From the Desk of Fr. Barry
“The kingdom of heaven is like a treasure buried in a field, which a person finds and hides again, and out of joy goes and sells all that he has and buys that field.”
So says Jesus to his disciples in the Gospel passage from Matthew. Jesus uses a number of images to try to illustrate for them what this “kingdom” is and what he’s talking about ... including a pearl of great price and a net filled with fish. And while many things Jesus says about the kingdom in other places in Scripture are somewhat puzzling and baffling, this exchange is a little more pointed and direct.
You see, by using these examples, Jesus is trying to get his disciples to reflect on what is most important, what has the greatest value, what is the one “treasure” in this life that trumps all others?
And he’s inviting us to ask ourselves that exact same question. Where do we put our priorities? Who is our priority? Is God at the top of that list, in the middle or at the bottom?
My sisters and brothers, God wants to be a part of each of our lives. He wants to guide us, nurture us, and make us each the best person we can be. Think of all the ways we fight Him on this. All the times we have done “our” thing knowing that it wasn’t the right thing to do, but it satisfied a desire or want.
Our treasure is freely given; through the Cross we are given a new existence, new purpose, new beginnings. Our treasure doesn’t go outside ourselves, but resides within each of us. Sometimes its suppressed, sometimes it’s not convenient, sometimes it goes against what the world imposes on us. But I am here to let you know it’s the right way when it comes from and for God.
May each of continue to seek out that treasure, and when we discover Him, may we see the great sacrifice that Jesus made for each of us and experience peace in a way we have never known it before.
We have moved in! The new address for all Church mail is 306 S. LaSalle St, Spencer, WI 54479. Our PO Box has been canceled.
Pam’s office is just inside the front entrance. To help identify the entrance, we have added the Christ the King logo on the front door. Please ring the door bell and come on in.
Pam’s office is in a lot better shape than mine, she’s unpacked and fully functional. My office on the other hand is a complete mess. I have boxes of books everywhere and I’m praying that no one askes me to find a file folder right now! With that said, my phone and computer are working so we’ll manage together! Boxes will slowly be unpacked, but just being in one place is such a relief.
The new rectory is in better shape with the help of all who volunteered their time. Thank you so much to all who helped make this transition so much easier. You don’t know how much stress you took off my shoulders. The sidewalk leading into the offices was completed a week before moving in and the other walkways and driveway will wait till next year when the ground settles.
I’m looking forward to the open house / picnic August 9th. This will take place that Sunday from 11:30 – 2. Life Tributes is donating hamburgers and brats, we ask that you bring a side dish and your drink. We will maintain the social distancing requirements by having volunteers dish out the food wearing masks and gloves. Tables will be set up in the parking lot.
I’ve been trying to come up with an idea that makes this new rectory and offices feel like it’s more yours. So this is what I would like to do. Each family from the parish please bring a crucifix or cross no larger than 12” high. Write your family name on the back and when you are here at the rectory you will nail it (nails provided) to the main entrance hallway. I am donating a 24” Christ the King Crucifix which is mounted in the center of the wall. Our parish families will then surround that cross with theirs.
Have a blessed week,