From Fr. Kitsmiller

Brothers and Sisters in Christ,

In this Sunday’s Gospel passage, Jesus comes under scrutiny because He teaches, heals, and drives out demons as someone who has His own authority. This was a radical departure from the practice of His day. No one, rabbi, scribe or religious leader taught or cured without invoking the authority of greater teacher or master or Scripture. But Jesus did not invoke any authority except the authority given to Him by the Father in heaven. In a word, He was His own master and did not need anyone to back up His teaching. The Church has always relied upon the authority of Jesus as revealed to us in Scripture, i.e. the Bible, and the Tradition (the living transmission of the Word of God from one generation to the next). Jesus entrusted His message to His Apostles, who, in turn, entrusted it to their successors, the bishops and then to succeeding generations until the world ends. Christ and His teaching should be the authority that guides every part of our life. Is there a corner of our life where Christ does not have authority?

Beginning on February 5th, I will be starting a weekday Mass, on Monday evenings at 5:30 p.m., at St. John the Baptist. If you are in the area at the time of the Mass, please think about joining us. Please let other persons know who might be interested in going to evening Mass during the week. I will be on vacation during this week and will return Saturday. I have arranged to have priests to be available in the case of a funeral or sacramental emergency. Please continue to call the office with any such needs.

Have a Blessed week!

Fr. Kitsmiller
Associate Administrator
Sacred Heart and St. John the Baptist