February 19, 2011
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February 19, 2011
R. Blessed are they who morn for they
will be comforted —
R. God gives us the beautiful sun —
God gives us each other —
We are called by God to work together —
When we walk in a room — we want the
light to see —
We can see the brightest sun and it is
so beautiful, but we must
notice it —
If we look away from the light —
hide ourselves away from light —
under a bushel basket —
we won't even see the light
when it is there —
A man could look one way — toward
the light —
or he could turn away from
the light —
The sun comes up and we cannot
focus on the sun that is —
At the end of the day —
the sun goes down —
Or clouds can come — deep
clouds and hide the sun —
Or we can ignore the sun
entirely and not look —
In getting the Blue Books — Jesus
is saying — this is reality —
I am here — you must look —
turn toward the light —
A sunflower turns toward
the light —
Hebrews 11: 1-7
Only faith can guarantee the blessings that we hope for, or prove the existence of realities that are unseen. It is for their faith that our ancestors are acknowledged.
It is by faith that we understand that the ages were created by a word from God, so that from the invisible the visible world came to be.
It was because of his faith that Abel offered God a better sacrifice than Cain, and for that he was acknowledged as upright when God himself made acknowledgement of his offerings. Though he is dead, he still speaks by faith.
It was because of his faith that Enoch was taken up and did not experience death: he was no more, because God took him; because before his assumption he was acknowledged to have pleased God. Now it is impossible to please God without faith, since anyone who comes to him must believe that he exists and rewards those who seek him.
It was through his faith that Noah, when he had been warned by God of something that had never been seen before, took care to build an ark to save his family. His faith was a judgement on the world, and he was able to claim the uprightness which comes from faith.
Psalm 145: 2-5, 10-11
Day after day I shall bless you,
I shall praise your name for ever and ever.
Great is Yahweh and worthy of all praise,
his greatness beyond all reckoning.
will praise your deeds to the next,
proclaiming your mighty works.
Your renown is the splendour of your glory,
I will ponder the story of your wonders.
All your creatures shall
thank you, Yahweh,
and your faithful shall bless you.
They shall speak of the glory of your kingship
and tell of your might,
Mark 9: 2-13
Six days later, Jesus took with him Peter and James and John and led them up a high mountain on their own by themselves. There in their presence he was transfigured: his clothes became brilliantly white, whiter than any earthly bleacher could make them. Elijah appeared to them with Moses; and they were talking to Jesus. Then Peter spoke to Jesus, "Rabbi," he said, "it is wonderful for us to be here; so let us make three shelters, one for you, one for Moses and one for Elijah." He did not know what to say; they were so frightened. And a cloud came, covering them in shadow; and from the cloud there came a voice, "This is my Son, the Beloved. Listen to him." Then suddenly, when they looked round, they saw no one with them any more but only Jesus.
As they were coming down from the mountain he warned them to tell no one what they had seen, until after the Son of man had risen from the dead. They observed the warning faithfully, though among themselves they discussed what 'rising from the dead' could mean. And they put this question to him, 'Why do the scribes say that Elijah must come first?' He said to them, 'Elijah is indeed first coming to set everything right again; yet how is it that the scriptures say about the Son of man that he must suffer grievously and be treated with contempt? But I tell you that Elijah has come and they have treated him as they pleased, just as the scriptures say about him.'
R. Faith —
God has the power to calm the storm —
Think of Peter walking on the water —
Matthew 14: 22-33
And at once he made the disciples get into the boat and go on ahead to the other side while he sent the crowds away. After sending the crowds away he went up into the hills by himself to pray. When evening came, he was there alone, while the boat, by now some furlongs from land, was hard pressed by rough waves, for there was a head–wind. In the fourth watch of the night he came towards them, walking on the sea, and when the disciples saw him walking on the sea they were terrified. ‘It is a ghost,’ they said, and cried out in fear. But at once Jesus called out to them, saying, ‘Courage! It’s me! Don’t be afraid.’ It was Peter who answered. ‘Lord,’ he said, ‘if it is you, tell me to come to you across the water.’ Jesus said, ‘Come.’ Then Peter got out of the boat and started walking towards Jesus across the water, but then noticing the wind, he took fright and began to sink. ‘Lord,’ he cried, ‘save me!’ Jesus put out his hand at once and held him. ‘You have so little faith,’ he said, ‘why did you doubt?’ And as they got into the boat the wind dropped. The men in the boat bowed down before him and said, ‘Truly, you are the Son of God.’
R. Faith —
Our Father, Who art in heaven, hallowed be Thy name. Thy Kingdom come, Thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread and forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil. Amen.
