Archives for May 2021

From the Pastor – May 16, 2021

Lord Jesus, after he spoke to them, was taken up into heaven and took his seat at the right hand of God. But they went forth and preached everywhere, while the Lord worked with them and confirmed the word through accompanying signs. (Mark 16:19-20) Today we celebrate the Feast of the Ascension, which is the elevation of Christ into heaven by His own power in the presence of His disciples.  In Sacred Scripture, this occurred on the fortieth day after the Resurrection – which was actually last Thursday, traditionally called “Ascension Thursday.”  However, the celebration of the Ascension has been moved to Sunday to encourage a more active participation in the Feast.  With all of the new TSA rules, I guess Jesus’ flight got delayed for three days! The Ascension was prophesized by … [Read more...]

From the Pastor – May 9, 2021

Then Peter proceeded to speak and said, “In truth, I see that God shows no partiality. Rather, in every nation whoever fears him and acts uprightly is acceptable to him.” (Acts 10:34-35) One of the most interesting scenes in the Acts of the Apostles involves a vision of St. Peter where he saw Heaven opened and something like a large sheet coming down containing all the earth’s four-legged animals, reptiles and birds of the sky.  A voice told Peter to “slaughter and eat.”  Since many of the animals were considered “ritually unclean” according to the Levitical law, Peter refused to eat, saying “I have never eaten anything profane and unclean.” The voice responded, “What God has made clean, you are not to call profane.”  This vision happened three times. On one hand, this vision is the … [Read more...]

From the Pastor – May 2, 2021

Children, let us love not in word or speech but in deed and truth.  Now this is how we shall know that we belong to the truth and reassure our hearts before him in whatever our hearts condemn for God is greater than our hearts and knows everything. (1 Jn 3:18-20) In the Gospel this weekend Jesus speaks of being the vine, our being the branches, and the Father being the vine grower.  We are called to be attached to the vine and to bear much fruit.  But the Church also gives us the second reading from the First Letter of St. John, which helps us to understand what “bearing fruit” entails.  It’s in loving.  And loving is something that is more properly done in “deed and truth” rather than in “word or speech.”  This isn’t to say that telling people you love them is a bad thing, but love … [Read more...]