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Fr. Mark’s Desk - June 17, 2018
11th Sunday in Ordinary Time
“Of its own accord the land yields fruit, first the blade, then the ear, then the full grain in the ear.
And when the grain is ripe, he wields the sickle at once for the harvest has come.”

Dear Parishioners,

In the Gospel of Luke, two men are walking along a road after the death of Jesus. They had spent a great deal of time with Jesus, but never got to know the ‘real’ Him!! Jesus appears to them in his ‘risen’ form, so, they do not recognize him. The later awareness of him in the breaking of the bread, will be the harvest of their experience with Jesus. They will at last understand all that he taught.

The teachings of Jesus are vast, deep and everlasting. Therefore, it can take a lifetime to just begin to understand the meaning of the Gospel. Thus, the parables, like the mustard seed are only understood by those who understand the constant revelation of God in our lives. Or, in other words, all I ever needed to learn, I didn’t learn in school!

Sometimes we want to hasten understanding. Since we are not always successful at that, faith enters in!! It is our faith, that, in God, all things will be made known. “We are always courageous, although we know that while we are at home in the body we are away from the Lord, for we walk by faith, not by sight.”

Whatever point in our life we find ourselves, God is always seeking a new way for us to discover his presence. We walk by faith, with our eyes open!!

God took the strength of a mountain,
The majesty of a tree,
The warmth of a summer sun,
The calm of a quiet sea,
The generous soul of nature,
The comforting arm of night,
The wisdom of the ages,
The power of the eagle’s flight,
The joy of a morning in spring,
The faith of a mustard seed,
The patience of eternity,
The depth of a family need,
Then God combined these qualities,
When there was nothing more to add,
He knew His masterpiece was complete,
And so, He called it… Dad.

- Author Unknown

Happy Father’s Day!
Fr. Mark Walter - Pastor

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