Pastor's Letter - August 4, 2019

“Take care to guard against all greed, for though one may be rich, one’s life does not consist of possessions.” (Luke 12:14) When one searches the Gospels for the teachings of the Lord one discovers that there is one thing that Jesus mentions more than anything else: money and material possessions. Again and again it must be said: though not evil in itself, money and material possessions can often be a grave temptation for us. This is why Jesus so frequently warns his listeners about the grave sin of greed. In a wealthy land like ours – and in a culture permeated with consumerism (the desire for more and more things) – one can easily forget a true relation with God and eternal life with Him. We begin to seek our happiness in material things. The spiritual antidote to combat greed is to maintain a grateful heart towards God. The Old Testament reinforced this attitude by its teaching on tithing. Faithful Jews were taught to return to God a tenth (tithe) of all that God had given them. That principle still holds true today. Do you want to develop a grateful heart? Do you want to avoid the temptation of greed? Then be generous with the goods with which God has blessed you.

While the cleanup from the storm on July 20 continues in our area and around the state, I wish to give special thanks to those from our parish who cut up and hauled away the fallen trees at SSPP. No doubt, like for most of you at your own homes & businesses, the cleanup up will continue for many more weeks before we get back to normal. Join me in praying for the swift healing of those who were injured in the storm and aftermath: May God be gracious to them and their families.

May God bless you! Fr. Schaller