||Deacon Joe Hulway
||December 10, 2008
“Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat (or drink), or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more than food
and the body more than clothing? Look at the birds in the sky; they do not sow or reap, they gather nothing into barns, yet your heavenly
Father feeds them. Are not you more important than they? Can any of you by worrying add a single moment to your life-span? Why are
you anxious about clothes? Learn from the way the wild flowers grow. They do not work or spin. But I tell you that not even Solomon in all
his splendor was clothed like one of them. If God so clothes the grass of the field, which grows today and is thrown into the oven
tomorrow, will he not much more provide for you, O you of little faith?”
|We often have a lot of questions we would like to ask Jesus, but in the gospels we can also reflect on a lot of the questions that Jesus asks
of others, and indirectly of us. Usually I start out the newsletter with one question that Jesus asked, but this month I offer a string of
questions that come from one of the most beautiful passages in the gospels. I think it is a timely passage as many are concerned with the
current economic uncertainty. It is a good reminder to put our trust in the Lord. It is a good reminder of the futility of worrying about the
material things of this world when God promises us eternal riches in heaven.
But this passage is also appropriate for this first part of our Advent season. In the Advent season we stop and reflect on the fact that we find
ourselves between two comings of the Lord. We look forward to the celebration of Christ's first coming on Christmas morning, but in the
first few weeks of Advent we also spend time preparing for His second coming and the end of our own lives here on earth. John the Baptist
calls us to make straight our paths. Often our paths are twisted by our mistaken priorities as we focus on accumulating material
possessions, sometimes simply so that we can impress others.
May this Christmas season be a time of generosity. Let us share some of our material blessings with those who are like birds in the sky
who are unable to store up grain in their barns. We are called to be instruments of God; to be the ones who feed the hungry and clothe the
naked as if we were doing it for Christ Himself.
|Let me start by wishing all of you and your families a very Merry Christmas! I'm not one to send out Christmas cards,
so if I don't see you and have a chance to extend Season's Greetings to you in person, this newsletter will have to suffice. It's hard to believe
that Christmas is just two weeks away! Retirement has taken away the sense of urgency for planning for Christmas; it feels that there
should be so much time to get everything done. But unfortunately time has slipped by and now we have hardly started with our shopping
and other preparations. It will make for hectic times as usual. Our granddaughters will be coming to town in a week and a half, and we're
very excited to see them. (Of course we're also excited to see all of our children as well.)
November was a month for spending time with family. I was able to spend a few days up at deer camp with some of my brothers and
nephews. I don't hunt myself, but it was an excellent opportunity to be together playing cards and spending time in the woods. And then, the
next week Jenni and I flew out to Seattle to spend Thanksgiving week with our daughter and son-in-law. It was our first time in Seattle so we
did a few touristy things, but mostly we just relaxed and enjoyed quiet time together and enjoyed a lot of good food. We did play Wii for the
first time and have the stunning avatars pictured below to show for it. There are wonderful views of Mt. Rainer and the Cascade Mountains
from their house and neighborhood.
My classes at Oakland for my teacher certification program are done for this semester. I'm planning on signing up for the two classes in the
winter semester, even though I am still not certain that becoming a high school teacher is my calling. (Please say a prayer for my
discernment.) Right now I am just taking the necessary steps to keep on track, just in case. I just submitted my "teaching" resume to try to
line up a sponsor for my student teaching assignment which would begin a year from now. As an update from last month, I did pass my
Michigan certification tests for physics and math, and I also received notification from Florida that I am eligible for temporary certification if I
want to move there and find a teaching job.
|Homilies and Bulletin Articles
|There are four new homilies. The new homilies that I have posted at the website are:
|Status of the Book
|I feel that I have made a fair amount of progress on the book, but unfortunately don't have a lot to show for it. I've spent most of my efforts this
last month tweaking and refining what I have already written. I also found some information regarding the proper procedures for submitting
a query letter to a literary agent. Fortunately, I stumbled upon this information just before I was about to hit the send button with my proposal.
I would have messed up pretty badly. My "stumbling upon" was no coincidence; God doesn't want me to screw up this project of His.