Pastor's Note - August 11, 2013

From the Pastor’s Desk:


My closest friend is Fr. Collins, an American Jesuit.  We spent the first three years of our formation in the same houses.  First, we had two years in the Novitiate in Minnesota and then one at Creighton University in Nebraska.  Since 1998, when I returned to Canada, we usually see each other every couple of years.  Despite the relatively long time between visits and conversations, whenever we do get together, it is not difficult or awkward.  We don’t struggle with finding things to speak about, trying to “break the silence.”  In a way, if you are close friends, then you are close friends.  In this week’s Gospel, language is used that could make a Christian intimidated or fearful to encounter the Lord. 


The Gospel writer has Jesus saying, “ the master of that slave will come on a day when he does not expect him and at an hour that he does not know, and will cut him in pieces, and put him with the unfaithful.”  Not the most consoling words for sure!  And yet, we don’t have to be intimidated or fearful.  As with my friend, the Lord is not a stranger in our lives.  He is not someone we need to wonder with the anxiety of saying or doing just the right thing.  We don’t need to impress him.  Often when a person comes to visit who is not so well known, we make sure that our home is clean and tidy.  We may even bring out our best things to allow for a good impression.  The Lord is not a stranger; he is not a person who demands or wants us to be distracted and worried in trying to impress him.  Can a person we love and who loves us, ever become unknown to us?  Can such a person ever become an object of fear or intimidation to us?  In a way, if you’re close friends then you’re close friends.


None of us loves the Lord perfectly, but our God does not demand perfection.  He only wants us to allow ourselves to be more intensely loved by him.  What the Lord desires is what we hear the Lord saying to his disciples, “truly I tell you, [the master] will fasten his belt and have [his slaves] sit down to eat, and he will come and serve them.”  The Lord desires to serve us!  The Lord desires that the love we share with him only deepens!  We don’t have to be afraid of making ourselves more presentable to God, of making ourselves more impressive in his gaze.  All we need to do is be who we are, no pretending or acting, be who we are and let ourselves be seen by him, be held by him and be loved by him.  We are not strangers to the Lord, nor is he a stranger to us.  We are the closest of friends.  Even more, we are, in fact, love.  And so, we don’t worry with his coming, rather we rejoice.  “Our soul waits for the Lord; he is our help and shield.  Let your steadfast love O Lord, be upon us, even as we hope in you.”


God Bless & Take Care,


Fr. John

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