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  • Notes from your Pastor

    We are called to be God’s choosing people.  Robert Frost wrote these words many years ago about choice:
    Two roads diverged in a yellow wood,
    And sorry I could not travel both
    And be one traveler, long I stood
    And looked down one as far as I could
    To where it bent in the undergrowth;
     
    I shall be telling this with a sigh
    Somewhere ages and ages hence:
    Two roads diverged in a wood, and I
    I took the one less traveled by,
    And that has made all the difference.
     
    Perhaps you have heard the quote “Our lives are the sum of the choices we make.”  And there is much truth in that statement.  The readings for August 22 nd & 23 rd invite us to review the choices we make.
     
    Most of our choices are mundane.  So ordinary that we give them little thought and they are quickly forgotten.  Will we get up with the alarm or sleep an extra five minutes?  What type of clothes will we wear?  Will I eat a doughnut for breakfast or fruit?  Will I take the freeway to work or will I take the side streets?  Will I be focused on my driving, if I am driving to work or school?  Little choices, but they hold some importance.  Getting up early or on time gives one a better start for the day.  Eating healthy is important for good health in the long run.  Being attentive as a driver prevents accidents.
     
    But there are some choices that are clearly profound and life altering.  What type of career will I pursue?  Will I ask a particular person to marry me?  Will he or she accept?  Will I have surgery or not?  Will I start up a business?  Will I address an injustice?  How will I deal with a terminal illness or a family crisis?
     
    At the foundation of all choices is service to the Lord.  In the First Reading, Joshua asks the people of Israel to decide today, “Will you serve false gods or the true God?”  He states “as for me and my household, we will serve the Lord.”  The people reflect upon how God worked miracles and set them free from slavery.  They respond “We also will serve the Lord for He is our God.”
     
    In light of our First Reading, as we review our choices, we can ask – Is God involved in my decision making?  Do I ever ask in prayer is this what God wants me to do?  Do I pray before I say and do things?  If life is about serving God, is that part of my operational consciousness?
     
    In our Second Reading, St. Paul exhorts us, “Be subordinate to one another out of reverence for Christ.”  It would be a good exercise to periodically ask your spouse, “How can I serve you today?”  You could try it as an exercise.  For example in a family of three, a given day could be assigned for one person to ask the other two persons that question.  It could be worth a try and see how it changes all of you.  The number of days could be adapted to the number of people in your house.
     
    In the Gospel, people make a choice to reject or accept Christ.  Many disciples reject His claim to be the Son of Man who descends from Heaven and who will return there.  Peter and the Apostles accept Him as “the Holy One of God.”
     
    All of us are called to accept Jesus Christ as our Lord and Savior.  Periodically, it is good to confess our sins before Him, to thank Him for dying for us, and to renew our acceptance of Him as Our Lord and Savior.  That word, Lord, means that Christ is to rule over my thoughts and my actions.  It is good at the end of the day to examine our consciences, to go over the words, actions, and events of the day before going to sleep.  Also, to ask “Did my words and actions serve Christ today or not?”
     
    At our church entrances we have the signs that say “Enter in Prayer.  Depart in Service.”  The Mass is meant to continue in our lives in terms of service for others.  That is why it is good to formulate at least one concrete act of service that you will do in your mind.  Ask the Lord today the question, “How do you want me to serve you?  Wait upon the inspiration to come to the mind or the prompting to come to the heart.  Give God a blank check with your life.  Act on the inspiration; act on the prompting that comes to your heart.  This is how you and the world get to be transformed.
     
    Joshua says in the First Reading “As for me and my household, we will serve the Lord.”  You are called to make a similar response.  Why not verbalize it and act upon it today?
     
    Choose this day and every day what road you will take.  Hopefully, it will be the road of service to God and service to others.  And that my friends, as Robert Frost’s poem puts it, “that will make all the difference.

     
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  • Sick & Hospitalized

     

       
    For those who are sick and those who care for them, may they receive comfort and strength through our prayers, remembering especially Mary Adams, Agnes Bartoszek,
    John Balciar, Gwen Beres, Bill Bican, 
    Diyamol Binu, Mary Ann Betliskey,
    Bill Connors, Corrine Dawe,
    Dolores Dobransky, Jose Dybzinski, Kristin Hill, Gertrude Kocab, Lucy Konkoly, Madeline Koston,
    Judy Landolph, Art Madsen, Cindi Magyar,
    Marilyn O’Meara, Nikki Milton,
    Suzanne Patton,  Nancy Recko,
    Brianna Rhine, Elaine Stack, Dana Trzaska,      Ron Walk, Kindra Wisniewski and Rob Wisniewski
     
         May Our Loved Ones who have died rest in eternal peace in heaven remembering especially Mary Dolezal whose funeral was last week.
     
    For the Men and Women serving in the military, especially those from our parish and their families.