Wednesday, September 13, 2017

A good list to examine our sins and ask for forgiveness: Wednesday, September 13th, 2017

Listen to the homily here.

Notes:

“…you have taken off the old self with its practices
and have put on the new self…”

“Put to death, then, the parts of you that are earthly:
immorality, impurity, passion, evil desire,
and the greed that is idolatry.”

“But now you must put them all away:
anger, fury, malice, slander,
and obscene language out of your mouths. 
Stop lying to one another…”


Pray before decisions: Tuesday, September 12th, 2017

Listen to the homily here.

Notes:

Fr. Rich Kunst

Colossians: “As you received Christ Jesus the Lord, walk in him,
rooted in him and built upon him
and established in the faith as you were taught,
abounding in thanksgiving.”

Luke: “Jesus departed to the mountain to pray,
and he spent the night in prayer to God.
When day came, he called his disciples to himself,
and from them he chose Twelve…”





Psalm 62:6-7, 9: Monday, September 11th, 2017

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Notes:

Psalm 62:6-7, 9

In God is my safety and my glory.
Only in God be at rest, my soul,
for from him comes my hope.
He only is my rock and my salvation,
my stronghold; I shall not be disturbed.
R. In God is my safety and my glory.
Trust in him at all times, O my people!
Pour out your hearts before him;
God is our refuge!
R. In God is my safety and my glory.


Jesus taught us how to work with sinners--them and you: 23rd Sunday in Ordinary Time

Listen to the homily here.

Notes:

While these were not spoken from Jesus, he gave a great instruction from his teaching in both his present times to our present today:
·      "If your brother [and/or your sister] sins against you…”
o   Gossip (through all history and today through the internet), libel, slander, lies or even bullying, violence, judgment, etc.
·      “…go and tell him his fault between you and him alone.
o   Can you imagine how much unity and peace that would continue to grow our families, our parishes and our community if we actually speak face to face to another person?
o   Pray for strength and discernment to have the guts to speak…especially against stuff on the internet
o   One caveat: I am focusing today on things like gossip or “normal” sins from one to another
§  Really bad stuff—violence or abuse you must call leaders like our police!
·      If he listens to you, you have won over your brother [or sister].”
o   This is where courage melts hearts and opens doors for forgiveness
o   As a child…
·      If he does not listen, take one or two others along [family members, trusted ones, leaders, friends] with you, so that 'every fact may be established on the testimony of two or three witnesses.'”
o   Know the facts!
o   Offer conversations and compassion with a group
o   Speak to a person, not through a machine or unreality
o   If this works, “…you have won over your brother or sister
·      If he refuses to listen to them, tell the church.”
o   Jesus was speaking about the disciples, the parish, the deacons, the priests, the bishops
o   Again, remember the caveat of violence
·      If he refuses to listen even to the church, then treat him as you would a Gentile or a tax collector.”
o   Lets be honest…we have Catholics and Christians who use the name while they might not actually following Jesus Christ
o   This is what Jesus Christ said
o   And it is clear: Jesus did not say to judge, but to treat them like a Gentile or a tax collector—aka stay away from their presence
o   We do not have to like others, but we must love
St. Paul wrote:
·      Owe nothing to anyone, except to love one another; for the one who loves another has fulfilled the law.”
Love is beyond emotions or passions
·      Love is give the good to the other person
In our Catholic family…can we each do this?
·      Can we hone in our use of speaking about others behind their back?
·      Can we clean up our coward typing or texting?
·      Can we follow in a deeper, challenging and changing to follow what Jesus Christ taught us?
Watch how much joyful, peaceful and relationships will grow fruit


First School Mass!: Thursday, September 7th, 2017

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Intercession prayers: Wednesday, September 6th, 2017

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Notes:

“We always give thanks to God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, when we pray for you, for we have heard of your faith in Christ Jesus and the love that you have for all the holy ones because of the hope reserved for you in heaven.”

Intercessions
·      Thoughts from my rector
o   Stop and do it, just once
·      Types of intercessions
o   Mind or aloud
o   Mass
o   Rosary
o   Daily Mass
o   Holy Hour
o   “For those who have asked me to pray for them”

·      Charism/gift

Jesus was and is the best teacher: Tuesday, September 5th, 2017

Listen to the homily here.

