A Word From Rev. Msgr. Richard Hanneke


Sunday, August 24, 2014
Peter was Jesus’ choice to lead the fragile band of apostles. In today’s Gospel, Simon is given a new name—Peter, the “rock.” In John’s Gospel, Peter is called to be a shepherd. He is expected to lay down his life for his sheep. And tradition tells us that he did just that. But today we think about the durable rocklike quality that Jesus needed in a leader.
Peter was appointed to his leadership position for reasons we are not able to fathom. God knows, and Jesus knew well, that Peter was flawed. We cannot mistake his enthusiasms, though, his manifest love, and his great, exuberant faith. Those virtues saw him through. They are durable, tough, beautiful virtues. They make Peter a sympathetic and lovable person. They provide us with the balance and humor that we need as we consider our own roles in the universal church.- © J. S. Paluch

Monsignor Hanneke is traveling. 

Sunday, August 17, 2014

Please Join Your Fellow Parishioners
Installation Mass
Monsignor Richard E. Hanneke
Sunday, August 24 11:00 a.m. Mass.
Monsignor Mark Rivituso, Vicar General for the Archdiocese,
Celebrant Reception immediately following (gym)

“Let all the nations praise you!” today’s psalm response exclaims (Psalm 67:4). In the psalms and other Hebrew scriptures, this kind of invocation is actually an invitation to God to act, to intervene in human lives in a manner that will cause everyone—not just the Chosen People—to give praise. Stated a bit more strongly, it is something of a “put up or shut up” challenge to God, the sort of strong statement the psalmists of Israel, trusting in their intimate and loving relationship with God, were not afraid to make.
The Gospel has its own exclamation, announcing the appearance of the Canaanite woman with, “Behold!” (Matthew 15:22). “Behold!” is a scriptural flag that tells us that God is about to act or announce something through an individual or a situation. In the case of Jesus, God was going to act through this woman, whom nobody among Jesus’ followers would have believed to be an agent of the divine will. Like the psalmists, we might passively inform or perhaps even actively challenge God to do something so that everyone will come to believe, but God will always turn the tables on us. It becomes our calling, our duty (as it was for Jesus) to behold the situations and persons of our daily lives so that God can act through us, so the Kingdom can be announced through our living.—Copyright © J. S. Paluch Co. 
Msgr. Hanneke is traveling. Watch for his Pastor’s Pen to return August 24.