Wednesday, July 16, 2014

The Sixteenth Sunday of Ordinary Time


1. The almighty is merciful.
    a. clemency, leniency, kind
    b. "those who are just must be kind."
    c.  Everything begins with God's mercy!

2. The Spirit mercifully helps us pray!
    a. We don't even know how to pray!
    b. The Spirit comes to mercifully help us!
    c. "The Spirit comes to aid in our weakness."

3. Out of the little grows much!
    a. The Gospel is like a mustard seed. It starts small but grows larger.
    b. The same goes for sin.
    c. God is merciful and patiently waiting.
    d. We can trust in God's mercy, even in small ways, it will grow to big things.
    e. Like yeast, it will work its way into all of your life.
    f.  As we prayed in the opening prayer:

          Show favor, O Lord, to your servants
          and mercifully increase the gifts of your grace,
          that, made fervent in hope, faith and charity,
          they may be ever watchful in keeping your commands.

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Fifteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time


1. Today we have the image of God's word as a seed to be planted.
    a. Our first reading promises us the power of God's word. It will not return void!
    b. Our Gospel reading tells us that God's word is sown far and wide. It falls on different grounds.
2. The world is waiting for the Gospel.
    a. Our second reading tells us that all of creation is waiting to be remade.
    b. We must bring the Gospel into all areas of our world!
    c. Don't be a sacristy Christian! Bring the Gospel out into the world!
3. Bring the Gospel out into your world!
    a. Your life!
    b. Your family.
    c. Your friendships.
    d. The world is waiting for you!

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

The Fourteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time


 The burden of the humble is light. 

1. Our second reading tells us to turn from the "flesh." 
a. This doesn't mean that physical things are bad, but that this fallen world leads us astray. 
b. On major way that this happens is pride. 
c. Pride brings death to the self. Death to who we really are!

2. Our first reading tells us about the King who we serve
a. See, your king shall come to you; a just savior is he, meek, and riding on a donkey. 

b. This happened when he entered Jerusalem on Palm Sunday. 
c. Indeed, our Lord continues to show great humility when he comes to us in the form of Bread and Wine. 
d. This is a model for us to follow. 
e. In the Gospel reading Jesus said we are to become like children in order to understand God's ways. 
f. Jesus says he is meek and humble. 
g. When we learn his way, the burden is light.

3. Think about how true that is! It is a big burden to be proud.
a. Our second reading tells us that the flesh brings death! Our you dying in pride?
b. Today, we should make some concrete decisions about how to follow Christ in humility? 
c.Do you avoid Faith Formation classes because you "know it all?" 
d. Do you avoid the soup kitchen because you don't want to be with those who are different? 
e. Is it keeping you out of the confessional? 
f. Let's reflect today on one or two ways that we can follow Christ in the path of humility today. 

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

The Solemnity of Sts. Peter and Paul


1. On today's feast, we learn so much about those who first defended the faith. From the preface:
   a. Peter- foremost in confessing the faith,
   b. Paul- its outstanding preacher
   c. Peter-o established the early Church from the remnant of Israel
   d. Paul- master and teacher of the Gentiles that God calls.

2. And so, each in a different way gathered together the one family of Christ; and revered together throughout the world, they share one Martyr’s crown.
   a. Different but the same.
   b. Peter:     You are the rock.     Feed my sheep.
   c. Paul:     Boast in weakness.       Poured out like a libation.
   d. Peter and Paul argued!
   e. Both a model for us. Both a model for unity. 

3. The angel of the Lord will rescue those who fear him!
   a. Both had the same trust.
   b. Both had the same fear of God.
   c. Both put their lives in God's hands.

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Solemnity of the Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ



Collect: Memorial of your Passion
1. Memory of What Christ did on the Cross
2. First reading: "Do not forget"
3. We must never forget what made this all possible.

Prayer over the gifts: the gifts of unity and peace,
1. "participation in the body and blood of Christ"
2. Though we are many, we are one in this Body.
3. Be free of mortal sin. Union must be real.

Prayer over the gifts: offerings we here present
1. Re-presentation of Christ's offering.
2. Offerings- we offer ourselves on the altar as part of Christ's body.
3. We bring our joy, our hope, our failures, and our fears.
4. God gives us so much more in return.

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

The Solemnity of the Most Holy Trinity


1. The Trinity is a relationship of perfect self-giving love. 
     a. The Father begets the Son. 
     b. The Son loves the Father. 
     c. The Holy Spirit proceeds forth from this love. 
     d. God wan't to include us in that: In the first reading he comes down to be with Moses.
     e. God reveals his name: "I am" 

2 . The reading from the Gospel emphasizes that God wants to bring us into that divine life of self-giving love. 

     a. God so loved the world that he gave his only Son,
          so that everyone who believes in him might not perish
          but might have eternal life.
      b. God offers us life through the gift of his Son! 
      c. In turn, we offer ourselves back to God! 
      d. As the Prayer over the Gifts asks God to "make of us an eternal offering to" himself. 
      e. We offer God our lives- however imperfect- and he gives us back himself! 

3. May we enter into this life of self-giving with the Most Holy Trinity!
      In the words of the second reading: 
            The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ
            and the love of God
            and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with all of you.

Monday, June 2, 2014

Pentecost Mass During the Day


1. The preface to the Eucharistic prayer today: "Bringing your pascal mission to completion, you bestowed the holy spirit today on your adopted children."
      a. "Bring to completion the pascal mission."
      b. What started at Easter finished at Pentecost. 
      c. Baptism is completed in Confirmation. 
2.  What is this completion? 
      a. The work of Easter is completed by the Spirit coming into us!
      b. When the time for Pentecost was fulfilled... they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in different tongues, as the Spirit enabled them to proclaim.
      d. As a body is one though it has many parts, and all the parts of the body, though many, are one body so also Christ. For in one Spirit we were all baptized into one body!
      e. After the Resurrection... Jesus said as much.... 
"Jesus came and stood in their midst and said to them, “Peace be with you.”
When he had said this, he showed them his hands and his side. The disciples rejoiced when they saw the Lord. Jesus said to them again, “Peace be with you. As the Father has sent me, so I send you.” And when he had said this, he breathed on them and said to them,“Receive the Holy Spirit." " 
      f. We are sent out, united to Christ by this Spirit to bring Christ into the world! 

3.  The mystery is in us! 

      a.  So we pray, " O God, who by the mystery of today’s great feast
sanctify your whole Church in every people and nation, pour out, we pray, the gifts of the Holy Spirit across the face of the earth and, with the divine grace that was at work
when the Gopel was first proclaimed, fill now once more the hearts of believers
      b. Grant, we pray, O Lord, that, as promised by your Son, the Holy Spirit may reveal to us more abundantly the hidden mystery of this sacrifice and graciously lead us into all truth.
     c. May we realize that Spirit in us is the hidden mystery of this sacrifice. 
     d. Lord, send out your Spirit, and renew the face of the earth.... through us!