Fr. James speaking to young adults at Theology on Tap
Letters from a Pastor to His People- August 11, 2019
In response to Peter's question our Lord asks, "Who, then, is the faithful and prudent steward whom the master will put in charge of his servants to distribute the food allowance at the proper time?" (Luke 12:32-48). Jesus doesn't give an answer, but continues on with his exhortation to be vigilant.
So, who has been put in charge? Each one of us! We have been put in charge. We know this because of what Jesus says at the beginning of the Gospel: "Do not be afraid any longer, little flock, for your Father is pleased to give you the Kingdom." We have been given the kingdom. We are kings and queens.
This was a revolutionary saying of Jesus. The Israelite was not familiar with this notion of empowerment. People were very much subject to the Kings of Israel; to the rabbis, priests, and prophets. The average Israelite would not have comprehended being in charge. But now, because of Christ, they are.
The Letter to the Hebrews emphasizes this. "So it was that there came forth from one man, himself as good as dead, descendants as numerous as the stars in the sky" (Hebrews 11:1-2, 8-19). God took Abraham, a simple man, and empowered him, making him father of the Israelite nation. What God did for Abraham, God does for us, for we are descendants of Abraham.
We are the kings and queens of the Kingdom. And the Kingdom of God is within each of us. There's no excuse, then, to not control our lives; to just do whatever society or peer pressure tells us to do. We are in charge! We answer to no one, other than Christ!
We shouldn't be afraid, therefore, to live virtuously, even if it is unpopular. We shouldn't be afraid to pray with our family before dinner or before we go to bed or before we start our computer while we're at our desk at work. We shouldn't be afraid to talk about Jesus and why we are faithful Catholics. We're the boss!
When we stand before the judgment seat of God at our death, we will answer only for ourselves, and there will be little room for excuses. If we have taken command—been faithful and prudent stewards—not only will we get to heaven, but we will have lived a very satisfying existence on earth.
As you can see from the front cover of the bulletin, this Wednesday, August 14th is our STEAM Lab ribbon-cutting ceremony. Everyone is welcome to attend the dedication at 6pm. This is a stunning space! And it was made possible by the entire parish, from everyone who participated in and donated during last year's Emerald City Gala to the STEAM committee. There are many people who deserve recognition (just to name a few): Ray Balcarcel, Mike Kelly, Margie Marshall, Kim McAuliffe, David Plier, and Dan Pritt. Thank you all for your hard work in this accomplishment for our school and parish. While you are over in the school, you can also check out the new courtyard.
Thursday, August 15th is the Solemnity of the Assumption, a holy day of obligation. The 7am and 8:30am Masses will be in the chapel. There will also be a 7pm Mass that day in the church. I hope to see you there to celebrate our Lady.
The Knights of Columbus pig roast is this Saturday, August 17th at St. John Brebeuf Parish. The Knights do their meals and parties well, and their fundraisers go to excellent causes, so please consider attending.
We are still looking for auction items for this year's Gala (September 14). If you have anything we could use (sports tickets, gift cards, gift baskets, new items, etc.), please let me know. We're hoping this year's gala will be as successful as last's! Thank you so much.
Yours in Christ,