Reflections on Sunday’s Readings: July 30, 2017

Where your treasure isThe 17th Sunday in Ordinary Time. The news around the world each day confronts us with images and stories that can push us to the core of our faith and conscience, and lead us to seek out meaning and understanding. This weekend’s scriptures offer us some insight into how we might see and respond to these realities. God offers King Solomon any gift, and Solomon asks that he be given an understanding heart to distinguish right from wrong. In the gospel reading, Jesus invites us to be a part of the kingdom of heaven, a reign of God on earth now and for all time. This is the true treasure, worth giving up all else. What do we truly treasure? Do we accept the “cost” of discipleship?

Obituary for Jinny Ratterman

Jinny RattermanVirginia Bachner Ratterman, 78, of Louisville, passed away Tuesday, June 27, 2017.

Born November 21, 1938 in Chicago, IL., she was a retired psychologist.

She is survived by her loving husband, Joseph H. Ratterman. In addition, she is survived by her brother, four sisters, her sons Daniel J. Ratterman, Thomas J. Ratterman (Maria), her daughter Julia H. Howard (Jimmy), along with seven grandchildren and one great-grandchild.

Reflections on Sunday’s Readings: July 23, 2017

weeds and wheatThis is the 16th Sunday in Ordinary Time. The crowds listening to Jesus know that mustard seed is an invasive weed - no one would ever sow mustard seeds - except God! Today’s scriptures remind us that God’s love encompasses all, and reaches even those that are rejected...those who are on the fringes...those who are broken. God’s love reaches the divorced, the depressed, the homeless, the gay, the jobless and the addicted. Our personal weeds grow together with our wheat. Things cannot be sorted out cleanly now, however much we might like to do so. But God’s love reaches each of us as we are and fills us with forgiveness. This is freely given by God to all of us, and can’t be earned. All we are called to do is to be open to this incredible gift of God, and, in turn, to reach out to others with this same love.

Sages Trip To Virginia

Virginia BeachThe following report was submitted by Bobbe Moutray, a member of Epiphany Sages.


….as a goodly number of Epiphany Sages and their friends quickly found out! It’s for lovers of history, of nature, of people, of ocean waves, and of just downright FUN!

This particular tour was, in fact, a “maiden voyage” for our carrier Diamond Tours. Williamsburg, VA had just opened up on the list of destination cities for the company, and the Sages were more than willing to “take the plunge” and, as we quickly learned, it was a memorable trip in so many ways!

Once again, in an attempt to put as many miles behind us as possible on our day of departure from Louisville, we watched movies relative to our trip and played fun games of Bingo and Fly Swatter Derby (our touring Sages’ version of “the fastest two minutes in racing”). That made our arrival time in Roanoke (after dinner) very reasonable.

Reflections on Sunday’s Readings: July 16, 2017

Sower of seedThis is the 15th Sunday in Ordinary Time. In the gospel parable today, the image of the sower is of one who generously, almost recklessly, scatters seeds everywhere. Grace is abundant. The goodness of God is abundant. God’s word is abundant. The possibilities for the world and its people are numerous and wonderful. The challenge is to share this abundance responsibly and lovingly. Some close their eyes or ears or hearts and do not respond to the word. Shocked by wealth and anxiety, we can close ourselves to the reality of the poor and marginalized of our world. Shocked by the structures and institutions of our world, we can feel paralyzed. The word today reminds us that something more is possible.

What are the things in your life that choke off the effectiveness of God’s word? What in your life nurtures the seed of God’s word to fullness?

The Sunday Readings:

Reflections on Sunday’s Readings: July 9, 2017

Come to meThis is the 14th Sunday in Ordinary Time. Working through the humble and the lowly, God is transforming the world. The world usually uses power, weapons and warfare to try to achieve freedom and peace, but Jesus teaches us another way. The Messiah is not a conquering warrior, but one who comes in the ways of peace, inviting us into a freeing relationship of love where we do not shoulder our burdens alone.

The gospel reminds us that this counter-cultural message is a message of liberation and life. As we let go of all the craziness of our culture, we will find “rest” and finally really be alive. Then, justice and peace can truly begin to thrive.

The Readings:

July 4th Liturgy

Pray for our nationWhat: Mass on July 4, 2017

Time 8:30 AM

Where: Worship Center

  • Wishing you a fun and blessed Fourth of July holiday!
  • Remember to pray in a special way for our country, that we may grow in the ways that will make us a truly great nation.
  • Join us for 8:30 AM Mass on Tuesday, July 4, 2017.

“A nation can be considered great when it defends liberty as Lincoln did, when it fosters a culture which enables people to “dream” of full rights for all their brothers and sisters, as Martin Luther King sought to do; when it strives for justice and the cause of the oppressed, as Dorothy Day did by her tireless work, the fruit of a faith which becomes dialogue and sows peace in the contemplative style of Thomas Merton.” Pope Francis speaking to US Congress, 2015

A Prayer for Our Nation

Reflections on Sunday’s Readings: July 2, 2017

Take up your cross; follow ChristThis is the 13th Sunday in Ordinary Time. We receive because others give - so much of our lives depends upon the generosity of others - and all life and everything we do is because of the utter generosity of God! Taking up our cross and living as Jesus means we must be givers as well as receivers. And we must become as generous in our self-giving as Christ is.

Jesus calls us to single-mindedness, to put him at the center of our lives. He also reminds us that whoever receives his followers receives him. Our relationship to Jesus is connected to our relationships with each other. Then we find that every act of self-giving is really an act of receiving. We receive strengthened relationships, less wandering from God, the knowledge that we’ve eased another’s burden, the abiding presence of Christ and the fullness of Life that is given through our faithfulness. In generously giving and receiving we lose our lives for the sake of others, and find fullness of Life - Jesus himself.

Reflections on Sunday’s Readings: June 25, 2017

Be not afraidThis is the 12th Sunday in Ordinary Time. Though it may take total commitment, as for Jeremiah, to be faithful in the face of opposition and difficulty, God brings us healing and strength through the gracious gift of Jesus. In today’s gospel, Jesus helps us sort out fear. “Fear no one,” he states boldly. We need only to keep Jesus’ continued presence before us and act accordingly. We can be assured that God counts every hair on our head, and counts us worthy to be disciples. Jesus challenges us to fear what is truly death-dealing, “the one who can destroy both soul and body. ” This kind of death comes from choosing our own selfish interests rather than the way of Christ. As we gather in community, may we be reminded of the love of God that strengthens us to continue, together, to choose the way of Christ that brings Life and helps us let go of fear.

The Sunday Readings:

Reflections on Sunday’s Readings: June 18, 2017

Corpus ChristiThis Sunday is the Solemnity of the Body and Blood of Christ. The Eucharist is about sharing food and sharing in God’s life. What matters is not simply eating the bread and drinking the cup, but participating in the life and mission of Christ, whose sacramental presence impels us into the world to transform it. Eucharist celebrates and challenges our sharing and our relationship with each other.

We can ask questions about our sacramental celebrations:

  • Does our celebration of the Eucharist reflect the excitement and joy of being one in community?
  • Does our celebration reflect a spirit of deep “solidarity?" Are we celebrating our solidarity as the living Mystical Body of Christ?
  • Is everyone welcome? Is there diversity in our community?
  • Does the Eucharist empower us for action – for life?