Prized Possessions?

Dear Parishioners,

As nice as our houses, cars, clothes, and even parish are, they are simply objects and ultimately will return to the dust from which they came. Our most prized “possessions” are each other. People—not objects—are what this life is all about.

I think Christ acknowledged this. In the opening of our Gospel, the people speak of how nice the temple is, only to be dismissed by Jesus. “While some people were speaking about how the temple was adorned with costly stones and votive offerings, Jesus said, ‘All that you see here—the days will come when there will not be left a stone upon another stone that will not be thrown down.’” (Lk 21:5).

I'm sure Jesus appreciated the Jews giving reverence and due honor to God by using costly stones in their worship. But the stones and vo?ve offerings were merely a means to an end. These objects were intended to help bring people closer to God. The end, thus, was right relationship between God and his people. Again, the point is people, not things. Jesus did not want the people to be too attached to the things. What was important was how much they loved and respected God, and not how fancy their building was.

This time of year is a good reminder to us of what is important: people, not things. The leaves falling from the trees and turning brown are symbolic of the reality that things are ephemeral. People are forever. Leaves will be raked into piles and burned. Souls will be gathered together and taken to heaven to live. So, please, invest in one another.

This past Friday was Veteran's Day, and I would like to take a brief moment to thank all those who have served in our military. We would not be here without you. To all of our parishioners who are currently serving in our military, or those of you who have a son or daughter serving in the military, please know of my daily prayers for you all. You have made tremendous sacrifices. If you don't see the rewards of those sacrifices in this life, be assured you will see them in the next life.

Next Saturday will be a busy day in our parish. The Mothers' Club Craft Fair will take place in the morning, and later that evening we will have a Dodgeball Fundraiser for our school. In the middle of the day the Missionary Spirit Team will have a service project at Feed My Starving Children in Libertyville. If you're looking to do some charity work and get involved in service, the Missionary Spirit Team is a great opportunity. Again, service work can reinforce the idea that people, and not things, are what matter in life.

Yours in Christ,
Fr. James

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