Browsing From the Pastor

Jesus Is Always Ready to Lift Us Up

Posted by Fr Dennis Wieland

If we were to take today’s Gospel account literally it would have little or no relevance for us. Scripture scholars tell us that Matthew wants the story to be taking symbolically. If we do that, then we can see how we fit into the story and it is relevant ... Read More »

The Miracle of Generosity Continues

Posted by Fr Dennis Wieland

The multiplication of the loaves and fish could be called a miracle of generosity.  First, there is the generosity of the boy, who, with his gift, made the miracle possible.  What may appear as a small thing was, in reality, a big thing as the boy gave all that ... Read More »

Find the Treasure Within You

Posted by Fr Dennis Wieland

There is a story told about a poor tailor who lived in Krakow. He was a very pious man. One night he had a dream in which a voice said to him, “If you go to Prague and dig beneath a certain tree behind the emperor’s castle, you will ... Read More »

Our Garden Might Be Full of Weeds, But God Is Infinitely Merciful

Posted by Fr Dennis Wieland

The farmer in Jesus' parable sowed good seed in his field and expected a bumper harvest. Soon the sturdy green shoots sprang up, covering the field from one end to the other. It appeared that the farmer's expectations would be realized.

However, one morning he discovered weeds growing among ... Read More »

Our Lives Are Barren Without the Word of God

Posted by Fr Dennis Wieland

The Gospels contain many parables. Jesus’ favorite method of teaching was using parables. In doing so, he was following the tradition of the rabbis at the time. Why was teaching in parables so important and fruitful?

Once there was a famous rabbi who loved to illustrate a truth by ... Read More »

Take On the Yoke That Brings Peace

Posted by Fr Dennis Wieland

Jesus says to us in today’s Gospel account, “Take my yoke upon you and learn from me for I am meek and humble of heart; and you will find rest for yourselves.” The virtues of humility and meekness don’t appear to make much sense in our world today.

Take ... Read More »

Open Your Hearts Through Hospitality

Posted by Fr Dennis Wieland

Our First Reading from the Second Book of Kings and our Gospel account today both speak of the importance of hospitality.  One of the joys in life is to meet a warm, friendly, hospitable person.  Hospitality is one of the hallmarks of a true disciple.

I’ve noticed these past ... Read More »

It's So Simple If You Trust God

Posted by Fr Dennis Wieland

Today’s Gospel account has Jesus calling for witnesses, that is, people who are not afraid to be seen as his disciples in a sometimes hostile world.  Fear is something that can hold a person back from being a bold witness to the Gospel. Jesus told his apostles, “Do not ... Read More »

The Greatest Gift the World Has Ever Been Given

Posted by Fr Dennis Wieland

There was a story told by the late Cardinal Basil Hume when he was the Archbishop of Westminster about his visit to Ethiopia during the time when a great famine struck the country during the years 1984-1986.  One of the settlements he visited was up in the hills where ... Read More »

We Are Created to Be a Community of Love

Posted by Fr Dennis Wieland

“O most holy Trinity, undivided unity, Holy God, mighty God, God immortal be adored!”

Today we celebrate the Solemnity of the Most Holy Trinity, professing our faith in the truth that there are Three Persons, One God.  What an awesome and powerful Mystery for us to reflect on.

What ... Read More »