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  • Notes from your Pastor

    Thomas Merton uses the image of thousands of helicopter seeds falling from various maple trees as an image of the many invitations that God gives us.  The invitations are always there, but like the helicopter seeds from the maple tree, the ground needs to be open to receive the seed.  Our hearts need to be open to receive the invitation.
    If you had two clenched fists, no one could put anything in your hands.  You need to open your hands to receive something or someone.  It takes the conscious effort to be open.
    We hear of a king who sends out invitations to people to come to a wedding banquet, which he has prepared for his son.  The first group refuses the invitation.  The second group not only refused the invitation but also killed the servants of the King.  The final group includes anyone the servants can find.
    The parable is reminiscent of Israel who rejected the prophets and the Jewish leaders who rejected Christ and the disciples.  It is also an explanation on how many different people end up embracing Christ from many different walks of life.
    What about the man not wearing the wedding garment?  Why was he thrown out?  One explanation is that the king provided wedding garments for all his guests to wear.  This individual was obstinate and did not want to wear the wedding garment provided.  We could say that he did not have the right disposition.  What is the right disposition that we are to put on?  According to St. Paul, we are called to have the mind of Christ; we are called to clothe ourselves in the love of Christ.
    An image that is sometimes used is Christ is the bridegroom; the Church is the bride.  Christ gives up His life for the bride, the Church.  All of us collectively and individually are called to give our lives to Christ.
    The Mass is a foreshadowing of the wedding banquet in heaven.  I am grateful for everyone who is physically at Mass.  We are all called to full, active, conscious participation in singing the songs, praying the prayers and listening to the readings.  To the degree that we have a heart that is open to fully experience Christ, we have the right disposition.  Why are we here?  We are here to meet Jesus Christ, the Risen Lord in the Eucharist.
    He is always fully, totally, really, personally present.  The goal is for you and me to be fully present to Him.  We are called to have the disposition of faith…to believe that He is present here and to be present to Him.
    This disposition of openness expresses itself in many ways.  One way is generous giving.  I am grateful to all who donated funds in various ways to defray the expense of our new church roof.  I am thankful that in various ways $88,800.00 has come in and paid for this project.  My thanks to all of you.
    When it comes to disposition, we can think of the Blessed Virgin Mary.  She said, “I am the maidservant of the Lord; be it done according to your word.”
    During our celebration of Mass, let us open our hearts more fully to Christ who has fully opened His Heart t
  • Karen's Korner

    Did you know that people have been reading the Bible for thousands of years and in a very real sense, we are not sure who wrote it?  There are traditions concerning who wrote each of the biblical books, but how are we to know if this is correct?          Tradition tells us that Moses wrote the first five books of the Bible, called the Pentateuch, or the Torah.  Jeremiah is said to have written the book of Lamentations, and a little over half the Psalms are attributed to King David.  Reading the Bible is an important part of our faith, but there are things we need to know when we read Scriptures. 
              First of all, the Bible was not written by one person, and it is more of a library than a single book.  Catholic Bibles contain 73 books, while Protestant Bibles only contain 66.  The difference is that a Catholic Bible includes 7 books called the “Apocrypha” and Protestant Bibles do not.  Most of the book of Revelation was taken from the 7 apocryphal books, so Catholics do not consider Revelation to be a prophecy about the end of the world. 
              In January, I will be presenting a series on the gospel of John and the book of Revelation.  Because there are so many authors, there are many different genres in the Bible.  Letters, poems, love stories, parables, allegories, myths, prose, suspense, comedy, satire, songs and more are all included in the Bible. 
              Also, the Bible was written at different times and the authors wrote for different audiences!  For example, Mark wrote his gospel in Rome for Gentile Christians and he emphasizes Jesus as the Suffering Servant. 
              Mathew wrote from Syria for Jewish Christians and emphasizes Jesus as the Teacher.  Luke wrote from Greece for Christians of Greek background and emphasizes Jesus as the Compassionate one.  John wrote from Asia Minor to Christians of all backgrounds and emphasizes Jesus as God Incarnate.   One of the other things we need to keep in mind is that the Bible was not “dictated” to the authors.  Inspiration does not mean dictation, it means that the authors were inspired by God through the Holy Spirit to write things down, but God didn’t “fax” them the words! 
              So what does this all mean?  It means that the Bible is the inspired word of God and it tells the story of a loving God at work in human history and in relationship with his people.  There are too many things to cover about interpreting Scripture to include here, and there are upcoming discussions about reading and praying with Scripture in the next few months. 
              In April, we will talk about St. Paul and his letters, and in December, we will discuss Lectio Divina, a way of praying with Scripture.  There have been many questions concerning the Bible, such as “Why is the God of the Old Testament so violent?”  Did Noah really build an ark?  Did God really tell the Israelites to kill people?  Did Peter really cause the deaths of Ananias and Sapphira in Acts?        None of this can be answered fully in this column, but in upcoming columns, I will do my best to help everyone understand how to read the Bible in a prayerful manner. 
    See you soon!   Karen