Fourteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time
“A prophet is not without honor except in his native place and
among his own kin and in his own house”
Mark 6: 4
We are familiar with the idiomatic expression, “familiarity breeds contempt.” It means that the more acquainted one becomes with a person, the more one knows about his or her shortcomings and, hence, the easier it is to dislike that person. In our Gospel Reading this Sunday, Jesus himself experienced the truth about this. Thus he said, “A prophet is not without honor except in his native place and among his own kin and in his own house.” People around him were talking about his family, his trade, and his whereabouts and more so took offense at him. Just imagine how difficult it must have been for Jesus to experience such resistance and rejection. As a consequence, he was not able to perform any mighty deed there apart from curing a few sick people. He was amazed at their lack of faith.
It is evident that lack of faith brings about nothing at all. The lack of faith in Jesus results in not recognizing the truth about him, his works and evidently his teachings. Also, if there is lack of faith in him, minds are redirected to accepting and even believing relative truths of the world. Rejection and resistance of Jesus comes in the form of laws and principles that are relative to everyone’s whims and caprices. Oftentimes, these are regulated for everyone to accept no matter. It will result in not having a firm relationship with Jesus and not convinced of the truths revealed in Sacred Scripture. Eventually not believing in God at all as atheists would do.
Like Jesus, though he may have met resistance and rejection from his own people, kin and family, his mission will never be stopped. The Church will always be a herald of God’s message of salvation. The difference now is how we would accept the truth about him. How we can incorporate the truths of the Gospel as he taught? How we can embrace and face the challenges that would stop us from proclaiming His message. Have we known Him too well that we would just contend that it will be okay with Him and with God? Let us re-examine our faith.
Congratulations, Msgr. Thaddeus
July 2, 1967 was a remarkable and life-changing day for a young man who dedicated himself to serve the Lord and his church. This was the day when our beloved Parochial Vicar, Msgr. Thaddeus Mercado was ordained to the priesthood. Forty-eight years after, he keeps on sharing the goodness of God in his life by serving us, our school and family. I ask everyone to keep him always in your prayers for his continued health and ministry. May our Blessed Mother, Our Lady of Good Counsel always intercede for him and protect him from all harm. May God continue to bless him with goodness in mind, body and spirit. Msgr. Ted (Thad), Congratulations and More Power to you! Ho`omaika`i!
Aloha, Fr. Moses Akebule
Bishop Larry has appointed Fr. Moses Akebule as Parochial Vicar of Our Lady of Good Counsel effective July 1, 2015. Fr. Moses is expected to arrive July 3rd and will start to have his ministry most likely in the 0second week of this month. Fr. Moses comes from the Diocese of Navrongo-Bolgatanga in Ghana, West Africa. He served as Cathedral Administrator and Parish Priest of Sacred Heart Parish Cathedral in Bolgatanga and Financial Administrator of his diocese.
It is my great hope and prayer that with Msgr. Ted and Fr. Moses, Our Lady of Good Counsel Church and School will be enriched with ministry. Also, through our collaboration and service, we will be able to tend to the needs of our varied and vibrant ministries and organizations.
Fr. Moses, Aloha and Welcome!
Two weekends ago, through the efforts of Ms. Lisa Saito, our Parish Secretary and with members of our Parish Finance Committee, the presentation on how to do online giving for our support to our Church was done. As mentioned, the online giving will start this new fiscal year, July 1st. I am happy to announce that through our Parish Website, the online giving is now linked and available for your convenience. Rest assured that all your information is kept confidential and secured. You may call our Parish Office for further information and help to register. I would like to thank Ms. Lisa and members of our Finance Committee for all their support.