From the Pastor’s Desk
The Nineteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time
Aug 13, 2023
Brothers and Sisters,
What would Jesus’ hands feel like?
Many contemporary artists have wondered the same as they attempted to illustrate Jesus’ saving grasp. In The Closeness of God” by painter Sieger Köder [Available per the following link https://tinyurl.com/
Both of these paintings challenge us to imagine an interaction with Jesus from Peter’s point of view. Likely, it’s not hard to do: He’s excited to follow Jesus, yet hesitant and fearful in some ways as he considers what, at face value, seems to be an unbearable and impossible mission. Can you relate? Has a recent invitation from Jesus given you pause or made you feel like Jesus is asking you to walk on the water? If you’ve felt this way, remember the Gospel message is not merely about Peter’s human frailty but, more so, a reminder of what we can accomplish when we trust in the grace of God while never losing sight of Jesus. The truth is that we can’t be successful evangelists by going it alone – we need Jesus. Because when we abide by Jesus, have a healthy prayer life, and take time to visit Jesus in the Eucharist, our fears and frailties disappear into the background, and we can accomplish the miraculous. This coming week why not take advantage of links to view the artwork I shared and take these images with you when you pray? And when you do, remember that when we are willing to step out of our comfort zone to spread the Gospel, Jesus always stands by to lend a hand.
Before I close, I invite you to join us for the Solemnity of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary into heaven as we celebrate Mass on this holy day of obligation at the Vigil on Monday, Aug 14, at 7 pm or on the feast Tuesday, Aug 15 at 8:15 am and 5 pm. This great mystery, meditated upon in the Glorious Mysteries, reminds us of what God can do for us. He can bring us into the joys of heaven.