Wednesday, November 14, 2018

Purification, Conversion and Thanksgiving: Wednesday, November 14th, 2018

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To God, we must be obliged to serve Him: Tuesday, November 13th, 2018

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Be on your guard: Monday, November 12th, 2018

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Two widows who gave everything away...can you?: 32nd Sunday in Ordinary Time

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Notes:

Two widows who give away everything and there a few veins that I would like to consider for your prayerfulness and discern
·     The “widows mite” in the Gospel
o  As I was reading it, tangent (I cannot be like the scribes and the Pharisees using their positions to be famous!)…but then the Scriptures said, “He [Jesus] sat down opposite the treasuryand observed how the crowd put money into the treasury.”
o  Here, my first idea was to imagine Jesus Christ watching us, giving our gifts to the collection, UCA, treasure whether into the baskets from the ushers or on our donations through our internet bank donations
o  He challenged those of us who have offered our surplus in our budget while the widow gave EVERYTHING
Then let’s go back in time to the second widow
·     "Please bring me a small cupful of water to drink." 
She left to get it, and he called out after her,
"Please bring along a bit of bread." 
She answered, "As the LORD, your God, lives,
I have nothing baked; there is only a handful of flour in my jar
and a little oil in my jug. 
Just now I was collecting a couple of sticks,
to go in and prepare something for myself and my son;
when we have eaten it, we shall die." 
·     “Elijah said to her, "Do not be afraid. 
Go and do as you propose.”
So today, as we live in the richest country in the world, let’s think, think, think…imagine Jesus watching you when offer simply your surplus, but give away more, and more and more.

Do not be afraid, as so many people are scared to give away possessions

Parish Bulletin Article: "Bartimaeus, Persecution, Vote, Hunting": 11-4-18

           A few small tidbits for this weekend.
First, as Bartimaeus continues to be in my mind, I imagine how he, a blind man, was persecuted. For help, he cried out, "Jesus, son of David, have pity on me."  And what did some of the members in the crowd respond?  “And many rebuked him, telling him to be silent.”  What?!  Praise God, Jesus stopped walking, spoke to him and then healed his blinding.  
Second, as a Catholic, you, too, may have experienced persecution for your faith.  No matter what type of oppression you have experienced, whether our morality, belief, dark events in our history, our recent sex abuse scandal or just believing in Jesus Christ, I am guessing that everyone has been rebuked or diminished.  Each of you may have different triggers, like your emotions—sadness, angry or loneliness—and you may be looking for some answers.  While we must pray, seek God’s mercy and focus to our Savior, here is two quick verses that can channel your experience back to Christ: 
·      Blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness’ sake, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.  Blessed are you when men revile you and persecute you and utter all kinds of evil against you falsely on my account.  Rejoice and be glad, for your reward is great in heaven, for so men persecuted the prophets who were before you” (Matthew 5:10-12)
·      If the world hates you, know that it has hated me before it hated you” (John15:18).
Third, please go vote on Tuesday!
Finally, to you hunters, know of my prayers with success, health and safety, and make it to Mass!

God Bless! 

All Souls: Friday, November 2nd, 2018

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All Saints!: Thursday, November 1st, 2018

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