2020 archive of A message from Father Mark
Posted by Jamie Sandona on 8/06/20
19 TH SUNDAY OF THE YEAR AWhen Jesus said, come, Peter got out of the boat and walked on the water towardJesus.The part of this gospel passage that we usually remember is that Peter’s faith failedhim and that Jesus drew attention to this: Why did you doubt! But we ... Read More »
Posted by Jamie Sandona on 7/24/20
July 17, 2020
My dear sisters and brothers in Christ,
This letter comes to you with my hope and prayer that you are all safe and healthy. I also want to thank all of you for your prayers and support during these especially trying times. Let us continue ... Read More »
Posted by Jamie Sandona on 7/16/20
16TH SUNDAY OF THE YEAR ANot long ago, I talked on the phone with a single mother. Shortly after everything hadshut down this past March, she had lost her job because she had to stay home and care for herchildren. Without income, she couldn’t pay her bills and was ... Read More »
Posted by Jamie Sandona on 7/10/20
15TH SUNDAY OF THE YEAR A
A famous story describes the commander of the Army of Tennessee, Union general, U.S. Grant’s unflinching attitude to setbacks. At the end of the first day of battle at Shiloh, Union forces had been pushed back to the Tennessee River. William Tecumseh ... Read More »
Posted by Jamie Sandona on 7/07/20
14th SUNDAY OF THE YEAR A
Whether you’re spiritually exhausted in your attempt to please God through human effort that falls short; or you’re overwhelmed by the external things in life, like the pandemic and its social isolation or perhaps desperate in these difficult economic times; today Jesus ... Read More »
Posted by Jamie Sandona on 6/26/20
13TH SUNDAY OF THE YEAR A
Those who welcome you also welcome me; and those who welcome me, welcome the one who sent me. What does it mean to welcome Jesus?
Sometimes we cling so tightly to doctrines, theologies, ideas, and words about Jesus that the radical nature of ... Read More »
Posted by Jamie Sandona on 6/11/20
THE BODY AND BLOOD OF CHRIST A
As I sat with our readings for this Sunday, all I could think about was how the Israelites wandered in the desert for 40 years. Were they so hard hearted that God had to test them for more than a generation?
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Posted by Jamie Sandona on 6/05/20
TRINITY SUNDAY A
We attach the word love to anyone or anything that brings us happiness and make us feel good. Those are the people, the things, the experiences of love. So we love our spouses, children, and grandchildren. We love our favorite team or our favorite food.
What ... Read More »
Posted by Jamie Sandona on 6/02/20
The face of our world has changed and we’ve lost so much over the last several months in ways that we could never have imagined – people sheltering at home, empty store shelves, worried faces hidden behind masks, historic unemployment, and people dying from the virus.
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Posted by Jamie Sandona on 5/27/20
ASCENSION AJesus had spent three years with the apostles. For three years they had heard him teachand watched him heal. They had seen him crucified and saw him after he had been raised fromthe dead. And now, the future movement that Jesus had started comes down to these words:But ... Read More »