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Gospel Reflection July 22 – Sr. Teresa

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Sunday, July 22

Sixteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Mark 6: 30-34

Gospel:
The apostles gathered together with Jesus
and reported all they had done and taught.
He said to them,
“Come away by yourselves to a deserted place and rest a while.”
People were coming and going in great numbers,
and they had no opportunity even to eat.
So they went off in the boat by themselves to a deserted place.
People saw them leaving and many came to know about it.
They hastened there on foot from all the towns
and arrived at the place before them.

When he disembarked and saw the vast crowd,
his heart was moved with pity for them,
for they were like sheep without a shepherd;
and he began to teach them many things.

Reflection:
The opening of this gospel continues from last week. In that gospel passage we heard that the disciples had been sent out two by two to preach repentance. They are back now and have reported to Jesus all that they had done and taught. Jesus is going to take them off to a deserted place for what was to be for some R& R. It did not work out that way. Lots of people found out where Jesus had gone, and they hastened to follow on foot, hoping to get to the place before the boat that Jesus had taken arrived on the shore. They were successful, and they were waiting when Jesus arrived.

The last sentence in today’s passage is what drew me in to this story. When Jesus saw the vast crowd, Mark tells us that “his heart was moved with compassion for them.” Jesus was not just moved with compassion; he did something. Today we might call this consequential compassion. As I reflected on this, a line from Psalm 95 came into my mind: “If today you hear God’s voice, harden not your heart.” Disciples of Jesus must keep a soft heart, if they are to see and hear the needs of their brothers and sisters. Disciples of Jesus need a soft heart if it is to be moved by compassion. I wondered, in the past few months, have I had a hard heart, blinded to the needs of our brothers and sisters, or has my heart been moved with compassion? Did the compassion urge me to do something in response?

The Ash Wednesday shooting in Parkland, FL in February moved my heart with compassion. That led me to participate in the March for Our Lives in downtown Columbus and to write to Ohio senators and representatives to plead for changes in our gun policies, especially to abolish the easy availability of assault weapons. What else has moved my heart these past months? I, like millions of others, waited anxiously as the story of the twelve boys and their leader trapped in a Thai cave began to unfold before our eyes. So many people were moved by compassion and came from across the world to rescue them. We experienced the sadness as one of our Navy Seals gave his life trying to rescue the boys, and then, we all shared in the rejoicing when all the boys were pulled to safety. My heart was moved with compassion when I heard of the story of the thousands of children separated from their parents at our border. My heart was moved with compassion by a four-year-old girl who was born with cerebral palsy. Then, after her surgery, Maya screamed in joyous delight, “I am walking! I am walking!” My heart was moved with compassion as I sat with so many of our parish families this month and grieved with them over the loss of a loved one. Jesus was teaching the crowds in the gospel today, but he was teaching us as well. With so much happening in our world today and at such a rapid pace, we might be tempted to slip into “compassion fatigue” and be numb to the people and events around us. That is not an option for a disciple. That is not what Jesus is teaching us in today’s Gospel. Jesus was tired, the disciples were tired. They had gone away hoping for a rest. That was not to be. Following Jesus’ example, we must always be open to seeing our brothers and sisters and allowing our heart to be moved with compassion. Take time today to look back over the past months to identify the places where your heart was moved by compassion and then ask, “What did I do about it?” The second part is the hardest. It is not enough to be moved by compassion, we must be open to doing something about it. We cannot do everything nor respond to everything, but what we can do, we must do.

Sister Teresa Tuite, OP

Free Diocesan Workshop: Implicit Bias in our World Today

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Free Diocesan Workshop:
Implicit Bias in our World Today

This workshop is put on by the Office of Social Concerns on the topic of Implicit Bias in our World Today.  This is open to any of our parishioners and will be held on Saturday, September 15, 2018 at St. Margaret of Cortona Church (1600 N Hague Ave, Columbus, OH 43204) in Kulp Hall from 8:30 am to 4:00 pm.  We are hoping to get at least eight parishioners to attend this one-day workshop. This is a one-time workshop and does not involve ongoing workshops.

Join this productive workshop that can be taken back to our parish for a greater self-awareness of this issue in our own lives, relationships, and parishes.

To register, please email Bridget Malloy at stbrigidbulletin@stbrigidofkildare.org by August 14. 

