Fr. Pat Nields, Pastor l 702 West 11th Street l Neligh, NE 68756 l 402-887-4521
GREETINGS FROM FR. PAT
Meetings are at 8 p.m. the first Tuesday each month
About the Knights
Meetings are at 7 p.m. the second Tuesday of each month
Meetings are at 7 p.m. the third Thursday each month
Meets every other week on Sundays from 7 to 8:30 p.m.
in the parish hall area.
A note on Sunday’s Gospel (Luke 6:17, 20-26): A thought may arise that if life is going pretty good with family, relationships, health, finances, etc., then it supports or means that things are likely going good with God. A person may equate that the current state of their life as a reflection of the current state of their relationship with God. If things are going well day-to-day, then it means then it is good with God. Interestingly, as part of the beatitudes in the Gospel Jesus tells us blessed are the poor, the hungry and the weeping. In contrast, Jesus tells us, woe to the rich “for you have received your consolation”, woe to those who are filled “for you will be hungry”, and woe to those who are laughing “for you will grieve and weep”.
It struck me that one’s current state in life, the challenges, difficulties and sufferings, whether loss of a loved one, relationships, health, financial or others or lack thereof does not necessarily reflect one’s relationship with God. One may be very close to God, in the state of grace, doing God’s will but has what we might say certain crosses or maybe certain prayers that do not seem to be heard. Such prayers as recovery of health, to overcome chronic physical pain, reconciliation with a family member, finding a better job or whatever it may be. The person may question if God is listening, if they may have done something wrong, that their relationship may not be right with God for some reason.
It seems to me that our particular circumstances are not necessarily a reflection of God’s view of our life or of our soul. A reflection that whether we face certain challenges or crosses, or have certain blessings, or a combination of both, that our focus should not be necessarily gauging life by the externals so to speak, but rather on our desire and focus on following and doing the will of God in our lives as best as we can, no matter the circumstances of life.
Our Lady of Mt. Carmel pray for us!
St. Francis of Assisi pray for us!
30 minutes before all Sat. and
Sun. Masses. After 7 p.m. Mass Sat. and 10 a.m. Mass Sun.
15 minutes before weekday Masses
Thurs. evenings in Lent
Sat: 5 p.m. | Sun.: 10 a.m.
During the months of: Dec., Jan., Feb., June, July and Aug.
Sat: 7 p.m. | Sun: 8 a.m.
During the months of: Mar., Apr., May, Sept., Oct. and Nov.
Saint Francis of Assisi Catholic Church
702 W 11th St, P.O. Box 259
Neligh, NE 68756
Fr. Pat Nields, Pastor