Palm Sunday

03-25-2018Pastor's MessageRev. Scott Holmer

This Sunday, Jesus goes from being exalted to being crucified. Why does the world treat the just one, the sinless one, the Messiah, with such cruelty?

The troubling truth about Palm Sunday is that it reveals our preference for darkness over light. Why do we prefer Hell over Heaven? The easy thing about Hell is that you do not have to do anything to end up there - you just have to fall into it. To end up in Hell, we don't need to put in the effort to love God or our neighbor. We do not need to avoid sin. We get to do whatever we want.

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Why do you have to go to a priest to have your sins forgiven?

03-18-2018Pastor's MessageRev. Scott Holmer

Often, we hear the question posed to us as Catholics, "Why do you have to go to a priest to have your sins forgiven?" Imagine two brothers walking in Israel two thousand years ago. One brother tells his brother good news: "I have met Jesus, who I believe is the Christ, let us go visit Him for He has the authority to forgive us all our sins for He is God in the flesh!" The other brother retorts smugly, "Oh, I do not need to go to Jesus for confession, I can go directly to God!" Once we go down this deluded road of "self-salvation," Jesus and the Church are seen as unnecessary.

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Suffering Gives Us the Opportunity to Reveal Our Love and Compassion

03-11-2018Pastor's MessageRev. Scott Holmer

The Gospel this Sunday introduces us to a man born blind. Jesus' disciples ask: "Rabbi, who sinned, this man or his parents, that he was born blind?" Jesus has a beautiful answer: "Neither he nor his parents sinned; it is so that the works of God might be made visible through him."

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He Knows Our Sins but Loves Us Anyway

03-04-2018Pastor's MessageRev. Scott Holmer

Revealing our sins to another person can be frightening. We want to keep our sins hidden from others out of a sense of shame. We fear that if our sins are revealed we will no longer be loved.

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