Gospel Reflection July 15 – Msgr Hendricks

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Sunday, July 15

Fifteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Mark 6: 7-13

Gospel:
Jesus summoned the Twelve and began to send them out two by two
and gave them authority over unclean spirits.
He instructed them to take nothing for the journey
but a walking stick-
no food, no sack, no money in their belts.
They were, however, to wear sandals
but not a second tunic.
He said to them,
“Wherever you enter a house, stay there until you leave.
Whatever place does not welcome you or listen to you,
leave there and shake the dust off your feet
in testimony against them.”
So they went off and preached repentance.
The Twelve drove out many demons,
and they anointed with oil many who were sick and cured them.

Reflection:
When Jesus sends his twelve friends out to be his hands and voice to the people of Israel, he does so by making sure that they are fully committed to Him, and the mission that he bears.

One must note that he did not have them pack for a long trip nor make provisions for their personal comfort. The rules are strict: no food, no sack, no money in their belts, the only companion is a walking stick.

Why is this? What does it mean for us? Perhaps Jesus is reminding us that when we accept Him as the Christ, then we give all we have and are to Him and leave everything else that might distract us behind. The radical message is that the kingdom of God is at hand and to be a part of it means you must be “all in”.

This week perhaps we can ponder this gospel and understand as the apostles went out they are still preaching to us also.

Monsignor Hendricks

Gospel Reflection July 6 – Fr. Morris

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Sunday, July 8

Fourteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Mark 6: 1-6

Gospel:
Jesus departed from there and came to his native place, accompanied by his disciples.
When the sabbath came he began to teach in the synagogue,
and many who heard him were astonished.
They said, “Where did this man get all this?
What kind of wisdom has been given him?
What mighty deeds are wrought by his hands!
Is he not the carpenter, the son of Mary,
and the brother of James and Joses and Judas and Simon?
And are not his sisters here with us?”
And they took offense at him.
Jesus said to them,
“A prophet is not without honor except in his native place
and among his own kin and in his own house.”
So he was not able to perform any mighty deed there,
apart from curing a few sick people by laying his hands on them.
He was amazed at their lack of faith.

Reflection:
It is “amazed” in both the New American Bible translation used at Mass and the New International Version favored by American Evangelicals. It is “marveled” in the 20th century Revised Standard Version and the hoary 17th century King James Version.  The Douay-Rheims prefers “wondered,” while the highly-idiomatic American slang version The Message says Jesus “couldn’t get over it.” No matter how we translate the Greek, Jesus is shocked at his hometown’s lack of faith.

It is rather astonishing to us that Jesus could be so affected. Shouldn’t the Son of God be the very last person in the universe to be taken by surprise? But Jesus is surprised and amazed at his hometown’s lack of faith. Nothing he does can convince them to see beyond the most superficial aspects of his human nature.

Yes, the Nazarenes know his extended family tree; yes, they saw his father and mother at synagogue, and maybe they even own an item or two from the woodshop. But they cannot see beyond these superficial truths and realities to the deeper Truth and the hidden Divinity pointed to by Christ’s words and deeds. Amazingly, even in the face of Jesus’ innumerous miracles and works and mind-blowing teaching, the townspeople still see only what they want to see.

Father Matthew Morris

Gospel Reflection July 1 – Deacon Paul

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Sunday, July 1

Thirteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Mark 5: 21-43

Gospel:
When Jesus had crossed again in the boat
to the other side,
a large crowd gathered around him, and he stayed close to the sea.
One of the synagogue officials, named Jairus, came forward.
Seeing him he fell at his feet and pleaded earnestly with him, saying,
“My daughter is at the point of death.
Please, come lay your hands on her
that she may get well and live.”
He went off with him,
and a large crowd followed him and pressed upon him.

There was a woman afflicted with hemorrhages for twelve years.
She had suffered greatly at the hands of many doctors
and had spent all that she had.
Yet she was not helped but only grew worse.
She had heard about Jesus and came up behind him in the crowd
and touched his cloak.
She said, “If I but touch his clothes, I shall be cured.”
Immediately her flow of blood dried up.
She felt in her body that she was healed of her affliction.
Jesus, aware at once that power had gone out from him,
turned around in the crowd and asked, “Who has touched my clothes?”
But his disciples said to Jesus,
“You see how the crowd is pressing upon you,
and yet you ask, ‘Who touched me?'”
And he looked around to see who had done it.
The woman, realizing what had happened to her,
approached in fear and trembling.
She fell down before Jesus and told him the whole truth.
He said to her, “Daughter, your faith has saved you.
Go in peace and be cured of your affliction.”

