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From the Desk of Fr. Mark - Our Pastor
September 25, 2022 - Twenty Sixth Sunday in Ordinary Time

"Between us and you a great chasm is established to prevent anyone from crossing
who might wish to go from our side to yours or from your side to ours."

Growing up as a child in the 1960’s, I was, like many, interested in all the things of outer space. Watching the moon landing on our black and white TV seems like yesterday. Books, magazines, TV shows, and movies reflected the overall popularity of Space, ‘the final frontier!’ The intrigue centered around the unknown and how far away the unknown seemed to be. Yet, as we drew closer to the moon, space seemed closer than ever. Maybe the universe was a little smaller than we thought. Today, the pursuit continues and who knows where it will be in another 100 years.

The universe is a great analogy for the chasm which exists between what we know about life and what we do not know. There is more that we do not know than we think. In life, we experience this in our relationship between heaven and earth. We live on earth but believe in heaven. There can seem to be a chasm between heaven and earth.

Ultimately, God is the connector. The more we know and trust God, the more attainable the ‘final frontier’ can seem. It is the trusting soul, who believes and has faith that can patiently wait for the moment when God will bridge the gap.

In our Gospel, Lazarus has the awareness of the God he needs, to know that God will save him and carry him across the chasm. The Rich Man doesn’t focus on the chasm much, if at all. The Rich Man isn’t concerned because he believes he can bridge that chasm himself.

The only connector is God. Jesus is the source of our salvation. The great connection for Catholics is in the Eucharist. Heaven and earth come together in this great and wonderful sacrament. “The one who eats this bread, will live forever”, Jesus says.

Awareness of the ‘great frontier’ can fill our imagination with wonderful dreams. There is a final frontier for believers and that frontier is union with God. The dreaming and imagining and hoping begins each day. It has its grand finale when we are called home, by the only one who can bridge the chasm, God.

Have a good week!

Who remembers ‘My Favorite Martian’?

  • I will be forming the membership of our combined Parish Council in September 2022. I hope to have our first meeting by the beginning of September. If you would like to be considered for this council, please let me know.
  • Beginning August 15, the St. Linus office will be the primary office of our parish. The OLOR office will discontinue having regular hours. It will be available for occasional use.
  • After Labor Day, the 8:30 am morning Mass at OLOR will resume Monday through Friday. The 5 pm Saturday OLOR Vigil Mass will be discontinued. The parish weekend Vigil Mass will be 4 pm at St. Linus.

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

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