Queen of Heaven Catholic Church

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Pastoral Letter

September 16, 2018 - The 24th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Note from Father Dave

Dear Queen of Heaven family,

Today's Mass Readings are very deep with meaning. Our first reading is from Isaiah; the suffering servant of Yahweh is assured of God's help. James, in the second reading, teaches that faith must be demonstrated in one's works. And in Mark's Gospel, Jesus asks His disciples, "Who do you say that I am?" Peter speaks for all of them and announces that they believe Jesus to be the Christ, which means the Messiah, "The Anointed One."

Then Jesus goes on to tell them what kind of Messiah He would be...the One that was predicted to come by Isaiah, the prophet, when he spoke of the "Suffering Servant." He will be rejected, must suffer and die and will rise after three days. Peter rejects this prediction and Jesus rebukes Peter severely. Then Jesus goes on to invite His disciples to follow Him by carrying their cross every day.

Jesus' invitation is for us as well...to carry our cross each day. And what is this cross that Jesus is speaking of? The crosses of our daily duties of our state in life. The cross may come in many shapes and sizes. Our students in school are bearing the cross of taking their studies seriously and paying attention in class. It could be in the form of people who rub us the wrong way, yet we go out of our way to be kind to them. It may mean accepting a health or economic setback.

Whatever it is, know that we carry only a sliver of the cross. Jesus is there every step of the way to help us. And know that one day the cross will be the key to heaven.

Peace in JMJ,
Father Dave