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Prepare the way of the Lord

2nd Sunday of Advent

Time travel

1.  500 BC
Isaiah passage
Baruch

2.  30 AD
St John the Baptist
Messenger has arrived!
Preaching repentance
Forgiveness of sins

3.  Advent 2018 AD
Confession before Christmas
Valleys filled
Mountains lowered

Eucharist
See the salvation of God!
      “Blessed are the eyes that see what you see”

Name it and claim it so He can tame it

Last Sunday

Shout with joy
Parish
What God has done

    Salvation / Eucharist

Blindness
Spiritual diseases

     7 deadly sins

Call out to Jesus

      “What do you wish me to do for you?”
Name it, claim it so He can tame it

Believe, live the Gospel

Believe, live, preach the Gospel
Certain homilies not preached (because not believed and lived by some clergy)
            Chastity, temperance, racism, Eucharist
John 6
Easiest chapter to interpret and preach
v 63
“The words I’ve spoken to you are Spirit and life”
         Symbolic only ??
Then why did they leave

Soul food

18th Sunday
YG trip / pamphlets

Spiritual hunger
Learn Christ!
Teachings, relationship
Pamphlets / vestibule

Woman at well
Never hunger, never thirst
Baptism Eucharist
Salvation linked with food and drink

Bread from heaven

      Eternity
Food for the soul

Woe to the shepherds who mislead the flock (into contraception)

16th Sunday
Humanae Vitae 50th
Dangerous mentality of contraception
Actions without consequences
          Can do whatever I want
No to Church, authority, God

NFP
Natural = moral

      Communication w each other, God
      Trust in God
96% rate / marriage prep
Priests
Misled Catholics re: contraception
60s thru today
           Malpractice
Infallible teaching
Christ
Continues to teach, shepherd thru the church
Moved the most by ignorance

Eucharist / Faithful Catholics

On the line of eternity, you are babies

10th Sunday

Dichotomy
Joy / sadness
Life / death
Soul / body

Enmity
Spirit / flesh
My will / Thy Will

Fathers
Image of self v. image of Father

Eucharist
Daily bread —-> Thy Will Be Done

Where’s that in the Bible?

3rd Sunday of Easter

Eucharist
Confession
Purgatory
Sola Scriptura
Resurrection / OT
   “Just as Jonah was in the belly of the whale three days and three nights, so will the Son of Man be in the heart of the earth three days and three nights” (Mt 12).
“You are witnesses of these things”

“Jesus Christ for Dummies”

I had a first meeting last night with an engaged couple preparing for marriage – she is Catholic, he is not.  At one point, the non-Catholic said, “I don’t know anything about Jesus”.  I don’t remember the last time I heard someone say that.  There are a few things to say about this, but one of them is that it’s exciting!  It would be exciting to talk to him about Jesus Christ.  I made the offer to talk to him on a beginner’s level, like “Jesus Christ for Dummies”.  Hopefully, he takes me up on it!

What would be the first thing you’d say about Jesus to someone who didn’t know anything about him?

Would you start with the story of Jesus in the Gospel?  Or, would you first talk about him in your life?

I would probably start with how I’ve come to know him.  I knew ABOUT  him growing up.  In college, I got to know him.  I first really met him in the Eucharist, and have been in love ever since.  I have experienced the same happiness in getting to know him that people in the Gospel experienced.  That’s confirms that it is real.  He is real.  He is awesome!

Christ Accompanies You

3rd Sunday Lent

Amoris Laetitia
Accompaniment
Marriages, families

Woman at well
Accompaniment
LOVE, compassion, understanding, challenge, guidance
Irregular relationships
Baal husbands
Real husband / Messiah/ consecrated

Encounter with Him who accompanies you
Eucharist

Grace of Christmas

Christmas Day
Family giving
Grace of Christmas
    Who we are
    Love, joy, peace
    Power to become children of God
Word became flesh
    Grace-filled event
    Child / children
    Identity
    Manger + Eucharist