Mass Schedule:
Saturday: 4:00 p.m. (Main Church)
Sunday: 7:30 a.m., 9:00 a.m., 11:00 a.m. (Main Church)
Weekday Mass: 8:00 a.m. (Serra Chapel)
Saint Barbara Parish
Old Mission Santa Barbara
2201 Laguna Street
Santa Barbara, CA


Observations on Sunday’s Readings

Dear Friend,

Father Alex Manville OFM once composed some very down-to-earth observations pertinent to this Sunday’s readings. Here they are, edited for space.

“…Sometimes people are out to get our goat, but most of the time they’re just being themselves. THEIR selves, not OUR selves. I can’t think of a more valuable insight than the realization we’re all different and that other people can’t be us – nor, humbling thought, want to be us – any more than we can or want to be them. This insight becomes yet more blessed when we conquer our egotism enough to accept their standpoint – sometimes right, sometimes wrong – to be as valid and valuable as our own. And it becomes blessed indeed when we accept the fact we’re all variously incomplete, will always be incomplete, and need each other to fill in one another’s blank spaces. Only together are we whole…

“…Notice:  when we’re forced – out of love or survival – to come to terms with another person’s differences, we most often fall into the trap of merely tolerating his or her (warped) viewpoint instead of respecting it and learning from it. This way we manage to cope and still maintain (Ah, yes!) our sense of superiority…

“My #1 job is to provide spiritual leadership and that leadership should lead to living out Jesus’s summary of his life, deeds, and teachings: 1) to embrace God with our whole being and 2) love our neighbor as ourselves. I can’t think of a more practical application of this than 1) embracing instead of rejecting the way God made us, with our strengths and insufficiencies, and 2) finding our path to wholeness in one another…

“…Long ago I had to accept the difficult truth that it’s possible to get to heaven without being like Alex Manville.”

(Sunday Bulletin, Sts. Simon and Jude Parish, Huntington Beach CA, January 1989)