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Prepare The Way Of The Lord!

Second Sunday of Advent

Prepare The Way Of The Lord!

Which way are you travelling? Do you know where you are going? What is your goal, your journey’s destination? In these busy days, we are all moving in many directions. But where is all the activity taking us? The Season of Advent is upon us, but Christmas seems to be the focus.

The message of the Scriptures is direct: Prepare the way of the Lord! Our task  make a straight path for his coming into our lives!

We celebrate the coming of Christ in history, mystery and majesty. Yes, we recall the events of the Incarnation two thousand years ago, and look forward to His future coming. But right here, right now, He is coming into our lives. Our challenge is to prepare a way, a place, a focus, that Christ Jesus may more fully be the center of our lives, the center of our joy! Week Two: Take Time to Prepare The Way!

Come, Lord Jesus

First Sunday of Advent

Be Watchful! Be Alert!

Advent! A New time. A new Season. As Catholic Christians, we begin the New Year early, as we take time to prepare for Christ’s coming: Emmanuel: God With Us!

In our culture, this is a busy time. Many have already begun getting ready for the “Holiday Season.” We, too, see this as a time to prepare, get ready, but ready in a more holistic way!

The Scriptures today point to the end of time, the Second Coming of Christ. The mood they set is one of watchfulness and vigilance, not fear or tension.

During this season we actually celebrate the three comings of Christ: IN HISTORY… the Incarnation two thousand years ago; IN MYSTERY… the presence of Christ coming into our lives at this time and place; and IN MAJESTY… at the end of time!

This is a season for refocusing, for setting new directions. This is a graced opportunity, an opportunity which will be missed if we let tasks and holiday activities sweep us away in a whirlwind of business. Make time for Advent! 

 

When Did We See You In Need?

Feast of Christ the King – November 26th, 2017

When Did We See You In Need?

Jesus Christ is King!

What does that mean for all of us? What is our concept of King? On this last Sunday of the Church Liturgical Year, we celebrate the Feast of Christ Jesus as Universal King. For Chris-tians who profess to making Christ the center of our lives, calling Jesus “King” is not a radical concept. The question remains, though, about what this calls us to do, how it calls us to live day by day.The answer about how we are to live is found in the Gospel story today of the Last Judgment. All of humanity is separated into two groups. Those on the right go off to eternal glory, those on the left to eternal misery and shame. How did the victorious achieve glory for themselves? Quite simply, Jesus says, by living for others. “Whatever you did for the least of my brothers and sisters, you did it for me!” The challenge of responding to and meeting one another’s needs is our path to salvation and glory! Look out for one another’s needs!

Stay Awake and Be Ready!

Stay Awake! Be Ready!

Have you ever been caught short? Caught offguard, Caught unprepared? We can all probably yes to these questions at one time or another. We have also learned, often the hard way, of the consequences.Jesus today tells a parable that speaks of readiness, preparedness, vigilance, and responsibility. The words that Matthew uses to describe the two different groups of virgins who were given a task (foolish and wise) gives us a clue to the outcome of the story. Those who were ready fulfilled their responsibility and were welcomed to the feast. Those who were unprepared found themselves locked out in the cold!You might wonder about the wise virgins, and why they didn’t share some of their oil. The point of the story is that there are some things you just can’t share, some responsibilities people must take on themselves. You can’t rely on your mother’s faith to get you into the Kingdom.

YOU have to be awake and ready! Like the wise Virgins who prepared and were ready for the Wedding Banquet, so we are called to constantly Stay Awake and Be Ready!

The Greatest Must Be Your Servant!

31st Sunday in Ordinary Time, November 5, 2017

Celebrating 125 Years of Service!

The Greatest Must Be Your Servant!

Who is the Greatest? Who is the most Important? Who is the most… The questions go on and on. We often find ourselves jockeying for position, either wittingly or unwittingly. We don’t want to lose out, to go unrecognized, to be left out in the cold!In today’s Gospel Jesus speaks of the importance of practicing what you preach, unlike the scribes and Pharisees, who had much to say about what should be done but did little about it. Yes, appearances are deceiving. Yes, actions speak louder than words.So how do you achieve greatness? By looking not in your direction, but in the direction of those in need, and responding in any way you can to meet the need. “The greatest among you must be your servant.” In the end, “Whoever exalts himself will be humbled, but whoever humbles himself will be exalted!” 

As we celebrate this Weekend our 125th Anniversary as a Parish Family, we are challenged to continue our amazing legacy of service to our Church and Community!

What Belongs To God?

29th Sunday In Ordinary Time

What Belongs To God?

