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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

In today's Gospel many of Jesus followers will abandon him. They find his teachings about eating his flesh and drinking his blood (making him the center and source of their lives) as simply too hard to accept..."This saying is hard! Who can accept it." Many might also say that about the second reading this week from the Letter to the Ephesians: "Wives should be subordinate to their husbands as to the Lord." Both sayings require serious reflection and careful reading because they can be so easily misunderstood and misinterpreted.

The first line in our second reading clarifies the role of both husband and wife. "Brothers and Sisters, be subordinate to one another out of reverence for Christ." A follower of Christ is to treat each person as if they were the Christ. And the perfect "sacrament" of that mutual respect, reverence and love for the other, should be seen in the marriage relationship. In that love, husbands and wives are to submit to each other. In fact, the Letter to the Ephesians spends more time telling men to love and cherish their wives then it advises wives how to relate to their husbands. Given the quality of arranged marriages at that time, many scholars see this reading as much more demanding of the man and his role in a loving relationship than it demands of the wives who, unfortunately, were often made submissive by abusive husbands. The real requirement of this reading is that we love, respect, and cherish each other, especially in a marriage relationship which is to mirror Christ's love for each of us.

The Gospel tells us the sad truth that Jesus' teaching that he was the source of all life for us was simply too much for most of his followers to accept. In the first reading Joshua asks the people if they want to follow the God who lead them through the desert to the promised land or do they want to follow the gods that are in this new land? A choice has to be made. The other gods from whom we must choose today are not Baal, or Astaroth, or Moloch but rather perhaps the god of money, or power, or fame, or control.

Jesus asks us the same thing he asks Peter and the disciples in today's Gospel. It is always our free choice. "Do you also want to leave?" Let us, like Peter, realize, there is really no other place to go. "We have come to believe that you have the words of eternal are the Holy One of 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