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Fr. Mark’s Desk - December 15, 2019
Third Sunday of Advent
“What did you go out to the desert to see?”

In another place in the Gospel of Matthew, we hear Jesus ask a question: “Which of you having a hundred sheep and losing one does not leave the ninety nine and go search for the one?” We think of this question, perhaps, as something outside ourselves. A possession, a thing or even a relationship might be what we consider. But, wonder if we think of it in terms of our interiority. What happens if we lose something of ourselves? What happens if we lose hope, faith, imagination, desire, or love? Wonder if part of ourselves is missing? How do we find it? The answer is a process, as you can imagine, but it is a process of which Jesus intends to be part. He will heal, forgive, trust, sacrifice, and love; for us. The desert is often our soul, and what we hope to see is what we have lost. Jesus has come to seek the lost and find them. Look inwardly to find what you have lost, Jesus will find you!

“Awaken your spirit to adventure;
Hold nothing back, learn to find ease in risk;
Soon you will be home in a new rhythm,
For your soul senses the world that awaits you.”

- John O’Donohue - For a New Beginning

  • Please pray for the people of St. Michael Parish in Orland Park as they suffer through these difficult days. We are all one church, united by one faith. By that same faith we assure them they are not alone.
  • Please join us for our School Christmas Nativity Pageant this Tuesday, December 17 at 6:30 pm in church.
  • Many ask about Fr. Gene and he often asks about you. As you know, he lives at Mercy Circle and is doing well. If you feel so inclined, I would love for you to consider sending a Christmas card, not stuff, just a card!! If you would be willing, either mail it to Mercy Circle or drop it off at the rectory, and I will make sure he receives it. Thank you!!

Have a great week!
Fr. Mark Walter - Pastor of St. Linus Parish

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