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Back Thirteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time
Wednesday, June 26, 2019
From the Desk of Fr. Ron…….
A few weeks ago, I was browsing at one of the AMVET’s second hand stores. Near the entrance, I came across a beautiful solid brass floor lamp with a glass bowl shade. It was priced at just under fifteen dollars. Though I knew just where this piece would fit in my office, I told my companion that we’ll look around the store first and come back. Well, just ten minutes later when I returned to view this piece again, it was gone. It was then that I saw someone loading it into their SUV. As we return to “Ordinary Time” in our liturgical life, after having celebrated forty days of Lent, fifty days of Easter, and a number of special Feasts of the Faith, we are challenged as to what it means to be an intentional disciple of God Almighty. In this weekend’s first account from the first book of Kings, Elijah comes across Elisha whom God indicated would succeed him as prophet to the nations. Symbolically, Elijah throws his cloak over Elisha’s shoulders and Elisha prepares for the adventure. He immediately takes back home the animals with which he was plowing the field and offers them as a meal for his family. The wood of the plow is destroyed and used to cook the meal. Then he proceeds to follow Elijah. Elisha “burned his bridges” in a way indicating that he will never return to that way of life again. That sort of resolute determination is shown to have been required by Jesus as he is approached by many in the Gospel of Luke. “I will follow you Jesus as soon as my parents die and I can handle the family’s affairs.” That sort of delay is unacceptable to Jesus who calls for immediate response to His invitation. How many times have we missed opportunities presented before us out of a fear of commitment or delay waiting for things to be perfect before we act. Just like my delay in the AMVET’s store the saying is proven true: “you snooze, you lose….” Jesus requires us to rely upon Him to assist us in our movement toward intentional discipleship. Our church may be said to be composed of many concentric circles of membership and commitment. We have those who are in the outer circles, who are guests, who visit, and leave. Others move closer to the center and faithfully attend, but do not support. Still others support with offerings but never take the faith deeper into their lives and the lives of their families. Our goal as a faith community is to bring people into the center - most circles of faith and community membership. That often takes the form of engaging in different ministries. One individual does not need to do everything, for there is enough need to go around. However, we need to be faithful to our calling and “strike while the iron is hot” at Jesus’ invitation to be part of the solution of His Kingdom here on earth. What is Jesus calling you to do for Him here at Nativity?
A FEW NATIVITY STAFF CHANGES have taken place this month. First, congratulations to Otto Misso who has served our community so well over these twelve years as Facilities Manager. Otto has retired as of Sunday, June 23rd. We are most grateful for Otto’s faithful commitment and excellent work here at Nativity. We are happy to announce that Robin Hammer will be moving into that supervisory position. Floyd Bickett, who joined our team as well back in 2007 in facilities maintenance will also be moving on and we wish him continued success. We are currently accepting inquiries about part time maintenance work here at Nativity. May the Lord Bless Otto and Floyd and their families.
WE WELCOME GUEST PREACHER…. This weekend on June 30th we welcome Fr. Kuol Dut as our Mission Cooperative Guest. Fr. Kuol is one of the “Lost Boys of the Sudan” who fled his family and home when he was eight and joined the throng of “lost boys” who eventually ended up in a refugee camp in Kenya. Just like Fidele Dhan, whose family became my own, Fr. Dut came to the USA as a refugee in 2001. He will be representing his mission Diocese of Wau and the Bishop Gassis Relief and Rescue Foundation which provides equality education, healthcare, food, and clean water to the poorest of the poor living, within and outside of Wau Diocese. His former Bishop, the late Ruloph Deng Majak was one of my good friends in East Africa. Our second collection this weekend will be dedicated toward support of Fr. Dut and his ministry. Please take time to welcome our guest and support these ministries in the Body of Christ.
“THANK YOU ANGEL OF MERCY” Bishop Fulton J. Sheen in his television program, “Life is Worth Living” had an “Angel of Mercy” who always erased his backboard during the commercial break. As a child I always wished the camera would catch a glimpse of the angel before we resumed the regular program. A special “Thank You” to an “Angel of Mercy” who prepared a meal of chicken pot pie, tossed salad, and dessert for us at the rectory. Our many missionary guests enjoyed your generosity.
Thank you……. Fr. Ron