Wednesday, January 16, 2019

Jesus suffered, we suffer; Jesus had a mission, we have a mission: Wednesday, January 15th, 2019

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Jesus: "lower than angels" in Hebrew, and Jesus destroying evil angels in Mark: Tuesday, January 14th, 2019

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Beginning of the Letter to the Hebrews and the beginning of the Gospel according to Mark: Monday, January 14th, 2019 (Beginning the Ordinary Season)

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Water: Necessary for life, Enjoyment physically, Powerful in our World, and Essential for our Spiritual Lives: The Baptism of our Lord

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Notes:

The last weekend of the Christmas Season: The Baptism of Jesus Christ
We have quickly went through essential moments of our Salvation History
·     The birth of Jesus Christ
·     The presentation of Jesus in the Temple
·     The finding of Jesus in the Temple
·     The Holy Family
·     The Epiphany
·     And now, as an adult, the Baptism of Jesus Christ
·     Monday begins Ordinary Time again
Today, let us think about water
·     The water we need:
o  If we cannot drink water, we cannot live
§ Our bodies is maintained by 60% of the liquids in our bodies
o  We use it also to clean ourselves, our dishes, or homes to receive sanitary, which many brothers and sisters doesn’t even receive this!
o  Also, how much water is used for agriculture for food?
·     We enjoy water
o  Minnesota with 11,842 lakes larger than 10 acres!
o  How many of us love to live, swim, fish, boat, canoe or camp right next to these beautiful lakes?
o  Or even in the winter
§ Ice fishing, skiing, snowmobiling
·     We know the power of water
o  Hurricanes, typhoons, thunderstorms
o  Or even the ways to use this power to try to stop a fire or, like in California and around our country, how much water is needed for safety
I mention this today, because water is crucial in our human lives…then Jesus Christ changes it to our spiritual lives
·     2000 years ago, John the Baptist was seeing many, many people to baptize them to repent from their sins
·     Then he saw Jesus, entering in line to be baptized and we heard a curious conversation with John
o  John answered them all, saying, 
"I am baptizing you with water,
but one mightier than I is coming.
I am not worthy to loosen the thongs of his sandals.
He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and fire."
After all the people had been baptized 
and Jesus also had been baptized and was praying, 
heaven was opened and the Holy Spirit descended upon him
in bodily form like a dove. 
And a voice came from heaven, 
"You are my beloved Son;
with you I am well pleased."
Was Jesus forgiven this baptism?  Well, no. He had no sins.
·     He was baptized not to himself, but to humanity and to show the spiritual opportunities to create blessed, or holy water
·     Meaning, he opens a new door with this water which we call the first sacrament of our Church, to be entered into God’s family



Parish Bulletin Article: "Ideas for Spiritual Goals for 2019": 1-13-19

We typically begin each new year with new goals, and usually, it hones into to diet, quitting something or exercise.  Now yes, these are good goals, but have you ever thought of changing your life with your spiritual journey?
Here are two thoughts as we begin 2019.  
First, as we continue to listen to the Scriptures at Mass, many people asked John the Baptist several questions to him: "Who are you?.... What are you then?  Are you Elijah?... Are you the Prophet?"  John denied each of these, then simply and succinctly shared who he was: “He said: ‘I am the voice of one crying out in the desert, “Make straight the way of the Lord”, 'as Isaiah the prophet said.’"  
Do you know who you are?  While it may seem to be a quick question, can you give a quick answer?  Such a simple question can offer you incredible progress to think, discern and pray with God to figure out who YOU are!
Second, as we have given you several Dynamic Books, especially those written by Matthew Kelly, here is some great ideas that I pulled out from some of his texts which may inspire you as we grow in our spiritual progress to start a new year:
·     “What is your mission?”
·     “What is your holy moments?”
·     “What was amazing about this year?
·     “Whom are you most grateful for this year?”
·     “What accomplishment are you most proud of from the past year?”
·     “What was the most empowering decision you made?”
·     “In what area of your life do you feel the least empowered?”
·     “What emotions would you name to describe this past year?”
·     “What can you do next year to become more childlike?”
·     “What brings you joy?”
·     “Who did you help this year?”
·     “What dream have you given up on?”
·     “What would you like to have more of this year?”\
·     “Do you like the direction your life is heading in?”
·     “Who are you?”
·     “What are you here for?”
·     “What matters most?”
·     “What matters least?”
·     (These were from “The Biggest Lie in the History of Christianity” and “Perfectly Yourself” which I noted were very similar and had helped me in my spiritual process!  If you would like a copy of either of these books, we still have some copies at St. Thomas Aquinas)
Once again, happy new year, 2019 and continue to walk with each other and with Jesus Christ.

God Bless!

God loved us first: Thursday after Epiphany: Thursday, January 10th, 2019 (School Mass)

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"There is no fear in love...": Wednesday after Epiphany: Wednesday, January 9th, 2019

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Tuesday, January 8, 2019

God is love!: Tuesday after Epiphany: Tuesday, January 8th, 2019

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Test the spirits...: Monday after Epiphany: Monday, January 7th, 2019

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Epiphany with some Science and Gifts

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Notes:

Epiphany = the manifestation of Christ to the Gentiles as represented by the Magi
Science:
·     Science vs. Scientism
o  Globe: Galileo—a monk
o  Big bang: George Lemaitre—French priest
o  Evolution: Darwin—Anglican a clergy man *(who eventually did leave faith!)
·     Science and faith
o  Or reason and faith that are connected with each other
·     What about these Magi?
o  They were not Jewish, but Gentiles, like us
o  And, they didn’t have a GPS and they were many, many miles away
o  By using astrology, they were dang close to where Jesus was?
o   Well, the Jewish leaders showed their faith, reading in a prophet, Micah: “But you, O Bethlehem Ephrathah, who are little to be among the clans of Judah, from you shall come forth for me one who is to be ruler in Israel, whose origin is from of old, from ancient days.”
Like these magi, we must learn how to give things away, especially to Jesus Christ!
·     Gold
o  Kings: Servers
o  But also the gold, treasury that we have to give away!  10%?  Stewardship
·     Frankincense
o  Priests: worship, pray
·     Myrrh
o  Serving the sick, those who have died, serving at a funeral
o  Also, speak with your loved ones now to prepare for death

Epiphany

The Name of Jesus: Thursday, January 3rd, 2019 (Students Mass)

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Giants in Theology: January 2nd, 2019 (Sts. Basil and Gregory)

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Edited: Basil and Gregory were actually friends, not brothers!

Christmas, Octave Day #8: Mother of God: Numbers and our Mother

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