Message of the Week

I Have Come to Set the World On Fire

The Twentieth Sunday in Ordinary Time
  • Jesus speaks with passion and intensity about His mission.
  • His mission was not to smooth over or tolerate compromise between God’s will and the preference of individuals.
  • Nor was it to accept indifference or a lukewarm attitude in His followers.
  • His mission was to challenge complacency and creature comforts.
  • People must make a choice between what they want and what God wants.
  • Jesus offered his life for his mission in the baptism of fire that was His crucifixion.
  • Are you willing to make the sacrifices to ignite a passion for your mission?

For Where Your Treasure Is,
There Also Will Your Heart Be

The Nineteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time
  • Jesus encourages us to follow Him in faith and our relationship with others.
  • It is so easy to get caught up in things that keep us from our obligations to our God and to each other.
  • His promises must always be kept before us, so as to never forget that our salvation is at hand.
  • We must live as if He is coming at any moment.
  • We prepare for His coming by always being good stewards of all He has given us, in wealth and talent.
  • What are we responsible for? Are we paying attention?

 

One’s Life Does Not Consist of Posessions

The Eighteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time
  • God wants us to focus our lives on Him first.
  • We often focus on worldly wealth.
  • But in God’s eyes, wealth comes with grace, prayer and charity toward neighbor.
  • Focus on self distracts us from our mission to care for and bring Jesus to others.
  • This charity will store up heavenly treasure.
  • And what could possibly be more valuable for our immortal souls?

Ask and You Will Recieve, Seek and You Will Find

The Seventeenth Sunday in Ordinary Time

· Jesus tells us that His Father wants us to ask for His help.
· He wants us to recognize His greatness, His love for us and His endless mercy.
· When we ask the Father for His help, we recognize our place – as His child.
· When we boldly ask for the Father’s help, we profess our faith in His benevolence.
· When we persist in our request we demonstrate our trust.
· Will you ask the Father?
· He is waiting for your petition.

Seek the Lord First In All Things

The Sixteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time
  • The worries of life must be kept in perspective.
  • We must first attend to our relationship with Jesus.
  • The peace of doing God’s will in your life will overshadow the tensions of worry.
  • Tasks must be completed but only after we have set our mental house in order.
  • Nothing must take the better part of our existence away from us.
  • What in your life must be put in order?

Go and Do Likewise

The Fifteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time
  • Jesus teaches us the meaning of mercy and love of neighbor.
  • The life we now live is a prelude to eternal life.
  • How we live it now is how we will live it in the future.
  • Our love of God is demonstrated in our love of neighbor.
  • Your neighbor is everyone around you.
  • Jesus will tend to your wounds to help you better love and serve Him and your neighbor.

 

The Kingdom of God is at Hand

The Fourteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time
  • Jesus prepares his disciples for their mission: Spreading the Gospel to the world.
  • He prepares them for possible rejection and hostility.
  • This guidance is for us as well.
  • Our mission is imperative.
  • But Jesus provides the grace to sustain us.
  • Where?
  • Here, in the celebration of the Eucharist.
  • Will you seek the power that Mass can offer you?

 

…Go and Proclaim the Kingdom of God

The Thirteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time
  • Jesus was about to go to Jerusalem for the completion of His mission.
  • He said come follow me to those who wanted to participate with Him.
  • He says to us your mission is to live and proclaim the good news in your world.
  • Let nothing get in your way or distract you.
  • Life must be about a focus on mission and the primacy of God in all things.
  • Are you ready?

 

A Good Tree Does Not Bear Bad Fruit

The Eighth Sunday in Ordinary Time
  • Jesus tells His disciples that they must first be aware of their own interior motives and attitudes.
  • For no matter how much we know, if we do not live the life we preach to others, our message is meaningless, or worse destructive.
  • We live what is in our hearts be that good or evil.
  • Can you be honest with yourself and with God about your actions and your motives?
  • Can you allow humility to replace humanity’s greatest failing – pride?

