Fr. Stan's 2019 "State of the Parish" Address

Rev. Stanley M. Moczydlowski, M.B.A., M. Div. (Fr. Stan)

June 27/28, 2020

13th Sunday of Ordinary Time

   TODAY’S READINGS FOCUS ON HOSPITALITY AND DISCIPLESHIP. Hospitality is one of the great virtues of the Bible. The ancients believed that each person should be welcomed as though one was welcoming God himself. In today’s gospel, Jesus brings this virtue into a Christian perspective: “Whoever receives you, receives Me, and whoever receives Me, receives the one who sent Me.”

   To extend the hospitality of Christ to others requires charity, but it also requires discipleship to the truths and values set forth by Jesus. We need to represent what we profess, even with its crosses and trials and tribulations.

   If we realize that as followers of Jesus, no matter what crosses or difficulties we run across, those experiences can and will bring us closer to God. That requires us to put away our own self-centeredness. If we realize that as one door closes another opens, we gain a deeper appreciation of our authentic needs and wants and put away all of our useless and transitory desires.

   People can learn so well about God from God-like people - those who pick up their crosses everyday and do their best to follow Jesus. All of us can be Christ to someone - allowing others to recognize that presence through our hospitality and discipleship. That’s our call - to be true followers of Jesus and not just admirers.

God bless you,
Fr. Stan