Pastor's Message

Dear Sisters and Brothers,

A Unique Kind of Farewell   The Gospel this Sunday from John is taken from the “Farewell Discourse” Jesus gave to his apostles right before his passion.     What is unusual about this discourse is that Jesus speaks of the continued presence he will have in the lives of his apostles, even after his death! He told them, “Anyone who loves me and keeps my word, my Father will love him or her, and we will return to make our home in him or her.” In effect, Jesus offers them a guarantee that they will have permanent accompaniment and guidance from the Holy Spirit. “The Paraclete, the Holy Spirit whom the Father will send in my name, will teach you everything and will help you to remember and understand all that I have said to you.” They surely were not taking notes during those three years of Jesus’ public ministry, but he basically assured them that they need not worry about that.       In his discourse, Jesus calms the apostles’ fears. “Peace I leave with you, my peace I give to you,” he said. “I do not give it as the world gives it. So don’t lose […]

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