Read the daily quote from Pope Francis

 

Notes from Nancy

Today we celebrate the 28th Sunday of Ordinary Time. The First Reading and Luke’s Gospel both speak of healing and gratitude. How many times have we heard the story of Jesus and the healing of the lepers? How often have we put ourselves into the story? Do we relate with the leper (a "foreigner" – a Samaritan) who returns to Jesus and thanks him? What about the other 9? How often in our lives do we receive a grace from God and just accept it as something we have earned or deserved? We often forget to be grateful to God or we might share a few quick words of thanks and then go on with our lives. Have we ever thought of praying in gratitude for all of the "regular" stuff in our lives or do we storm heaven for a special intention – often receive what we want – and then forget to give thanks? In Scripture whenever Jesus "sees" others he is peering deep within their souls and discovering what really needs to be healed. The depth of our souls is something that most of us avoid. But, there comes a time when we no longer can deal with just the superficial side of ourselves. We must acknowledge the gratitude we have for the gifts God has given us even if there is sorrow or illness among the people we love. How are we grateful? Are we grateful for the cancer that consumes a loved one? Are we grateful for the loss of a person we love? We need to have faith and be grateful for the moments of joy in our lives. We all share sorrow with God. Do we ever take the gentle moments of life and give thanks? We can take one day at a time – the past we will always carry with us. We must enjoy the day at hand rather than worry about what is to come. Faith – Trust – Gratitude –Love – Hope with and through God – one moment at a time… How does that fit into our days???

 

Notes from Nancy

Thoughts and announcements from our Pastoral Director, Nancy Woodcock. Please leave any questions in the comments.