While he was still speaking,
people from the synagogue official’s house arrived and said,
“Your daughter has died; why trouble the teacher any longer?”
Disregarding the message that was reported,
Jesus said to the synagogue official,
“Do not be afraid; just have faith.”
He did not allow anyone to accompany him inside
except Peter, James, and John, the brother of James.
When they arrived at the house of the synagogue official,
he caught sight of a commotion,
people weeping and wailing loudly.
So he went in and said to them,
“Why this commotion and weeping?
The child is not dead but asleep.”
And they ridiculed him.
Then he put them all out.
He took along the child’s father and mother
and those who were with him
and entered the room where the child was.
He took the child by the hand and said to her, “Talitha koum,”
which means, “Little girl, I say to you, arise!”
The girl, a child of twelve, arose immediately and walked around.
At that they were utterly astounded.
He gave strict orders that no one should know this
and said that she should be given something to eat.

Reflection:
There are some experiences in our life where it may take us to the very edge of our ability to cope any longer. It may take a while, but in situations like this, the stress that one can feel can easily push us beyond the limits of what we believe we can endure. Well, the lesson from our Gospel today presents us with a couple of people who have reached the end of their respective “ropes.” We hear of a father whose daughter was dying and we hear of a woman whose life had been almost literally consumed by her illness.

What message can we draw from our Gospel today? The story of the hemorrhaging woman and Jairus’ daughter underscores God’s power to do what is humanly impossible for one who believes. Faith is the means by which we draw healing power from God and overcome all the life and death diminishing forces in our personal lives. So, I ask you to ponder this today, how do you need to be touched by God? Who might need your touch today?

The Lord Jesus brings life to the dead, cleanliness to the unclean, healing to the sick. Through salvation, He brings us to life and holiness. His intent is to reverse the law of sin and death and to give us instead holiness and life. When life brings something so painful, so devastating that it feels like you’ve gone beyond what you can humanly endure, turn to your relationship with Jesus and remember His words to Jairus today, “Do not be afraid; just have faith.”

Deacon Paul Zemanek

Gospel Reflection June 24 – Deacon Don

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Sunday, June 24

Solemnity of the Nativity of Saint John the Baptist

Luke 1:57-66, 80

Gospel:
When the time arrived for Elizabeth to have her child
she gave birth to a son.
Her neighbors and relatives heard
that the Lord had shown his great mercy toward her,
and they rejoiced with her.
When they came on the eighth day to circumcise the child,
they were going to call him Zechariah after his father,
but his mother said in reply,
“No. He will be called John.”
But they answered her,
“There is no one among your relatives who has this name.”
So they made signs, asking his father what he wished him to be called.
He asked for a tablet and wrote, “John is his name,”
and all were amazed.
Immediately his mouth was opened, his tongue freed,
and he spoke blessing God.
Then fear came upon all their neighbors,
and all these matters were discussed
throughout the hill country of Judea.
All who heard these things took them to heart, saying,
“What, then, will this child be?”
For surely the hand of the Lord was with him.
The child grew and became strong in spirit,
and he was in the desert until the day
of his manifestation to Israel.

Reflection:
We celebrate the birth of John the Baptist today. It is a solemnity and as such this feast supersedes the Sunday in Ordinary time for today’s readings. That should give you one indicator as to how important the Church regards St John the Baptist. On another note, we usually celebrate saints’ feasts on the dates of their death. This is the feast of St John’s birth – a rarity along with few others such as Jesus’ and Mary’s births. We also celebrate St John the Baptist’s death on August 29th. John is special to the Church as he belongs to both the Old and the New Testaments. Jesus praises John’s greatness but at the same time Jesus teaches us that even the least in the Kingdom of Heaven is greater than he. John knew who Jesus was and tells us that he is not worthy to loosen the thongs of his sandals. John never experiences Jesus as the Risen Lord, a privilege denied the one who baptized him and yet given to all of us who are baptized since. Even at the height of his popularity John himself reminds us that Jesus must increase while he himself must decrease.

John the Baptist’s life can have a special meaning for all of us. We are, through our baptism, also called to be preachers of the Lord. Our baptism imposes on us an obligation to share our faith and to give witness to Jesus, both in word and in action. Our lives are meant to send out an invitation to come and join us and share our experience of faith, love, and fellowship. If we are honest, we know that we do not do that nearly enough and can often give an opposite message altogether. The signals we send out as individuals, as families, and as a parish are really the way we might find meaning in our lives.

