From the Pastor’s Desk: July 27, 2014
Today the Lord invites us in a special way to reflect upon
the Kingdom of Heaven that is like a
treasure buried in a field or a pearl of great price.
When its great value is
recognized, one gladly does all that is necessary to obtain it.
It takes, however, great
and special wisdom to embrace its true value.
In today's Gospel, the man
who found treasure seized the moment for a fresh life.
Because the treasure is all
about life, life that Christ came to enrich and bring to
fulfillment. Life for us
and for those whom we touch should be treasured time.
Time that requires the
Wisdom of God to be alive and continually grow as we come to a
better understanding of what makes us His faithful people.
If we are going to lead a
Christian life, we have to know the meaning of the treasure, be
willing to give up all we have to possess, in order to encourage
others by our example and make a difference in the modern world.
Anthony De Mello tells a story about some people who were
on a raft off the coast of Brazil.
They were perishing from thirst, since the ocean water is
undrinkable. What they did
not know, however, was that the water they were actually floating
on was fresh water. A
nearby river was coming out into the sea with such force that it
went out for a couple of miles. So
they had fresh water right there where they were.
But they had no idea.
"In the same way," says De
Mello, "we are surrounded with joy, with happiness, with love of
the Kingdom of God in our midst. Most
people," he concludes, "have no idea."
[Anthony De Mello,
Awareness (New York: Bantam Doubleday Dell Publishing Group, Inc.,
1992), p. 26, Warner Press]
On Monday, July 28th, we will begin work on
Phase I of our parking lot. The
work is scheduled to be completed by next Friday.
I kindly ask for your
cooperation and support, as in some way you may be inconvenienced.
The goal of this project is
to greatly improve safety, drainage, and the appearance of the
area directly in front of the church.
Please know that the
project is fully paid through the generosity and sacrificial
support of the St. Luke Catholic Community Growth Fund.
I am proud to share that the Bishop’s Annual Stewardship
Appeal was an incredible success and our parish made a significant
difference in the overall success.
As a parish, we pledged $ 73,743.00 of a goal of $
55,000.00. As a member of
Bishop’s Advisory Stewardship Appeal and your pastor, I am most
grateful for your generous support expressed in the life of
I pray that during this week we will have time to reflect
in a special way upon the Wisdom of God, upon the authentic
treasure of our faith, and to re-gain the “idea” of the joy,
goodness, and fulfillment in life as we continue to build God’s
Kingdom in our midst.
Have a blessed and enjoyable week!