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Fr. Mark’s Desk - October 22, 2017
Twenty-Ninth Sunday in Ordinary Time
“Repay to Caesar what belongs to Caesar and to God what belongs to God.”

Dear Parishioners,

There is a current commercial that asks the question, “What is in your wallet?” If I answered this question, I would mention my driver’s license, my credit card, some money, a band-aid, (yes, I think everyone should carry a band-aid in their wallet!!) and my insurance card. But the most important item I carry in my wallet is the image of the Sacred Heart of Jesus. It is in a prominent place where I can see it frequently. It is a constant reminder to me of God’s love and presence and mercy in my life. I think, (like a band-aid!) we should all have some image of God or faith near us. Whether it is a scapular or cross or medal or rosary, we should always have some reminder with us. Without this reminder, we may be tempted to think the money, or the credit card, etc, is the most important item we ‘carry’. We may depend on money or credit or insurance for human necessities, but we rely on God for our spirit and life. Forgetting we belong to God, can lead to spiritual harm.

“It is I who arm you, though you know me not, so that toward the rising and the setting of the sun, people may know that there is none besides me. I am the Lord, there is no other.” (From today’s 1st reading, Isaiah 45: 1, 4-6)

“Jesus says that it’s easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich man to enter the Kingdom of God. Maybe the reason is not that the rich are so wicked they’re kept out of the place but that they’re so out of touch with reality they can’t see it’s a place worth getting into”. (Frederick Buechner)

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Thank you to all who prayed with and for our Confirmation candidates last Sunday. Your encouragement and prayers are critical to their spiritual formation. Please continue to invest your energy in their lives as much as possible.

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This Monday, Bishop Joseph Perry will offer Mass here at St. Linus at 6:30 pm on the occasion of the 20th Anniversary of our Adoration Chapel. All are invited to attend. Light refreshments will follow.

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October is Respect Life month. The greatest gift God provides us is our own humanity. As Christians, this is especially important since we believe the Word became Flesh. Please continue to pray for all human life, especially the unborn.

Have a great week!
Fr. Mark Walter

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