You are the Rock

08-27-2017Pastor's MessageRev. Scott Holmer

Our Parish Church had a rough week this past week. We got hit by a lightning strike very close to the property. We lost power in the Church and had to sweat it out for the 5:30pm Mass last Saturday. When we opened the office this past Monday, we discovered that our phones had been fried by the lightning. As of the writing of this bulletin, we are still in the process of trying to restore phone service to our office. Fortunately, we were able to restore our internet service.

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Humility and Forgiveness

08-20-2017Pastor's MessageRev. Scott Holmer

The Gospel today features one of the most jarring lines in all of Sacred Scripture. A woman comes up to Jesus repeatedly and asks to have her Son healed from demonic possession. Jesus finally turns to her and says, “It is not right to take the food of the children and give it to the dogs.” Jesus is trying to explain that his mission is primarily to the house of Israel. However, he tries to dismiss this Canaanite woman in a very abrupt and rude way.

I often wondered, “Why on earth did Jesus rebuke this woman in this way? This doesn’t sound like Jesus? Why on earth would St. Matthew include this story in the Gospel that makes Jesus seem so rude?” The reason the disciples remembered this story was not due to Jesus’ callous remark. It was because the woman showed such great humility in her response: “Please, Lord, for even the dogs eat the scraps that fall from the table of their masters.”

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Looking for God

08-13-2017Pastor's MessageFr. Scott Holmer

In the first reading today, Elijah is looking for God. At first, he looks for Him in the wind, in an earthquake, and in fire. However, God was not in any of these noises. Instead, Elijah found God in a tiny whispering sound.

St. Ignatius of Loyola also speaks of what God's voice sounds like. In his seventh rule on the discernment of spirits St. Ignatius says the following: "In those who go on from good to better, the good angel touches such soul sweetly, lightly and gently, like a drop of water which enters into a sponge; and the evil touches it sharply and with noise and disquiet, as when the drop of water falls on the stone. " Elijah was not a person who was going from bad to good. Elijah was growing in holiness so he was going from "good to better." As a result, the voice of God was gentle for Elijah.

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The Transfiguration

08-06-2017Pastor's MessageFr. Scott Holmer

This Sunday, we celebrate the Feast of the Transfiguration of our Lord. On a mountain, Jesus was revealed in all his glory. And the voice of his heavenly Father proclaimed: "This is my beloved Son, with whom I am well pleased, listen to him." Peter, James and John fell prostrate at Jesus' feet. They were afraid. However, Jesus does not want his friends to be afraid of him. Jesus wants his friends to love Him.

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More on the Transfiguration of Jesus

08-06-2017Reflection

The Transfiguration of Jesus is an event reported in the New Testament when Jesus is transfigured and becomes radiant in glory upon a mountain. Jesus begins to shine with bright rays of light. Then the prophets Moses and Elijah appear next to him and he speaks with them. The Transfiguration is one of the miracles of Jesus in the Gospels. This miracle is unique among others that appear in the Canonical gospels, in that the miracle happens to Jesus himself. Thomas Aquinas considered the Transfiguration "the greatest miracle" in that it complemented baptism and showed the perfection of life in Heaven. The Transfiguration is one of the five major milestones in the gospel narrative of the life of Jesus, the others being Baptism, Crucifixion, Resurrection, and Ascension. In 2002, Pope John Paul II introduced the Luminous Mysteries in the Rosary, which includes the Transfiguration.

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