An Attitude Adjustment – Fr. Steven Voss

Fr. Steven Voss - Pastor - Saint Joseph Catholic Church - Fort Collins - Colorado - 80521One of the dreaded phrases Fr. Steven Voss, our pastor, hated hearing from his mother was, “I don’t particularly care for your attitude.” The truth was, however, that the young Steven Voss’s behavior left something to be desired. In MT 21: 28 – 32, we see right attitude when two sons respond to their father. The second son looks good from all outward appearances, but it is the first son, who changes his mind and is remembered for doing good.

The two sons illustrate two camps of people. One camp is like the first son, “they have a colorful past. They wring their hands and say, ‘The Church wouldn’t want me.’ This is a lie,” says Fr. Steven. “The Church has a place for everyone. Set aside your doubt.” The other camp includes “those who come to Mass week in and week out, perhaps every day; the ones who check off the sacraments on their little punch card of life. They do it because it makes a good scene in front of others, they do it because they believe God keeps score, and much like they’re dealing with a government agency, ‘He’ll have to let me in to heaven if I’ve done everything right.’”

“The second group is more dangerous,” says Fr. Steven. “Those who believe themselves to be perfect have no need of a Savior.”

Attitude adjustment brings us light and hope, and is our constant life’s work. God tells us we need an attitude adjustment. So, if we can’t listen to our loved ones when they help us with an attitude adjustment, we should call our local clergy. Our priests and deacons would love to help us “remove all obstacles so that we may journey toward Him in faith.” Click on the video above or here for Fr. Steven’s full homily, September 28, 2014 via YouTube.

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