Annual Pastoral Report Follow-up:
After your hearing such a positive and uplifting “Pastoral Report”, your response to me has been just as positive and encouraging. Let me thank you for that.
From your vacation visits, one of you brought back a bulletin with a little humorous quote about stewardship:
Some people stop at nothing when it comes to giving.”
That certainly is not the case here. Unknown to many people, you touch so many lives with your devoted stewardship. Your generosity, often behind the scenes, confronts those who do stop at doing nothing.
Today’s Gospel from Matthew reduces all the legal libraries (both secular and religious libraries) to two commandments—loving God and loving our neighbor as ourselves. A certain automotive brand claims that its love that makes their car the great automobile it is. In my mind this notion of love is the epitome of all that is self-centered and mundane. A car! Please!
Love is not simply talked about, but more importantly, it’s seen in how we treat one another. With Jesus, our concerted efforts are inclusive of those less fortunate than we are. Love is witnessed in reaching to others with the gifts and abilities (talents) given to us by God. All we need to do is our best. Here’s another priest poetic interpretation:
I think that I shall never see
A church that’s all it ought to be.
A church whose members never stray
Beyond the straight and narrow way.
A church that has no empty pews,
Whose people all pay their dues.
A church who members always sing,
And flock to church when bells ring.
Such perfect churches there may be,
But none of them are known to me.
But still we’ll work and pray and plan
To make our own the best we can.
-Msgr. Joseph Dooley