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What is your ‘Achilles heel’ in the Christian life?

26th Sunday

Achilles

What is your Achilles heel in the Christian life?
Foot – occasions of sin, scandal

    Hand + eye – masturbation + pornography
Mouth – cursing, gossip
Grace of regular Confession + Eucharist
    Weakness —> strength
    Vice —>  Virtue
Sinner —> Saint

He would do it again

Christ is risen indeed! We have arrived at the penultimate feast on the Church’s calendar, the cause of our joy and our hope. Life has defeated death. Sorrow and suffering do not have the last say. In the resurrection of Jesus we see many reasons to rejoice. Not only has Jesus conquered the specter of visible death, but he restores to us graced life. On Holy Saturday, Jesus descended to the dead and delivered the just souls into heavenly paradise. What are our own Saturday tombs? Jesus has the power to open them all. That is our invitation, this day most of all. May resurrection joy fill your heart, your family, your workplace, and your community. Happy Easter!

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

Let God Do His Thing

Baptisms
    Prep: Reviving!
    Could you teach?
    Catholicism 101 / RCIA
Readings
    Baptism – cleansing waters
         Disease (leprosy)= sin
         Physical (OT) / spiritual (NT)
    Confession – remove excommunication
     Eucharist – give thanks
Grace (thru priest)
     GOD’s action —> Faith

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