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21st Sunday B. August 22, 2021

21st SUNDAY COVID VACCINE

August 22, 2021

Joshua 24:1-2a, 15-17, 18b

Ephesians 5:21-32

John 6:60-69

`Is this the region, this the soil, the clime,’
Said then the lost archangel, `this the seat
That we must change for heav’n, this mournful gloom
For that celestial light? Be it so, since he
Who now is sovran can dispose and bid
What shall be right: furthest from him is best
Whom reason hath equalled, force hath made supreme
Above his equals. Farewell happy fields
Where joy for ever dwells: hail horrors, hail
Infernal world, and thou profoundest hell
Receive thy new possessor: one who brings
A mind not to be changed by place or time.
The mind is its own place, and in itself
Can make a heaven of hell, a hell of heaven.
What matter where, if I be still the same,
And what I should be, all but less than he
Whom thunder bath made greater? Here at least
We shall be free; the almighty hath not built
Here for his envy, will not drive us hence:
Here we may reign secure, and in my choice
To reign is worth ambition though in hell:
Better to reign in hell, than serve in heaven.

From Paradise Lost, John Milton.

You and I today have decided to serve the Lord.

Your presence as church this evening tells the world it is better to serve in heaven, than to rule in hell.

Perhaps it was not easy for you to get here today. There may have been obstacles, distractions and temptations tempting you to stay away.

But you are here and being here says, “As for me, I will serve the Lord.”

Catholic worship can be boring and hard. It can be hard to worship God as a Catholic particularly if you are young or old, Black or White, man or woman, gay or straight, working class or white collar, traditional or Vatican II.

Because many of His disciples found the sayings of Jesus hard, the Bible says, they “returned to their former way of life and no longer accompanied him.”

I am sure some of you know such people. They may be family or friends of yours; they have found the sayings of Jesus hard as interpreted through the Catholic church.

It might be said that when we celebrate the sacraments we are wasting time with the Lord. When time is money and there is no money to be gained by going to mass, or confession, or first communion or Confirmation, or holy matrimony, then what is the point?

The disciples who remained with Jesus said, “To whom shall we go? You have the words of eternal life. We have come to believe and are convinced that you are the holy one of God.”

They said this before Jesus went up to Jerusalem; before he was arrested and found guilty. Before he was sentenced to death to die like a criminal hung from a manmade tree.

Sitting, perhaps uncomfortably in the pew as time is passing, you testify that in the Catholic Church you have found that Jesus has the words of eternal life and that you are coming to believe that Jesus is the Holy One of God.

Some of us have gone all the way to Golgotha for this testimony and some of us are just now starting the journey.

When you have been to Golgotha – the place of the skulls- worship is not wasting time, worship is fulfilling time.

You know church, an atheist can feed the hungry, cloth the naked, visit the sick and imprisoned. But only the believer will worship God.

Sacramental worship is justice to God and only the person who knows how God is saving them every day can eat the flesh and drink the blood of the Son of Man.

Knowing -experiencing how God is saving you every day- all you can do is cry all of your tears, laugh all of your laughter, beat your drum, sing your song and dance your dance.

Joshua’s tribe remembered what the Lord had done for them: Brought them out of Egypt, out of a state of slavery, protected them on their entire journey.

When you are in touch with what the Lord has done and is now doing for you, you will serve in heaven.

When what the Lord has done for you you feel in your body, You will experience the Words of eternal life and

when you are subordinate to the Church as the Church is subordinate to Christ then

You will eat the living bread that has come down from heaven.

Part II.

Joshua’s address to all the people is addressed to U.S. today. In this year of COVID and cold civil war where Abel seeks to kill Cain. Where Rachel envies Lea. Where Hagar’s son is rejected for Sarah’s son, where right and left are become left and right and where masks are symbols of who you serve, Joshua says, “If it does not please you to serve the Lord, decide today whom you will serve, the gods beyond the river”, the gods of science, technology and social media.

The Satan of Paradise Lost makes it clear that rather than serve and honor dust even star dust formed in the image and likeness of God – Jesus the Christ- Satan would rather rule in Hell; make heaven into hell, than be subordinate to the Son of Man.

Jesus is the Son of Man and Satan will not submit It’s will to the will of God. Hell It prefers and all hell on earth will It create.

With gangster swagger Jesus says, “I am the living bread that has come down from heaven and the bread that I will give to eat, is my flesh for the life of the world”.

Does this shock you?

It did.

It does.

