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Lectionary & Catechesis / 25.02.2019

The Ash Wednesday proclamation focused on prayer, fasting, and almsgiving, each the opposite of money, power, and fame. The gospel makes us consider the ways of the world as opposed to the ways of God. All God’s blessings belong to God; we return our money, power, fame and we praise God alone. How do these readings mature us in our faith in Jesus Christ and help us get out into the desert with Jesus away from earthly business?...

Lectionary & Catechesis / 25.02.2019

The readings challenge us to think about the dynamics and psychology of sin from the view of these ancient texts. Recognition of the truth of the human condition and authentic honesty about ourselves will result in an increase of yearning for Jesus. Sin is never comfortable to discuss, and yet it should not be in a “hell fire and brimstone” sermon context. It is viewed In the Catechism always in relation to the salvation we have encountered in the Lord Jesus and his obedience of will. In order to begin to grasp the theology of sin in these readings, CCC 396- 412 beg serious study and reflection. While no one is asking for a “hell fire and brimstone” homily, the dynamics of our relationship with one another and God includes the problem and condition of sin. All this is in the part on the Creed, so it is fundamental to our beliefs. The wide mercy of the Psalm is in between the bookends of the Genesis and Romans reading. Listen to Allegri’s magnificent Miserere. It was forbidden under pain of excommunication to take copies out of the Vatican; Mozart as a teenager heard it once, left the concert, and wrote it out accurately from memory for his own use in 1771. He was disciplined by Pope Clement XIV at the time with an award for cleverness....

Lectionary & Catechesis / 24.02.2019

The gospel story is so well known and so many readers get fixated on whatever Jesus mysteriously wrote in the dust of the Temple pavement. Sometimes the main message of the personal encounter with Jesus is missed, but perhaps this is the binding link for the readings. If anything, the highlights of the Philippians reading are key to our Lenten journey of faith. Lent moves us from repentance to the joy of forgiveness....

Lectionary & Catechesis / 18.02.2019

Human life is frail, given to the distractions of the world and subject to the whim of bad luck and needing to be set free from the oppression of the world’s domination. God appears to Moses and in the person of Jesus Christ to save us from slavery to sin and to accompany us in mercy on our own journey to Jerusalem. The readings give us graphic examples as exemplars of divine intervention in our history. Our response is one of blessing and praising God who appears to us....

Lectionary & Catechesis / 18.02.2019

Lent means to transform us into conformity with Christ in the flesh and in the resurrection. So the Lenten sojourner witnesses the transfiguration of Christ, and thus is enabled to enter into a deeper understanding of th Paschal Mystery for one’s self. Thus, a significant milestone in the Lenten walk with Jesus is attained. Lent calls us to change, or rather let the Spirit be at work in us to change us. The conformity is not an oppression, but a lifting up of the self into what God has called us to be. ...

Links / 15.02.2019

Guardian Angels Catholic Church in Mead, Colorado was founded in 1911, five years after the town of Mead was established. In 1910, Mead claimed 114 residents, including twenty-five Catholic families living in and around the town, who bought the old Mt. Zion United Brethren Church located at Highway 66 and Weld County Road 7. They hauled this church a mile up county road 7 to its present crossroads location, refitted and rechristened it as Guardian Angels Catholic Church, and celebrated their first mass there on January 1, 1911. At that time, Guardian Angels was a mission of St. John the Baptist Catholic Church in Longmont. The first pastor was Father Bernard Hamburger, who traveled from Longmont to Mead on alternate Sundays....

Links / 12.02.2019

The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) is an assembly of the hierarchy of the United States and the U.S. Virgin Islands who jointly exercise certain pastoral functions on behalf of the Christian faithful of the United States. The purpose of the Conference is to promote the greater good which the Church offers humankind, especially through forms and programs of the apostolate fittingly adapted to the circumstances of time and place. This purpose is drawn from the universal law of the Church and applies to the episcopal conferences which are established all over the world for the same purpose....