Our fundamental mission as a parish family is to announce the Good News of Jesus Christ and thus form our members into a community of disciples who make God’s love known.more...
We are all called to serve the Lord Jesus by celebrating the sacraments, educating our people in the truths of our faith and providing for physical, emotional and spiritual needs. With this purpose in mind, our parish offers many varied ministries and programs which engage and serve hundreds of people.
As we look forward to this next year at St. Peter the Apostle Parish, we pause to give thanks to the Lord, our God, for all the blessings received during our years together as a parish family. With God's help, and with the cooperation of all of us who make up this faith community, I trust that the goodness of the Lord will continue to shine upon us in the years to come. Thank you for your support and prayers. God bless all you good people.
“The disciples’ observation was accurate, but not profound. It really was a desolate place, and the hour really was late. And the only path forward they could see was, “Send them away.” But Jesus was there. Standing right there in plain view. Conversing with them.more...
But the disciples have already reached this brilliant conclusion: It can’t be done. I’m sure Jesus needed to be told that. So he turned the tables on them: “You give them something to eat.” The word you is emphatic in the Greek text. And he really meant it. The disciples really were about to feed all those people, by his power. He told the disciples to do the impossible, because they were about to do the impossible. Every command of Jesus comes with the power of Jesus. But he does demand our involvement: “You give them something to eat.”
Without him, we can’t. Without us, he won’t. Another way of saying it is, “The Lord is with you, while you are with him” (2 Chronicles 15:2). When we are wholehearted toward him, the fullness of his Spirit moves toward us. Then we can feed the people. His fullness through us, with new passion, new wisdom, new sacrifice, new ideas, new systems, creative new designs that speak into people’s needs today rather than people’s needs yesterday. We’re not sitting around and waiting for him to do it for us. Nor are we presuming to do his work in our own strength. Nor are we limited to old patterns and assumptions that don’t work any more. But with his power and wisdom entering afresh into our wholehearted efforts today, the people will be fed.”
“Jesus wants to express his fullness through you. Always begin your thinking and your planning and your deciding from the standpoint of Jesus’ fullness in your life. Always begin with the plenty of God. Face life with all you have in Christ. Never face life from the standpoint of all the problems and all the needs and all the difficulties. Always begin with your standing in Christ. You have rivers of living water, Christ in you, fullness of grace and truth. That’s what Jesus gives us!”
Reflection on the need to feed the hungry
What do you most treasure and how do you keep it secure? In a peasant community the best safe was often the earth. The man in the parable “went in his joy” to sell everything. Why? more...
Because he found a treasure worth possessing above everything else he had. He did not, however, have enough to buy the treasure. Fortunately, he only needed enough money to buy the field. In a similar fashion, God offers his kingdom as incomparable treasure at a price we can afford! We can’t pay the full price for the life which God gives us; but when we exchange our life for the life which God offers, we receive a treasure beyond compare. The pearl of great price also tells us a similar lesson. Pearls in the ancient world came to represent the supremely valuable. Jesus remarked that one should not cast pearls before swine (Matthew 7:6). Why would a merchant sell everything for a peerless pearl? No doubt because he was attracted to what he thought was the greatest treasure he could possess.
Discovering God’s kingdom is like stumbling across hidden treasure or finding the one pearl of great price. When we discover the kingdom of God we receive the greatest possible treasure – the Lord himself. Selling all that we have to obtain this incomparable treasure could mean many things – our friends, job, our “style of life”, what we do with our free time. Treasure has a special connection to the heart, the place of desire and longing, the place of will and focus. The thing we most set our heart on is our highest treasure. In this parable what does the treasure of the kingdom refer to? It certainly refers to the kingdom of God in all its aspects. But in a special way, the Lord himself is the treasure we seek. If the Almighty is your gold and your precious silver, then you will delight yourself in the Almighty mighty (Job 22:22-23). Is the Lord the treasure and delight of your heart?
“Lord Jesus, reveal to me the true riches of your kingdom. Help me to set my heart on you alone as the treasure beyond compare with any other. Free my heart of any inordinate desires or attachment to other things that I may freely give to you all that I have in joy and gratitude for all that you have given to me. May I always find joy and delight in your presence.”