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Volunteers are needed on the Friday, June 30, from 9 to 11 am to help our Social Services Ministry with the Senior Food and Paper Product Distribution, at the Ministry Center. This distribution offers those much needed basics for every day living that can take a lot out of a small income.

 

Readings: June 25, 2017, 12th Sunday in Ordinary Time

  • Jeremiah 20:10-13

Jeremiah said:
“I hear the whisperings of many:
‘Terror on every side!
Denounce! let us denounce him!’
All those who were my friends
are on the watch for any misstep of mine.
‘Perhaps he will be trapped; then we can prevail,
and take our vengeance on him.’
But the LORD is with me, like a mighty champion:
my persecutors will stumble, they will not triumph.
In their failure they will be put to utter shame,
to lasting, unforgettable confusion.
O LORD of hosts, you who test the just,
who probe mind and heart,
let me witness the vengeance you take on them,
for to you I have entrusted my cause.
Sing to the LORD,
praise the LORD,
for he has rescued the life of the poor
from the power of the wicked!”

  • Romans 5:12-15

Brothers and sisters:
Through one man sin entered the world,
and through sin, death,
and thus death came to all men, inasmuch as all sinned—
for up to the time of the law, sin was in the world,
though sin is not accounted when there is no law.
But death reigned from Adam to Moses,
even over those who did not sin
after the pattern of the trespass of Adam,
who is the type of the one who was to come.

But the gift is not like the transgression.
For if by the transgression of the one the many died,
how much more did the grace of God
and the gracious gift of the one man Jesus Christ
overflow for the many.

  • Matthew 10:26-33

Jesus said to the Twelve:
“Fear no one.
Nothing is concealed that will not be revealed,
nor secret that will not be known.
What I say to you in the darkness, speak in the light;
what you hear whispered, proclaim on the housetops.
And do not be afraid of those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul;
rather, be afraid of the one who can destroy
both soul and body in Gehenna.
Are not two sparrows sold for a small coin?
Yet not one of them falls to the ground without your Father’s knowledge.
Even all the hairs of your head are counted.
So do not be afraid; you are worth more than many sparrows.
Everyone who acknowledges me before others
I will acknowledge before my heavenly Father.
But whoever denies me before others,
I will deny before my heavenly Father.”

Reflection from Fr. Taylor: June 25, 2017, 12th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Jeremiah 20:10-13   Romans 5:12-15   Matthew 10:26-33

If we would look at the sum total of the gospels we would all have to agree that they are very encouraging and inspiring.  At the same time Jesus has to shake us up once in  A  while.  He reminds us that much has been given to us and so we have to give and pass it on.

The key to understanding today’s gospel is that we must look at our own inner heart.  Where does our heart stand?  At our best of efforts we sometimes fail, but the main thing is that we are always willing to start again.  We don’t give up, because God never gives up on us.  Indeed we should never let fear rule our lives.

Although there is much to be apprehensive about we know the ultimate outcome is for those who love and serve the Lord.  The Disciples in their great moments of weakness betrayed the Lord, but He welcomed them back and they continued in their Mission to the Church.  The church is made up of sinners who fall short of God’s expectation and we keep coming back knowing that we can be strengthened to do His will.  Our weakness and temptation should never separate us from the love of God.  As long as we hope and we trust God will always be there.

 

12th Sunday In Ordinary Time, June 25, 2017

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From the Archives of Fr. Metzler’s Homilies: Feast of Corpus Christi, Cycle A

“Eucharist as the New AA”

Deuteronomy 8:2-3,14b-16a    1 Corinthians 10:16-17    John 6:52-58

A friend of mine, an alcoholic in recovery, likes to explain the dynamics of an Alcoholics Anonymous meeting this way: “It’s funny”, he says; “the meetings are always the same, the exact same things get said over and over again. Everything is totally predictable; everyone, except those who are there for the first time, know already what will be said. And we’re not there to show our best sides to each other. I don’t go to an Alcoholics Anonymous meetings to share my talents or to be a nice guy.

No. I go because, if I don’t, I know, and know for sure, that I will start drinking again and eventually destroy myself. It’s that simple. I go there to stay alive!”

In a curious, but accurate way, that can also be a description of the Eucharist, at least of one important aspect of it. Among other reasons, we go to the Eucharist to stay alive. The Eucharist is meant to be God’s regular nourishment for us, daily manna to keep us alive within the desert of our lives.

We get this theology from John’s Gospel. The gospels, as we know, do not have just one theology of the Eucharist. The various communities in the early church each emphasized different things about the Eucharist.

In John’s Gospel, where the other gospels have the institution of the Eucharist at the last supper, he has Jesus washing the disciples’ feet. John, in placing the washing of the feet where the other evangelists put the words of institution, is reminding us that washing each other’s feet, service to and humility before each other, is what the Eucharist is really all about. But John also emphasizes another aspect of Eucharist.

In John’s Gospel, Jesus tells us that the Eucharist is the new manna, the new bread from heaven, the new way that God gives us daily sustenance. It was understood not as an extraordinary ritual to commemorate only the last supper, but as an ordinary, ideally daily, ritual to give us sustenance from God.

The Eucharist nurtures us by giving us God’s physical embrace, and, like a Quaker-silence, it gives us a oneness with each other that we cannot give to ourselves. And it provides us with a life-sustaining ritual, a regular meeting around the word and person of Jesus that can become the daily bread of our lives and our communities.  (Ron Rolheiser, S.J.)

