Saturday, November 11, 2017

Parish Bulletin Article: "“Books of the Bible in a Verse: Pentateuch”: 11-5-17

            Throughout bulletin articles in the future, I would like to offer some fresh thoughts throughout the Bible.  While I was in the seminary, I experienced a fun and personal goal to share nuggets within God’s Word through each book in the Bible.  I thus called this project: “Books of the Bible in a Verse.”
            As I offer this to you, please know that this is not a perfect or correct answer.  Instead, it was a way to challenge me (and others) to jump into the Bible through essential verses.
            Finally, I typically focus on the organization of the Scriptures with eight sections.  The Old Testament contains the Pentateuch, History, Wisdom and Prophets and the New Testament includes the Gospels, Acts, Letters and Revelation.
            Thus, here are key verses throughout the Pentateuch:
GenesisI will put enmity between you and the woman, and between your seed and her seed; he shall bruise your head, and you shall bruise his heel.”  (3:15)
ExodusCome, I will send you to Pharaoh that you may bring forth my people, the sons of Israel, out of Egypt.”  (3:10)
LeviticusFor I am the LORD your God; consecrate yourselves therefore, and be holy, for I am holy.”  (11:44a)
NumbersThese are the commandments and the ordinances which the LORD commanded by Moses to the people of Israel in the plains of Moab by the Jordan at Jericho.  (36:13)
DeuteronomyI call heaven and earth to witness against you this day, that I have set before you life and death, blessing and curse; therefore choose life, that you and your descendants may live.”  (30:19)
            Our next verses will come from the Historical books.
            God Bless!


Why do we pray for All Souls?: Friday, November 3rd, 2017

Notes:

All Souls
·      Pray
·      Pray as a family…as in God’s family
·      As we serve physically, the connections in our family is through spiritual relationships
o   Mass
God’s Family:
·      Wisdom: “The souls of the just are in the hand of God,
and no torment shall touch them.”
·      John: “I should not lose anything of what he gave me,
but that I should raise it on the last day.”
For this is the will of my Father,
·      Romans: “Hope does not disappoint,
because the love of God has been poured out into our hearts
through the Holy Spirit that has been given to us.”


An impressive number--144,000--and "seal"--in Revelation on All Saints: Wednesday, November 1st, 2017

Listen to the homily here.

Notes:

"‘Do not damage the land or the sea or the trees until we put the seal on the foreheads of the servants of our God.’"  I heard the number of those who had been marked with the seal, one hundred and forty-four thousand marked from every tribe of the children of Israel.”
·      Cool number: 144,000 = 12x12,000
o   Perfection of government (12 patriarchs, 12 apostles)
o   More imagery with 1,000
·      Seal: engraved was used extensively in the ancient word
o   Documents in history as well as today
§  We have a seal for our documents
o   Then in the New Testament: 2 Corinthians 1:21-22: “But it is God who establishes us with you in Christ, and has commissioned us; he has put his seal upon us and given us his Spirit in our hearts as a guarantee.”
o   Each of us have an indelible spiritual mark—a seal
§  Baptism, confirmation, ordination
Baptism is THE seal that welcomes us into God’s family
·      This is our ordinary way to bring people into our family
·      And God can do extraordinary way
Back to Revelation: “After this I had a vision of a great multitude, which no one could count, from every nation, race, people, and tongue.  They stood before the throne and before the Lamb, wearing white robes and holding palm branches in their hands.”
·      All Saints
·      All who have died and are in heaven
·      Now, we do not know who has gone into heaven
o   Obituary’s today say, “He/she peacefully entered the heavenly kingdom of
God”
·      That is why we have All Souls tomorrow
Finally, Grandma Betty



We suffer in our mind, our body and our soul: Tuesday, October 31st, 2017

Listen to the homily here.

Notes:

“I consider that the sufferings of this present time are as nothing compared with the glory to be revealed for us.”
·      Body
o   Pain assessment
o   0 = no hurt
o   2 = hurts little bit
o   4 = hurts little more
o   6 = hurts even more
o   8 = hurts whole lot
o   10 = hurts worst
·      Mind
o   Mental assessment
o   I would take physical pain over mental pain
o   Cognitive, emotions, think, reason, remember
·      Soul
o   Spiritual assessment
o   Desolation, lonely, where is God?
“…the sufferings of this present time are as nothing compared with the glory to be revealed for us.”


