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Dear Parishioners,

In Today’s world, we are constantly told that we have to know everything. This is a major problem when it comes to the life of faith. Knowing things means that then we can control them. This was the lie that we heard about last week. This is one of the many lies which Satan tells us: to grasp for knowledge of all things, so that we can control them. When it comes to the things of Heaven, we cannot control them. God wants us to place our trust in Him. In fact, He calls us to offer our entire selves over to Him. Our Lord tells us in a parable this weekend that there are things that we simply cannot know, and that is ok. It is a chance for us to reflect. Do I offer my entire self to God? Do I place my trust in God, rather than try to grasp for things that we in our humanity cannot have?

God bless,

Fr. Davis

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Dear Parishioners,

Archbishop Fulton Sheen once talked about the enemy, who goes by many names: The Anti-Christ, Satan, the devil, the serpent (from our first reading). He made a point to putting an image together of the Anti-Christ as a fallen angel, the "Prince of this World." His business is simple: this is the only world and there is no other (no Heaven, no Hell). He is very cunning and tricky as he tells us this great lie. We are called to be in the Kingdom of Heaven, which does exist because God calls us to Himself. The Prince of this World will do whatever it takes to get us to stay here (to become indifferent to the things of Heaven). We must arm ourselves with Heavenly things so that we can journey through this world to our true home: Heaven. How much do we give attention to things of this world and contrast that with how much attention we give to Heavenly things. Do we allow ourselves to be taken up in this world by all its allurements? Do we surrender ourselves to the will of God the Father, Christ the Son, and the Holy Spirit? Which promise do we follow: the promise of this world or the promise of the Kingdom of Heaven?

God bless,

Fr. Davis

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Dear Parishioners,  

We celebrate today something that really makes no sense whatsoever:  One God, three Persons.  This is something we continually profess, but do we give any thought about it?  The Holy Trinity is truly a mystery; something that we just will not be able to comprehend.  We accept it on faith, knowing that when we see God face to face, all will be revealed.  For now, we look at the Trinity as true unity:  One God united in three distinct, yet co-equal Persons.  Our reflection can be on the unity.  As we look around, there is a lot of disunity, both outside and within the Church.  A disconnect between things and methods and thoughts exists.  We must think of the Church as one, continual church that has lasted for 2000 years.  If we continue to disconnect the past with the present, we are not doing the Church any favors and we will not grow in unity.  We must recognize that the Church of the past and the Church today are one in the same.  Only then can we live in true unity, which is shown to us in the Most Holy Trinity.

God bless,  

Fr. Davis
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Dear Parishioners,

Today we celebrate the descent of the Holy Spirit upon the Apostles. The Holy Spirit is someone whom I think tends to be either neglected or abused. Either we use Him as means to justify our actions or we do not acknowledge Him at all. The Holy Spirit helps to guide us here on Earth and takes our prayers in a more perfect way (a way we are not capable of as fallen humans) to God the Father. The Spirit is often called "The Advocate." He takes our words and actions and brings them before the Heavenly Father. He advocates for us. It is worth our reflection today to look at how we see the Holy Spirit and to look hard on whether we are truly following the Holy Spirit, or if we are following another "spirit," one of the enemy.

Please keep in your prayers Deacons Jacob Rouse and Andy Upah, who will be ordained Priests next weekend.

God bless,

Fr. Davis

 

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Dear Parishioners,

We celebrate the great feast of the Ascension, in which we celebrate our Lord going to Heaven. This is a great feast because our lowly humanity has been taken up to Heaven. This completes the Easter mystery. We cannot understand the fullness of the Easter joy and redemption without the Ascension. It is truly wonderful. Something from the world has gone to the Kingdom of Heaven. For us here, we also have a call to answer: to proclaim the Gospel to all. In order to do this great task, we must first be changed ourselves. We must give our own lives, our very selves, over to the Lord in Heaven and let His grace change us. The grace is there; all we have to do is cooperate with it.

On another note: I am celebrating the anniversary of my Ordination to the Priesthood of Jesus Christ very soon. It was the weekend of the feast of the Ascension last year that I was ordained. I ask for you to keep me in prayer in a special way. Please also pray for those to be ordained in a short couple weeks.

God bless,

Fr. Davis

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