And so there was murmuring and grumbling and arguing and dissension and finally “many of his disciples returned to their [comfortable] ways of life and no longer accompanied Jesus”.

The people said, “This saying is hard. Who can accept it?”

Many people cannot accept the hard sayings of Jesus who says, the first will be last; let the dead bury the dead; who is my mother, my family; sell all that you have and follow me; cursed be you scribes and Pharisees clean on the outside and corrupted dead men’s bones on the inside; forgive seventy times seven times; love your enemies, I have come to set the world on fire.

Many Christians cannot accept the hard sayings of Jesus and therefore they cannot recognize and do not eat the flesh and drink the blood of He who is the Bread of Life.

We are living in the apocalypse; a time when the veil is being lifted and we are revealed to ourselves and to each other.

On the spiritual level we reveal who we serve, we reveal what we eat, we reveal the kingdom of God or Satan’s city of Pandemonium

Now what do you believe?

19th Sunday B. 2021

19th Sunday B. COVID VACCINE 2021

1 Kings 19:4-8

Ephesians 4:30-5:2

John 6:41-51

Stop murmuring and grumbling!

The last two or three Sundays the community has been murmuring and grumbling…

I mean the communities of the Old and New Testament.

In John’s Gospel, the people murmured about Jesus. This tells me that in the community – in the Church community, there will be murmuring and grumbling about Jesus and about the Church of Jesus and about the ministers of the Church of Jesus.

It’s the Gospel!

And when people think they know where you are from and where you are coming from, they may murmur and grumble and argue about what you say, what you do, and what you do not do:

“Do we not know his father and mother? Is this not the son of Joseph? How can he say….?”

How can he tell us anything?

The Bible records that Jesus could not do much good among his own people because of their murmuring, grumbling, and arguing.

Even the prophet Elijah murmured, grumbled, and argued with God, saying “Enough, Lord. Take my life.”

Brothers and sisters, the faith journey, your spiritual journey may be long. You may have to cross rivers, climb, and descend mountains. Even move some mountains.

In your Journey of Faith, many of you have sat in fire and walked through the valley of death.

There have been transfigurations, burning bushes, and demonic visitations. There have been stumbling blocks, thrown stones, stones rejected, and rocks of salvation.

So, get up and eat, ‘caus the journey may be too long.

You may become angry and dis-illusioned. You may become stubborn and stiff-necked.

You may or may not have enough oil in your lamp; your wick may or may not be trimmed and ready. You may be caught sleeping not knowing the hour nor the day, or fully woke.

You may start out first in the journey and wind up last. You may start out last in the journey and end up first. So, eat, else the journey will be too long for you.

You may have been abused by a priest. You may be gay. You may have had an abortion. You may be divorced and remarried. You may be a liberal white man; you may be a conservative black woman. So, get up and eat, else the Journey of Faith and the Way of Salvation may be too long for you.

There may be bitterness, fury, anger, shouting, self-righteous, malice, and reviling. There may be kindness, forgiveness, and compassion. So, eat.

Some will want to sit at His right and some will want to sit at His left and the others will be jealous and envious. Some will be busy about many things. Some will simply sit in His presence.

Some will be recognized, and some will never be recognized. Some will be dressed for the wedding, and some will be thrown out. Some will think that they are known, and some will not be known. Some will be sinners and some will be saints. So get up and eat, else the journey will be too long for you.

And what do you eat?

Fast food, gourmet food, cafeteria food, whole food, junk food, organic food, hospital food, comfort food, liquid food, fake food, Frankenfood, Mexican food, Soul food?

Jesus says, “My flesh is real food. My blood, real drink.” Jesus says, “Unless you eat the flesh and drink the blood of the Son of Man, you will not have life” to finish the journey.

Stop your murmuring and grumbling. Get up and eat. The Journey of Faith and the Way of Salvation is long.

Fr. Gerard

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11th Sunday B. 2021

Mark: 4:26-34

Jesus speaks about the kingdom of God.

11th Sunday B. 2021

Mark: 4:26-34

Jesus speaks about the Kingdom of God a great deal. He says the Kingdom of Heaven is ‘like…’

Jesus is talking about a time, not a place.

The Kingdom of Heaven is "a time when God’s power for [good, truth, beauty and connection] is fully realized in the world and evil is defeated" (Lector Workbook p.210).

Evil is the intention not to realize good, truth, beauty and connection (union).

Whenever you take action in faith for good, truth, beauty and connection; your action presents in time the Kingdom of Heaven.

