirit of truth will guide you in all things. -John 16:13

The mystery of the Holy Trinity is far beyond our imagination. We all know the 1,2,3 formula: One God; Two Natures; Three Persons. We’ve all heard the three-leaf clover and the triangle analogies, but really, since the Trinity is beyond our comprehension, let's take what we can from this mystery.

The Most Holy Trinity is a synergy of Love. The Father, The Son, and The Holy Spirit create a vortex of Love. Whenever we make the Sign of the Cross, or pray to one of the persons of the Trinity, we enter into that vortex and become part of God’s power of love.

Let us pray to enter the Trinity of Love.

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Pentacost

06-09-2019Pastor's LetterFr. George Wanser, S.J.

50 days after the Passover, the disciples gathered in Jerusalem to celebrate Shavuot (The Feast of Weeks). Shavuot, a harvest festival, also commemorates Moses reception of the Torah on Mt. Sinai.

The disciples had witnessed Jesus' passion, death, and resurrection, but it wasn't until they received the Holy Spirit that they had the courage to witness Jesus' love through their deeds.

God's presence was manifest on Sinai with a trumpet blast and fire. The Spirit, manifest in the tongues of fire which descended on the disciples on Pentecost, is Jesus abiding presence in all of us.

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Come Holy Spirit

06-02-2019Pastor's LetterFr. George Wanser, S.J.

Fr. Theodore Hesburgh, C.S.C., was president of Notre Dame University from 1952-1987. Fr. Hesburgh attributes any and all success he achieved at Notre Dame to his constant prayer, "Come Holy Spirit."

The 10 days between Ascension Thursday and Pentecost give us time to overcome the sense of grief and abandonment that Our Lord was taken up into heaven. Next Sunday, Pentecost, we celebrate the Descent of the Holy Spirit on the Apostles and on the early Church.

We need the Holy Spirit in our daily lives. Let us pray often throughout the day, "Come Holy Spirit."

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