Pastor’s Corner – Aug 10, 2014

Please do not place any items next to the clothes drop off containers.  We will be fined by the town.  If you cannot package your items so they can be dropped off in the containers, please throw them out instead.

 

People are still needed to help with the altar linens.  If you have time, please give us a call so you can learn another way to participate in the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass.

 

As you may know already, we are suffering a severe persecution of the Church in Iraq.  Very little has been done to save these people in a timely fashion.  The US Bishops have asked us to dedicate this Sunday as a day of prayer particularly for our fellow Christians, many of whom have been already killed by dehydration and other cruel ways.  Please do not forget the many other religions that are simultaneously being persecuted.  These radicals are also killing even their own if they judge them not Moslem enough.  Having a hierarchical structure, like our faith, helps to avoid such extremism.

 

You may have noticed an unusual symbol on our Route 9 sign.  It is part of social media concern for Christians who are being persecuted and killed.  This symbol is actually the equivalent of the letter N.  This symbol has been painted on the homes of Christians to mark them off for persecution.  The reason why the letter N is chosen is because Christians are know as followers of the Nazarian, that is Jesus.

 

The prophecy of Isaiah probably takes place after the return from the exile.   He predicts that Gentiles will soon be admitted to Judaism as long as they cling to the Covenant.  The reconstruction of the Temple in Jerusalem will contain a court yard for the Gentiles in the hope of their conversion.  This opportunity for conversion is a break in Jewish tradition which did not allow for Gentiles to come into the assembly.  It is more perfectly fulfilled with the Christian tradition where one’s lineage does not matter.  It is certainly something to reflect upon given the current persecutions of Christians in the Middle East.  We Christians are so fortunate to have a faith of inclusion.

This gospel has been commented on by many scholars.  I would like you to consider one of the lesser known reflections on today’s passage.  Would you ever expect Jesus to ignore your prayer?  Would you ever expect Jesus to call you a dog?  Would you ever expect Jesus to show favoritism toward His creation?  If we take this at face value, we really can see that we are incapable of comprehending God.  There is a lot we really do not know about God’s ways.  In many instances in the Bible we are made aware of it.

This may be a reminder that we cannot understand

everything about God, but His revealed truths, which are found in the Catholic Church in their purest form, are all that is necessary to gain salvation.  Let us hope that we can gain insight into understanding the mystery of God in our faith journey.  One of the best tools for this is the Rosary.

 

St. Paul calls himself the apostle to the Gentiles, and so he is.  St. Paul seemed to hold on to the Jewish tradition of excluding the Gentiles before his conversion.  But God had other plans for him and he bore much fruit in his ministry.  St. Paul learned to appreciate God’s mercy toward the sinner so much so that he endured a great deal of suffering for his people.

 

Fr. Euk

 

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The mission of St. Veronica’s Parish is to accept the unmerited gift from God our Father, who sends us his only Son and his Holy Spirit to lead us back to Him. As Roman Catholics, we strive to model our lives on the Son of God by the example of his humanity which enables us to supernaturally unite to God. Choosing to direct our minds and hearts in Christ, we seek to show this mystical union in our world by acknowledging that God works supernaturally through us, inspiring us to reach out with love and mercy to all people. We support our school and religious education programs with hope in the Holy Spirit that sharing with young people His life within us, they will continue to spread the joy of the Gospel.

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