Monday, August 21, 2017

Listen and see God: 19th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Listen to the homily here.

Parish Bulletin Article: "Two Cool Prospects: 8-13-17

            We have two cool prospects in the next month or so.
            First, I am excited to watch the process for our next directory.  If you have not signed for your photos yet, please do so.  Each family or individual will receive a free directory and an 8x10 photo.  The more parishioners, the more depths of our family and it will be cool to see the final product for each of us.
            Second, we are also discerning a type of mission during mid-September.  At now we are organizing for a picnic at St. Thomas Aquinas and will be inviting all of our parishioners.  (Please pencil Sunday, September 10th as we are confirming this date with several of our groups).
            We will also listen, focus and serve, as Nic Davidson will be speaking to us on Wednesday, September 13th.  The two weekends—both before and after Nic’s talk—will help us to encourage each other to work together for our parishes and grounds, grow in relationships and fellowship and grow in faith. 
            The goal is to produce joy, fruit and service to the gifts that God has given us.
            As one idiom said, “Many hands make light work.”  I believe that we can support our parishes as a family, our own time, talents and treasure and growth in both our individual and communal spiritual lives.
            Keep your eyes on the bulletins and your ears to more information for a cool mission together!

            God Bless!

John 12:24 and St. Lawrence: Thursday, August 10th, 2017 (St. Lawrence)

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Do the job that you are called to do: Tuesday, August 8th, 2017

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Moses and Jesus: Monday, August 7th, 2017

Listen to the homily here.

Notes:

Moses
·      "Why do you treat your servant so badly?"  Moses asked the LORD.  "Why are you so displeased with me
that you burden me with all this people?
Jesus
·      “When he disembarked and saw the vast crowd, his heart was moved with pity for them, and he cured their sick.”
·      "This is a deserted place and it is already late;
dismiss the crowds so that they can go to the villages
and buy food for themselves."
He said to them, "There is no need for them to go away;
give them some food yourselves."
·      “…he said the blessing, broke the loaves,
and gave them to the disciples…”


Transfiguration: 18th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Listen to the homily here.

Notes:

The Very Hungry Caterpillar
·      Egg on the leaf
·      One apple
·      Two pears
·      Three plums
·      Four strawberries
·      Five oranges
·      One piece of chocolate cake, one ice cream cone, one pickle, one slice of swiss cheese, one slice of salami, one lollipop, one piece of cherry pie, one sausage, one cupcake and one slice of watermelon
·      One green leaf
·      Not hungry
·      Cocoon
·      Spoil alert!  It became a butterfly
Metamorphosis: a change from one nature into a totally different one
·      And the same word in English?
·      Transfiguration
Jesus took Peter, James, and his brother, John, 
and led them up a high mountain by themselves.
And he was transfigured before them; 
his face shone like the sun 
and his clothes became white as light.”
·      Jesus Christ was like us as a human, but also as God
·      One analogy is that Jesus was like us like caterpillar…but he is also God
And are we not hungry?
·      Physically and spiritually
·      And we must eat! 
o   We are fed spiritually with Baptism
o   We are nourished with confession
o   We received Jesus’ Body and Blood in Eucharist
o   We are strengthened by Confirmation
o   We are encouraged with holy Marriage or the ordination
o   We are give confidence with Anointing of the Sick
And we can be transfigured—changed—to a different life in heaven—saints
We did not follow cleverly devised myths
when we made known to you
the power and coming of our Lord Jesus Christ,
but we had been eyewitnesses of his majesty.”





