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Fr Lutz Message for Oct 22, 2017 - 29th Sunday in OT (A)
 

Fr Lutz Message

Dear Friends in Christ,

"I am the LORD and there is no other. ..." as we heard in today's first reading from the book of the Prophet Isaiah (Is 45:4-6). Our God is the creator of all life, the maker of all things, the redeemer of all believers, and even the God of unbelievers such as Cyrus (King of Persia) who allowed a remnant of the conquered Jewish people in Babylon to return to Jerusalem to rebuild their Temple for God. Our God is King over all the kings, the one and only God over all gods.  Read on ... (The Attachment).

Fr. Joe Lutz

Fr Canova Message for Oct 15, 2017 - 28th Sunday in OT (A)
 

28th, Sunday in Ordinary Time – Cycle A

Sunday, October 15th, 2017

Matthew 22:1-14

 

For many are called, but few are chosen.”

In 1829, George Wilson, a postal clerk, was part of a plot to rob a federal payroll train.  During the robbery, Wilson killed a guard.  Wilson was convicted and sentenced to hang.   Public sentiment against capital punishment led to a movement to spare Wilson. Three weeks before Wilson was to hang, President Andrew Jackson intervened and issued a pardon.

But for reasons unknown, Wilson refused to accept the pardon.

Wilson's refusal caused a legal conundrum, eventually reaching the United States Supreme Court.  Could an individual refuse a Presidential pardon?   Chief Justice John Marshall handed down the high court's decision:

"A pardon is a deed, to the validity of which delivery is essential, and delivery is not complete without acceptance. It may then be rejected by the person to whom it is tendered; and if it is rejected, we have discovered no power in this court to force it upon him."

The court ruled that a pardon's value can be deter­mined only by the receiver of the pardon. For whatever reason, George Wilson refused the pardon.  Pardon must not only be granted but accepted.

So, Wilson's death sentence was carried out.

Today, we hear about the parable of the king’s wedding banquet from St. Matthew’s gospel. The words, “For many are called, but few are chosen,” in no way conflict with God's Will that all should be saved. In His love for us, Christ patiently seeks the conversion of every single soul, going as far as to suffer, shed His Precious Blood and die on the cross.

St. Paul teaches this when he says that Christ loved us and"gave Himself up for us, a fragrant offering and sacrifice to God."Each of us can assent with St. Paul that Christ "loved me and gave Himself for me." However, God in His infinite wisdom respects man's freedom: man is free to reject God’s grace.

My brothers and sisters in Christ, Faith is the belief that God loves us despite ourselves, that we always have a place at His table.  But faith means little until that invitation is accepted; baptism is just a ritual unless it is actively and intentionally lived out in thought, word and deed.  

We find so many reasons to refuse God's welcome: First, we pick and choose what we want to believe, (why do people claim to belong to a particular Faith and not accept all of its teachings?) in spite of the fact that common sense informs us that what God has revealed and entrusted to His Church to safeguard, is clear and sufficient for our eternal salvation. 

And secondly, we consciously confuse virtue with vice when we put our emotions before rational thought and extend false compassion to those we have influence over instead of fraternally correcting them for the sake of their eternal salvation and ours!

Christ, in the parable of the king's banquet, calls us to realize that we have a place reserved at God's heavenly banquet, and that God has invited each of us to his Son's wedding feast — the fullness of God's life in the resurrection. 

But our only obstacle is our conscious inability or unconscious refusal to recognize, accept and carry out God's invitation.

Mary, Help of Christians, pray for us!

Elected/Selected Officers for 2017-18 Fraternal Year
 

Faithful Sir Knights,

The following SK’s were elected/selected as Officers, for the 2017-18 Fraternal Year.

Friar - Fr. Jonathan Bakkelund

Navigator - SK Ty Simmons

Captain - SK Tim Higgs

Pilot - SK Jason Lynch

Inner Sentinel  - SK Chuck Lewis

Outer Sentinel - SK John Kunkel 

Year 1 Trustee - SK Leroy (Bud) Howatt

Year 2 Trustee - SK Tim Cooper

Year 3 Trustee - SK Don Galloy

Purser - SK Tim Lyons

Scribe -  SK Bill Dugan

 

Comptroller - SK Jim Palicka  ( Appointed )

Admiral - SK Don Galloy  ( Appointed )

Color Corps Commander SK Troy Gower (Appointed)