July 2020 archive of From the Desk of Fr. Mike
Posted by Anne Serwe on 7/20/20
For a time in my youth as I thought about the greatness of God, I would ask the common question: “If God is so powerful; why does he allow evil to happen in the world?” Isn’t the expression of evil in the world a sign of the weakness of God?
We hear in both the first reading as well as the Gospel that the answer is precisely the opposite. As Wisdom declares: “But though you are master of might, you judge with clemency, and with much lenience you govern us; for power, whenever you will, attends you.” Jesus makes it clearer in his parable of the sower who sowed good seeds. While he was asleep his enemy came and sowed weeds. As both grow the servants point this out to the sower with the question: “Do you want us to pull out the weeds?” and his answer: “No, if you pull up the weeds you might take the wheat with them.” The sower certainly had the power to rid his garden of the weeds, but if it costs his wheat crop it would not be worth ... Read More »
Posted by Anne Serwe on 7/13/20
Thank you for your prayers and notes of encouragement as I take this trip with the medical community.
Some pre-history: about two years ago I began to struggle with sores on my right leg. I was diagnosed with cellulitis and prescribed an anti-biotic. I took the medicine faithfully, but ... Read More »
Posted by Anne Serwe on 7/06/20
Happy 4th of July to everyone. May your travels be safe and the time you spend with family joyous! If you are away from St. Joe’s this weekend—you can still watch Mass after 8:30 am on our website, YouTube channel and Facebook.