July 30, 2017
Dear People of God,
Today we celebrate the 17th Sunday in Ordinary Time. In several parables this Sunday, Jesus teaches us more about discipleship. The first two make the same point. The discovery of something of unparalleled value requires us to give up all our possessions. The parable of the net thrown into the sea picks up the theme from last week of the weeds and the wheat. At the end of the age, the angels will separate the wicked from the righteous. Today we are reminded that the things of this world pass away, even those we love. Only our faith in God is with us at all times, through thick and thin, sickness and health, from death to eternal life. Solomon asks God for the wisdom of faith in today’s first reading; “Give me an understanding heart to judge your people and to distinguish right from wrong.” Faith in God is the only treasure that remains with us when all else is gone and all other paths fail. St. Francis de Sales offered a prayer for wisdom that went like this: “Lord Jesus, I surrender to You. Make me a lute that You play. Touch any string and allow me to make music in harmony with You.” Faith gives us the wisdom to love as Christ loved, live as He lived, and surrender all passing things for that greatest treasure. Now that’s a wisdom for all times!
As we enter the month of August this coming week we know that summer is beginning to come to a close and it is time to begin thinking of returning to a regular schedule of parish meetings and events. It is also time to think, “School,” for our parents with young children. That means checking out supply lists and gathering the necessary things the students will use in their classrooms. I was informed that St. Luke’s has been collecting school supplies to help the children of Our Lady of Guadalupe (where Fr. John-Paul was pastor before coming here) with school supplies. You will notice ‘School Supply Crates,” in the vestibules of Church. Your support will go a long way in helping less fortunate children in North County.
This past week I had the pleasure of meeting a fine young man who lives in our neighborhood, from a Baptist background, who wanted to talk with me about his faith journey. He, and his wife, are very well educated and have done a good deal of reading about the Catholic Church. He believes God is leading him to “Rome.” It was a pleasure to listen to his story, to share my own faith, and to offer any help I can offer. It began me thinking of the R.C.I.A. process that goes on in many parishes. My visit with Wes also reminded me that there are many people, perhaps right here in our neighborhood, who are either unchurched or just waiting to be asked to join our Church. I’d like to invite you to join me in inviting these people to consider joining our family. If you know neighbors, friends, relatives who fall into the above category, ASK THEM, INVITE THEM, to consider becoming Catholic. My experience has been that many are just waiting to be asked.
Finally today, I would like to invite any parishioners to join me, (and Donna), in helping to maintain the flowers and gardens around the Church. With this very hot spell, it is hard to stay on top of all the gardens. If you might be interested in forming a Landscape Committee?, please give me a shout. Happy to hear from you.
God Bless! Have a great week!
Remember those 3 Hail Marys (Fr. Pete)