Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Parents, love your children but love God #1: Tuesday, July 18th, 2017

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Notes:

The birth of Moses
·      Love of parents for their children
o   Born while boys were to be slaughtered
o   His mother hid him for three months
o   Then he put him in a basket
o   “Noticing the basket among the reeds, she sent her handmaid to fetch it.
On opening it, she looked, and lo, there was a baby boy, crying!
She was moved with pity for him and said,
"It is one of the Hebrews' children."
o   "Shall I go and call one of the Hebrew women
to nurse the child for you?"
"Yes, do so," she answered.
So the maiden went and called the child's own mother.
o   But Moses were given to Pharaoh, not his parents
·      But God is more important than us
o   Moses’ mother allowed Moses to be with the Egyptians
§  Moses exodus God’s family
o   Samuel’s mother was able to have a child and presented to God in the Temple
§  He became one of the most important prophets
o   Mother Mary received Jesus and allowed him to follow our Father
§  And he saved humanity


New week, new book: Exodus: Monday, July 17th, 2017

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Notes:

A new book in our readings for daily Mass: Exodus
·      Joseph was sold to travelers to Egypt
·      Egypt climbed the ladder
·      His family went to Egypt for food
·      Hebrews grew together
“A new king, who knew nothing of Joseph, came to power in Egypt.”
“Look how numerous and powerful the people of the children of Israel are growing, more so than we ourselves!”

Life for children, life for freedom

Jesus, the best teacher, shows the sower seed with a parable: 15th Sunday in Ordinary Time

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Notes:

This past week we had a blessed time with Totus Tuus
·      We had a wonderful week as our kids were able to have fun, learn, pray and were led with college students
·      Through this week I shared how Jesus Christ is the best teacher
And our readings this weekend are clearly how Jesus taught
·      And he did so to teach in several levels:
o   Our Gospel begins with Jesus giving a parable—a Jewish style of storytelling
o   His story points to sowing seeds: gardening, growing wheat, vegetables
o   He points back to the Old Testament: Isaiah (our first reading)
o   And then he showed what he meant in this parable
Sowing seeds:
·      Path: birds ate it
·      Rocky ground: with little soil they couldn’t grow
·      Thorns: the thorns grew, which choked the small plants
·      Rich soil: and the seeds grew into fruit
Then Jesus quoted Isaiah:
·      He challenged people in his time, and us today
·      Isaiah's prophecy is fulfilled in them, which says:
You shall indeed hear but not understand,

you shall indeed look but never see.

Gross is the heart of this people…”
Then Jesus spoke clearly to his disciples:
·      Path: “The seed sown on the path is the one
who hears the word of the kingdom without understanding it,
and the evil one comes and steals away
what was sown in his heart.”
·      Rocky ground: “The seed sown on rocky ground
is the one who hears the word and receives it at once with joy. 
But he has no root and lasts only for a time. 
When some tribulation or persecution comes because of the word,
he immediately falls away.”
·      Thorns: “The seed sown among thorns is the one who hears the word,
but then worldly anxiety and the lure of riches choke the word
and it bears no fruit.” 
·      Rich soil: “But the seed sown on rich soil
is the one who hears the word and understands it,
who indeed bears fruit and yields a hundred or sixty or thirtyfold.”
Finally, through our readings today, Jesus is teaching us
·      But are we following our Lord?
·      Are you putting junk through our eyes and minds to allow evil to steal our hearts?
·      Are you only hearing our Lord here or there to fall away from Jesus?
·      Are you focusing so much for worldly anxiety or riches to be choke our faith?
Before Jesus came to our earth, God had said through Isaiah: “…my word shall not return to me void, but shall do my will, achieving the end for which I sent it.”

·      How will God’s word come back to Him through your achievements through your prayer, your service, Mass, confession and teaching the same things Jesus teaches us to teach others?

Parish Bulletin Article: "Last Six Months": 7-16-17

            This weekend I would like to share some wonderful experiences we have had for the last six months.
            We are blessed as we are on the last stretch to sell our rectory and buy a new house—praise God!  Thank you to our parishioners, members in our committees, realtors and Northland Counseling Center to support this movement.  I will also share two dates as soon as I can.  The first is the time to bless our rectory.  I have spoke with members at Northland Counseling Center and we are all excited for this relationship.  To do so, we will show our faith and love to support our community.  As we pass forward our house, the Northland Counseling Center will serve men and women who need it to grow through addictions, mental illness and detox.  The second is the closing date.  Please continue to pray for this process!
            I also loved our first Baccalaureate Mass for our parishioners who graduated from high school.  This took place on Sunday, May 28th at St. Thomas Aquinas church and graduates from Littlefork, Falls and a home school came to God’s “school”.  It was a powerful Mass to walk with these young men and women as they begin the next steps in their journey.  We will continue this Baccalaureate Mass in the future.
            Our school took an important step: we hired Alison Fischbach to teach our preschool children.  At the same time our principal—Dawn Flesland—will have more hours to hone her leadership and administrative to support her responsibilities for our school.  Please continue to pray for our school.
            Finally, I continue to know how important your missions from Jesus Christ support our brothers and sisters, the poor, the sick, our parishes, our diocese and our school.  Keep up your great work!
            As my third year at St. Thomas Aquinas and St. Columban finishes up, the fourth year (and hopefully many more!) are on the way.
            Praise God!
           

            

Vocations: Friday, July 13th, 2017 (Totus Tuus Day #5)

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We have churches and THE Church: Wednesday, July 12th, (Totus Tuus Day #3)

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The loyalty of Mother Mary and Jesus as the best teacher: Tuesday, July 11th, 2017 (Totus Tuus Day #2)

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