Saturday, January 18, 2020

"Here I am Lord, I come to do your will": 2nd Sunday in Ordinary Time

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Notes:

2ndSunday in Ordinary Time

Here I am Lord, I come to do your will.”
·      Here: always?
·      I come to do your will: His will, not mine
Isaiah: Israel, God’s people
·      I will make you a light to the nations,
that my salvation may reach to the ends of the earth
.”
1 Corinthians: St. Paul
·      “Paul, called to be an apostle of Christ Jesus by the will of God…”
St. John the Baptist
·      “I did not know him,
but the one who sent me to baptize with water told me,
‘On whomever you see the Spirit come down and remain,
he is the one who will baptize with the Holy Spirit.’
Now I have seen and testified that he is the Son of God.”
“Here I am Lord, I come to do your will.”
·      Here: always?
·      I come to do your will
o   What is God’s will in our lives
o   1.) Holiness
o   2.) Vocation: marriage, priest, religious life
o   3.) Mission


Parish Bulletin Article: "6 Month Updates": 1-19-20

Well, am I grateful for parishioners at St. Thomas Aquinas and St. Columban. Every six months, I enjoy catching up with our parishioners, and this period I would like to share with this for IFalls Nice!
This weekend, thank you for Bob French and the Moonlight Archery 3D Shoot in the STA Hall. Thanks for their new opportunities in this frigid time of the year for our community!  And,  excited adults, students to learn how to hunt and enjoy an event in a place at our Hall.
I am still amazed that the rectory in which I used to live in, is now again the Northland Recovery Pineview Center. Kudos to all of our parishioners' prayers, and a large team, which made that together with God's will!  And it only took ten months!
I am inspired by many parishioners who serve our community in many events/support systems to help the poor. I remember many nonprofits: Community Cafe, Clothing Closet, Friends Against Abuse, Servants of Shelters, etc., etc., etc..  Then I consider and pray for members of our family in their jobs, businesses, health care, and beyond.
And I am also grateful for so many of our students as well as our teachers, administrators and beyond, that work in our different schools: Falls High School, Falls Elementary, Littlefork/Bigfalls, Indus, Homeschools and St. Thomas Aquinas School. Let us continue to grow with education, love, and friendship to support them to grow within the whole person in different types of training.
Happy New Year, and God Bless!

Why was Jesus Baptized?: Baptism of the Lord

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Notes:

The Baptism of the Lord

Why was Jesus Baptized? Did he have to?
·     No original sin
·     He was a person and God—so He didn’t have to be baptized, because he was perfect

St. Maximus: Someone might ask, “Why would a holy man desire baptisms?”  Listen to the answer: Christ is baptized, not to be holy by the water, but to make the waterholy, and by his cleansing to purify the waters which he touched.  For the consecration of Christ involves a more significant consecration of the water.
Or in the Gospel according to Matthew today:
·     “John tried to prevent him, saying, ‘I need to be baptized by you, and yet you are coming to me?’. Jesus said to him in reply, ‘Allow it now, for thus it is fitting for us to fulfill all righteousness.’”
Baptism:
·     Original sin out
·     Holy Spirit in
·     Part of God’s family
Finally
·     Why children?
o  Let the children come to me…”
o  Are your little one’s choosing what to eat?  What diapers? What vehicle?  What car chair?
o  You parents teach your parents from the very beginning as humans

o  But you ought to also be focused on what you work as a spiritual person, and show your children to do the same! 

Parish Bulletin Article: "Baptisms": 1-12-20

Why was Jesus Christ baptized?  
Well, Jesus Christ did not have to be baptized.  He was, were, and still is God.  He never had to be baptized because he had no sin.  So once again, why was he baptized?
This weekend we will hear a great example from the Gospel according to Matthew and the baptism of Jesus Christ:
“Jesus came from Galilee to John at the Jordan
to be baptized by him.
John tried to prevent him, saying, 
‘I need to be baptized by you,
and yet you are coming to me?’
Jesus said to him in reply,
Allow it now, for thus it is fitting for us
to fulfill all righteousness.”
Then he allowed him.
After Jesus was baptized,
he came up from the water and behold,
the heavens were opened for him, 
and he saw the Spirit of Goddescending like a dove
and coming upon him.
And a voice came from the heavens, saying, 
“This is my beloved Son, with whom I am well pleased” (Matthew 3:13-17).
Now, why should your child be baptized?  As Jesus did not have to be baptized, yet decided to receive it anyway, you ought to have your little ones baptized as soon as possible because of one crucial truth: your child received the original sin from our first parents.
In our Catholic tradition, we believe that the baptism of children is essential to be forgiven, not from their sins, but once again the original sin! And, this is a belief that we support babies, just like their parents choose what clothes they wear, what food they drink/eat, the house in which they live, the vehicle in which they ride, etc., etc., etc.. 
Last point this weekend.  I am very excited as we have 4-6 little ones, some junior high students, and even some adults, are close to being baptized!  Please pray for them all as they are seeking this first sacrament—the sacrament in which we are welcomed into God’s family.  And please continue to invite, welcome, and recommend your loved ones to be baptized as well!
God Bless!

Who has been sick recently? And who helps you?: Thursday, January 9th, 2020

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God is LOVE: Wednesday, January 8th, 2020

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John 4:7-10: Tuesday, January 7th, 2020

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