Last Monday night we concluded our discernment process for our Parish Pastoral Council. I am grateful to everyone who was part of the process and for those who expressed interest but were unable to make the commitment this year. As I write this we have not had the opportunity to notify our new members. Next week their names will be in the bulletin.
Those going off the Council are Mike Poindexter, Shelli Lange, and Sue Rusco. I am grateful for their time on the Council. They bring many gifts to our parish and continue to serve in many ways.
Please pray for our Pastoral Council as they provide a vision for our parish.
I hope you are planning to attend our Summer Gatherings on July 28th, 29th, and 30th. Biagio Mazza will facilitate our sessions this year on “Mary in the New Testament and as a Member of the Communion of Saints.” There will be a simple meal served in the gym before the sessions. If you are just planning on coming to the sessions we should begin at 6:45 p.m. Please call the parish office if you plan to attend and let us know if you will need baby-sitting. Michelle Stewart will be offering a mini Vacation Bible School during the sessions for children ages 4-10. You can find more information elsewhere in this bulletin.
I also invite you to save the date for a Mission that the three Lee’s Summit Catholic Parishes are sponsoring on Nov. 16th (Sunday) and 17th (Monday) of this year. Frank Runyeon will present 2 Gospel dramas: Nov. 16th will be Afraid: The Gospel of Mark and Nov. 17th will: The 3 ½ Stories of Christmas. Both nights will begin at 7:00 p.m. at Presentation Church. Mark your calendars. More information will be coming later.
In our second reading today from his letter to the Romans Paul says, “You are not in the flesh; on the contrary, you are in the spirit, if only the Spirit of God dwells in you.” By “flesh,” Paul referred to that aspect of the human person that is closed and hostile toward God. What is being juxtaposed here are not two parts of the same person – flesh and spirit, body and soul – but two ways of living. A flesh-driven life means living in a way that is shaped and controlled by the values and standards of a world in rebellion against God. Those who live in the Spirit, on the other hand, have a mindset that places God first and orders their values and priorities accordingly. This mindset also maintains the constant awareness that the Spirit is not a possession, nor can the Spirit be earned. Rather, the Spirit is God’s gift. This indwelling Spirit comes as a gift and a guest, and should be welcomed and venerated with the utmost respect and humility. (Taken from Celebration, Patricia Sanchez)
So what is guiding your life…spirit or flesh?