Love Your Enemies,
Do Good to Those Who Hate You

The Seventh Sunday in Ordinary Time
  • Jesus’ intent is to change the way the world works.
  • Jesus’ message is to completely revise how we deal with our neighbor and, indeed, even our enemies.
  • If love is to conquer evil it must start at a most basic level with each of us.
  • Do not treat others in a way that expects a reward or something in return for your actions.
  • Rather, let mercy and love guide you in every action.
  • This is a radically different way compared to what the world teaches.
  • Jesus expects a radically different change in the world as his teachings are implemented.
  • Will you be part of this change?

 

Do To Others As You Would Have Them Do To You

Ordinary Time
  • Jesus was the first to bring us this most common and most popular rule of life.
  • Similarly, we are not to condemn, judge, or be reluctant to forgive.
  • Jesus expects us to learn from him and live our lives accordingly.
  • His mission was to further the building of the kingdom and our part is to help human beings live in a peaceful and reasonable way.
  • Our actions can either help in the building of the kingdom or do things to tear it down.
  • How can we just make things a little bit better?
  • Can we apply what Jesus said to a part of our life today?

 

Put Out Into Deep Water

Fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time
  • Jesus challenged the apostles in the boat to take a risk.
  • The apostles had explanations for why they had not been successful fishing based on their way of doing things.
  • The apostles then trusted in what Jesus directed them to do and were astonished at the result.
  • Jesus calls us to make changes in our lives and in how we follow his direction.
  • We too will be astonished at what happens to us and those we encounter if we follow Jesus’ lead.
  • Are we sometimes reluctant to trust in what Jesus says?

 

No Prophet is Accepted in His Own Place

Fourth Sunday in Ordinary Time
  • Jesus knew what was in the hearts of the people who listened to Him speak in the Synagogue
  • He emphasized that His healing grace and saving power were for any and all who believed, as both Elijah and Elisha demonstrated with their miracles.
  • He could feel their sense of entitlement that they, as His chosen people, should be tended to
  • He could also sense their bitterness, jealousy, anger and unbelief in His divinity.
  • The comparison of self to Elijah and Elisha was the final straw for Jesus’ audience that day, resulting in rage so great that they wished to kill Him.
  • What gets in the way of your belief in the ultimate power and transcendence of Jesus?
  • What prevents you from hearing and fully accepting His words and His grace?

The Spirit of the Lord is Upon Me

The Third Sunday in Ordinary Time
  • Jesus performed many miracles as he began his formal ministry.
  • He came to His home town and impressed all as He preached in the synagogue.
  • He read from the prophet Isaiah and proclaimed: “Today this scripture has been fulfilled in your hearing”.
  • Jesus clearly communicated who He was.
  • He was rejected by his home community. He was Joseph’s son.  How could he be the Messiah?  They could not accept who He said He was.
  • So many people knew and know who Jesus was, and is, but they cannot accept Him into their lives.
  • What kept them and can keep us from accepting Jesus for who He is?
widows mite

No One But the Father Knows the Day or the Hour

Thirty-Third Sunday in Ordinary Time
· We must always remember who we are and who God is.  Humility must be a guide for our lives.
· Our position in life and our time, talents and treasure are always subordinate to Gods’ will for us.
· If you have much, much may be expected of you.  If you only have less, less may be a lot for you to offer.
· Position, power and wealth will not protect you from life when it comes at you in ways you do not expect. But trust in God will get you through anything.
· The simple offering of a few coins from the widow, in today’s gospel, is a good example of both humility and trust in God. She gave much of what she had.
· Is it not a good opportunity to assess our assets and the risks of not using them wisely?
Know One But the Father Knows

No One But the Father Knows the Day or the Hour, The Thirty-Third Sunday in Ordinary Time

Thirty-Third Sunday in Ordinary Time
· Eventually all things will come to an end.
· Then the Son of Man will come in great power and glory.
· The elect will be gathered from “the four winds, from the end of the earth to the end of the sky. For others it may not go so well.
· Jesus asks us to look for the warning signs of the end.  Remain faithful to Him alone.
· We may face trials and suffering as one of his disciples.
· We must look beyond our trials to see the future. It is certain that the end will come for each of us, at the end of our lives.
· Since we do not know when, are we ready now?

