Motherly Love

05-09-2021From the Pastor's DeskMsgr. Ellsworth R. Walden

To all of our mothers I say, “Happy Mother’s Day!” Thank you for the gift of life and the gift of your love. You held us in joy when we were born. Before we uttered a word or were able to say thank you, we were nourished by your life-giving motherhood. For nine months you carried us in you wombs, nourishing, protecting, and feeding us with your very self. You are an example of what Jesus is talking about in today’s Gospel (John 15:9-17). These words are part of His last words with His disciples at the Last Supper. First of all He says, “As the Father loves me, so I also love you. Remain in my love. If you keep my commandments, you will remain in my love, just as I have kept my Father’s commandments and remain in his love.”

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Becoming a True Branch

05-02-2021From the Pastor's DeskMsgr. Ellsworth R. Walden

As I drive out east to Greenport on Sound Avenue, the fields are plowed and the vines in the vineyards are pruned and ready to grow branches. In the Gospel for today’s Mass (John 15:1-8), Jesus says, “I am the vine, you are the branches.” I began to wonder how long a vine lasts, being pruned and bearing fruit year after year, and found this interesting information: “With proper care, grapevines can live for 50 to 100 years or more. Some of California's oldest vineyards contain grapevines dating back to the 1880s. In your garden, your grapevines may well outlive you.” In the opening line for today’s Gospel Jesus says: “I am the true vine, and my Father is the vine grower.” One of the commentaries I read on this Gospel says that the word true in this context means a lack of forgetfulness. “The True Vine remembers at all times the communion between ‘all there is’ and the ‘Source of All There Is.’ This means that the True Vine lives simultaneously in the flux and time and in the Eternal Now.”

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Our Good Shepard

04-25-2021From the Pastor's DeskMsgr. Ellsworth R. Walden

I’m pregnant! What a joyous announcement. It is at that moment that the words God spoke to Moses when Moses asked God His name are applied to the child in the womb, “I AM!” God replied to Moses: “I am who I am.” Then he added: “This is what you will tell the Israelites: I AM has sent me to you.” (Exodus 3:14) How blessed we are to have the gift of life. How blessed we are to have been given life by our parents. How blessed are you who are parents, using your God -given life giving power to create children who will live forever.

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Peace be With You

04-18-2021From the Pastor's DeskMsgr. Ellsworth R. Walden

Separation! Insults! Negativity! Take the first letter of those three words and we have SIN. Sin is both personal and communal. As we listen to all three readings at Mass today, we see that Jesus came to take away the power of sin by facing it head on and enduring its power as He was crucified. His Resurrection clearly shows His power over sin, a power He very much wants to share with us personally and communally. Even though the author of life was put to death the power of sin could not and did not prevail over Him. His power over sin is the love that flows constantly and unrelentingly from His Sacred Heart.

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Jesus Believes in Us

04-11-2021From the Pastor's DeskMsgr. Ellsworth R. Walden

At times we wonder if we can do what we have committed ourselves to do, and at other times we jump in with enthusiasm, courage, and joy. We never know exactly what the future holds for us. One of the questions I pondered before I took the final step to ordination as a priest was, “Will I be able to do what a priest does?” As time goes by, I have learned many things and I thoroughly enjoy being a priest.

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All Things are Possible

04-04-2021From the Pastor's DeskMsgr. Ellsworth R. Walden

Happy Easter! With all that has been going on in our world for more than a year now, we surely need someone to lift our spirits. Realistically we still seem to have a way to go to get beyond the coronavirus and the effects it has had on us. Two thousand years ago there was a day that changed human history. What seemed to be defeat turned into hope renewed. Hopes dashed and the victory of human ignorance and evil intentions was short lived. Good Friday was followed by Easter Sunday. Jesus rose, showing His power over sin and death. His is the only power that will enable us to face evil and rise above it.

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