Hands from Jesus, then hands in the history of our Catholic: Monday, October 30th, 2017

Listen to the homily here.

Notes:

“He laid his hands on her, and she at once stood up straight and glorified God.”

Hands of Jesus
·      Healing: This woman, a child, demons, forgiveness
·      Passing forward
o   Anointing of the Sick
o   Confession
o   Ordination

Physical, spiritual and at times both


Sunday, October 29, 2017

Two commandments and leaving idols: 30th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Listen to the homily here.

Notes:

Two laws
·      “…a scholar of the law tested [Jesus] by asking,  "Teacher, which commandment in the law is the greatest?"  He said to him, "You shall love the Lord, your God, with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind.  This is the greatest and the first commandment.  The second is like it: You shall love your neighbor as yourself.  The whole law and the prophets depend on these two commandments."
These two commandments
·      Big picture…the forest…the map…the journey
·      Love God
o   God loves us: “God is love…”
o   How do we show God our love?
§  #1: Is God #1 in your life?
§  Students and their list
o   Do we talk to God?
§  How do we talk to others?
§  How do we talk to God?
o   Worship, honor,
·      How do you love your neighbor?
o   Service
And here is a third law as the Thessalonians received from St. Paul:
·      Thessalonians: “…and how you turned to God from idols to serve the living and true God and to await his Son from heaven.”
·      Idols
o   How can you refocus from idols to God?
o   Yourself?  Pride?  Gossiping?  Judging?
o   Your stuff?  Money?  Power?  Lust?  Popularity?  Power?
Love God, love your neighbor, and focus back to God beyond stuff
·      You are not in control…but God does


Parish Bulletin Article: "Purgatory": 10-29-17

            As life continues to move forward quickly, we will soon begin November.  While this month changes many seasons like sports, hunting and weather, we should also have a particular focus for our prayers: those who have passed away. 
Do you know that in our history—and even today—our Church offers devotions and prayers throughout November?  We do so as “a month for the holy souls in purgatory.” 
            Well, what is purgatory? 
Here is one thought that I have used to think about purgatory.  Imagine then, how often children play outside.  Think about when you were a kid, or how your children have done so.  Remember when the little ones jumped in the puddles, played in a sandbox, dove in some mud or grass.
Now imagine that Mom and Dad called the children to come back inside because dinner is ready.  Now as the little ones come inside, would not Mom and/or Dad remind them to take off their boots, wash their hands, change clothes or take a shower?
This thought has helped me learn about purgatory—a cleansing to be ready for the feast in heaven.
Beyond this though, here is a more in-depth explanation in the Catechism of the Catholic Church for purgatory:
All who die in God’s grace and friendship, but still imperfectly purified, are indeed assured of their eternal salvation; but after death they undergo purification, so as to achieve the holiness necessary to enter the joy of heaven.  The Church gives the name Purgatory to this final purification of the elect, which is entirely different from the punishment of the damned.  The Church formulated her doctrine of faith on Purgatory especially at the Councils of Florence and Trent.  The tradition of the Church, by reference to certain texts of Scripture, speaks of a cleansing fire…” (Chapters 1030-1031).
            During November we will offer a book in which you can share the names of your loved ones during November.  We will also pray for loved ones in each Mass we offer—which we do in every Mass.
We also have two crucial liturgical days to begin November.  First, we will have the “Solemnity of All Saints” (which is a holy day of obligation), and we will have three Masses: one on the vigil (October 31st) and two on Wednesday, November 1st.  Second, “The Commemoration of All the Faithful Departed (All Souls)” and this is the only day in the year in which I should have three Masses and can wear a black chasuble.  We will have three Masses on Thursday, November 2nd.  Please come to these Masses and note the times and places in our bulletin.
“Eternal rest grant unto them, O Lord, and let perpetual light shine upon them.  May their souls and all the souls of the faithful departed, through the mercy of God, rest in peace.  Amen.

God Bless.