Brothers and sisters: What will separate us from the love of Christ? Will anguish, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or the sword? No, in all these things we conquer overwhelmingly through him who loved us.

St. Paul in his Letter to the Romans 8:35, 37

Or pandemics or racism? Same answer.

In the reading from Matthew, Jesus is grieving for John the Baptist, who has just been executed in the prison of Herod Antipas, the Jewish ruler of Galilee. Jesus tries to find some solitude, some quiet. He gets into a boat and flees to a deserted place. But the crowds will not be denied, and despite his grief and his great desire to be alone, Jesus has compassion on them. The disciples would send the crowd away but Jesus says, no, feed them!

I can feel the disciples’ dismay. They are undoubtedly as hungry and tired as the crowds. They just want the problem – the crowds – to go away. But Jesus challenges them to solve the problem themselves. Of course, Jesus gives them an absolutely ridiculous answer to their objection that five loaves and two fish won’t feed the multitude: “Give me the food and have everyone sit down.” In other words, “Bring me your problem; I will fix this.”

Let us find a quiet place where we can bring our problems to Jesus. Then let us listen.

Let us be generous with our financial resources:

  • Give to the St Vincent de Paul Society by going to our website at st-therese.cc.  Scroll down to the St Vincent de Paul button near the bottom of the home page. If you prefer to write checks, please send them to Sr. Kathleen -SVdP , 3514 E. Marion St. , Seattle, WA 98122. The St. Therese conference has been overwhelmed by requests in the St Edwards area, which our conference is now serving. Please be generous!
  • Support the work of the Church of Western Washington by clicking on this link: Annual Catholic Appeal. If you have questions about the Appeal, please email me at jvrussell85@gmail.com
  • Finally, you can make a contribution online at st-therese.org and clicking on the “Donate Now” button or use the Push-Pay app on your phone.

Finally, join the Social Justice Commission! If there was ever a moment that St Therese needs a Social Justice Commission it is now! If you want to work for justice, email Trisha Tinsley at citizencoach@gmail.com.

 

Stewardship Corner

Weekly Updates from our Stewardship Commission


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Wrath and anger are hateful things.

Thursday, September 17, 2020
Sirach may have hated wrath and anger but wrath and anger are hate-filled emotions. Mostly they are full of self-hate from a profound frustration... Read More

Do not conform yourselves to this age but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and pleasing and perfect.

Thursday, September 17, 2020
OK. This isn’t about this week’s readings. It’s the same reading I commented on last week in regards to materialism and the... Read More

Do not conform yourselves to this age but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and pleasing and perfect.

Saturday, August 29, 2020
Oh, boy. St. Paul is talking about prayer again and here sets out a daunting prayer challenge: first we must figure out how we are conforming to... Read More

For from God and through God and for God are all things.

Tuesday, August 25, 2020
Today’s reading from Paul immediately follows last week’s passages about God delivering all to disobedience so that God may show mercy.... Read More

For God delivered all to disobedience, that he might have mercy upon all.

Friday, August 14, 2020
What? God delivers all to disobedience??? Well, God, after all, did put the snake in Eden. There is no redemption without sin. Those of us who are... Read More

Brothers and sisters: What will separate us from the love of Christ? Will anguish, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or the sword? No, in all these things we conquer overwhelmingly through him who loved us.

Monday, August 10, 2020
Or pandemics or racism? Same answer. In the reading from Matthew, Jesus is grieving for John the Baptist, who has just been executed in the prison... Read More

“Give your servant, therefore, an understanding heart.”

Monday, August 10, 2020
I have a New American Bible, revised, that translates this passage with “a listening heart.”  I have also seen this translated as... Read More

Brothers and sisters: The Spirit comes to the aid of our weakness; for we do not know how to pray as we ought,

Sunday, July 19, 2020
The full text of Romans 8:26-27 (which wouldn't fit in the blog title) is: Brothers and sisters: The Spirit comes to the aid of our weakness; for... Read More