Trust in God in All Things

Thirty Second Sunday in Ordinary Time
  • We must always remember who we are and who God is. Humility must be a guide for our lives.
  • Our position in life and our time, talents and treasure are always subordinate to Gods’ will for us.
  • If you have much, much may be expected of you. If you only have less, less may be a lot for you to offer.
  • Position, power and wealth will not protect you from life when it comes at you in ways you do not expect. But trust in God will get you through anything.
  • The simple offering of a few coins from the widow, in today’s gospel, is a good example of both humility and trust in God. She gave much of what she had.
  • Is it not a good opportunity to assess our assets and the risks of not using them wisely?

Master, I Want to See

Thirtieth Sunday in Ordinary Time
  • Jesus is on His way to Jerusalem where He will complete his mission
  • Can we, like the disciples, still not see what Jesus is doing?
  • Cry out to Him in faith to cure your blindness
  • Take courage! Jesus wants to heal you
  • He asks: “What do you want?”
  • What is it that we need to see better through Him?

“Love the Lord Your God and Love Your Neighbor as Yourself.”

Thirty-First Sunday in Ordinary Time
· Burn this message into your hearts!
· Jesus is telling us loving God and loving neighbor is what is most important.
· Bring the Kingdom of God about by opening your heart to God and to His will; this is how you love and serve Him.
· Then do what God is asking in your life, as Jesus did during His.
· God will present you with ways to love your neighbor – take those opportunities to help and care for others – as Jesus did.
· Are our lives connected to Jesus, our guide, through those two most important commandments?
I Want to See

“Master, I Want to See”

Thirtieth Sunday in Ordinary Time
· Jesus is on His way to Jerusalem where He will complete his mission.
· Can we, like the disciples, still not see what Jesus is doing?
· Cry out to Him in faith to cure your blindness.
· Take courage! Jesus wants to heal you.
· He asks: “What do you want?”
· What is it that we need to see better through Him?
like a child

Whoever Wishes To Be The First Among You Will Be The Slave To All

Twenty-Ninth Sunday in Ordinary Time
· Jesus never “got anything” for what he did.  He gave His life for us out of pure love.
· This is the fundamental rule of the kingdom.  Do whatever you can to serve God and others without expecting anything in return.
· When you enter the kingdom, as it now reveals itself, you will remain in the kingdom to it’s fullest, for all eternity.
· Your life with God is not a transaction.  It is not about what you get for what you give.
· You have a role in establishing the kingdom as it relates to your life.  Jesus asks: Are you in it for the duration?
· Step into the kingdom as it relates to your life.  Jesus asks: Step into the kingdom!  Jesus is waiting for you.
all things a possible

All Things Are Possible For God

Twenty-Eighth Sunday in Ordinary Time
· Approach life in the Kingdom with the openness to majesty, wonder and goodness that children have.
· It is even possible for God to help us balance the demands of our lives and the demands He places upon us.
· How hard it is to understand what it means to give up everything to obtain yet more?
· We need food and shelter and enough to care for fulfilling our obligations, but do these concerns keep us from God?
· What is your focus? What is in the back of your mind as you do everything?
· Do you think that God does not know what you need? Do you think that He will not help you to use your wealth and talents to the fullest?
· Ask Him to help you balance and use what you have to further your mission in life.

Whoever Does Not Accept the Kingdom of God Like a Child Will Not Enter It

Twenty-Seventh Sunday in Ordinary Time

· Approach life in the Kingdom with the openness to majesty, wonder and goodness that children have.
· Look at God’s gifts to us, especially one another, with gratitude and joy.
· God made us for Him and for one another. He made us to be happy.
· Let not human strife spoil our joy with one another, be they friend, relative, neighbor or husband and wife.
· Let us trust, like children do, that our heavenly Father wants what is best for us, and will make his plan known to us.
· Let us seek His plan for us and live to fulfill it – whatever that may be.
· Think about it.