Pentecost is the feast when Jesus showed He actually was staying with us here on earth in the most important way possible. He was sending his inside life, the Holy Spirit, into our souls. Christ’s heart would become our heart and by this we would become his new and continuing body for the life of the world. With Spiritual eyes we would be able to see as Jesus sees, the needs around us that He yearns to transform with Love.

But some people feel vaguely dissatisfied with God’s presence with and in us through Holy Spirit They want to touch Him. We live in a material world, so we don’t see how a Spirit way down deep inside us can cope with that. Besides, we sin, often, and by doing so we cast out the Spirit, or at least hide it. We have very short memories, and even with the Spirit we forget about Jesus’ life, death and resurrection.

The Body and Blood of Christ, this Sunday, here and now, Jesus gives us himself in bodily form. We approach the table of sacrifice and there He gives his body and blood to our body and blood. It is the wonderful way we are joined to the worldly life of Christ. His body becomes one with our bodies in an intimate metamorphosis.

And so the Easter season of the Lord’s coming among us to feed us, to suffer with us, to die with us and to bring all life back to its original source — God-Love – comes full circle; Sunday’s feast of feeding becomes a physical sending of us out into the physical and spiritual world to be Christ for it.

And the world had need for Him, the world awaits Him. And we are up for the task.  (John Foley S. J.)

 

Readings: June 18, 2017, Feast of Corpus Christi

All readings from The Message Bible (  © 2002 by Eugene H. Peterson )

  • Deuteronomy 8:2-16

   Moses said to the people: Remember every road that God led you on for those forty years in the wilderness, pushing you to your limits, testing you so that he would know what you were made of, whether you would keep his commandments or not. He put you through hard times. He made you go hungry. Then he fed you with manna, something neither you nor your parents knew anything about, so you would learn that men and women don’t live by bread only; we live by every word that comes from God’s mouth.

 Make sure you don’t forget God, your God, the God who delivered you from Egyptian slavery; the God who led you through that huge and fearsome wilderness, those desolate, arid badlands crawling with fiery snakes and scorpions; the God who gave you water gushing from hard rock; the God who gave you manna to eat in the wilderness, something your ancestors had never heard of, in order to give you a taste of the hard life, to test you so that you would be prepared to live well in the days ahead of you.

  • 1 Corinthians 10:16-18

   Brothers and sisters: when we drink the cup of blessing, aren’t we taking into ourselves the blood, the very life, of Christ? And isn’t it the same with the loaf of bread we break and eat? Don’t we take into ourselves the body, the very life, of Christ? Because there is one loaf, our many-ness becomes one-ness—Christ doesn’t become fragmented in us. Rather, we become unified in him. We don’t reduce Christ to what we are; he raises us to what he is. That’s basically what happened even in old Israel—those who ate the sacrifices offered on God’s altar entered into God’s action at the altar.

  • John 6:51-58

   Jesus said to the Jewish crowd: I am the Bread—living Bread!—who came down out of heaven. Anyone who eats this Bread will live—and forever! The Bread that I present to the world so that it can eat and live is myself, this flesh-and-blood self.”

 At this, the Jews started fighting among themselves: “How can this man serve up his flesh for a meal?”

    But Jesus didn’t give an inch. “Only insofar as you eat and drink flesh and blood, the flesh and blood of the Son of Man, do you have life within you. The one who brings a hearty appetite to this eating and drinking has eternal life and will be fit and ready for the Final Day. My flesh is real food and my blood is real drink. By eating my flesh and drinking my blood you enter into me and I into you. In the same way that the fully alive Father sent me here and I live because of him, so the one who makes a meal of me lives because of me. This is the Bread from heaven. Your ancestors ate bread and later died. Whoever eats this Bread will live always.”

Reflection from Fr. Taylor: June 18, 2017, Feast of Corpus Christi

Deuteronomy 8:2-3,14b-16a    1 Corinthians 10:16-17    John 6:52-58

As we celebrate The Feast Day of the Body and Blood of Jesus Christ, Corpus Christi, perhaps the question is how do we actually become the Body and Blood of Christ so that we can feed others with His presence. And how does this great sacrament guide us in the journeys of life and in the valleys of life fulfilling our deepest thirst and feeding us with hope.

Indeed our Eucharist on Sunday is not an one hour event. It is where we get spiritually charged in order to carry out the many challenges in our lives all throughout the week. As we are fed with the Eucharist we are consistently moved to bring this life giving event to the lives of many others. It also reminds us of the physical hunger of others all around us, and recommits us to this journey in helping others.

The celebration of the Holy Eucharist can call us to be for our world what God was for those who went before us. A guide through the deserts of human lives, water of life for places that are dry, and the loving food of hope healing and forgiveness that Jesus gave so freely in His day, and invites us to do today.

As we celebrate the Eucharist we are asked to offer one another His love. We are asked to give them Hope, to give them the knowledge that the Lord welcomes and accepts everyone and satisfies the hunger of every heart. So the Eucharist is not a solitary event just between us and the Lord. It is truly between us and the Lord and all of humanity. We can be the light of the world and journey with those about us. Indeed the Holy Eucharist is the Lord’s gift to us, and we take that gift and put it to work in redeeming and saving the world because we answered to the call that He has given to us. May we continue to have this great faith and love in the Holy Eucharist.

 

The Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ, June 18, 2017

Church Photos: Billy Rodgers Photography Group

Billy Rodgers Photography Group took beautiful photos of the church.  Billy grew up in St. James and is the son of Jackie.