The parable tells us that we do not know how the Kingdom grows and spreads. We do not know how the Kingdom brings forth fruit. The parable tells us that the smallest act in faith can become like a great tree in which birds may nest, giving shade to those who shelter beneath its branches.

How is our parish an act of faith that makes present the reign of God?

When we gather in the name of Jesus, when we teach in the name of Jesus, when we sing in the name of Jesus; the reign of God is.

When we suffer, when we rejoice, when we eat, when husband and wife love in the name of Jesus; the reign of God-the Kingdom of Heaven-is.

It is a small thing that becomes a big thing.

It is a hidden thing that becomes an epiphany.

It is a little kindness that changes a life.

The act of the church…our community’s faith is to take a human being who is dedicated to death and dedicate her to life eternal. To take a lost human being and set them on their way.

The act of the church is to guide a man of lies to encounter the man of truth. When the church acts in faith; the reign of Heaven is.

The church only acts, when you act; and through your acts of faith, the Spirit of God breathes.

Your little acts, your small deeds, your hidden charity, your random acts of kindness, and senseless acts of beauty in faith expand the Kingdom of God.

You walk by faith. You are courageous. You are the fruit of the loving labor of our parish. By your actions in faith, God saves the world. One person at a time.

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Body and Blood of Christ.

June 6, 2021 COVID. Obligation of Mass Restored.

“Commemorates the Real Presence of the Body and Blood of Jesus Christ in the appearance of bread and wine in the Eucharist" Lector Workbook, 2021.

Mark: 14:12-16, 22-26

There will be blood.

The writers of the Gospels had technique. They used literary techniques as sophisticated as any used today by writers of commercials, the New York Times, or Fox News.

They used these techniques to enhance their writing so that you might come to believe that Jesus is the Son of God.

One of these techniques is known as ‘sandwiching.’

Two stories ‘sandwich’ the Last Supper narrative. These two stories were omitted in today’s Gospel reading but given the times in which we are living, it might be helpful to consider them.

Mark: 14:17-22 and 14:27-31 are the slices of bread that sandwich the pea-nut butter and jelly of Mark’s last supper (verses 22-26).

In Mark: 14:17-22, Jesus reveals that one of his own would betray him.

Imagine how Jesus must have felt.

Have you ever been betrayed: Husband or wife? Brother or sister? Teammate, partner, friend or parent?

After this depressing revelation, Jesus offers the Passover prayer but adds a twist saying that the bread is His flesh and the wine is His blood; which will initiate a new relationship between God and people.

His dysfunctional family of choice (the Apostles) eat, sing, and head out to the Garden. As they are going (vs.27-31) Jesus says: One of His own, Peter, would deny him not once, not twice, but many times and all the other disciples will have their faith shaken.

All of you will have your faith shaken!

Sandwiched between betrayals and denials.

Between scandals and greed.

Between Republicans and Democrats.

Between masks, social distancing, and COVID-19.

Between your individual rights and the common good.

All of you will have your faith shaken!

“The shepherd will be struck, and the sheep will be scattered.”

Stealing an election, Chapter 11, clergy sexual abuse, and the continuing indifference to the lynching of blacks by police have shaken my faith.

It is members of the Body of Christ who do this: Judas on the Right, Peter on the Left and the Body and Blood of Jesus in between.

Of the other ten disciples; they are silent, doubting, and entertaining conspiracies.

Oh! There will be blood, church.

Between U. S. who are betraying or silent, and U. S. who are denying and silent; there will be blood.

Between the conspiracy to betray Jesus and the denial of Jesus three times; there will be blood.

What are we to do?

Jesus takes bread, gives thanks and blessing.

Breaks the bread. Gives it to those on the right and those on the left saying;

“Take, this is my body.”

Over the wine he gives thanks and blessing saying;

“This is my blood.”

In sadness he concludes, “I shall not drink again the fruit of the vine, until the day when I drink it new, in the Kingdom of God.”

Between betrayals and denials-church, I want to be with Jesus who gives thanks and blesses and shares His broken body and spilled blood.

This is the new relationship between God who is perfect and you and I who are not.

Jesus chose Judas and Peter and the silent 10 men and women to be with Him as He has chosen you and I and all Catholic deniers and betrayers.

We are all deniers and betrayers!

And we are all the Good News of Jesus Christ, if we choose to be.

Jesus agonizes in the Garden: His friends, His enemies, His God, His mother; His body and soul.

If you have experienced agony in these last two years, you have experienced the Body and Blood of Jesus.

If you have struggled with your will, you have experienced the Body and Blood of Jesus.

