Create a clean heart in me, O Lord

Ash Wednesday 2016

You Are Christ’s Body

3rd Sunday – “You are Christ’s body”

2nd reading
bones of the human body
Body of Christ
Honoring Gospel

March for life
Witness to unborn as “all the more necessary”
Unity of group = Body of Christ

Each one of us is same to God
“Same concern”
Inherent value, dignity
You are as important as pope

Eucharist
united w Christ
Food for the soul
Food for the “body” (of Christ)

Do Whatever He Tells You

2nd Sunday in Ordinary Time

1st reading

“Do whatever he tells you”

Wedding homily
Mass / Euch
(“Good wine” of the New Covenant)
Confirmation / 2nd reading

What is He telling us?
How can we know?
How can we be sure it is Him?

DIVINE REVELATION
Scripture + Church (Commandments, teachings)
PRAYER
Spiritual partner / director
OTHER PEOPLE
EXPERIENCES

Moral certainty (beyond a reasonable doubt)
Once we know, do whatever he is telling you!

Parents / grandparents

Fortitude and Forbearance

by guest Deacon Richard Walker

Overjoyed at Seeing the Light

Feast of the Epiphany – “Overjoyed at seeing the light”

College student
Like Magi, saw the light

Magi / VIPs
Gave homage to King

    Overjoyed!
Gifts
Gold – for King
Frankincense – offering
Myrrh – burial
Went home “by another way”
Once we see the light, we are changed and go a different way (Christ)

Epiphany of Eucharist

Feast of the Holy Family

Feast of the Holy family – “The love of Jesus, Mary, and Joseph”

Former life

Love of holy family
God
Each other
Righteousness

Love in our families
God
Each other
Righteousness

Christ – center of family life / love

God Favors the Humble

4th Sunday advent – “God favors the humble”

Holy Land / Bethlehem

God likes little guy
David (v Goliath)
Gideon? (Army reduced)
Church – 12 apostles
Church new Gideon??

James 4:6 – God resists the proud but gives grace to the humble

“There is no room for God in him who is full of himself” – Jewish philosopher

Bethlehem
Greek: least
Hebrew : little
From little came (and became) something huge

Elizabeth
Little – “how does this happen…?”
Her humility
Should be us at Holy Communion!

Nativity scene
Little – manger, baby, little known
Little baby – focus for Christmas
God became little!
Eucharist – still little

Little / humble are really big in Gods eyes
Humbled = exalted
Exalted = humbled

Rejoice in the Peace of Christ

3rd Sunday Advent – “Rejoice in the peace of Christ”

Healings

Gaudete / rejoice!
Every Sunday here
What should we do?
2nd Reading
Rejoice  / 1st reading
Make requests known to God
Peace

Peace
Shalom – to be complete or whole
Wishing all good things
Post-confession!
Post-healing

Make Straight Your Room

2nd Sunday in Advent

CCD kids / Jesus coming over
St John Baptist – Jesus is coming!
Prepare the way of the Lord, make straight your room
Glory of his visit / presence

Preparation through purification
Conversion!
Make straight your paths / souls / hearts
Change ways, habits

Leveling mountains (pride)
Confess!
Wednesdays, 6-7 pm
Humility
Examination of Conscience
Apologize
Forgive

Valleys filled
Despair —-> Hope
sadness ——> Joy
Anxiety  —–> Confidence in God
Fear ——–> Faith

Holy Mass : mini-Advent

Please God This Advent

1st Sunday advent
“Please God this Advent”
Advent – “coming to”
2nd coming
1st coming

Be vigilant
“Conduct yourselves to please God”
Pray
Love
Holiness
‘Please, God’

Please God during Mass

     Fully engage and participate