Notes:

For God did not destine us for wrath,
but to gain salvation through our Lord Jesus Christ,
who died for us, so that whether we are awake or asleep
we may live together with him.”
·      “Common” verses?
·      Therefore, let us not sleep as the rest do,
but let us stay alert and sober.”
Therefore, encourage one another and build one another up,
as indeed you do.”
·      Each of us can grow encouraging
·      One of those gifts that can’t stop getting better


1 Thessalonians: Monday, September 4th, 2017

Listen to the homily here.

Notes:

1 Thessalonians
·      Oldest writings of the New Testament
·      Also a quick reading
·      Second coming of Jesus Christ, persecution, the process from earth to heaven

For if we believe that Jesus died and rose,
so too will God, through Jesus,
bring with him those who have fallen asleep.”

Faith and belief!




Conform ourselves to God's will: 22nd Sunday in Ordinary Time

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Notes:

St. Paul wrote to the Romans: “Do not conform yourselves to this age but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that you may discern what is the will of God…
·      The “age” is similar in history against morality
For instance
·      The culture of Jesus’ life, killed him
·      The culture of the Romans believed in polytheism—“gods and goddesses,” child abuse, slavery, adultery and prostitution
·      Our culture today: secularization, euthanisation, abortion, pornography, human trafficking, addictions, abuse, violence, racism, calling “marriage” beyond one man and one woman
Do you believe our morality in our Catholic Church?
·      Archbishop Fulton Sheen said, “There are not one hundred people in the United States who hate The Catholic Church, but there are millions who hate what they wrongly perceive the Catholic Church to be.”
Study it!  Go deeper than clips in the media and find the truth: Bible, Catechism of the Catholic Church
·      Also, pray with the words from Jeremiah:
o   You duped me, O LORD, and I let myself be duped;
you were too strong for me, and you triumphed.
All the day I am an object of laughter;
everyone mocks me.”
o   Jeremiah, prophets, psalms show emotions that we do experience as following God’s will
And Jesus encourages and challenges us today?

·      "Whoever wishes to come after me must deny himself,
take up his cross, and follow me…For the Son of Man will come with his angels in his Father's glory,
and then he will repay all according to his conduct."

Parish Bulletin Article: "Support Fr. Francis from Ghana": 9-3-17

           We are blessed to know about the mission for Fr. Francis Kodelogo on the other side of the world (Ghana, Africa).  He visited us three years ago (August 2014).  While I announced last weekend that he would come back to see us this week, but something else occurred in his time in Minnesota.  While I was bummed about this, I did have a wonderful lunch with him in McGregor and he said to all of you, “Thank you for your gifts because we no longer need to walk to find water from our seminarians.  I always tell the students that our new water is purified, and you should always drink this instead of water from the well.”
I’ll never forget the time with him three years ago.  I was a brand new pastor and he was a rector at a seminary.  While I was chatting a lot, he was listening.  At some point, I asked him some questions about leadership, prayer and discernment and I quickly saw his gifts with wisdom, knowledge and compassion.  I praise God for a brother on the other side of the world, and these types of relationships are essential for our Catholic church around the globe.
And today it was another moment to spend time with this holy and wise priest, even eating in Dairy Queen!  It is awesome to meet, visit and spend time with brothers and sisters around the world within the same Kingdom of God.
I also praise God that our parishes have supported several priests from Ghana Africa: Frs. Albert, Solomon, Peter, Robert and Francis.  It is amazing to see how our “small bills” can directly support the needs for water and food.  At the same time, many of us can hurriedly use five bucks for coffee, ten for lunch or twenty for dinner.  Each of these is not “needs” but “wants.”
Please discern for your pocket or purse as we offer a second collection for Fr. Francis Kodelogo and his mission in Ghana, Africa.  Both small and big offerings could support our brothers and sisters not for “wants” but things that they “need.”
As he will not physically here, we will still see each other spiritually during Mass.  And I will be wearing the great gift—a chasuble—that they gave me and parishioners to use it during the holy liturgy.

God Bless!

Stay awake and be prepared!: Thursday, August 31st, 2017

Listen to the homily here.