Church and State, Sacred and Secular, Religious and Profane, Divine Right of Kings, Religious Freedom… human history is replete with the ongoing discussions and battles, and very much so in our own day, in politics and social discourse!
The question is brought to Jesus in today’s Gospel by the Pharisees and the Herodians, not to gain wisdom but disingenuously to trap him and discredit him. Jesus answers the question simply, “Give to Caesar what is Caesar’s, and to God what is God’s!”
As you look out over the landscape of our city pictured on the cover of the Bulletin, what would you say belongs to God? Just the lake and sky, or churches marked by the towers protruding the skyline? Or is it everything you see? What are the implications of your answer?
We see our faith as wholistic. Everything ultimately comes from God. How does this call us to live? What does it mean to be a faithful steward of God’s Creation? We pray, reflect and share with one another the challenge: to enhance human life with the divine life we have been given, building up God’s Kingdom!
 

How Do You Love?

Thirtieth Sunday in Ordinary Time

How Do You Love?

What’s Love got to do with it? These words call to mind a popular song, and also point to the question posed to Jesus about what’s most important. The response of Jesus: LOVE’S GOT EVERYTHING TO DO WITH IT!
In today’s readings we have a treasure trove of wisdom and a challenge to conventional thinking and acting. The reading from Exodus reminds us of how quickly we forget who we are and where we came from.
In today’s Gospel Jesus is confronted by a lawyer from the Pharisees, a prominent group of lay leaders. He thinks he will trap Jesus with the question: “Which of the commandments is the greatest in the law?” At that time, the Mosaic Law included 613 commandments, 365 prohibitions (one for each day of the year), and 268 prescriptions (one for each bone in the body). The answer Jesus gives is simple and succinct: “You are to love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind. You shall love your neighbor as yourself.” Enough said!

The Kingdom Will Be Given To Those Who Produce It’s Fruit!

27th Sunday in Ordinary Time

The Kingdom Of Heaven Will Be Given To Those Who Will Produce Its Fruit!

Who can you count on to get the job done? Who do you trust with your investments, your livelihood, your inheritance?These days, these are rather crucial questions! Many of the things we relied on as our corner-stone, our “solid rock” on which we could stand firm, have become shaky or ever disappeared. The people, the structures, the institutions we thought to be reliable were not!Today’s Gospel is yet another “Parable of the Kingdom” which Jesus tells. Workers are entrusted to work in a The vineyard the owner carefully built and developed to be productive is leased to tenant workers. In the end, the tenants attempted to take it all for their own, even-ing killing the owner’s son.This is about STEWARDSHIP  the use of the time, talents and treasures we have been given to work with to build God’s Kingdom. Are we reliable? Are we producing Good Fruit?

Celebrating Grandparents Day

 

23rd Sunday in Ordinary Time

Responsible for what? Death? The message from the prophet Ezekiel in today’s first reading is certainly startling. In an age when it is seen as fashionable and safe by some to not get involved in the lives of others, the message we hear from the Scriptures is certainly the opposite.Our theme today challenges us to get involved, be involved, take responsibility for the wellbeing of one another. In today’s Gospel message from Matthew Jesus instructs his disciples, and us, to step forward responsibly as reconcilers, not quickly giving up on each other.The message is timely as we end the Summer Season and move into a new year of activities and challenges at work, at school, at Church and in our Communities, and begin the Renew My Church Planning Process. What we are able to accomplish with our hands, our minds and spirits is more than physical things. It is about bringing together a new world order, God’s Kingdom, through the responsible use of our time, talent and treasure. In this effort we are not alone. Jesus in in our midst!

Think As God Thinks!

Think How? How am I to think as God thinks? I am not God! Our theme statement today is a call that comes from Jesus in today’s Gospel, addressed to Peter, who is told: “Get behind me, Satan!” This is Peter who received high praise last week from Jesus… “Blessed are you, Simon!” Jesus today is explaining what the Messiah of God” must experience and endure,  “suffer greatly from the elders, the chief priests and the scribes, and be killed and on the third day be raised.” Peter’s reaction is natural, and that is the problem “You are thinking not as God does, but as human beings do!”

How else is Peter supposed to think? He is human, after all. But that is the point: He is more than Human, He has been given God’s Grace, God’s Life! Peter is being called to learn to think and see as God thinks and sees, and he is given the power of grace to do so. It is about not steering from the path God gives us to travel, even if it demands struggle, rejection or suffering for the sake of justice, peace and love.

We, like Peter, have begun with our Baptism, to live not just humanly, but with God’ own Life! And so we are called to learn to think as God thinks!

 

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