Be Doers of the Word

Jesus Must Be Central to Our Lives

Twenty-Sixth Sunday in Ordinary Time
· Any actions performed faithfully in Jesus’ name must be respected.
· Anything contrary to Jesus’ teaching must be rooted out. This is true for us as individuals and also for our community.
· We do not know everything about God’s plan and it is particularly dangerous to disparage the faith of others.  We could turn them away.
· Following God’s commandments of loving God and our neighbor is a must for our lives.
· Jesus went to great lengths in recent weeks to explain how the receiving of the Eucharist is essential for our holiness.
· Jesus calls us to unity with him and with one another.  The connection is faith!
· How are your connections?
Jesus carrying cross silouette

To Be First You Must Be Last and The Servant Of All

Twenty-Fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time
· The passions of the jealousy and greed destroy peace and right living. The fruit of selfishness is war and discord.
·  Wisdom cries out for us to be peaceable and merciful.
·  Even Jesus’ disciples fell victim to enhancing their status and anticipated rewards.
·  Jesus says no!  You must be as open to Him and as simple as a little child.  You are then free of passions that limit you.
·  Yet this is the opposite of what our society values.  Going against the tide is difficult – Can you do it?
Jesus carrying cross silouette

“Who Do You Say That I Am?”

Twenty-Fourth Sunday in Ordinary Time
· It was easy for the disciples and crowds to accept Jesus as a great teacher and healer and even as a prophet.
· Even Peter had difficulty accepting the idea that Jesus had to suffer and die and that He, Jesus, would be rejected.
· If Jesus, the Way, the Truth and the Life, was to suffer and die then His followers must also be willing to to give up their lives too.
· Each of us have own Cross to bear whatever that me be.
· Following Jesus, even though hardship and sacrifice, will lead to salvation.
· Will you do this?
Here is Your God

“Here Is Your God… He Comes to Save You.”

Twenty-Third Sunday in Ordinary Time
· Jesus came that we may hear and see the truth.
· Jesus not only heals the truly blind and deaf but also tells us, too, to be opened to his message.
· The wonders of the world and of heaven are before us if we can only hear and see them.
· Jesus offers us this vision of reality.
· He offers himself.
· Are we sufficiently focused and open to him?

Lord, I Am Yours – Second Sunday in Ordinary Time

Second Sunday in Ordinary Time

– God calls each of us, but does not force us into service

– We must… Ask God to speak to us, Remember to listen, Tell him that we desire to do his will

– God desires one thing: a humble heart willing to serve

– The Father has made us temples of his Holy Spirit and vessels to carry his message forward

– Just as Jesus invited Andrew to come and stay with him, he also beckons us to an intimate friendship with him.

– As Andrew evangelized his brother Peter after his experience with Jesus, we too should bring Jesus to our families, friends, and neighbors by our own example

Be Doers of the Word

“Be Doers of the Word, Not Hearers Only.”

Twenty-Second Sunday in Ordinary Time
· Jesus attacks the hypocrisy of following the formalities of religion without taking them to heart.
· God has set His rules and precepts before us as guides to save us.
· Focus on the rules or externals, to build our self-esteem in the opinion of others, instead leaves us empty.
· Following God’s commandments of loving God and our neighbor is a must for our lives.
· Jesus went to great lengths in recent weeks to explain how the receiving of the Eucharist is essential for our holiness.
· Without His presence in our hearts and minds we are susceptible to evil overcoming us.
· Do we sometimes appear to be someone we are really not? Can we choose God over self?
Can You Accept the Life I Offer

“Can You Accept the Life I Offer You?, Jesus Asks

Twenty-First Sunday in Ordinary Time
· Over the past several weeks the gospels relate Jesus’ telling us that He is the Bread of Life.
· He tells us that if we eat His flesh and drink His blood through the Eucharist we can share eternal life with Him.
· Many of the disciples who knew Him could not accept or trust what He was saying and offering. And they left Him!
· Jesus asks us, too, can you enter the dimension of the Spirit to accept the truth and the life I offer?
· Does the truth of the Real Presence in the Eucharist shock you?
· Can you accept it?