10 Aug 2019

This Week Letter – August 11, 2019

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From the Pastor’s Desk


There was a man who lived by the sea and dreamed of what it would be like to be rich.  One day as he was walking on the beach, he saw some fine shiny pebbles.  He picked them up and began tossing them into the sea, all the while recalling his desire to become rich and praying that his wish might be fulfilled.  When only one pebble remained, he took a better look at it and noted it was a rather impressive lump of gold.  It was then he realized his error.  He had been holding his treasure in his hands, but was unaware of it until he lost it.

Just as last week  there was certain awareness of the topic of wealth, so today’s readings identify with it.  Jesus says:  “Provide money bags for yourselves that do not wear out, an inexhaustible treasure in heaven that no thief can reach nor moth destroy.  For where your treasure is, there also will your heart be.”  Today’s readings remind us that our greatest treasure is our faith; and the father and model of faith is Abraham who never complained even though he lived in a tent his entire life.

Faith must be cared for and deepened through prayer and the sacraments.  Faith must be guarded and defended.  It must be lived every day.  With faith we need to await the coming of the Lord.  With faith it is easier to live and to die.

Once more I invite you, your family and friends to join me at our Parish Picnic which takes place on Sunday, August 25th, on our Parish Grounds.  Specific details can be found elsewhere in this bulletin.  God bless!


Fr. Richard Milek