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25 Mountainview Street
Voorheesville, New York 12186
Phone (518) 765-2805
Fax (518) 765-3701

Our Mission Statement
Our Mission Statement

Pastor's weekly message

Last Sunday, St. Luke's Gospel told us that the parable we were going to hear was about learning to pray always without losing heart. This Sunday, St. Luke tells us what to look for in this well known story of the self-righteous pharisee and the penitent tax collector. This week we are told that this story is for those who were convinced of their own righteousness and despised everyone else. Luke wants us to be aware that this story is not about some false humility that we should put on before God. It is about our inner attitude as we approach God in prayer and most especially how we see others before God. It is about prayer and about how we judge others.

Sociologists tell us that it may be rooted in our genetic code to make snap judgements of others in order to protect us from harm. The earliest human beings developed an innate fear of any other that was not of our tribe because they could be an enemy. Jesus tells us to bless those who curse you, pray for those who mistreat you. (Lk. 6:28) or in Matthew 5:44, But I say to you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you. Jesus' asks that we, his disciples, love one another, especially our enemies, those who persecute, mistreat, and misunderstand us. Jesus asks us to leave the judgement of others to God. We are asked simply to love one another as we have been loved by God.

The pharisee in our Gospel today makes a judgement about the tax collector who, he believes must be greedy, dishonest, maybe even adulterous. But the tax collector simply stands before the mercy of God, recognizing his sinfulness and asks simply that God be merciful to me a sinner. If sociologists are correct and it is part of our genes that we will always be too quick to judge then the message of Jesus to be different and to love others as we would want to be loved must also be constantly in our heart and mind. Racial, religious, sexual, economic, cultural or national profiling (judging) has no place in the life of a disciple of Jesus. All are to be judged by their merits, by who they truly are and what they do. And that judgement should always be left to God.

Fr. Chris

Mass Schedule
Saturday Vigil at 5:00 PM
Sunday at 8:30 and 10:30 AM
Tues, Wed, and Fri at 8:30 AM
Rosary and Novena
Monday at 6:30 PM
(September through May)
Saturday at 4:00 PM
(or by appointment)
Office Hours
Monday - Friday 9 AM to 3 PM