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Blessed is the one who trusts in the Lord

6th Sunday
Msgr Al Schwartz
    Poverty of Christ
“Blessed is the one who trusts in the Lord”
Poor
    Fruitfulness / Success
    Vertical / Horizontal
“Blessed are the poor”
Promises – next lifeResurrection / Eucharist

We Are One Body

Did you know that there are Catholic commentaries on the Bible? These are books that help us to interpret passages, words, characters, and events in Sacred Scripture. We priests use these! The one that I use for homilies, Bible studies, and overall knowledge is called the Navarre Bible commentary. The series I have covers all of the books of the New Testament. It is an excellent source that can be trusted to interpret and illuminate sacred texts faithfully and fruitfully. To give you a sample, below is some of the Navarre commentary on the beginning verses of today’s second reading (1 Cor 12:12-30).

May you know the peace of Christ,

Fr Greg


“(verses) 12-13: In Greek and Latin literature, society is often compared to a body; even today we talk of ‘corporations’, a term which conveys the idea that the citizens of a particular city are responsible for the common good. St. Paul, starting with this metaphor, adds two important features: 1) he identifies the Church with Christ: ‘so it is with Christ’ (v.12) and 2) he says that the Holy Spirit is its life-principle: ‘by one Spirit we were all baptized…and made to drink of the Spirit’ (v. 13). The Magisterium summarizes this teaching by defining the Church as the ‘mystical body of Christ’, an expression which ‘is derived from and is, as it were, the fair flower of the repeated teaching of Sacred Scripture and the holy Fathers’ (Pius XII, Mystici Corporis).

‘So it is with Christ’: One would have expected him to say, So it is with the Church, but he does not say that […]. For, just as the body and the head are one man, so too Christ and the Church are one, and therefore instead of “the Church” he says “Christ” (St. John Chrysostom). This identification of the Church with Christ is much more than a mere metaphor; it makes the Church a society which is radically different than any other society:

‘The complete Christ is made up of the head and the body, as I am sure you know well. The head is our Savior himself, who suffered under Pontius Pilate and now, after rising from the dead, is seated at the right hand of the Father. And his body is the Church. Not this or that church, but the Church which is to be found all over the world. Nor is it only that which exists among us today, for also belonging to it are those who lived before us and those who will live in the future, right up to the end of the world. All this Church, made up of the assembly of the faithful – for all the faithful are members of Christ – has Christ as its head, governing his body from heaven. And although this head is located out of sight of the body, he is, however, joined to it by love’ (St. Augustine).

The Church’s remarkable unity derives from the Holy Spirit who not only assembles the faithful into a society but also imbues and vivifies its members, exercising the same function as the soul does in a physical body.

‘All were made to drink of one Spirit’: given that the Apostle says this immediately after mentioning Baptism, he seems to be referring to a further outpouring of the Holy Spirit, possibly in the sacrament of Confirmation. It is not uncommon for Sacred Scripture to compare the outpouring of the Spirit to drink, indicating that the effects of his presence are to revive the parched soul; in the Old Testament the coming of the Holy Spirit is already compared to dew, rain, etc.; and St. John repeats what our Lord said about ‘living water’ (Jn 7:38; cf. 4:13-14).

Together with the sacraments of Christian initiation, the Eucharist plays a special role in building up the unity of the body of Christ. ‘Really sharing in the body of the Lord in the breaking of the Eucharistic bread, we are taken up in communion with him and with one another. ‘Because the bread is one, we, who are many, are one body, for we all partake of the one bread’ (1 Cor 10:17). In this way all of us are made members of his body (cf. 1 Cor 12:27), ‘and individual members of one another’ (Rom 12:5)’ (Lumen Gentium, 7).”

He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit

Baptism of the Lord
March for Life
RCIA
Baptism
    Grace
    Prototypical baptism of the Lord
    Faith / Eucharist

Be a family of saints

Feast of Holy Family
“The way you help heal the world is that you start with your own family” – MT
Goal of the family to be saints
    Holy family / each family
    Open
    Committed
    Loving
Eucharist
    You can’t do it on your own

God likes to act in big ways from small places

Size of USA / other countries
     “Little town of Bethlehem”:  about size of SE DC
     From it one will be born
        “his greatness shall reach to the ends of the earth”
God likes to act in big ways from small unlikely places
     Silent retreat
     Bethlehem
     Womb
          Both wombs of Elizabeth and Mary
     Manger
     Saints
     Eucharist
Power of God in us

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