Parish Bulletin Article: "Listen!": 8-6-17

            This morning (Monday, July 31st, 2017) I had a fun time with some coffee and gentlemen after daily Mass and this evening we had a wonderful gathering for our Evangelization Team.  I would like to offer some cool thoughts that some of our powerful parishioners shared:
·      One said, “We must be alive again!”  He encouraged us to invite brothers and sisters to our parishes—we must welcome people to our parishes, not only in the church, but also to the point from peoples’ vehicles!  I agree and I believe that we must learn from our brothers and sisters in other denominations as many of them do much to welcome and/or invite more than us!  He also mentioned that we should remember our history in which we had a choir.  Can we not do that again?
·      Similarly, someone said, “To remember a person, we must remember the person’s name.”  How many parishioners do you know at your parish?  (Remember the test I wrote about several weeks ago?).
·      Another exclaimed: “Each of us have a mission to share our faith!  This year, can we encourage, invite, welcome and converse with one person in your life?”  That encouraged me and I hope it does to you too!
·      Another mentioned that, “We Catholics have the full truth of Jesus Christ.  We have the Eucharist.  We have the sacraments.”  Yes, indeed.
I am always impressed how God works through each of your lives.  And, through the sacrament of baptism has given each of you the power, the talents, the gifts and your witness to follow God.
St. Theresa of Avila once said, “If Christ Jesus dwells in a man as his friend and noble leader, that man can endure all things, for Christ helps and strengthens us and never abandons us.  He is a true friend.
And our savior said, “You did not choose me, but I chose you and appointed you that you should go and bear fruit and that your fruit should abide…”
            Listen to your brothers and sisters.  Listen to St. Theresa of Avila.  Listen to Jesus Christ himself!  Get to work to keep our parishes to be alive to be active and to be joyful!

God Bless!

"The dwelling" of God throughout history: Thursday, August 3rd, 2017

Listen to the homily here.

Notes:

Moses: 3500 years ago…
·      The Dwelling was erected…
·      Tent
·      The ark with the tablets, Aaron’s rod
Eventually
·      The Temple
·      Tabernacle with Jesus’ Eucharist



Wednesday, August 2, 2017

Kingdom of heaven with treasures and pearls: Wednesday, August 2nd, 2017

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Notes:

Kingdom of heaven with treasure and pearls
Let’s think about money
·      Many people has money for: food, living situation, possessions, savings, insurance, health care, giving away
·      Different eggs in the basket—like a Roth IRA, 401K, saving, etc.
Well, Jesus is teaching us to be all in
·      “…which a person finds and hides again, and out of joy goes and sells all that he has and buys that field.  When he finds a pearl of great price, he goes and sells all that he has and buys it.”
Meeting with an employee at St. Scholastica
·      Marriage



A crucial title: Friend: Tuesday, August 1st, 2017

Listen to the homily here.

Notes:

“The LORD used to speak to Moses face to face,
as one man speaks to another.”

“Thus the LORD used to speak to Moses face to face, as a man speaks to his friend.”

Question for you: there are only two individuals with the title “friend” from God in the Old Testament.
·      Moses
·      ? (Abraham)
o   “But you, Israel, my servant, Jacob, whom I have chosen, the offspring of Abraham, my friend;”

Servants, slaves

·      Jesus Christ said, “Greater love has no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends.  You are my friends if you do what I command you.  15 No longer do I call you servants, for the servant does not know what his master is doing; but I have called you friends…”

Learning against the idol calf: Monday, July 31st, 2017

Listen to the homily here.

Notes:

The idol calf

"It does not sound like cries of victory, nor does it sound like cries of defeat; the sounds that I hear are cries of revelry.”
·      “lively and noisy festivities, especially when these involve drinking a large amount of alcohol”

“So I told them, 'Let anyone who has gold jewelry take it off.'
They gave it to me, and I threw it into the fire, and this calf came out.”

At the same time, Moses was bringing down the two tablets for the commandments

Patience




"The new and the old...": 17th Sunday of Ordinary Time

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Notes:

“The new and the old…”
·      We have each seen this in our lives
o   Parents: with your children, don’t you have “new” and “old” clothes
§  Your children grow like weeds!
§  Think of your baby’s clothes...and then you don’t have any babies…you probably have some “old” clothes
·      Baptismal dress
·      Shoes
§  But they are always getting “new” clothes
·      New or pass down clothes!
Jesus said: “Then every scribe who has been instructed in the kingdom of heaven is like the head of a household who brings from his storeroom both the new and the old.”
Think about the new and old things in our parishes
·      People!  Babies, little ones, elementary, high school, adults
o   Those brand new to learn and those who have wisdom
·      Our gifts
o   Our rectory!  A new and old!
o   Our decisions for our property
o   Things in the parishes
·       Stuff
o   Old stuff: if you haven’t used it for a year, give it away
o   New stuff: we all need some new stuff: food, water, shelter
§  But in our culture
I hope that we never have new or old…but both
Finally, we can always grow to be “scribes” following Jesus Christ
·      As Catholics we always have new opportunities, serving, reading, sacraments
·      And each of us have been given talents which can be both old and new