Let us ask John the Baptist today to help us make clear a path in our lives to draw others closer to knowing and experiencing the Christ through the Gospels.

Deacon Don Poirier

POW Speaker July 11

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55+ Club special event, all are welcome
Parishioners, family and friends are invited to a special presentation arranged by the 55+ Club. Military veterans are especially welcome.
Speaker Ed Mechenbier is a retired U.S. Air Force pilot shot down over Vietnam. He spent six years as a Prisoner of War at the “Hanoi Hilton” with John McCain.
He will be speaking at Hendricks Halls on his topic “Resilience” on Wednesday, July 11 from 1:30 – 2:30 p.m.
All are welcome, please join us for this special event.

Gospel Reflection June 17 – Deacon Frank

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Sunday, June 17

Eleventh Sunday in Ordinary Time

Mark 4: 26 – 34

Gospel:
Jesus said to the crowds:
“This is how it is with the kingdom of God;
it is as if a man were to scatter seed on the land
and would sleep and rise night and day
and through it all the seed would sprout and grow,
he knows not how.
Of its own accord the land yields fruit,
first the blade, then the ear, then the full grain in the ear.
And when the grain is ripe, he wields the sickle at once,
for the harvest has come.”

He said,
“To what shall we compare the kingdom of God,
or what parable can we use for it?
It is like a mustard seed that, when it is sown in the ground,
is the smallest of all the seeds on the earth.
But once it is sown, it springs up and becomes the largest of plants
and puts forth large branches,
so that the birds of the sky can dwell in its shade.”
With many such parables
he spoke the word to them as they were able to understand it.
Without parables he did not speak to them,
but to his own disciples he explained everything in private.

Reflection:
In this weekend’s gospel from Saint Mark, Jesus talks to us about the mysterious kingdom of God. This kingdom is not so easy to see with the naked eye and its power of growth can leave people unimpressed. And yet it is the strongest power of all and it’s ability to grow is certain. Explaining this mysterious kingdom to us today, Jesus reminds us how seed sowed on the ground takes root, sprouts and grows in its own mysterious way. Its power to grow and produce the food that feeds us is amazing. Even while we sleep that seed is growing.

In a second example Jesus talks about the mustard seed, how small it is and yet how large a tree it becomes. We need not be worried if God’s ways seem to be unimpressive. The power that the word of God holds is beyond our reckoning. God’s word, God’s justice, truth and love are indestructible. It may not seem like this in our noisy, argumentative and violent world. The kingdom of God is among us and it may not be easy to see. Yet look again with eyes of faith and you will see it everywhere.

May the Lord, who invites us into his kingdom, be our strength in all we do and may God bless all the Dads, Grandpas, and expectant Dads in our parish this weekend as we celebrate Father’s Day and give praise to our Heavenly Father!

Deacon Frank Iannarino

Email and Online Bible Study

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Many people would like to do some Bible Study but cannot come to the parish for meetings.  The e-mail and on-line study will give you the flexibility to study in a way that fits your schedule or circumstances.

We are offering Paul’s letter to the Ephesians.  This short letter has many remarkable lesson to teach us today.

We will use the workbook: Ephesians: Discover Your Inheritance by Jeff Cavins & Thomas Smith.  Published by Ascension Press.

Once you register and buy your workbook you will have access to the videos connected to the study.  I will also send you some study guides each week.

REGISTRATION PROCESS:

  1. Register here. This gives me your e-mail.  You will also get a confirmation letter.
  2. Go to Ascension Press and order your workbook Ephesians: Discover Your Inheritance. When you order that you will automatically be listed in my Bible Study Program and have access to the videos.  The book is $19.95 plus shipping and handling.

The class will go for nine weeks from September 10 (background material) until November 5.

The first materials you will receive are for background information, with no video for that week.   Access to videos will being September 17.  The on-line site remains available to you for two weeks after the closing date.

Each Friday (beginning September 7th), I will send you some material to help with the upcoming weekly lesson.  Since you will have the materials, you do the lessons at your own pace and whenever you want to do them.

You will also be able to offer comments on-line.

If you have questions or run into difficulties, please call me at the Parish Office 614-761-3734 or e-mail me (ttuite@stbrigidofkildare.org).–   Sister Teresa Tuite, OP