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From the Desk of Father Mark - Our Pastor
June 16, 2024
11th Sunday in Ordinary Time

“This is how it is with the kingdom of God; it is as if a man were to scatter seed on the land and...”

This week, I walked into a room to accomplish a task and there found another task needing attention. I then tended to the newly found task only to have that lead me to another task and then another. By the end of the day, I had completely forgotten the original task. But on another day, there was an opportunity for a ‘catch up’ day! On that day, all the small tasks that had been dismissed, were completed.

I find that in life there is always plenty to do. Actually, there is more to do than time allows. The kingdom of God is like that, always plenty of opportunity! The seed in the parable is plentiful. There is more seed than can receive attention. We are the recipients of this seed, recipients of the many blessings from God.

The challenge of the believer is not to waste time and opportunity. Nurturing as many of the blessings God sends our way is the path to happiness, holiness, and unity with the Kingdom of God. In the parable of the talents, the question is asked, ‘What did you do with the talents I gave you’? Burying or ignoring the talents God offers is the worst possible answer.

This weekend we celebrate our fathers and those that function as fathers. The role of the father in a family and the life of children is significant. Often, St. Joseph is used as an example of Christian fatherhood. This is because Joseph changed the course of his life to do what was best for his family. This was an ‘opportunity’ Joseph accepted and embraced. The result was great!! Thank you and blessings to all the men who dedicate themselves to their vocation as Christian fathers.

In the month of June, we focus our attention on the Sacred Heart of Jesus. The heart of God is filled with love, shared with us.

“Grant, Good Jesus, that I may live in you and for you. Protect me in the midst of danger. Comfort me in my afflictions. Give me health of body, assistance in my temporal needs, your blessing on all that I do, and the grace of a holy death.” - Catholic Online-Catholic.org

Have a great week!

Fr. Mark Walter
Pastor of Our Lady of the Ridge - St.Linus Parish

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