Weekly Clergy Devotions

 

 

Posted: Sunday, July 21, 2019

In the second reading Paul rejoices in “filling up what is lacking in the afflictions of Christ.”  How can this be?  Wasn’t Christ’s suffering for us on the cross perfect?  Yes, but that doesn’t take away from the reality that Jesus, in that same infinite love of us, invites each us to participate in this greatest gesture of love of all time.

First this stresses the unique role each of us has.  Every single person ever conceived has a purpose which no one else in time was meant to have.  That purpose relates to spreading the Kingdom of God, letting everyone in every corner know of the love, grace, and salvation Jesus is offering to each of them.  But we express that in what we have to do—with our vocations, our relationships, our jobs, our responsibilities, our prayers—each of our daily activities.  When we look at every part of our life 
and being as our unique opportunity to complete the work of Christ, everything in our lives can become easier in a sense.

We also complete “what is lacking” in what we have to suffer.  In this still-fallen world awaiting the 2nd coming, there will be no lack of suffering in any of our lives.  Whether it’s physical, psychological or emotional (or a combination of all three), each pain is our opportunity to unite ourselves to Christ on His Cross so that our sufferings not only have the greatest redemptive power but also so we can be reminded that no matter what God is with us.

After all, all we do and all we endure is an indication of God being with us and His grace working through us. If we can 
remember this, we can be sure that there are no more wasted opportunities—only redemptive ones!

 

   Fr. Martin Dunne III

 

Posted: Sunday, July 15, 2019

15th Sunday of Ordinary Time

In our Gospel today, the scholar knew the answer to the question that he was trying to trap Jesus with, it is Jesus who turned the tables and had the scholar answer his own question. When the man answered rightly Jesus told him that what he needed to do now is to actually live out the law in order to have life.
We also know “the law,” we have been taught time and time again throughout our lives the things that we need to do to have eternal life, it was already written in our hearts from the time that we were created. The problem is that we get so distracted living our ordinary lives that we forget the things that we need to do to have life eternal. So as we go about our days let us keep our “eternal eyesight” open and look for the times that we run across, those in need, those victims who we run across in our daily lives, to take the time, demonstrate our love and help them the best that we can. Then we will be living out that law that we already know, that which is written in our hearts.

Deacon Bill Watzek

 

Posted: Sunday, May 26, 2019

We All Are Called to be Peace Bearers

Today is the 14th Sunday in Ordinary Time. One word that occurs and is repeated in all the three readings of today is “peace.” In the First Reading, prophet Isaiah speaks of God sending flowing peace, like a river. In the Second Reading, St. Paul speaks of the peace and mercy that come to all who become that transformed person in Jesus Christ. And, in the Gospel, Jesus sends his disciples as lambs in the midst of wolves, and tells them to proclaim peace and to bring peace with them to every house they enter. This peace is not merely the absence of war or maintaining a balance of power between adversaries. This peace is not dependent on outside circumstances. It can exist even when we are surrounded by storms. And we all are called today to be peace bearers.
Indeed, the Gospel and also the first and second readings tell us that we too have the task to proclaim the Kingdom of God. Like those seventy disciples we also are called to proclaim that the Kingdom of God is at hand, and this has to be done through our daily lives. It is necessary for us, therefore, to lend a listening ear to the sick and lonely, helpless and elderly and give them that consolation and healing. We have to give them the peace of Jesus.
The call of Jesus continues to come to us even today in our world and our task as Christians is to bring peace to everyone we meet and in everything we do. “Lord makes me a channel of your peace.” Of course, first of all we need that peace and inner security within ourselves; it is a peace that a close following of Jesus can bring. Peace is the sign of the presence of God’s kingdom. May the God of peace be in our hearts, in our homes, and in our community today and every day.

Fr. Dominic Toan-Tran

Posted: Sunday, June 30, 2019

In the first reading we hear how Elijah, “passed the torch” to Elisha (which Elisha quickly used to have a going-away cookout!). All joking aside, it’s our reminder of the fact that in part because we are passing through, part of our mission in discipleship is preparing the next generation for embracing the joy of the gospel. The best way we pass the torch of the gifts and truths of our faith is through family life. And no one like our Church stresses, and guides the necessity of family life for the future benefit of humanity.
This relates to the truth that all the teaching are for our good. The teachings echo and reinforce truths as being from God Himself, including the truth that marriage is meant to only be the exclusive covenant between one man and one woman who commit to each other completely and exclusively for life for the sake raising the next generation to recognize their unique discipleship and vocation and beloved children of God who embrace the joy of the gospel.
Although these truths are ignored, denied, and even attacked, we remain called to defend all the truths of our faith. During the 990’s I heard people reminisce about the l 950’s as the, “good al’ days.” Today I hear people calling the l 990’s the same!Sounds humorous, but behaviors once deplored in the ’90s are acclaimed today-a pretty scary trend! But even if things seem to get worse please remember that God is always infinitely more powerful-because he is the author of the truth we are meant to pass on like a touch which can never be extinguished!

Fr. Martin Dunne III

Posted: Sunday,  June 16, 2019

Today we celebrate the Feast Day of the mystery of God as Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, the Most Holy Trinity. And yet, life is full of mysteries. Science has tried to understand and explain facts and reality but it cannot explain mysteries. The human body is a reality; but human life is a mystery. People are also a mystery. We cannot completely understand people around us. We cannot even completely understand ourselves or the people we are living with. Yet, many people are thinking that they should understand God who is the Creator of all things. God is a Mystery of mysteries. All God’s works are mysteries. The Church professes her faith in the mystery of the Trinitarian God. When we come to worship or to begin to pray, we make the sign of the Cross in the name of the Trinity: “In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit” to remind us about the identity of the God we believe in. God the Father is the Creator of the world. He created you and me. God the Son saves the world; He died for you and me and for everyone. We are limited in time and space. We are not able to know the whole truth about God; therefore, God the Holy Spirit will have to guide us to the truth. That is why in today’s Gospel Jesus tells us: “I have much more to tell you, but you cannot bear it now. But when the Spirit of Truth comes, he will guide you to all truth.” 

           Fr. Dominic Toan-Tran