In the Gospel parable, there are 10 women waiting for the Lord. But when the Lord comes, half of these women are rejected. As the parable explains it, the problem is that five of the women are off shopping for oil when the Lord comes, and so they’re left out. They are the foolish ones. The other five women are the wise ones, welcomed by the Lord.
Dear Friends and Visitors,
I am delighted to welcome you at our “digital front door”, our parish website.
For over 60 years, residents of Fern Creek, Highview, Buechel and Jeffersontown have been about the good work of working, playing and praying out our parish mission and contemplating the future of Saint Gabriel the Archangel Catholic Parish. We are glad to have you join us on the front end of the next 60 years.
What you see now, before you, is the good fruit of those efforts. This is the “map” and “tool” by which our parish can communicate the good news and the great grace alive here.
Saint Gabriel the Archangel Parish is a place of rich history and vast potential. Our parishioners form one body comprised of both city and country, the United States and other lands, young and old. Seekers are drawn to this holy place to PRAISE GOD, PROCLAIM the good news, SERVE others and BUILD community.
Come grow with us here, WHERE THE SPIRIT SOARS!
Fr. John A Schwartzlose
Every parent, no matter how patient, may have a “breaking point.” Even a parent who may tolerate endless noise and outrageous disobedience from their children will finally blow up when the breaking point is reached. In the first reading from Exodus 22, God tells us what his breaking point is. It has to do with those people who are aliens and orphans.
There seem to be two realms, God’s and Caesar’s. Jesus says so in Sunday’s Gospel: “Give to God the things that are God’s and to Caesar the things that are Caesar’s.”
Which realm do we live in?
Some days it seems like we are witnessing the transitional moment wherein the world we know is falling away and the world to come is soon upon us. We are perhaps seeing the worldly kingdom end and the heavenly kingdom being made ready...or we are being made ready for it. The kingdom has been prepared, and it is coming, and we do not know the day nor the hour. But, Jesus likened it to a wedding banquet to which the invited guests are summoned.
We often think of the Archdiocese as an administrative structure and yet archdiocesan ministries and programs serve thousands of individuals and families each year. In fact, there is probably no other private organization in our state that offers the scope of spiritual and human services as those provided through our archdiocesan agencies and organizations.
Do nothing out of selfishness or out of vainglory; rather, humbly regard others as more important than yourselves, each looking out not for his own interests, but also for those of others. Have in you the same attitude that is also in Christ Jesus.” (Philippians 2:1-11)
God’s forgiveness is always there, and so is God’s love.
We are a family. We are a church. We are an assembly of people gathered to do the work of God. This work brings us together around the table of the Lord and sends us forward to renew the face of the earth.
Peter knew that Jesus was the Messiah, awaited by God’s people, but he did not understand that Jesus would be a suffering Messiah. “God forbid that any such thing ever happen to you!” he is famous for having uttered to that very Messiah.
The Catholic Church has always looked up to today’s Gospel as the cornerstone of the Petrine ministry, the special role played by the successor of Peter. Catholics believe that the Bishop of Rome exercises a special authority over the church
Let’s look at scripture from this Sunday’s liturgy. The Canaanite woman was alone: a Gentile in a Jewish world and a woman in a man’s world. What makes her special? It is her determination: she turns to her advantage Jesus’ statement about not giving food to the dogs.
Here in the United States we are celebrating our Independence as a nation in 1776. The ensuing war to secure that separation was bloody and hard and sad way to begin a nation’s history. Since that time, we have often tried to preserve our union and our liberties and assist other areas of the world to gain or retain their identities. We still struggle with that identity and that activity.
Since the days of Adam and Eve, in the Garden of Eden, and the murderous infighting between Cain and Able, every generation has struggled to live in harmony with one another and with God. This struggle continues in our time.
“When the time for Pentecost was fulfilled, they were all in one place together. And suddenly there came from the sky a noise like a strong driving wind, and it filled the entire house in which they were.
Then there appeared to them tongues as of fire, which parted and came to rest on each one of them.
I sincerely hope this finds you doing well in spite of all we are dealing with. I'm writing to say hello and pass along some important information.
Earlier this week, we received an updated letter from Archbishop Kurtz, in which he extended the suspension of public masses: "In light of the need for social distancing, I must extend the suspension of public Masses for another two weeks until May 15, with the possibility that these limits could continue even longer."