If you have risen and fallen or been enraged and benumbed, you have experienced the Body and Blood of Jesus.

Jesus is the mediator of this new relationship who “cleans our conscience from dead works, to worship the living God.”

Call upon the name of the Lord and be saved!

See who you are! Become who see!

Blessed be God!

Blessed be God’s holy name!

Blessed be Jesus Christ; True God and True man!

Blessed be the Name of Jesus!

Blessed be His most Sacred Heart!

Blessed be His most Precious Blood!

Blessed be Jesus in the most holy sacrament of the altar!

Blessed be God, in His angles and in his saints!

Divine Mercy and Third Easter Sunday. 2021 B.

Divine Mercy and Third Easter Sunday. 2021 B.

He is risen! Indeed, he is risen!

We are now in the season of the Resurrection. From now until the Day of the Holy Spirit we will hear testimonies of encounters with the risen Lord Jesus. We have six inspired testimonies. They are the four Gospels, the letters and Acts of the Apostles, and the Jesus movement we call the Church.

The witness of these inspired writings and the living Tradition of the Catholic Church are the foundational source of our Catholic Christian faith. What these writings tell us is that three days after the crucifixion and death of Jesus of Nazareth, his followers began to have experiences that they could only describe as “Jesus is risen.” “I have seen the Lord.”

Whatever the experience was, the six sources agree that “with great power the apostles bore witness to the resurrection of the Lord Jesus.” Empowered by that Holy Spirit, the Jesus movement from them to you continues to testify: “Jesus is risen! Indeed He is risen!”

In this apocalyptic decade of the 2020’s this is some hard stuff to believe.

What had happened to those ordinary women and working class fishermen? What had changed them? Where did they get the ‘faith’ to suffer joyfully for a man who a few days ago had died by the conspiracy of religion, politics, and nationalism?

Somehow as the bible testifies, these people, these women had heard a voice call their name and they recognized who called them.

Somehow, these women received unbelievable news in a fantastic way, and they ran to tell it.

Somehow the fearful men put their fingers into the nail pierced hands and put their hands in the wounded side –and believed!

Somehow, listening to the texts explained and seeing the bread blessed, broken and handed over eyes were opened and mouths declared: “My Lord and my God!”

These rejected people who normally would not with each other connect, connected through their encounter with the risen Jesus, and having connected -Jews and pagans, masters and servants, Africans, Asians, Romans- they became the Community of Believers – of one heart and one mind, and you and I are here today friends of the friends of the friends of Jesus!

Because of these encounters -these testimonies- many friends of Jesus joyfully faced persecution. They were un-friended and dis-connected from the popular and the famous but in this Way, they testified that Jesus is risen. Their testimony became the testimony of a community of believers, which became the testimony of a Christian movement, which became the witness of the Catholic Church, which becomes the testimony of Our Lady of Perpetual Help parish!

Luke, and Pete, and Magdalene’s testimony now becomes your testimony and the stone that was rejected has become the corner stone!

With a secure connection to the Holy Spirit you testify that Jesus lives and you practice militant love of your enemy, strangers and your neighbor.

The second reading however tells us that there was division in the “Community of believers.” There were some in the community who disagreed with John, saying “I know Jesus and I am a good person without sin.”

But 1 John 2:1-5 says to know Jesus is to keep God’s commandments. And the commandments boil down to forgive one another as you by God have been forgiven. If you don’t love each other then you do not know Jesus; you are a liar says the letter from St. John.

The lector workbook (p.169) puts it this way:

“The tone of the first Letter of John suggests a Christian community that had recently experienced an [ugly divorce] over [catechism] and practice. Feelings within the community …are still raw. Apparently some who once belonged to the community -opponents of the author of this letter- were saying that they know God…and they have no sin. The author is fierce in his refutation of these claims, charging them with being liars and walking in darkness.”

So while the community of believers written about in Luke were of one heart and one mind practicing distributive justice, the community written of by 1 John is divided over catechism and practice and many have left the community. Think about them. Think about us.

To be of one heart and one mind means that you testify that Jesus Christ is risen and your testimony agrees with the four Gospels, the Letters of the Apostles and the Living Tradition of the Holy Roman Catholic Church. Consider the testimony of Mary Magdalene.

At the tomb Mary did not recognize the risen Lord until he called her name.

When God calls your name, God calls the whole of your being.

When God calls you by name God calls your past, your future and your present self; your body, mind and soul.

