People’s wonderful, charitable and philanthropic hopes for what they would do with the historic January 13, 2016 Powerball winnings made this the best Powerball ever for Fr. Steven Voss, our pastor. “All these wonderful ideas made it a joy to have such a big jackpot, even if I didn’t win it,” says Fr. Steven, who asked his assistant to see if his tickets won.
‘Big (Powerball) Loser’
She jokingly wrote back “big loser” on one of the tickets. What Fr. Steven remembers most though, is people’s desire to use the money for things that “deliver ourselves and others from the suffering that comes in this life.” But even these generous souls had only part of the answer. Why? “In the end, life is not about money,” says Fr. Steven. “Money can only go so far.” While extremely helpful and convenient, even vast fortunes eventually disappear.
Hope amidst life’s ‘little crucifixions’
So where does that leave us, the Big Losers in Powerball, who still must cope with life’s “little crucifixions”? Check out the readings for January 24, 2016 and listen to Fr. Steven’s homily as he reveals our winnings.
He came to Nazareth, where he had grown up,
and went according to his custom
into the synagogue on the sabbath day.
He stood up to read and was handed a scroll of the prophet Isaiah.
He unrolled the scroll and found the passage where it was written:
The Spirit of the Lord is upon me,
because he has anointed me
to bring glad tidings to the poor.
He has sent me to proclaim liberty to captives
and recovery of sight to the blind,
to let the oppressed go free,
and to proclaim a year acceptable to the Lord.
Rolling up the scroll, he handed it back to the attendant and sat down,
and the eyes of all in the synagogue looked intently at him.
He said to them,
“Today this Scripture passage is fulfilled in your hearing.”
— LK 4: 14-21