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The Holy Spirit is Real

Pentecost Sunday

Church projects ’17

Receive the Holy Spirit
    Real, concrete, physical
    Like tongues of fire
Holy Spirit within us
     “Rivers of living water”
          Spirit of mercy – Confession
          Spirit of peace and joy – Eucharist
          Spirit of love – service
          Spirit of wisdom – evangelization
Better for us (Jn 16) than those who walked with Jesus
     Spirit of Christ inside, not just outside
If we get this, we will get Him more.

Don’t mix Ascension with assumption

Feast of the Ascension –
Ascension / Assumption
Trip to Ghana
    Embassy
Visa / Temporary citizenship
Citizenship in Heaven
     Requirements from heavenly embassy
     Baptism
     Commandments
     Serve the poor
     Eucharist
Living for heaven?
Living Heaven on earth?

Abundant life in the Eucharist

Good Shepherd Sunday

First Holy Communion
What is the Eucharist?
Why do we believe?
Why does Jesus give us His Body and Blood?

Good Shepherd
Abundant life = eternal life
Heaven

Mothers
Everything we have in life is through mothers
Life – through mothers
Eternal life – through Christ / Eucharist

Thank you!
Mom
Mary
Jesus

The Resurrection of the Lord

On behalf of our entire staff at Assumption, I wish you and your family a blessed Easter! Christ is risen! He is risen indeed!

Parish Launches Street Evangelization

Recently, we embarked on our maiden voyage into the waters of street evangelization. It was an exciting and fruitful two hours that we spent at Congress Heights metro station, talking with people about faith and distributing materials like rosaries and miraculous medals. We personally invited over fifty people to our church especially for Holy Week liturgies. It was all good!

Unbelievers

Well, maybe not all good. One man told me he was a Methodist, but didn’t celebrate Easter because he didn’t believe in the Resurrection. He stated that “thousands of people saw Jesus die but only three saw him rise. That should tell you something.” I tried to tell him that that number rose to 12 and then 500 as Scripture says. It has grown to millions and billions in the past two thousand years. He gave some other reasons why he doesn’t believe, but they were given in anger and profanity. It seemed that his problem was more personal than spiritual actually.

What would you say?

Nevertheless, if you were evangelizing (sharing the Good News) with someone on the street, how would you reply if they said they didn’t believe in the Resurrection? You can give the traditional points of evidence from Scripture – empty tomb, burial cloths and garments, belief and witness of the Apostles and disciples. I told the man that the witness of the Apostles is huge. All but one of the eleven gave their lives because they believed that Jesus rose from the dead, and died as martyrs for the faith.

Tell your story

But really, the best way to evangelize is through personal experience. If I had had more time with the man, I would have talked about knowing the risen Christ, and having a relationship with him today. If we speak again, I will tell him about all of the evidence at Assumption that Christ is risen.

First and foremost, it would be the joy of our parishioners. You all believe that Christ is risen, that life triumphs over death, that we all have the hope of eternal life, and you show it! Your joy would quickly melt away any sadness or anger of his or others.

It all starts at Mass

There are so many more ways that our parish shows its faith in the Resurrection. As with everything, this starts at Mass. We kneel before the risen Christ in the Eucharist and whisper the words of St Thomas, “my Lord and my God” (btw, Mass attendance is up). Think specifically about healing Masses, though. You come forward to receive blessings for healing with the faith that Christ will bring healing to your wounds, peace to your burdens, and joy to your sadness. It’s really the faith that Christ has power over all things; if he can overcome death, he can overcome anything in your life!

One visit to the Pope Francis Outreach Center reveals the faith in the risen Christ of this parish. You firmly believe that Christ lives in the poor (cf. Mt 25), and you feed him accordingly. This and so many other aspects of your witness to the Resurrection are greatly in sync with what Pope Francis has said:

“The message which Christians bring to the world is this: Jesus, Love incarnate, died on the cross for our sins, but God the Father raised him and made him the Lord of life and death. In Jesus, love has triumphed over hatred, mercy over sinfulness, goodness over evil, truth over falsehood, life over death.”

May we experience the triumphs of our risen Lord and be a witness of them to others, and

May you know the peace of the risen Christ,

Fr Greg

Easter Sunday Homily

Street evangelization
    Christian who doesn’t believe in Resurrection?
    Witnesses to Resurrection
    Joy, happiness
Appreciate Resurrection more after Cross
Best Catholic witness is in Eucharist

Seeing as God sees

Couples
Wedding
Infertility
Seeing as God sees not as man sees
   Moral issues
   Church
Sin of Pharisees: not open to seeing what God sees (truth)
   “We see” = I got this, I don’t need God, I know better than God + Church
     Vs. humility / openness of blind man + all those healed by Christ in Gospel
            And hopefully us!
Eucharist
    Man sees: bread and wine
    God sees: Body and Blood of Christ

God Will Provide

8th Sunday
Ash Wednesday
“Seek first the kingdom of God”
    God and Kingdom first
    “And all these will be given you besides”
God will provide for all that we need
    He knows what we need more than we do
    Every good desire comes from God
    God gives us desires
Then fulfills them

Eucharist

Salt of the Earth

5th Sunday –
Cardinals appeal
Catholic Charities

Bread for hungry
Shelter oppressed and homeless
Clothe naked

Salt and light!
In all these ways
Our Salt makes life better for others

Sin
Lose taste and hide light
Selfishness

Holiness
Salt and light
Holiness
Serve!
Volunteer!

     Your unique salt

Eucharist
Greatest seasoning in the world

The Meekness of Christ

Youth group
Beatitudes
    Blessed are the merciful
    Blessed are the meek
    “God moment”
Humble / lowly
    Apostles, saints —-> power of God
Eucharist / meekness of Christ

A King’s Inheritance

Christ the King – 

Inheritance 

“Lord, remember me when you come into your kingdom”

    Promise of paradise

Christ the King 

    2nd reading 

Eucharist 

     Down payment on inheritance