12th Sunday of Ordinary Time, June 21, 2020

From Administrator’s Desk:
Letter to parishioners on 12th Sunday of Ordinary Time, Year A
There is so much anxiety and turmoil in the world lately. People are unhappy and they blame each other without even looking into
the details of a specific situation. Many think if they change this or that institution the world will be a better place. It is a great
delusion. The civil unrest in our society only reflects much deeper reality of human soul. It is the restless of the divided heart, of
which wrote St. Augustine spoke in his diary: “Our heart is restless until it rests in you, [God]” (Confessions, I.1.).
The restlessness of human heart is ultimately a lack of God in our lives. Most likely it is also a consequence of original sin
and of the sins we tend to commit on a daily basis. However, the reality of sin is so difficult to face that we tend to project it on
others. We just want to get it out of us, but we only go round and round without facing real problem in us, namely, the conversion of
our heart. Hence, it all results in more anxiety, fear, and strife. St. John Paul II addressed this issue clearly in his encyclical letter
Centesimus Annus (par. 25):
“Man, who was created for freedom, bears within himself the wound of original sin, which constantly draws
him towards evil and puts him in need of redemption. Not only is this doctrine an integral part of Christian
revelation; it also has great hermeneutical value insofar as it helps one to understand human reality. Man
tends towards good, but he is also capable of evil. He can transcend his immediate interest and still remain
bound to it. The social order will be all the more stable, the more it takes this fact into account and does not
place in opposition personal interest and the interests of society as a whole, but rather seeks ways to bring
them into fruitful harmony. In fact, where self-interest is violently suppressed, it is replaced by a burdensome
system of bureaucratic control which dries up the wellsprings of initiative and creativity. When people think
they possess the secret of a perfect social organization which makes evil impossible, they also think that they
can use any means, including violence and deceit, in order to bring that organization into being. Politics
then becomes a "secular religion" which operates under the illusion of creating paradise in this world. But
no political society — which possesses its own autonomy and laws— can ever be confused with the Kingdom
of God.”
On the twelfth Sunday of ordinary time our Lord Jesus encourages us to trust in Him while facing evil around us. His
words, “do not be afraid of those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul,” are also addressed to us, people of the 21st century, who
are looking for peaceful solutions of internal and external conflicts. We must remember that Jesus knows each human heart through
and through. He knows how much we are anxious about lives. However, He wants us to think more about eternal life, not only
about our temporal earthly existence: “Fear no one… Rather, be afraid of the one who can destroy both soul and body in
Gehenna” (Matthew 10:28). Our Lord warns us against the evil and sin resulting from it that can lead us to perdition.
The evils that people face are not only external but also internal. The early Church experienced that from the beginning.
For that reason, St. Paul was admonishing the Christians in ancient Rome to avoid sin and to focus on Christ: “For if by the
transgression of the one the many died, how much more did the grace of God and the gracious gift of the one man Jesus Christ
overflow for the many” (Romans 5:15). St. Paul stresses the faith in Christ. God’s grace is abundant through Jesus who conquered
sin and death so that we may live in peace and harmony already here on earth. The only thing we must do is to turn away from sin
and to trust in His Mercy. For us Catholics, it means a few practical things. We need to pray more instead of blaming each other; we
need frequent confession and communion; and we need to practice the works of mercy that is charity and kindness towards each
other in daily life.
Although we may feel powerless in front of evil, let us remember that we have a great Savior, Jesus Christ. He showed us
He loved us from the Cross. He assured us of His love so many times as He did also in today’s gospel passage: “Even all the hairs
of your head are counted. So do not be afraid; you are worth more than many sparrows” (Matthew 10:31).
As we celebrate the Father’s Day, let us turn to the Heavenly Father and thank Him for His Love and Mercy. Let us also
pray for all our fathers, living and deceased, so that God’s Love may be reflected in our families.
Happy Father’s Day to all the fathers and God bless!
Fr. Janusz Mocarski, Administrator