Notes:

“Stay awake… you also must be prepared,
for at an hour you do not expect, the Son of Man will come.”

Parable:
·      Faithful and prudent: doing his job
·      Wicked servant: “My master is long delayed”
o   Beating others, drunkenness
o   Hypocrites

2nd coming of Jesus Christ
·      We believe that he will come again
·      We do not know when or where

·      So which servant are you?

The Word of God vs. the word men: Wednesday, August 30th, 2017

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Notes:

The word of men or the word of God?

“…we too give thanks to God unceasingly,
that, in receiving the word of God from hearing us,
you received it not as the word of men, but as it truly is, the word of God,
which is now at work in you who believe.”

Media?  Social media?  Cable news?  Television?

Or the Scriptures…or those who are proclaiming the Gospel…or those who are striving for God’s word


We are each called to be prophets

Tuesday, August 29, 2017

St. John the Baptist's teaching and death against evilness: Tuesday, August 29th, 2017

Listen to the homily here.

Notes:

John the Baptist

"It is not lawful for you to have your brother's wife."

“Herodias' own daughter came in
and performed a dance that delighted Herod and his guests.”

She went out and said to her mother,
"What shall I ask for?"
She replied, "The head of John the Baptist."

John the Baptist was beheaded

Herodias received his head on a platter.  Herod, while he was distressed and perplexed by the man, John the Baptist was executed


And then Jesus Christ, not only died, he rose from the dead!

The rock in Caesarea Philippi vs. the rock of our Catholic Church: 21st Sunday in Ordinary Time

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Notes:

In 2011 my seminary class was able to go to the Holy Land
·      Caesarea Philippi
·      It was powerful
·      I looked up and down a massive rock structure—100 feet high and 500 feet wide
·      We were also taught about four historical facts on this rock
First
·      The bottom opened a cave
·      This area was a place to worship Pan—a god Greek mythology
·      Also a place between earth and hell
Second
·      In the Jewish family, they did not go to this rock
·      Polytheism with many gods
·      Atrocities, evil, prostitution for worship
Third
·      The Romans took over this rock
·      They put up an idol statue for one of the emperors and it was called “the son of God”
Then Jesus brought his disciples
·      "Who do people say that the Son of Man is?" 
o   Pan?  Emperor?
o   Nope…they guessed John the Baptist…Elijah…Jeremiah…prophet
·      They were on track
·      Then Peter said, “You are the Christ, the Son of the living God." 
o   This was the God!
·      Jesus answered, “Blessed are you, Simon son of Jonah.  For flesh and blood has not revealed this to you, but my heavenly Father.  And so I say to you, you are Peter, and upon this rock I will build my church,
and the gates of the netherworld shall not prevail against it.  I will give you the keys to the kingdom of heaven.  Whatever you bind on earth shall be bound in heaven; and whatever you loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven.”
o   The real God
o   Peter = rock = were the Church would be built
o   The keys to the kingdom goes to Peter, not “gods” who persecute humans or care for humans
o   Jesus Christ called Peter and his church with power between us and God
At Caesarea Philippi, Jesus brought them to face evil, to destroy evil, to show the power of God and gave it to our Church




Caesarea Philippi
·      Rock
·       In the Gospel, Jesus takes his disciples to Caesarea Philippi and Peter utters his famous proclamation: “You are the Christ, the Son of the living God.”  Jesus then gives Peter his name (until this point he was referred to as Simon) which actually means rock and gives him the keys of heaven and earth.  This whole sequence took place beside a massive rock structure—100 feet high and 500 feet wide.  (No, Fr. Rich, this is not a monadnock).  Jesus uses this tangible image of strength and endurance to show how His Church would be established on Peter, the rock.
·       
Isaiah:
·      “I will place the key of the House of David on Eliakim's shoulder;
when he opens, no one shall shut
when he shuts, no one shall open.
I will fix him like a peg in a sure spot,
to be a place of honor for his family."
Gospel: Matthew 16
·      dkd
The “gods”
·      Pan = a god controlling hell and earth
·      The community was filled with atrocities and Jews would not go to it
·      Jesus did…face to face with evil
·      And starting our church on the rock of Peter