As Mother Mary sang, “My soul proclaims the greatness of God, my existence rejoices in God my savior” and so when Jesus called her name He called her completely and she recognized, he is risen! Indeed he is risen.

This is God’s amazing grace and Mercy divine!

It is so real most people are not aware of it.

It is so intimate most people don’t feel it.

It is so flavorful most people don’t taste it.

It is so complete, most people don’t know that they are connected in it.

It is so simple smart people miscalculate it.

It is Divine Mercy and grace amazing: Jesus is Risen, the tomb is empty and the Community of Believers is of one mind and one heart!

Beloved, put your finger in the wounds of his hands, place your hand in the wound of his side; join around bread blessed, broken and handed over; run and proclaim the message of divine mercy and amazing grace!

Testify to the resurrection of the Lord Jesus.

Christ is risen! Indeed he is risen! Alleluia!

Easter Homily 2021

Easter 2021 COVID-19. APRIL 3/4th.

“You seek Jesus of Nazareth, the crucified.”

You have suffered much. Friends and family have died without comfort of your face and touch. Today may be your first Eucharist in a year. Troubled has been your soul and your relationships since November third and January 6.

You seek Jesus of Nazareth, the crucified.

Troubles do not keep him from his ministry of love.

Sickness does not quarantine his touch.

Politics will not suppress his message

Death does not limit his life, you seek Jesus of Nazareth, the crucified.

Since the beginning God has been loving you and saving you for love. Oh how the lovers of God have tested the love of God!

From Adam and Eve to Adam and Steve ours is a long and tawdry history made glorious by the life, death and resurrection of Jesus of Nazareth crucified -lasting and everlasting.

God the creator took the stuff of stars breathed holy spirit and fire, and you and I became -and are still becoming- image and likeness of God. Hallelujah!

The children in faith of Mary Queen of Heaven, are a jealous and contentious lot -stiff necked the Bible says. But from now through the next eight years we will need each other in faith more than ever.

Like the apostles at his crucifixion our faith will be scandalized, some will be scattered and many will say, ” I do not know, Jesus of Nazareth, crucified.”

But for you who remain faithful, do not look for him in the tomb. Find him in the wounds of your relationships, the wounds of your body and the wounds of your divided community. He goes before you!

He goes before you like Spring before Summer and where he steps is abundant life, vivid color, fragrant smells, song and dance!

When he comes into your broken will and your beaten body he comes into his kingdom.

Gathered as we are these three days -I see the resurrected body of Jesus of Nazareth, crucified.

Do not be amazed he is not in a box! He has been raised! See what you eat and become who you see.

Resurrection Domingo 2021. April 3, 2021

“Buscas a Jesús de Nazaret, el crucificado”.

Has sufrido mucho. Amigos y familiares han muerto sin el consuelo de tu rostro y tu tacto. Hoy puede ser su primera Eucaristía en un año. Turbada ha sido tu alma y tus relaciones desde el 3 de noviembre y el 6 de enero.

Buscas a Jesús de Nazaret, el crucificado.

Los problemas no lo apartan de su ministerio de amor.

La enfermedad no pone en cuarentena su toque.

La política no reprimirá su mensaje.

La muerte no limita su vida, buscas a Jesús de Nazaret, el crucificado.

Desde el principio Dios te ha estado amando y salvándote por amor. ¡Oh, cómo los que aman a Dios han probado el amor de Dios!

Desde Adán y Eva hasta Adán y Steve, la nuestra es una historia larga y de mal gusto que se hizo gloriosa por la vida, muerte y resurrección de Jesús de Nazaret, crucificado -eterna y eterna.

Dios el creador tomó la materia de las estrellas, respiró espíritu santo y fuego y tú y yo nos convertimos; y todavía son imagen y semejanza de Dios. ¡Alelujay!

Los hijos en la fe de María, Reina de los Cielos, son un grupo celoso y contencioso -dice la Biblia rígida. Pero a partir de ahora y durante los próximos ocho años, nos necesitaremos unos a otros en la fe más que nunca.

Como los apóstoles en su crucifixión, nuestra fe se escandalizará, algunos serán esparcidos y muchos dirán: “No sé, Jesús de Nazaret, crucificado”.

Pero para ustedes que permanecen fieles, Encuéntrelo en las heridas de sus relaciones, las heridas de su cuerpo y las heridas de su comunidad dividida. Él va delante de ti. .

Va delante de ti como la primavera antes del verano y donde pisa hay vida abundante, colores vivos, olores fragantes, cantos y bailes.

Cuando entra en tu voluntad quebrantada y tu cuerpo golpeado, entra en su reino.

