Sunday, February 19, 2017

Love your neighbor: 7th Sunday of Ordinary Time

Listen to the homily here.

Notes:

Drive thru and McDonald’s
·      Lunch
·      1st window—waiting to pay
·      Someone passed me to the 2nd window
·      I wasn’t ticked, but it felt like a pet peeve!
·      I watched as she was buying a happy meal
·      Then I watched as she paid two different things
·      “She bought the lunch for you to have a wonderful day…”
It made my day…
·      Good things in others
·      And we must live to serve others
Leviticus 19
·      You shall love your neighbor as yourself.”
·      The Golden Law!
·      Matthew 7:12: “So whatever you wish that men would do to you, do so to them; for this is the law and the prophets.”
We must love our neighbor…
·      We must not like everyone…but we must love them
1 Corinthians 3
·      Do you not know that you are the temple of God, and that the Spirit of God dwells in you?”
·      Responsorial: “The Lord is kind and merciful
o   So do you know this?
o   The Holy Spirit dwells in you?
o   You can experience God’s love and mercy to you
·      So do you try to do the same others?
·      Do you serve your neighbor?
o   Even if they are not popular…if they do or do not like our president…if they are sinful?
Love your neighbor!


Parish Bulletin Article: "Daily Mass": 2-19-17

            I will continue to encourage our brothers and sisters to grow through daily Mass. 
            Why? 
            Here is one answer through a powerful quote: “The Eucharist is ‘the source and summit of the Christian life’”.  (This quote comes from a huge document—the Dogmatic Constitution on the Church from the Second Vatican Council.  If you would like to study this deeper, check out “Lumen gentium” paragraph #11 or through our Catechism of the Catholic Church at #1324).
            Remember St. Teresa of Calcutta—one of the most powerful woman who served the poor, the dying, the lonely and the homeless.  Her day always began with daily Mass.
            Pope Francis, the shepherd for our family, leads Mass every day.
            I believe that our parishes, our school, our diocese, the poor and the sick will grow if many more make it to both the weekend and daily Masses.
            You may ask, “How much time does the daily Mass take?”  The simple answer is 30-40 minutes.  This would be quicker than watching a television program, visit friends for breakfast, read the paper or serve our own time and talent.
            While daily Mass may be challenging for some who cannot make it, many more of our brothers and sisters could make it!  In a special way, those who are retired, parents who drop their kids to the school, those who are members through the Knights of Columbus or Catholic Daughters, volunteers in our churches (the Tabernacle, Worship Committee, Evangelization Group, Faith Formation, etc.) or community would grow through daily Mass.
            The best part of my day is both daily and weekend Masses—even on my day off.
            The Eucharist as our source and summit will only support our missions to follow Jesus Christ.

            God Bless!

Love on St. Valentines day: Tuesday, February 14th, 2017

Listen to the homily here.

What about signs?: Monday, February 13th, 2017

Listen to the homily here.

Notes:

“The Pharisees came forward and began to argue with Jesus,
seeking from him a sign from heaven to test him.”

What about the “sign” we look for?
·      Vocation
Sometimes signs are simple, in front of your eyes, from brothers and sisters
Sometimes we don’t know it
Sometimes God might be challenging us to know that we don’t know everything
Sometimes we trick God…don’t do that one!
Our relationship with God should go deeper
·      In God’s grace
·      Pray
·      Doing our daily work


Sunday, February 12, 2017

Four Laws: 6th Sunday of Ordinary Time

Listen to the homily here.

Notes:

Give me discernment, that I may observe your law and keep it with all my heart.”
·      Each of our readings: Sirach 15, Psalm 119, 1 Corinthians 2:6-10 and Matthew 5:17-37
·      Speaking about “law”…
That is very small word with dozens of meanings!
·      Driving laws
·      Hunting laws
·      Criminal laws
Today I would like to speak about our deeper laws
·      St. Thomas Aquinas, one of our best teacher in history shared about four laws
·      Human law
o   Laws of governments
·      Eternal law
o   The Divine Wisdom of God that moves all things to their end
·      Divine law
o   The historical laws of Scripture given to man through God’s self-revelation
·      Natural law
o   The Eternal Law of God imprinted on all things
With a simple nugget…we should discern God’s law versus our human or government laws
Where?
·      The Bible
o   This is what we listened today
o   Jesus was fulfilling the Old Testament to his new law
§  Murder
§  Adultery
§  Divorce
§  False oath (lies)
·      Catechism of the Catholic Church
Sirach: “Before man are life and death, good and evil, whichever he chooses shall be given him.”



Parish Bulletin Article: "On the Same Team": 2-12-17

            A couple of weeks ago I spoke during my homily about how we work together.  During this article, I would like to offer another relationship in our family: our school and our parishes. Our parishes and our school are on the same team.  

I believe that our parishioners, employees and volunteers must first serve Jesus Christ.  Second, we can always use our time, talent and treasure for how God has called us to different missions.  Finally, evangelization (sharing the Good News of Christ) can meld our brothers and sisters to grow deeper in faith.  And yes, this supports both our parishes and our school.

So here are some stunning events that I have seen or heard from many families in our diocese. 

I know that many parishioners have decided to register their students into the Catholic school throughout our diocese.  (Quick tangent…it is the parents’ job to discern where their children should learn whether in a Catholic school, public school, or home school).  

On the other hand, I know many parents in our diocese seek a “different” type of education and registered their child(ren) for academics.  It is powerful to watch our Catholic/Christian schools not just to show academics but to serve, teach and show God’s love, mercy and compassion day to day.  

I have witnessed several families who began to register their child into a Catholic school, and then saw the opened door to Jesus Christ.  Over and over I have watched these child(ren) to support and encourage their parents and family to show our savior! 

As we continue to serve God, pray and discern how to support both our parishes and our school.  Doing so, we can serve many people in our community to receive God’s love and relationship.


God Bless!

Clean vs. unclean: Wednesday, February 8th, 2017

Listen to the homily here.

Notes:
Yesterday, the Pharisees and the scribes were asking Jesus tricky questions…
·      “Clean” or “unclean” their hands for food (cups and jugs and kettles and beds)
·      Jesus gave His answers to the Pharisees and the scribes through the Old Testament

Today he gave some answers to the disciples:

“Nothing that enters one from outside can defile that person; but the things that come out from within are what defile."


“From within the man, from his heart, come evil thoughts, unchastity, theft, murder, adultery, greed, malice, deceit, licentiousness, envy, blasphemy, arrogance, folly.”