“The Parish is where the Church lives. Parishes are communities of faith, of action and of hope. They are where the Gospel is proclaimed and celebrated, where believers are formed and sent to renew the earth. Parishes are the place where God’s people meet Jesus in word and sacrament and come in touch with the source of the church’s life.”
— American Bishop’s Pastoral Letter, 1993
(1 Corinthians 1:10-13,17) It is well known that Christians have abortions at about the same rate as non-Christians. Unfortunately it is rare that someone contemplating an abortion comes to me before the fact. It is only years later, if at all, that the aborted child’s mother, almost always the mother, comes seeking healing. The cases […]
Israel: Thanks for the warm welcome home. It is certainly good to be back in Butler County. It was a great trip to Israel, but as I’ve said to many, I would never want to live there. This is home and I am grateful for it. The trip to Israel was a great learning experience. It was not vacation. It was a fairly intensive mix of scripture study, together with some archaeology and history, touring of relevant sites and prayer. There was time for fun, but it was mostly being back in school. Still, I would highly recommend it. I gained many new perspectives, and there is a sense of intimacy about walking with the Lord that I don’t think would be possible anywhere else. I want to give thanks to all those who covered for me while I was gone. I was pleased to find that everything was running smoothly upon my return. Thanks, especially to Deacons Mike and Jeff and Bill, and to our parish staffs.
Readings for next week: 1 Kings 3:5-12; Romans 8:28-30; Matthew 13:44-52
Reflection: Even though most of us enjoy the blessing of parents who taught us right from wrong, we are faced, almost daily, with choices that defy our ability to distinguish between the two. How do we maintain the balance between obedience and freedom in raising our children? How do we know which career choices will prove to be the most rewarding? How do we know what God has in store for us? It has been said that the truly wise do not have all the answers. They just know where to find them. Solomon is humble enough to admit his inability to choose wisely. He is wise enough to find his answers in God. God knows the challenges we face. God knows where each choice will lead. God is eager to share His wisdom with us. We need only to tap the luxury of prayer to unearth the pearl of great price.
1. Consider why an owl is associated with wisdom.
2. Name something or someone that you cherish as a gift from God. Consider how much of yourself has been invested in this gift.
Prayer: Father, our lives are filled with choices, some good, some bad, some where we just can’t tell. Bless us with your wisdom. Through the choice we make my we become a fuller expression of your love. Help us always to choose the path that leads us home to you.