Brothers and Sisters in the Lord,
On behalf of Genevieve’s family, I would like to thank those of you who were able to attend her memorial service last Saturday. A word of gratitude to the tri-lingual musicians and singers, and to Mr. James Burroughs and the members of the youth group who spoke at her memorial. We were blessed to have had a woman like Ms. G at St. Mary’s. We are a blessed parish to have many quiet and caring Ms. G’s here who serve in so many ways. May she rest in the Lord and join all those who have gone before her who have served this parish with their gifts. May the Lord say to her, “Well done, good and faithful servant”. May she continue to pray for the young people and all in need at the parish. May we know that we are blessed by the Lord to do all good things and in return can be a blessing to others. May our Lord’s grace be with you in this time.
Fathers Bill, Joseph and Orlando
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The Gospel reading for this Sunday challenges us to examine our tendency to judge others. The Canaanite woman had two reasons why the disciples might have judged her as unworthy of Jesus’ attention: her gender and nationality.
Of course, Jesus was there as Savior for the whole world, but the disciples didn’t know it yet. To stretch their minds (and ours), Jesus waited for the Canaanite woman’s faith to become so obvious that it would overshadow every limitation that had been imposed upon her.
For Jesus, the only outsider is someone who refuses to come into the kingdom of God. But we don’t readily think like this. Our Church is full of people who have been misjudged. Many feel outcast. We easily jump to wrong conclusions about each other.
For example, how readily do you greet the people near you in the pew if you don’t know them? How comfortable are you about engaging in friendly conversation after Mass someone who looks unhappy? Does your parish make it easy for single parents to come to extra activities at church by providing free babysitters?
If you’re divorced, do you assume that others are deliberately excluding you? That too is usually a misjudgment.
Why do homosexuals feel outcast even though Church teachings have been issued that compassionately invite them to a holy lifestyle?
Why are there lay people who feel blocked from being collaborators in ministry with their priests? Judging our fellow Christians causes them to suffer. It also allows unmet needs to continue in the Church, because the giftedness of the judged is being rejected. But if we remain conscious of our own tendencies to react to others with assumptions and judgments, we have the power to choose to be Christ for them and to receive Christ from them.
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