Parish Bulletin Article: "All Old and New Rectory!": 7-30-17

            Last weekend I said that our closing date for both houses—our old and new rectory—was on Friday, July 28th.  As I write this article, we still have five days left before the actual day, and I hope that this article truly happened.  If anything fell through, you can stop reading this article as it would be “fake news”! 
            I thank God for the ways he sends us opportunities to serve.  I am proud for our parishioners, as you ARE the owners of this new rectory and as we discerned for a different house and God opened different doors.
            As we sold and bought two buildings, it happened in only ten months. 
            I am so happy that our old rectory was bought for a non-profit—Northland Council Center—and our community will receive an awesome place.  Their new building will help our brothers and sisters who are facing addictions, mental illness, detoxification and support.  This is a chance for people to stand up again and be walked with our community.  It will also assist more employees (who will work in this building), invite this non-profit to our family, grow in relationships in our city and county, and allow other families who can quickly visit their loved ones facing tough challenges.
As I began this process, I said several times, “If Pope Francis knocked on the door of our [old] rectory, he would say, ‘Fr. Ben Hadrich, you need to live in a different house.’”  Now I imagine if Pope Francis went today to knock on the same door to see the new change for our parishes, our community and all of our good decision to help the those who need assistance.  And I bet he would smile today as we follow God’s will with the gifts He have given us.
Thank you for your prayers, your service, your conversations, your meetings, your support, your ideas, your packing and unpacking and your painting, as well as our realtors through Island View Reality and our Diocese of Duluth. 
As a Pastor, this was my first time to walk through a process to buy and sell a house and this could not have happened without our strong family and God Himself.

Praise God and God Bless!

Mountains: Thursday, July 27th, 2017

Listen to the homily here.

Notes:

“When the LORD came down to the top of Mount Sinai,
he summoned Moses to the top of the mountain.”
·      Mount Sinai: 10 Commandments

Mountains: physically and spiritually

Other mountains
·      Mount Moriah: Abraham and Isaac
o   The sheep, the ram…waiting for the Lamb
·      Mount Carmel
o   Elijah vs. the baals
o   Wind, earthquake, fire
o   Small quiet voice
·      Jesus Christ crucified on Golgatha

Mountains “going up”



The challenges for Israel in the desert and bread from heaven: Wednesday, July 26th, 2017

Listen to the homily here.

Notes:

“In the morning a dew lay all about the camp,
and when the dew evaporated, there on the surface of the desert
were fine flakes like hoarfrost on the ground.
On seeing it, the children of Israel asked one another, "What is this?"”  Manna: what is this?”

·      Bread from heaven
·      Foreshadow

"Can God spread a table in the desert?"
·      Uh…yes—God can do anything
·      In fact, he spread a table for Mass for two millenniums

Where is our faith?  Where is your faith?




"We hold this treasure in earthen vessels...": Tuesday, July 25th, 2017

Listen to the homily here.

Notes:

“We hold this treasure in earthen vessels, that the surpassing power may be of God and not from us.”

This treasure:
·      We were created with God’s image
·      Life
·      Emotions
·      Talents
Earthen vessels
·      Fragile
·      Delicate
Power of God, not from us
·      We must shine the light in our lives
·      The lamp that is on a stand, not under a bushel basket
·      We must be transparent to His light
·      We must allow the window of our souls to be purified to allow more sun


Fear not!: Monday, July 24th, 2017

Listen to the homily here.

Notes:

Complaining Israelites
·      "Were there no burial places in Egypt
that you had to bring us out here to die in the desert?”
·      “Leave us alone.  Let us serve the Egyptians'?
Far better for us to be the slaves of the Egyptians
than to die in the desert…”
Moses, their leader said:
·      "Fear not!  Stand your ground,
and you will see the victory the LORD will win for you today.”
As Catholics in our secularization culture: complaining
·      Fear not
·      Stand God’s ground

·      Trust in Jesus Christ