View Article

The Deac

Posted on July 27, 2022 in: Pastor

The Deac

Let’s begin with thank you. Thank you to everyone for the birthday wishes I have received after my picture was plastered all over the cover of the Parish Bulletin announcing my 70th year of birth. I want to especially thank my wife Patty for sending that picture to Mary Pat. Wondering why I would thank her? There were far worse pictures she could have shared. As a parish family, it is fun to see how our parish families live, celebrate and enjoy life.  If you have pictures from your family vacations this summer, I encourage you to send them in to Mary Pat to share with our Parish Family. (bulletin@visitationbvm.org)

Webster’s Dictionary describes vain as having or showing undue or excessive pride in one's appearance or achievements: CONCEITED. All of our readings this Sunday deal with the same thing: getting to heaven and what can slow us down on getting there.

In our 1st reading, Qoheleth, the author of Book of Ecclesiastes, begins with these famous words: Vanity of vanities! All things are vanity! The poet seems full of gloom and doom about the world and its future.

The author also tells us we must appreciate what we have here, now, today, and to live in the present, putting aside our worries about the past and fears of the future, placing our trust in God to take care of both.

St. Paul tells the Colossians seek what is above, where Christ is. Put away everything that holds you back from God. Get rid of your old self and put on a new self, then you, too, will appear with him in glory.

After hearing the Parable of the Rich Fool, I assume some of you might think that Jesus hates the rich. Not at all. Jesus is not interested in money. He’s not interested in whether you’re successful or a failure. His interest is in all things of God. And, of course, God’s main interest is you and me.

The First Reading, from Ecclesiastes, serves as a lead-in to the theme of the Gospel. The shortness of human life and its inevitable knowledge that we are born to die. Jesus tells us a cautionary tale, The Parable of the Rich Fool, a parable for us all to mull over, to puzzle over, to make us think a little deeper about what real life is all about, especially your own life.

I could have been upset about my picture on the front of the bulletin or the fact that Fr. Bob made sure that everyone had a copy, but this is not what life is all about. Our life is about following Jesus’ teachings, about how we live our life so we can secure a place in the kingdom of God. God bless you in your sincere efforts to save your soul.