The Third Sunday After Pentecost
June 21, 2020
- Saint of the Week -
Nativity of St. John the Baptist
Saint John the Baptist’s Story

Jesus called John the greatest of all those who had preceded him: “I tell you, among those born of women, no one is greater than John….” But John would have agreed completely with what Jesus added: “[Y]et the least in the kingdom of God is greater than he” (Luke 7:28).

John spent his time in the desert, an ascetic. He began to announce the coming of the Kingdom, and to call everyone to a fundamental reformation of life. His purpose was to prepare the way for Jesus. His baptism, he said, was for repentance. But one would come who would baptize with the Holy Spirit and fire. John was not worthy even to untie his sandals. His attitude toward Jesus was: “He must increase; I must decrease” (John 3:30).
John was humbled to find among the crowd of sinners who came to be baptized the one whom he already knew to be the Messiah. “I need to be baptized by you” (Matthew 3:14b). But Jesus insisted, “Allow it now, for thus it is fitting for us to fulfill all righteousness” (Matthew 3:15b). Jesus, true and humble human as well as eternal God, was eager to do what was required of any good Jew. Jesus thus publicly entered the community of those awaiting the Messiah. But making himself part of that community, he made it truly messianic.

The greatness of John, his pivotal place in the history of salvation, is seen in the great emphasis Luke gives to the announcement of his birth and the event itself—both made prominently parallel to the same occurrences in the life of Jesus. John attracted countless people to the banks of the Jordan, and it occurred to some people that he might be the Messiah. But he constantly deferred to Jesus, even to sending away some of his followers to become the first disciples of Jesus.

Perhaps John’s idea of the coming of the Kingdom of God was not being perfectly fulfilled in the public ministry of Jesus. For whatever reason, when he was in prison he sent his disciples to ask Jesus if he was the Messiah. Jesus’ answer showed that the Messiah was to be a figure like that of the Suffering Servant in Isaiah. John himself would share in the pattern of messianic suffering, losing his life to the revenge of Herodias.

Image:  St. John the Baptist | Alessandro Rosi
New Food For The Hungry Update
Update from Jennifer Wheelock
The Food Pantry is Going Strong But Still Needs Your Help.

The Church is very grateful for the donations of food and money that have been received and the help of many. We have been successful in continuing the weekly and particularly welcomed food distributions as many face the prospect of not having enough to eat. This past week I was able to partially restock the Pantry. Your contributions will continue to be most welcomed especially if you can include a few additional items (like pasta, beans, canned fruits, etc.) in your weekly shopping. If you can do that, I can help by coming to you to collect them rather than having you deliver them to my house at 32434 Kica Court in Pauma Valley. If you would like me to come and pick up, please call me on 760.742.3991. Of course if donations of money also continue be welcome to be welcomed if that is easier for you.

Jennifer Wheelock
Phone: 760-742-3991

If you'd like to make a donation directly to
Interfaith you can do that through their Emergency Fund .

Thank you Jennifer, Hillary, and Kelly for helping continue this vital ministry.

Each of the six bags we provide each week for distribution by the Pauma Valley Community Center includes:

  • Box of cereal
  • Can of tuna or chicken
  • 16 oz. peanut butter
  • Cans of green beans, corn, and fruit
  • Can of beans or one pound bags of dried beans
  • 1 pound of rice
  • 16 oz. pasta sauce
  • 1 pound of pasta any type
  • Box of macaroni and cheese
  • Kleenex and personal hygiene items. 

Note: We especially need cereal, pasta, and marinara sauce!

NO glass containers, please .

The Rev. Michael Carr, Priest In Charge
Brett Michael Hauser, Organist & Choirmaster

16608 Highway 76, Pauma Valley
Next to the Pauma Valley Community Center

Mailing Address: PO Box 1220, Pauma Valley, CA 92061
Church Office: (760) 742-1738
Fr. Michael Carr Direct Line: 760-936-3114

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