Today we celebrate the solemnity of Our Lord Jesus Christ, King of the Universe.  What a grand and lofty title for Jesus Christ and yet in our scripture readings today we don’t hear so much about grand and lofty.  Ezekiel speaks of the Lord God as a shepherd.  Nothing very regal about that title.  This […]

Our mass of Thanksgiving is this coming Tuesday, Nov. 21, at 7:00 p.m.  Please bring food for Lee’s Summit Social Services.  Today take some time to write something you are thankful for on one of the sheets in the narthex or by one of the other exits. After mass last Saturday night, a granddaughter of […]

November 11th is Veterans Day.  It is a good day to thank people who have served our country by their service in the military. Don’t forget to sign up for our Thanksgiving meal on Monday, November 20, at 11:00 a.m.  You can sign up on-line or call the parish office. November is a month we […]

Last Sunday we had a beautiful prayer service celebrating the 500th anniversary of the Reformation.  Since the Second Vatican Council the Catholic Church and the Lutheran Church have been in dialogue about where we stand as Church.  What is it that we have in common?  Where can we continue to grow in understanding?  What will […]

Teacher, which commandment of the law is the greatest? —Matthew 23:36 Greek thinkers valued brevity.  They believed the simplest statements expressed the purest truths.   A well expressed phrase could epitomize an entire philosophical system.  Plato summed up the thought of his teacher Socrates, for example, with an ancient, two-word proverb: “Know thyself.”  Israel developed similar motifs […]

Saint Teresa of Calcutta Prayer People are often unreasonable, irrational, and self-centered. Forgive them anyway. If you are kind, people may accuse you of selfish, ulterior motives. Be kind anyway. If you are successful, you will win some unfaithful friends and some genuine enemies.  Succeed anyway. If you are honest and sincere people may deceive […]

I know how to live in humble circumstances; I know also how to live with abundance. In every circumstance and in all things I have learned the secret of being well fed and of going hungry, of living in abundance and of being in need. I can do all things in him who strengthens me. […]