I believe in God, the Father Almighty, Creator of heaven and earth; and in Jesus Christ, His only Son, our Lord; who was conceived by the Holy Spirit, born of the Virgin Mary, suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, died and was buried. He descended into hell; the third day he arose again from the dead; he ascended into heaven; sits at the right hand of God the Father Almighty; from thence he shall come to judge the living and the dead. I believe in the Holy Spirit, the Holy Catholic Church, the communion of Saints, the forgiveness of sins, the resurrection of the body, and life everlasting. Amen.
R. Peter started to sink when he lost
He cried out to Jesus —
We need to have faith —
We are learning —
We have to see ourselves as little
Walking in faith —
It is awesome that God: Father, Son and
Holy Spirit dwell in our graced baptized soul —
In the first reading we see St. Paul's
talks of faith in Hebrews —
We see the faith of Noah —
I love the Gospel
It makes me cry —
I hear the Father say
"This is my beloved Son.
Listen to Him."
The voice says —
"Listen to Him" — We hear
"Listen to Him"
Moses gave the law
Elisha was seen going into
heaven in a fiery chariot —
The Apostles see the glory of God —
then they hear the voice of
the Father —
There is a cloud —
I love God so much —
The insight into the hidden mystery —
We see in a veiled way —
The cloud I saw today covered
a once bright sun —
They saw Jesus in His glory —
R. We must focus on the power of
I believe in this power —
God is almighty — All powerful —
Jesus healed, Jesus taught, Jesus
fed all the multitude, Jesus
expelled demons —
Jesus took the Apostles, Peter, James
and John, up Mt. Tabor —
We hear this in our heart and
mind — focusing on God
and His glory —
Then we realize Jesus will
be crucified on the hill
of Calvary and most of
His Apostles not there —
Is this how it is we see Jesus
suffer and we try not
to accept our trials He
gives us —
John stood beneath the cross
with Jesus —
We see in the Old Testament when our Fathers
had faith and did God's will
they made less trouble for
We must wait on the Lord —
Do it His way
Life is lived as a response to
God's love —
God never abandons the faithful —
Sarah was barren —
God gave her and Abraham a son
We were created in the
image and likeness of God —
Noah pleased God —
Noah was faithful to God
God saved Noah and His family —
We have a constant war between
good and evil because of our
fallen human nature —
Abraham always showed faith —
God blessed Abraham because of
his faith —
Abraham called upon God every place
he went —
Abraham showed faith —
Abraham was good — a man
of faith —
We have a free will
We choose to love or not love
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7th Sunday in Ordinary Time
Leviticus 19: 1-2, 17-18
Yahweh spoke to Moses and said:
‘Speak to the whole community of Israelites and say:
"Be holy, for I, Yahweh your God, am holy.
You will not harbour hatred for your brother. You will reprove your fellow–countryman firmly and thus avoid burdening yourself with a sin. You will not exact vengeance on, or bear any sort of grudge against, the members of your race, but will love your neighbour as yourself. I am Yahweh.
Psalm 103: 1-4, 8, 10, 12-13
Bless Yahweh, my soul,
from the depths of my being, his holy name;
bless Yahweh, my soul,
never forget all his acts of kindness.
He forgives all your offences,
cures all your diseases,
he redeems your life from the abyss,
crowns you with faithful love and tenderness;
Yahweh is tenderness and pity,
slow to anger and rich in faithful love;
he does not treat us as our sins deserve,
nor repay us as befits our offences.
As the distance of east from west,
so far from us does he put our faults.
As tenderly as a father treats his children,
so Yahweh treats those who fear him;
1 Corinthians 3: 16-23
Do you not realise that you are a temple of God with the Spirit of God living in you? If anybody should destroy the temple of God, God will destroy that person, because God’s temple is holy; and you are that temple.
There is no room for self-delusion. Any one of you who thinks he is wise by worldly standards must learn to be a fool in order to be really wise. For the wisdom of the world is folly to God. As scripture says: He traps the crafty in the snare of their own cunning and again: The Lord knows the plans of the wise and how insipid they are. So there is to be no boasting about human beings: everything belongs to you, whether it is Paul, or Apollos, or Cephas, the world, life or death, the present or the future — all belong to you; but you belong to Christ and Christ belongs to God.
Matthew 5: 38-48
‘You have heard how it was said: Eye for eye and tooth for tooth. But I say this to you: offer no resistance to the wicked. On the contrary, if anyone hits you on the right cheek, offer him the other as well; if someone wishes to go to law with you to get your tunic, let him have your cloak as well. And if anyone requires you to go one mile, go two miles with him. Give to anyone who asks you, and if anyone wants to borrow, do not turn away.
