Monday, July 27, 2020

The Gospel according from Matthew...often: Monday, July 27th, 2020

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Parish Bulletin Article: "Verses in the Bible": 7-26-20

            This past two weeks we have heard a clear proclamation from the prophet, Isaiah, and Jesus Christ.  Both reminded the culture back then and now, that we must have ears to hear, and eyes to see.  Sadly, many people do not hear or see the Gospel of Jesus Christ.  Thus, I wanted to type some verses from the Scriptures that may really support your journey towards heaven.  Enjoy!
·      Micah 6:8: “He has showed you, O man, what is good; and what does the LORD require of you but to do justice, and to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God?”
·      Proverbs: 27: “Iron sharpens iron, and one man sharpens another.”
·      Sirach 6:14-17: “A faithful friend is a sturdy shelter: he that has found one has found a treasure.  There is nothing so precious as a faithful friend, and no scales can measure his excellence. A faithful friend is an elixir of life; and those who fear the Lord will find him. Whoever fears the Lord directs his friendship aright, for as he is, so is his neighbor also.”
·      Matthew 5:9: “Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called sons of God.”
·      Matthew 11:28-30: “Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.  Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me; for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.”
·      Matthew 28:19-20: “Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, to the close of the age.”
·      Romans 8:26: “Likewise the Spirit helps us in our weakness; for we do not know how to pray as we ought, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us with sighs too deep for words.”
Always hear, with your ears, as you listen to the readings at Mass.  And see, as you use your eyes to see the Scriptures.  
The best news (pun intended) is in the BIBLE!

God Bless!

We need Understanding Hearts and Right versus Wrong: 17th Sunday in Ordinary Time

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Notes:

17th Sunday in Ordinary Time
Triathlons
·      Swimming in tough water
o   Even in calm water—zig-zags vs. straight lines
o   Large waves—where am I going?
o   Bumping each other like minnows in a bucket
o   Where’s the buoy? 
o   Get me out of this swim!
o   Another image for me right now
Here is a great conversation between God and Solomon—the son of King David:
·      The LORD appeared to Solomon in a dream at night. God said, “Ask something of me and I will give it to you.”
·      Pause…
·      Take your name instead of Solomon…imagine this dream at night and God said the same question: “Ask something of me and I will give it to you.”
o   As typically we ought to ask God for prayers—intercessions
o   NUANCE: But again, what if He asks YOU?
How would you answer…not a genie, but God?
·      A long life?  Health?
·      Riches?
·      Life of our enemies?
·      Power?
·      Fame?
·      Popular?
·      Possessions?
·      I serve you in the midst of the people whom you have chosen,
a people so vast that it cannot be numbered or counted.
Give your servant, therefore, an understanding heart
to judge your people and to distinguish right from wrong
.”
Solomon’s answer was understanding
·      Isn’t that a key of life?  Or, as we say throughout our history, the virtue of prudence/wisdom?
I think that virtue is crucial today.  
·      What about some upside-down situations today?
·      Again, Covid-19?
o   School that is quickly coming?
o   No sports on TV?
o   No movies in Holywood popping out?
o   Carazy news?—right from wrong?
o   Protocols?
I hope that we may what pray for these virtues—an understanding heart, wisdom, prudence, a map no matter what situation we are in  
·      And the beauty is that this question from God is a question to help us on our journey
·      At the same time He is the one to follow
·      And the closer we are with Him, we must be with Him

·      And when we are feeling distance from God, this is how we can see His will

Why do we need a community as Catholics?: Thursday, July 23rd, 2020

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Seniors' Baccalaureate Mass!: Wednesday, July 22, 2020

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Spiritual War with the Wheat and the Weeds: 16th Sunday in Ordinary Time

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Notes:

16th Sunday of Ordinary Time

The spiritual war
·      Recently I have mentioned the City of God vs. the City of Man
·      Or our parable this weekend, again with seeds, but with the enemy
o   The kingdom of heaven may be likened
to a man who sowed good seed in his field.
While everyone was asleep his enemy came
and sowed weeds all through the wheat, and then went off.
When the crop grew and bore fruit, the weeds appeared as well
.”
§  Wheat and tares…wheat and weeds
·      Welcome to humanity!
So there we have, with the good fruit, and the bad fruit, the team with God, and the team with Satan
Yet we have more when we are with God
·      For instance
o   Wisdom: “But though you are master of might, you judge with clemency,
and with much lenience you govern us
;”
o   Lord, you are good and forgiveness…”
o   And in a special way during this time is that the Holy Spirit will even give us power without speaking:
§  The Spirit comes to the aid of our weakness;
for we do not know how to pray as we ought,
but the Spirit himself intercedes with inexpressible groanings
.”
And at the end of our lives, God is the Judge
·      And we ought to listen to the response to this parable with reality:
o   He who sows good seed is the Son of Man,
the field is the world, the good seed the children of the kingdom.
The weeds are the children of the evil one,
and the enemy who sows them is the devil.
The harvest is the end of the age, and the harvesters are angels.
Just as weeds are collected and burned up with fire,
so will it be at the end of the age.
The Son of Man will send his angels,
and they will collect out of his kingdom
all who cause others to sin and all evildoers.
They will throw them into the fiery furnace,
where there will be wailing and grinding of teeth.
Then the righteous will shine like the sun
in the kingdom of their Father.
Whoever has ears ought to hear
.”

·      Today, many of us don’t want to hear these words from Jesus, bought we should.  Like last weekend, we have ears, and we must hear!

Matthew 11:28-30: Thursday, July 16th, 2020

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