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The Marian feasts – the Immaculate Conception, the Assumption, the Annunciation – all celebrate not what Mary accomplished, but what God accomplished through Jesus. Mary, as the first disciple of Jesus, is the first to receive the benefits of Jesus’ saving work. She is the first to taste the victory over sin by being herself exempted from its stain at her conception. She is the first to celebrate the resurrection of the body through her assumption into heaven.
Dec-11-2022 / Matthew 11: 2-11 / Advent 3
Then Came Jesus
Imagine buying tickets to a performance of one of your favorite entertainers, months ahead. The evening finally comes, and your expectations are high. You wait to hear all the “oldies but goodies,” but the performance proceeds for two hours and still no renditions of the songs you’d waited so anxiously to hear. Many times, we anticipate certain happenings, but they disappoint us. So, it was with John the Baptist as he sat in a prison cell waiting to be executed for preaching the coming of the Messiah. He had seen Jesus, had witnessed the voice of the Father, and the confirmation of the Holy Spirit. But was Jesus the One, or should he wait for another? He undoubtedly had expectations of exciting things that Christ’s coming would bring, but now he was waiting to die. Do you make promises to your friends … if only they will accept Christ? Do you lead them to believe all their external problems will disappear, that they be miraculously healed of their cancer? In our message we will consider how to be assured that Jesus is in fact the Son of God, and how he can encourage you each and every day.
Sirach used aphorisms like Jesus used parables: to teach his audience how to put God’s commands into action. Today we hear both Sirach and Jesus counsel us to act with humility. Sirach tells us we will find favor with God; Jesus imagines a wedding banquet where the host
invites the person who took the lowest seat to move up to a higher position. With true humility, for we are all sinners, let us listen today to the word of God
Sirach 3:17–18, 20, Ancient wisdom insists that the more humble we are,
28–29 the greater we are.
Psalm 68 “God, in your goodness,
you have made a home for the poor.”
Hebrews 12:18–19, Far from frightening, our encounter with God
22–24a will be like a glorious holiday.
Luke 14:1, 7–14 Jesus presents his own version of table manners
It is no accident that the words “disciple” and “discipline” come from the same root: Latin disciplina, meaning “teaching.” As disciples of the
Lord, we are taught through discipline. We need that discipline when we are tempted to compromise our ethics or ignore our conscience
and do something we shouldn’t or fail to do something we should. Hebrews reminds us today that God’s discipline is given out of love,
to keep our conscience strong and our feet on the narrow path. May we keep to the discipline of being a true disciple and resolve to learn
from our missteps
Isaiah 66:18–21 Outcasts will be gathered home by God as a precious offering in glory
Psalm 117 “Go out to all the world and tell the Good News.”
Hebrews 12:5–7, 11–13 Discipline strengthens what is weak.
Luke 13:22–30 The doorway into the kingdom is narrow.
Sunday June 26 2022
“Follow me,” Jesus calls out in today’s Gospel. He summons us as well, and his call is challenging. Being a disciple means putting aside one’s own personal concerns. It also means following Jesus no matter how difficult. Up until now, Jesus spent his time preaching, teaching,
and healing around Galilee. But now Jesus has set off for Jerusalem. Though the disciples don’t realize it, he has embarked on the journey that leads to the cross. Let us pray for the strength and courage to continue to follow our Lord, no matter the cost, realizing that our reward is the kingdom of God.
Trinity Sunday June 12, 2022
The Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. Three persons in one God. Easy to say, but
difficult to understand, for it is a mystery beyond our comprehension.
In the Gospel, Jesus tells the disciples that everything the Father has
is his and that the Holy Spirit will take from all that they have. Their
relationship to each other is complete and entire. The Father sent the
Son to be united with humanity, to suffer with us, and to redeem us.
The Father and Son sent the Holy Spirit to be with us always, guiding
and sanctifying us. We come together today to praise God, who through
the Trinity has given us more than we could ever expect.ext content
“We hear them telling in our own tongues the mighty works of God.” Acts 2: 11
The Bible is clear about who is in charge. When we think we are like the people who tried to build a tower to the heavens to nudge God off the throne, we get ourselves in trouble. Trouble with a capital “T.” In the Old Testament story, God “fixed” arrogant throne usurpers. He made their tongues speak different languages. Hence, there was mass confusion.
Confusion and mayhem on earth always come as a result of ignoring God … or worse yet, trying to “play” God. That is the essential meaning of the old story in Genesis 11. What is the antidote? It is the New Testament story of Pentecost. Acts 2 tells of how God’s Spirit came down upon the first Christian believers and brought understanding, harmony, love, unity and power. The church was born when God, worshipped properly, brought the love of heaven into receptive hearts.