You are not thinking as God does but as human beings (man) do. Now I know how human beings (I) think...what's in it for me? How do I get to the front of the line? But, how does God think? God tells us how God thinks!! "Have that mind in you that was also in Christ Jesus who did not cling to his equality with God, but rather he emptied himself to assume the condition of a servant...there is to be no competition among you, no conceit, but everybody is to be self-effacing...(Phil 2,3) be sympathetic, have compassion, be self-effacing (1Pt. 3,8).
Dear Sisters and Brothers in Christ,
As we begin a new school year, things at home and in the community pick up speed. The parish offers programs for our young people that include Life Teen, EDGE (Middle School) and CCD. And, of course, we offer a catholic education through our Catholic School. As one parent whose children attended Sacred Heart School in the past said to me, "My children were prepared for Life".
People running for office usually pick a place that is politically advantageous to make their announcements. In Caesarea Philippi – the son of Herod the great, Phillip reigned and built a temple to honor Caesar Augustus. Even before Christ there were caves here used for pagan worship. People would come and put their little images of their household gods in the walls of the caves much in the same way that we light candles today - a devotion, a prayer asking for help. Jesus is not running for office, but strangely it is here, before this great pagan temple, that Jesus asks the most important question of his life and ours. In this place honoring emperors and pagan idols Jesus invites our response to this question: Who do you say I am?
I pray all is well for you back in Georgia. I have returned to the seminary to begin my fourth year of studies. I have a challenging year ahead of me but I look forward to what is in front of me. This past summer I spent 8 weeks in Central America. I was studying and improving my Spanish proficiency in the country of Guatemala. Though I need to continue to practice, I have learned a great deal and have improved greatly from where I was at the beginning of the summer.