Celebrating Our Future

May 26th, 2017 | Posted by Kristen Graham in Bulletin Message | Uncategorized - (Comments Off on Celebrating Our Future)

May 28th 2017 Bulletin Message, Fr. Floyd McKinney

Sometimes we want to know the future; we even dream of a time machine to take us forward so we can see what might happen to us. In the final analysis, we know that knowing the future would not be good for us, even if it were possible. We cannot make our present ‘better’ by knowing about what will happen in some future time. How many times did Jesus talk to the disciples and tell them of his future, where He was going and what would happen to Him. Than we hear that little phrase in the gospel about the eleven disciples…they doubted. Even if we could ‘know’ the future, I think we too would have doubts as to how to handle that information. Yes, we do look back on what has happened in our lives and we might even make the remark, ‘if only I would have known’; yet even knowing what we know today at some previous time may have not changed our options at that time.

As we celebrate the Ascension of the Lord we are, in a sense, celebrating our own future if we are living our faith to the full. Many times, Jesus spoke of where He was going and that He would be with the Father and the Holy Spirit, the Advocate who would be with us. If we are going to think about the future, our goal is to remember what the Lord has prepared for us so we do not lose sight of that goal. In the first reading, the two men dressed in white asked, ‘why are you looking at the sky?’ or we could say ‘why are you trying to see where He has gone?’ We live in the present knowing that God is with us. That is why we set our sights, not on the future so much, but in living the commandments here and now. By living our faith now we are working towards that future that God has prepared for us.

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The Voice of God Guides Us

May 10th, 2017 | Posted by Kristen Graham in Bulletin Message | Uncategorized - (Comments Off on The Voice of God Guides Us)

May 7th 2017 Bulletin Message, Fr. Floyd McKinney

I grew up on a farm. One of the unwritten rules is about gates; if you come to a gate that is closed and want to go thru it you make sure it is closed after you have passed to the other side. Of course that is so any livestock that may be enclosed by the gate do not escape. As I write this, I cannot think of any times that I made the mistake of leaving a gate open; I could be wrong.

As we go thru life, there are many times that we have changes as though we are going from one stage of life to another. Sometimes the change is fast and we can notice, like having a child for which we have responsibility, and sometimes the change is so slow that we do not notice, like getting older and finding out that we cannot move as fast as we once could. In any of these changes it does us good to follow the voice of our shepherd, that is the true shepherd who is the Son of God. We know the voice of our shepherd because he has presented himself in the Word that we read in Scripture. Peter, in the first reading tells the people to ‘not pay attention’ to the corrupt generation that was around them. In today’s world we still have that corrupt attitude that can pull us away from the voice of God. It does not matter how many times we go from one stage of life to another, how many gates we pass thru, we still need to remember the voice that will not lead us astray.

In my priesthood, every time that I have tried to ‘steer’ my own way, I have not always liked the path; however, when I allowed the Holy Spirit to guide the way, I have received many blessings. May we all allow the Lord to bless us as we listen to His voice.

 

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Blindness

March 28th, 2017 | Posted by Kristen Graham in Bulletin Message | Spiritual - (Comments Off on Blindness)

March 26th 2017 Bulletin Message, Fr. Floyd McKinney

In a previous parish that I was assigned, there was a gentleman who was blind. He never asked any special favors, however he did have his wife to guide him if he was not familiar with a place. He was a lector at the parish, and used his braille lector book to do the readings. On Holy Saturday night when the first readings were done he truly could read in the ‘darkness’ of the Old Testament. Even though there were night lights that could not be turned off, all the other lights were turned off so we could experience the readings in the dark as they are supposed to be read.

One of the obvious themes in the readings for the weekend is blindness, both the physical kind and the mental kind. Jesus was able to heal not only the physical blindness of the people but tried to help them see the fact that some of them were blind to their human weaknesses. Just as the Scribes and Pharisees had a hard time looking at the reality of their lives, sometimes we too have a hard time ‘seeing’ that we need to m
ake changes in our life if we want to follow Jesus in a more perfect way. The easiest examples are to point out those who drink too much but are blind to the idea that they are addicted, or we can add those who cannot see that they are ‘hooked’ on some prescription medicine or some other substance. There are times when I do not want to admit that I don’t pray enough; I might even say that I am blind to the fact that my lack of prayer has an effect on the way that I serve you, the people of God. All of us can look at our life and discern where we need to work on our personal blindness. If we notice the blindness in our life then we have the possibility to, as we see in the second reading… “Live as children of light, for light produces every kind of goodness and righteousness and truth. Try to learn what is pleasing to the Lord.”

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