A Message from Our Pastor

God calls us, servants of Saint James Parish in Bartlesville, OK, to be the light of Christ in our community.  Cherishing the tradition of our Roman Catholic faith, we are committed to  build the Kingdom of God.  Nurtured by the Eucharist, our love of Jesus and Mary compels us to serve one another with prayers and actions.


March 8, 2020

This week's message

During this penitential season we make a conscious effort to avoid sin and be faithful to the gospel.  In last Sunday's Gospel Jesus journeyed into the desert and was tempted by the devil.  Today Jesus climbs a high mountain on which he is transfigured in front of his closest disciples.  Whether isolated in the wilderness or accompanied by friends on a mountaintop, Jesus remains faithful to the will of God.  May he be a model for us.  If last week's reading centered on temptation, this week they coalesce around the theme of blessing.  The reading from Genesis, though only four verses, uses the word "bless" of "blessing" five times.  Next, Paul reminds Timothy of the blessings God bestowed on us through Christ Jesus.  Finally, we witness the Transfiguration, a visual manifestation of God's blessing on Jesus.  Let us listen today to God's promised blessings.

How can I listen to Jesus over the next week.  What is he telling me?

Fr. Archie

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