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

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The Pastor's weekly message

What do we do with the great paradoxes of life? How do we face a life that is both filled with joy and sorrow, with hope and despair, with promise and disappointment, with life and death? All great religions need to give us ways to understand and negotiate these paradoxes that both form and plague human existence. The readings for this Sunday give us the Catholic Christian response to the conundrum of life lived with paradox.

But first let me share the Hindu and Buddhist response to paradox. For Hindus and Buddhists, accepting paradox is at the center of living life in the world with awareness. Life is paradox. Life and death are simply two sides of the same coin. As Hindus and Buddhists face that conundrum (mystery) of paradox they are invited into meditation and silence, a place beyond words and understanding, because paradox is the very nature of life itself and is beyond comprehension. In the Bible we get a little sense of this Eastern approach to life whenever we read the Book of Ecclesiastes, There is a time to be born and a time to die... a time to plant and a time to reap... a time to love and a time to hate...

But we in the west, followers of the Abrahamic faiths (those that trace their beginning to Abraham and Sarah), i.e., Jews, Christians and Muslims believe that God is not the source of paradox but is Good and wants only good things for us. So, how then do we deal with evil in the world and all the bad things that happen to us like betrayals, sickness and death? The west has handled that conundrum by positing a devil, an evil force that somehow penetrated God's good world and introduced suffering, pain and death where God wanted only joy and life. Our readings this Sunday both from the Book of Wisdom (God did not make death) and from the Gospel of Mark, the healing of Jairus' daughter and of the woman with the hemorrhage, show us that God only wants for us healing and life. Our faith will make us whole and will prove this desire of God to be true.

In a world of growing interfaith conversation, the discussion about why life is paradox and how best we are to understand it, makes for fascinating dialogue, don't you think? Perhaps our own suffering can both invite us into deep prayer and meditation where the mystery can only be understood in the silence and where our faith will make us whole.

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