Sunday, July 29, 2018
(This homily owes it's inspiration to a sermon delivered by Bishop Robert Barron. His insights were invaluable!)
Imagine accident on Rt 82. Police arrive and begin asking questions – did anyone see what happened? Some did, and they share what they saw. All saw same accident, but from a different perspective. That is one way to look at the Gospels. They are the Gospels of Jesus Christ – but according to MT, MK, LK & JN.
Now all the Gospels speak of a Last Supper. But John does not include the Institution Narrative – This is My Body, this is my Blood. Instead, he expands on the meaning of the Eucharist in John Chapter 6. It is called the Bread of Life Discourse We will read this at Mass for the next few weeks. Today’s story is a great way to understand the Mass!
1) Went across the Sea of Galilee with a large crowd following. Always a crowd followed Jesus. Just as a crowd gathers here for Mass. Catholic – ages, languages, ethnic groups.
2) Went up the mountain – always a place to encounter God. See how we go up mountain!
3) He sat down – what teachers do – Cathedral – Cathedra (chair). We are taught – Liturgy of the Word.
4) Passover was near – from slavery to freedom. Jesus is new Passover: death to life. So, Jesus fed them – the Liturgy of the Eucharist.
5) Took bread, gave thanks, gave it to them – Eucharist! They are hungry – Demi Lovato – 12 hours partying – will that help? – big hug house – will that help? – take a drug – will that help? May she experience healing. Jesus feeds us with the one thing that will satisfy our hunger – the Bread of Life.
6) Ate till satisfied – filled with God. They gathered fragments – give to sick or place in tabernacle.
Up the mountain, they were taught, they were fed, they became the mystical Body of Christ – and then, they were called: to bring the Presence to a waiting world!
Thursday, July 26, 2018
Wednesday, August 15 is the Solemnity of the Assumption of Our Lady. It is a Holy Day of Obligation. Masses will be offered on Tuesday, August 14 at 5:30 pm and on Wednesday, August 15 at 7:00 a.m., 12:00 noon and at 7:30 p.m.
VOCATION Q & A EVENING
Our own Sister M. Clare (Anna O’Connor), together with Father Michael Connolly, will offer an Evening Q & A about Religious and Diocesan Priesthood Vocations on Tuesday, August 7. You are welcome to come at 7:00 pm in the Adoration Chapel for the Rosary. The Q & A will begin at 7:30 pm in the Library Meeting Room. All welcome!
Monday, July 16, 2018
Amazing to think, in three weeks I will be offering Mass in Ephesus – the final resting place of St. John, the home of Mary, the place where Mary was declared Mother of God, the place where St. Paul lived for over 2 years. His letter to the Ephesian today: God chose us in him, before the foundation of the world, to be holy and without blemish before him – so that we might exist for the praise of his glory.
We have a purpose and a goal
What will help us to get there?
Carry a walking stick – Go two by two – shake the dust from your feet.
1) Carry a walking stick
You need something to lean on – trust in God’s providence.
All happens for a reason – can we trust in God’s love?
King had a falcon that helped him hunt. At the end of the day, began long ride home. Looking for a place to drink – saw some trickling water. As he went to put his cup under the water, the falcon swooped down & knocked it away.
Happened 3 times and king went into a rage. Took out his sword and hacked at the bird.
Then he went to get his drink – but then he finally noticed the source of the spring – dead animal – water was contaminated.
Falcon could see what we couldn’t – can God see what we can’t - does God have a plan?
2) Go two by two
Genesis – not good for man to be alone. Need each other.
Communion of saints. Community of the church.
List of sick - “Through this holy anointing, grant comfort in their suffering. When she is afraid, give her courage, when afflicted, give her patience, when dejected, afford her hope, and when alone, assure her of the support of your holy people.”
3) Shake dust from feet.
No 100% success rate. Great baseball hitter .300
Makes out 7 out of 10 times!
Do our best & move on. Let go.
Not everyone will receive you
Not everyone will love you
Not everyone will appreciate you
Bank president was asked– secret to success? Right decisions
How do you make right decisions – experience
How do you get experience – wrong decisions.
Mother Theresa – “we are called not to be successful – but to be faithful.”
We know who we are – sons & daughters of God – and where we are going – toward the Kingdom of God. To get there: carry a walking stick, go 2 by 2, shake the dust from your feet! By God’s grace, we will get there!