Reunidos como estamos estos tres días, veo el cuerpo resucitado de Jesús de Nazaret, crucificado.

No se asombre, no está en una caja, ha sido resucitado.

Vea lo que come y conviértase en quien ve.

Homily: 2nd Sunday Lent B. COVID-19 “Put to the test.”

Genesis 22:1-2, 9, 10-13, 15-18. Psalm 116. Rms. 8:31b-34. Mark 9:2-10

“God put Abraham to the test.”
Each of us will have our faith tested. It is not that God is testing us, rather it is that the circumstance of the fallen world of man, will test your faith.

In Jesus God submits God’s self to those same circumstances. For Abraham and for God what they love, what represents their future and what they dearly love, will be put on the altar of sacrifice. The human person made in the image and likeness of God, God’s beloved, God’s, friend, God’s hoped for presence in the universe in Jesus, is lynched from a manmade tree.

The consequences of our fallen humanity puts God’s faith in humanity to the test and the test will end in a bloody mess at the Place of the Skulls.

For Catholic Americans our faith is being put to the test. This test will go on for eight more years.

The test will reveal whether Jesus will declare solemnly “I never knew you. Depart from me, you evildoers (Matt.7:21-23) or “Come, you who are blessed by my Father. Inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundations of the world” (Matt. 25:34).

The circumstances of a fallen humanity -a humanity that prefers a dressed up lie to the right, and to the left of the naked truth, voting for the promises of Satan about fruit that looks good, tastes good and will make you like a god -knowing good and evil, will put our faith to the test(Gen.3: 4-6).

The circumstances of abortion and the indifference to the lynching by police of Black lives. The circumstances of sacramental marriage and liberal progressivism. The indifference of free markets to modern day Jim Crow sharecropping. Circumstances of sexual abuse of children by priests and its cover up. Circumstances of hundreds of thousand dead and dying in large part because so many of us want what we want , when we want it and act like we have the divine right of kings, submitting our will neither to man nor the God we say we serve.
These circumstances will lead enough of us to call for the release of Barabbas and the crucifixion of Jesus and the test will be failed.

But the psalmist sings: “I believed, even when I said, “I am greatly afflicted” (psalm 116).

The experience of exile is an affliction. You have been exiled from family members -grandparents and grandkids. You have been exiled from church and in church. You have been exiled from your face and the face of others. Some of you I have only ever seen with a mask. This too is a test of our faith it is an affliction.

But you believe and believing you have come here today. Here you offer a sacrifice of thanksgiving, calling upon the name of the Lord. To do this the Holy Spirit is strong with you: her strength, her fortitude, her knowledge, reverence, wisdom, and counsel are with you.

You have made the sacrifice of time and treasure to be here and here, we gather to offer our praise and thanksgiving which is our correct answer and our winning prize to this time of testing.

To help us to respond to this test, I invite you to reflect on and share your responses to, the self-examination tool printed in the bulletin. Your shared responses to the Lenten self- examination will help the parish staff, Pastoral Council, Missionary Disciples and Finance Council to plan and pastor our parish now, and for the future.

Let the servants of God in the banners around us (in Assumption church) and mentioned in the bulletin be an example of what I am seeking.

The colored women Henriette Delille and Mary Lange had a personal relationship both with God and the Catholic church in a time when enslavement was normal and black lives were lynched every month. That relationship – “if God is for us, who can be against us” (Rms: 8:31b)- helped to convert to a more authentic Christianity both the Catholic church and America, one person at a time.

May it be that at the conclusion of this eight-year test, Jesus might say: “Come, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world!” (Matt. 25:34).

Thoughts for November

Today, as I look out across this country, I see the same fire of Satan’s rage. And it is spreading. Hatred, bitterness, violence and rancor are everywhere. People cannot civilly dialogue. Backbiting and constant criticism are the norm. Everywhere there is anger and hatred.

Satan’s rage is spreading.

We can try to throw the water of our own righteousness on it and put out the fire. But there is only one antidote. Rev. Martin Luther King told us, “Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that.”

Only love, only God, can drive out Satan and his hatred.

Love your enemies. Love democrats and republicans. Love Trump and Biden; Pence and Pelosi. Love the rich and love the poor. Love blacks and love whites. Love those in Antifa and love the police. Love people who are terrorists and criminals. Where there is love, there is God.

Time is short. The fire is raging. We need the emergency vaccine of love and we need it now.

by Msgr. Stephen Rosetti – Sep 26, 2020