‘You have heard how it was said, You will love your neighbour and hate your enemy. But I say this to you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you; so that you may be children of your Father in heaven, for he causes his sun to rise on the bad as well as the good, and sends down rain to fall on the upright and the wicked alike. For if you love those who love you, what reward will you get? Do not even the tax collectors do as much? And if you save your greetings for your brothers, are you doing anything exceptional? Do not even the gentiles do as much? You must therefore be perfect, just as your heavenly Father is perfect.’
7th Sunday in Ordinary Time
February 18, 1996
HOMILY– (Leviticus 19:1-2, 17-18, 1 Corinthians 3:16-23, Matthew 5:38-48) We are in the section of St. Matthew’s gospel that is called the Sermon on the Mount. This sermon goes on for a full three chapters and covers a whole variety of topics. There is in Israel today the Church of the Sermon on the Mount. It is built at the top of a gently sloping hill, just about three miles from Capernaum, where you can get a beautiful view of the Sea of Galilee and all the surrounding area. The image that St. Matthew is trying to convey as he pictures Jesus preaching on this hill, is to present Jesus as a new Moses giving us God’s new law. Just as Moses came down from Mt. Sinai and proclaimed the Commandments, so Jesus is now the new lawgiver, not abolishing the law as he says, but perfecting it.
Last week we heard in the gospel more specifically what Jesus meant when he said he came to perfect the law. In reference to the fifth commandment, “thou shall not kill,” he taught us we should not even be harboring hateful and murderous thoughts and desires within ourselves. In a similar way he spoke about the sixth commandment, “thou shall not commit adultery.” Today’s gospel continues this pattern. The law of talion, which Jesus refers to today, an eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth was meant to impose some sense of justice and fairness. A person could exact revenge only to the extent of the damage imposed. In other words, if someone knocked out one of your teeth, you could only knock out one of theirs, not three or four, in retaliation. Jesus carries the law much further, in telling us not to try to take revenge at all. He insists that love has to go beyond what is demandedhas to go beyond just loving people we are supposed to love or enjoy loving. It’s not easy to do but we have his example to show us how it can be done.
Whenever I hear the passage about going the extra mile I always remember my aunt. It was one of her favorite passages. You might remember at the time of Jesus the Romans government ruled the Jewish people and by law a Roman soldier had the right to make a Jew lead him somewhere or make him carry something for him for a mile, but he could not make him go further. Jesus said do more than you have to. “Should anyone press you into service for one mile, go with him two miles.” My aunt Dorothy lived by this principle. She was always ready to go the extra mile for people, always ready to do more than what she had to in the community or in her job at the public library. Of course following Jesus advice not only helped her to be a better Christian, she also became very successful in her work and much respected and appreciated because she was the way she was.
Jesus sums up this section by saying you must be perfected as your heavenly Father is perfect. It is impossible for any of us, as wonderful as we may be, to be as perfect as God is, and if we think we should be, we will just add a great deal of neurosis to all our problems. What Jesus is asking of us is that we should all be trying to get closer to God, by our relationship with God and by our love for one another. That is the same thing that Moses is saying in the first reading “be holy, for I the Lord your God am holy”. Someone told me the other day, to be perfect is to be in process. In other words, we are perfect when we keep growing, we keep maturing, we keep moving forward in God’s direction. When we stop moving forward spiritually, when we decide to put God off to some time when we’re ‘not so busy’, when we say for example, there’s nothing special I need to do for Lent, there’s no way I need to change for the better, or it’s not worth the effort, then we become stagnant spiritually. And that’s bad. For the development of our spiritual life is our most important purpose in life. Our material possessions we will leave behind some day. Our bodies will decompose. The only thing we will have that we will be able to hold on to when this life is over is the good works we have done and the relationship with God we have formed.
We want to be like God in possessing some of God’s qualities: like joy, love, peace, eternal life. We have to work to be like God in other ways, especially in our everyday lives and our everyday dealings with one another. And the only way to get started in this direction is through prayer. We need to reflect on God’s word, we have to provide for ourselves moments of quiet where we can possibly hear God speak in our hearts. Thomas Merton in a little book on contemplation says “there are so many Christians who do not appreciate the magnificent dignity of their vocation to sanctity, to the knowledge, love and service of God. There are so many Christians who do not realize what possibilities God has placed in the life of Christian perfection – what possibilities for joy in the knowledge and love of Him. There are so many Christians who have practically no idea of the immense love of God for them, and of the power of that Love to do them good, to bring them happiness.” If you are looking for something special to do during Lent, if your life is in such perfect order in every way and you can’t think of anything you can do to make it better, I would suggest taking some extra time to pray.
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