Sunday, June 24, 2018

St. John the Baptist, a pivotal person in Salvation History that we should follow: Solemnity of the Nativity of St. John the Baptist

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Notes:

Each of us was born and we should continually thank God, thank our parents or even thank the people that cared for you to grow up
·      On earth, some people are famous, some are known by few people…but always remember that God does know you!
Today I would like to mention some people that we remember in our salvation history from God
·      For instance, we know Adam and Eve were created to God and they had children
·      Abraham and Sarah had a son: Isaac, Isaac to Jacob
·      Moses
·      David, the king
·      Many of these people are on the tree of God’s chosen family
And today we have a Solemnity of the baptism of John the Baptism
·      Which is interesting that it is celebrated on Sunday
One nugget I hope you remember today: John the Baptist is a pivot of all salvation history
·      He is like a bridge between the Old Testament and the New Testament
o  In one way, John was the last Old Testament prophet
o  And the new proclaimer in the New Testament, directly pointing to Jesus Christ
§  I mention this because when we remember the prophets, the kings and leaders in the Old Testament, they have snippets and tastes by pointing to God…but now John points to Jesus Christ who is both God and Man
§  Jesus pointed to this when he said: “Truly, I say to you, among those born of women there has risen no one greater than John the Baptist; yet he who is least in the kingdom of heaven is greater than he.” (Matthew 7:11)
§  Before Jesus, John was the greatest after people that didn’t physically know him, but after Jesus he was the lest because he didn’t know what we have up to this dya!
The child grew and became strong in spirit, and he was in the desert until the day of his manifestation to Israel.”  Jesus Christ
Each of you have a mission from God from your birth…grow and become with strength and manifest your love with Jesus Christ!
St. John the Baptist, Pray for us

Parish Bulletin Article: "St. Barnabas Encourager": 6-17-18

In those days a great number who believed turned to the Lord.The news about them reached the ears of the Church in Jerusalem,and they sent Barnabas to go to Antioch.When he arrived and saw the grace of God,he rejoiced and encouraged them allto remain faithful to the Lord in firmness of heart,for he was a good man, filled with the Holy Spirit and faith.And a large number of people was added to the Lord” (Acts 11:21-24).
                  Early this week (Monday) we celebrated the Memorial for St. Barnabas, one of the twelve apostles of Jesus Christ.  One word above quickly connected to St. Barnabas within his life and as a reminder to us today: encourage.  “When he arrived and saw the grace of God, he rejoiced and encouragedthem…”
                  In a special way, Barnabas encouraged his brothers and sisters with faith.
                  So this weekend, who are the people in your life that encourage you to grow in your faith and your relationship with Jesus Christ?  
Personally, I would choose my Grandma Betty (God rest her soul).  Since I was a young child, Grandma encouraged me to learn the rosary, to “keep my marks well” in school, and her last words to me in her life was simply telling me, “Jesus loves you.”  That was encouragement in my faith, my vocation, and my love of Jesus Christ.
                  And who could you encourage in your life to grow in their experience with Jesus Christ?  Your child? Your coworker?  A teammate?  Someone who is lonely?  Someone who is suffering?
                  The gift of encouragement can truly share true love to people who you know, or perhaps someone you never knew or may never see again.  That gift can nourish another persons love!
                  God Bless!

Wednesday, June 13, 2018

Transcendentals: Wednesday, June 13th, 2018

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Three on the breakfast menu for our readings today: Tuesday, May 12th, 2018

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St. Barnabas not only encourages you, but points to the gift of encouragement for you, and for you to encourage another: Monday, June 11th, 2018 (St. Barnabas)

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A conversation between Genesis 3 and 2 Corinthians 4: 10th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Listen to the homily here.

Notes:

There is an important connection between in Genesis and the second letter from St. Paul to the Corinthians
Genesis 3
·     God asked Adam and Eve some questions and statements to His son and daughter
o  To Adam, a question: “Where are you?”
§ Well God knew where Adam was…He is God!
§ Adam answered, “I heard you in the garden;
but I was afraid, because I was naked,so I hid myself
.”
o  To Adam, a statement: 
§ Who told you that you were naked?
You have eaten, then,
from the tree of which I had forbidden you to eat
!”
o   And then Adam pointed to his wife!
§ "The woman whom you put here with me—
she gave me fruit from the tree, and so I ate it
.”
o  To Eve, God said, “Why did you do such a thing?”
§ And Eve responded by pointing to the serpent, “The serpent tricked me into it, so I ate it…”
There is a different relationship with God in the 2 Corinthians
·     “…an eternal weight of glory
beyond all comparison
,
as we look not to what is seen but to what is unseen;
for what is seen is transitory, but what is unseen is eternal.
For we know that if our earthly dwelling, a tent,
should be destroyed,
we have a building from God,
a dwelling not made with hands, eternal in heaven
.”
·     What is different?  God is #1. God is control.  God is truth itself and we must choose between God and ourselves…between God and evilness
When you realize that you our out of place with God, you must not point to someone else, you must not complain to God or to try to clarify what you did
·     You must humbly respond to God by saying, “Lord, please forgive my sins…”
Finally, our whole salvation plan began with Genesis 3
·     I will put enmity between [the evil one] and the woman [Mary],
and between your offspring [evil] and hers [Jesus];
he will strike at your head,
while you strike at his heel.

Throughout this journey, we must be on the right team: God’s kingdom

Parish Bulletin Article: "Some Tidbits about Ordinary Time": June 10th, 2018

As we reenter Ordinary Time in our liturgical calendar, here are some neat tidbits within this time throughout the year.
    
First, Ordinary Time has two sections, like placing two similar layers in a sandwich, lasagna or a bacon cheeseburger.  One occurs between the end of Christmas Season until Ash Wednesday and another from the end of Easter Season—Pentecost—all the way to Advent.
    
Second, it is interesting that Ordinary Time is the most extended liturgical season in the year—up to thirty-four weeks!  The next longest to shortest seasons is: Easter, Lent, Advent and Christmas.)
    
Third, Ordinary Time can be seen quickly in our churches with the color of green.  I enjoy seeing different types of art like the banners in our churches, musical hymns to support our prayer, decorations and vestments.
    
Fourth, our Scriptural readings within Advent, Christmas, Lent and Easter typically focus on connected readings that can have thematic themes which is great for preparing a homily. Differently, Ordinary Time can offer more substantial portions in the Bible during daily and weekend Masses that can be interesting to find a nugget or two to feast for our spiritual lives. While it can be tricky, the Bible will always help us nourish our souls!
    
Finally, on one side, Ordinary Time in some way may feel “ordinary.”  As our lives ebb and flow from our day to day experiences, sometimes our human lives do sense “normalcy.”  On the other side, our liturgical lives are beyond “ordinary” as God always feed, nourishes and through His providence give “extraordinary” gifts like the Eucharist, confession and salvation.
    
Praise God as we continue to walk together with Jesus Christ, as another renew season comes to our spiritual walk.
   
God Bless!