Friday, May 1, 2020 at 11:29 PM

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To the people of God and parishioners of
St. Thomas the Apostle Church and St. Patrick Mission


Almighty God and Father, we thank you for the gift of good health and peace that we have enjoyed for so many years.  As we find ourselves in this time of crisis today, we ask for your mercy to be upon each of us.

Come and guide the minds of those working to discover a treatment for the COVID-19 virus.  We pray for the healthcare workers that are standing on the front line of this battle.  We ask that you will grant them strength and protection as they give of themselves in selfless service.  May you fill them with your Holy Spirit as they work to be your healing hands and feet!

Loving Father, we also surrender to you all those who have been afflicted with the virus.  Grant them your healing grace, so that they may recover soon and continue to be witnesses of your love in their lives.  We make this prayer through Christ, our Savior and Redeemer. 



Message from the desk of the Pastor:

Fifteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time

How appropriate that in the middle of summer we hear readings from scripture that speak of the fruitful earth.  Looking around outside, we likely see a cavalcade of green.  Trees and grass, plants and flowers are nourished by the summer rain and sun.  When we gather together here on Sunday, our faith is nourished by the Lord through word and sacrament.  Let us pray that we may be rich soil for the word of God to take root, bloom, and thrive across the earth.

Message from Today’s Readings:

Witness the cycle of life!  Isaiah begins with rain and snow.  They fall from the heavens, enabling the growth of plants and trees, which are abundant in oxygen; fruits and vegetables, all rich in nutrition; and rivers and lakes, which they fill with life-giving water.  They then evaporate to return to the heavens where the cycle can begin anew.  Jesus tells the crowds of the cycle that starts with a seed.  When it falls onto rich soil, it produces fruit.  What originated as a handful of seeds can now feed dozens.  Its own seeds are replanted to produce another generation of fruit.  The cycle goes on.  Jesus explains to his disciples that the seed is the word of God.  When the seed lands on fertile soil, the word is digested by someone who understands it, takes it to heart, and spreads it on to others, making more disciples inspired by this same word.  At the beginning of his Gospel, John identifies Jesus as the Word.  Jesus came down from heaven, gathered disciples for his mission, suffered and died for our sins, then returned to the Father in glory.  The rain, the seed, the word, Jesus Christ: all have come down to earth as gifts from God, giving us life and nourishment, sustenance and delight, purpose and mission, adoption and redemption.

How can you sustain these cycles of life?

Liturgy of the Word: 

Isaiah 55:10-11    God’s word accomplishes its intended purpose.

Psalm 65     “The seed that falls on good ground will yield a fruitful harvest.”

Romans 8:18-23     “All creation eagerly awaits the glory of God.”

Matthew 13:1-23 or 13:1-9    “A sower went out to sow.”

Isaiah’s poetry and Jesus’ parable tell in complementary ways the power of God’s word.  Isaiah extols its fruitfulness, the Lord promising that it will flower just as the fertile earth does when watered by rain or snow.  Jesus tells of the sower, whose indiscriminate scattering of the word of the kingdome leads to different outcomes depending on where it lands.  May we listen attentively today, soaking up God’s word so that it may bear fruit in us.


Isaiah couldn’t have had the scientific understanding we have today of the water cycle, but he nailed it in the metaphor we read today.  Water falls from the sky in the form of precipitation, provides hydration for plants and trees so they can bear fruit, collects in rivers and lakes to provide a necessary resource for humans and animals, then returns to the heavens having nourished and sustained life here on earth.  So too does God’s word.  When spoken from the heavens, it has a creative (think of the creation story in Genesis) and transformative (think of the Transfiguration story in the Gospels) effect.  It does God’s will here on earth (Jesus as the Word come down from heaven).  It nourishes us and sustains us even as it rises back to the heavens to continue the cycle of life.

At first glance, the sower seems to be doing a lousy job of sowing.  Why throw seed onto a path or on rocky ground where it has little chance of germinating?  Why not take the time to pull the thorns first so that they won’t choke the plants later?  Wouldn’t it make the most sense to sow all the seed in rich soil?  But God will not limit where the seed goes.  Everyone gets a chance to receive God’s grace, no matter what obstacles may be in the way.  God’s wild extravagance gives goodness a chance to bloom in unexpected and unlikely places, allowing it to bear fruit far beyond expectations.

It is natural to listen to the Gospel and try to determine which spot on the ground we are.  Am I the rich soil or the rocky ground?  If we’re honest, perhaps we’ll realize that we can be each of the options at different times.  Sometimes God’s word just doesn’t take root or is choked off by material concerns to which I give greater priority.  Let us resolve to be fertile ground for god’s living, transformative word as often as possible.

Questions of the Week:

How can I be more receptive to God’s word, like rich soil?  What specific action can I accomplish this week to bear fruit?

Prayer of the Faithful:

Inspired by the word of God, we turn now to the Lord with our needs and the needs of our sisters and brothers around the world.

For the Church, that we may emulate the model of the sower and that the seed we sow may produce good fruit, a hundred or sixty or thirty fold, let us pray to the Lord.

That the thorns of disease, hunger, and poverty that have a chokehold on the most vulnerable may be cleared away, thereby allowing the fruits of God’s goodness to flourish in all corners of the world, let us pray to the Lord.

For an end to gun violence, that we may collectively turn toward peace and bring forth a world without the senseless loss of life in shootings, let us pray to the Lord.

For those struggling to recover from natural disasters—storms and floods, fires and earthquakes—that they may find assistance, comfort, and hope, let us pray to the Lord.

For those on summer vacations, that they may return home safely, renewed and refreshed from their travels, let us pray to the Lord.

For all the prayers that we hold in the silence of our hearts; for all our intentions spoken and unspoken, let us pray to the Lord.

Act of Spiritual Communion:

My Jesus, I believe that You are in the Blessed Sacrament.  I love You above all things, and I long for You in my soul.  Since I cannot now receive You sacramentally, come at least spiritually into my heart.  As though You have already come, I embrace You and unite myself entirely to You; never permit me to be separated from You.  Amen


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You are all in my daily prayers and are remembered in the Mass that I celebrate each day.  I continue to pray that each of you receive many blessings from God. 

From the desk of Fr. Philip.


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