Pastor's Desk November 11, 2018

Nov 9, 2018

I am always amazed by the generosity of the poor widow of today’s gospel. Jesus relates that she gave everything she had to help others. She gave of her very substance. She gave all that she had to live on thinking not of herself but others. She was so God centered that she could place others’ needs before her own. 

The month of November is a time of remembrance for us. This is the month in which we celebrate the saints, both on and off the calendar, as we remind ourselves of our membership in that great communion. It is the month in which we remember all our faithful departed, commending them once again to the loving hands of our Lord in eternal life. This is the month that leads us to the winter darkness, the falling of leaves, and the transition to the cold of the winter season. It is also the month in which we pause to give thanks for our families, friends, country and all of God’s blessings. 

For me, this is a month in which I need to remember you, the wonderful people of Saint John Capistran and Saint Thomas More. In the short time I have been with you, I have noticed your faithfulness, energy and generosity. You give tirelessly of your time, talents and gifts to make our community a shining example of what it means to be Church, to be the Body of Christ. I am inspired by your generous service and I am so thankful for this wonderful community of people who give from their very substance. You are the best and I thank you for all that you are and do from the depths of my heart. 

Know that I remember all of you in my thoughts and prayers each day with affection and gratitude. You, as I said last week, show me the face of God in so many ways that I am very excited and hopeful for our future. In my family, we had a tradition around greeting cards. Whenever one of us received a card, we would turn it over and examine the back of the card to see if it said Hallmark. Why? Because Hallmark advertised itself with this tagline, “when you care to send the very best.” We wanted to see if we were being sent the very best! As I get to know you, working and celebrating with you, I have seen that God has truly sent me the very best. Thank you for all you are and do. You are the face of God. You are God’s Hallmark card to the world: the very best He had to send.