Did you get a call?
Yes, we all got a call. The question is, did we answer it? This weekend’s readings are about God’s call and our response and commitment. The Gospel passage starts with Jesus’ destination: Jerusalem. Because Jesus was a Jew and the destination was Jerusalem, Samaritans were not ready to welcome. This infuriated the apostles and two of them, James and John, asked Jesus if He wanted them to command fire to come down from heaven and consume them. Jesus rebuked them, however, because he was not a destroyer, but a Savior.
The focus of the reading is on the call and response. On his way, Jesus met someone who said, "I will follow you wherever you go." Jesus response was that it is going to be a tough journey, do want to do this? In a way, Jesus was telling him that he is heading to Jerusalem, to the cross. The interesting part is the other two whom Jesus said, “Follow me.” But they had their own excuses to say. Here we have to connect with the first reading from the book of Kings. God told Elijah to anoint Elisha. When Elijah threw his cloak over Elisha, he said, "Please, let me kiss my father and mother goodbye, and I will follow you." Elijah allows him to do it. But Jesus told his disciples, his mission is much more important and asked for total commitment.
As in the case of Elisha and the apostles, our commitment becomes our life. We are here this day because, in one way or another, we have said to Jesus, “I will follow you.” But the true fact of the matter is that most of us don't want to follow Jesus; we want Him to follow us. We will leave this hour of Eucharistic worship and return to the world where our daily life takes place where we have to make tough choices and face difficult demands. Every Eucharist, Jesus gives us nourishment, renewed spirit to become the true disciples of Jesus.
New St. Anthony Daycare director: Please join me to welcome our new daycare director, Chealyn Damrow.
I want to take a moment to introduce myself as the new Director at St.Anthonys Daycare. My name is Chealyn Damrow. I was born and raised in Park Falls. I enjoy spending time with my family, going on trips, fishing, camping, and my pets. After I graduated high school I moved to Eau Claire and attended Chippewa Valley Technical College for Child Care services. Right after I received my certificate I began working at Forever Young ELC where I was the infant/toddler teacher for 3 years and The Kiddie Patch ELC where I was the infant/toddler teacher for 5 years. I moved back to Park falls in October of 2017, with my two children, Nevaeh age 9, and Ryder age 7. I worked at Peace Lutheran Daycare for 6 months as the school age teacher and the infant teacher. Working with children has always been my passion. I am more than excited to get to know the children and families I will be working with. I hope to create a positive experience with each and every one of you and look forward to being a part of St. Anthony’s Daycare!