This blog is meant to provide insight into the Sacred Scriptures. Through it I will share what I have learned about God's Word through my personal prayer, academic studies, and other encounters with the Bible. My hope is to encourage you in your own faith journey through the Word. God Bless!
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2011 my seminary class was able to go to the Holy Land
·It was powerful
·I looked up and down a
massive rock structure—100 feet high and 500 feet wide
were also taught about four historical facts on this rock
·The bottom opened a cave
·This area was a place to
worship Pan—a god Greek mythology
·Also a place between earth
·In the Jewish family, they
did not go to this rock
·Polytheism with many gods
prostitution for worship
·The Romans took over this
·They put up an idol statue
for one of the emperors and it was called “the son of God”
Jesus brought his disciples
·"Who do people say that the Son of Man is?"
guessed John the Baptist…Elijah…Jeremiah…prophet
were on track
Peter said, “You are the Christ, the Son of the living God."
oThis 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.”
oThe real God
oPeter = rock = were the
Church would be built
oThe keys to the kingdom goes
to Peter, not “gods” who persecute humans or care for humans
oJesus Christ called Peter and
his church with power between us and God
Philippi, Jesus brought them to face evil, to destroy evil, to show the power
of God and gave it to our Church
·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 meansrockand 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 amonadnock).Jesus uses this tangible
image of strength and endurance to show how His Church would be established on
·“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
·Pan = a god controlling hell and earth
·The community was filled with atrocities and
Jews would not go to it
are some thoughts for parents in our parishes.
our students begin the new school year, I am always proud and grateful for you
great Moms and Dads.You brought
life into the world.You raise up
your children.You feed them,
shelter them, protect them and provide them in their lives.Your work offers your, and our,
generation in our community, our towns, our schools, our state, our country and
even our Church.
you parents offer a ton of work to lead your kids in life, know that we at St.
Thomas Aquinas and St. Columban support both you and them in our spiritual
are two questions for you parents.First, while I am curious (as I am not a Dad), this might be an interesting
discernment for your mission.The
question is: how much time do your
children experience in their life?(Education?Homework?Health?Sports?Hobbies?Television?Social media?Friendships? etc.).
Second, how much time will you and your children experience this year with God?(Baptism?Confession?Mass?Confirmation?Prayer? Faith formation?Personal, public, parish and Diocesan education?).
I have mentioned before that we
have 168 hours in a week.I hope
that we can all come to Mass each week as this is 0.59% of a week that will
change you and your children’s’ lives. Also, Sabrina Ettiene, myself and volunteers will always
serve to sustain your family through faith formation.
Please check out the bulletins,
letters and conversations as some new information will becoming out soon as
this is also a new year for our Catholic love, mercy, compassion and education
in our parishes.
This last weekend we had a fun event in our community:
the Backus Community Center Rainy Lake Triathlon.
This race occurs with a swim (.25m), a bike (11m) and a
run (5K) and it can be attempted as an individual or with
a team. I love exercising, competition, and races, but I
mention this triathlon as a demonstration of one of our
many relationships with our neighbors. The Rainy Lake
Triathlon was supported by organizers, volunteers, and
participants, several of which are both involved with
Backus and our parishes. It was exciting to look around
during the event and see so many familiar faces from
Additionally, a few articles ago, Backus wrote a cool
letter in the Journal thanking us for a $1,000 gift for the
Community Café. This was a result of the funds raised
from our churches for Operation Rice Bowl last Lent.
Brothers and sisters in our parishes and those who
serve the Backus community worked together to
support our community.
As I continue to serve our parishes and our community,
I am inspired by how many parishioners have worked in
both our parishes and the Backus Community Center.
Thank you, brothers and sisters, for your passion to
serve in multiple capacities for the betterment of our
communities and our county.
I am also proud of so many parishioners who work with
Backus. What an amazing team and beautiful
have two cool prospects in the next month or so.
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.
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).
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.
goal is to produce joy, fruit and service to the gifts that God has given us.
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
your eyes on the bulletins and your ears to more information for a cool mission
·"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?
·“When he disembarked and saw
the vast crowd,his heart was moved with pity for them, and he cured
·"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…”
·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
·Spoil alert!It became a butterfly
Metamorphosis: a change from one nature into a totally
·And the same word in English?
“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
are we not hungry?
·Physically and spiritually
·And we must eat!
oWe are fed spiritually with
oWe are nourished with
oWe received Jesus’ Body and
Blood in Eucharist
oWe are strengthened by
oWe are encouraged with holy
Marriage or the ordination
oWe are give confidence with
Anointing of the Sick
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.”