The Pastor’s Weekly Message

Pastor’s Weekly Message, September 24, 2022

Dear Friend of Carmel Mission, In an address to the United Nations on September 25, 2020, our Holy Father, Pope Francis, wrote, “We are faced, then, with a choice between two possible paths. One path leads to the consolidation of multilateralism as the expression of a renewed sense of global co-responsibility, a ...

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Pastor’s Weekly Message, September 17, 2022

Dear Friend of Carmel Mission, In the Gospel today Jesus cautions that we cannot serve two masters. We cannot serve God and serve mammon. We typically define “mammon” as the accumulation of wealth or riches, which makes sense in the context of this Gospel  story, but really mammon could be anything that sep ...

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Pastor’s Weekly Message, September 10, 2022

Dear Friend of Carmel Mission, In the Gospel today Jesus’s parables give us insight into the nature of our loving God. One aspect of God’s nature is the relentless manner in which He loves humanity. Human nature being as it is, it would be understandable for God to throw up His hands sometimes and leave us t ...

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Pastor’s Weekly Messag, September 3, 2022

Dear Friend of Carmel Mission, Jesus has strong words in today’s Gospel about what will be required of His disciples. Long before He Himself dies on the cross, He tells His followers that they too must pick up their crosses, symbols of agony, oppression and humiliation, to truly follow Him. This can hardly seem li ...

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Pastor’s Weekly Message, August 27, 2022

Dear Friend of Carmel Mission,   Today’s Gospel begins with a well-known parable in which Jesus advises the wedding guest to downplay their own importance so that the host has the opportunity to elevate them.  He cautions them against putting themselves in the awkward and possibly humiliating position of being as ...

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Pastor’s Weekly Message, August 20, 2022

Dear Friend of Carmel Mission,   The Gospel reading today has a bit of an Advent flair to it, reminding us to be ready for Christ’s coming at any time. It is fitting for us to hear it today,  in the middle of Ordinary Time, as a reminder that the Gospel call to readiness is not just an Advent theme, it is crucial ...

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Pastor’s Weekly Message, August 13, 2022

Dear Friend of Carmel Mission, Jesus’ opening line in this Gospel may strike an alarming note for us residents of California. We are all too familiar with the destructive power of wildfires and the havoc they can cause. But the fire Jesus is referring to is a purifying, not a devastating, force. Jesus is on fi ...

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Pastor’s Weekly Messag, August 6, 2022

Dear Friend of Carmel Mission, The Gospel reading today has a bit of an Advent flair to it, reminding us to be ready for Christ’s coming at any time. It is fitting for us to hear it today, in the middle of Ordinary Time, as a reminder that the Gospel call to readiness is not just an Advent theme, it is crucial ...

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Pastor’s Weekly Message, July 30, 2022

Dear Friend of Carmel Mission, Today’s Gospel is often interpreted in terms of the distribution of wealth among nations and what it means to live in a just economy. This global view is certainly important. When one reviews the lists of the world’s wealthiest individuals and nations the discrepancies between top ...

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Pastor’s Weekly Message, July 23, 2022

Dear Friend of Carmel Mission,   How many times have you prayed the Lord’s Prayer? Over a lifetime it is surely too many times to count. The first disciples were sometimes slow to understand Jesus’ teaching, but in this instance, they are completely accurate in their observations and their request. They have see ...

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Pastor’s Weekly Message, July 16, 2022

Dear Friend of Carmel Mission,   Today’s Gospel story of Martha and Mary is a familiar one, and one which seems to draw an obvious conclusion, that it is better to be a Mary than a Martha. However, I think that the true lesson is more nuanced than this. Highlighted in this story is the need to balance action and c ...

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Pastor’s Weekly Message, July 9, 2022

Dear Friend of Carmel Mission,   In today’s Gospel Jesus shares another beloved parable, the Good Samaritan. Like the Prodigal Son, this parable invites us to put ourselves in the shoes of all the characters involved, and reflect on times that we have experienced the kindness, or the indifference, of strangers. We ...

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Pastor’s Weekly Messag, July 2, 2022

Dear Friend of Carmel Mission,   We hear two accounts of Jesus’ Ascension into Heaven today, one in Luke’s Gospel, and another in the Acts of the Apostles. In both there is a clear direction for the first disciples, they are to stay in Jerusalem, waiting for coming of the Holy Spirit that Jesus has promised. Onc ...

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Pastor’s Weekly Message, June 25, 2022

Dear Friend of Carmel Mission,   As we hear the story of Jesus’ travels with His  disciples in today’s Gospel, I am struck with Jesus’ enormous patience with His followers. James and John want call down a heavenly fire-ball on a town that rejects Jesus. They believe the townspeople has insulted Jesus by not w ...

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Pastor’s Weekly Message, June 18, 2022

Dear Friend of Carmel Mission,   Today we celebrate the great solemnity of the Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ, and we reflect on the remarkable gift that is the Eucharist. In all our readings today, shared meals form the heart of the hospitality that God offers to us, and invites us to offer one another. In the ...

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