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Gospel Reflection Jan 24 – Sr. Teresa

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Sunday, January 24

Third Sunday in Ordinary Time

Mark 1: 14-20

Gospel:

After John had been arrested,
Jesus came to Galilee proclaiming the gospel of God:
“This is the time of fulfillment.
The kingdom of God is at hand.
Repent, and believe in the gospel.”
As he passed by the Sea of Galilee,
he saw Simon and his brother Andrew casting their nets into the sea;
they were fishermen.
Jesus said to them,
“Come after me, and I will make you fishers of men.”
Then they abandoned their nets and followed him.
He walked along a little farther
and saw James, the son of Zebedee, and his brother John.
They too were in a boat mending their nets.
Then he called them.
So they left their father Zebedee in the boat
along with the hired men and followed him.

Gospel Reflection:

I don’t know about you but I am still reeling from the riot and violence at the US Capitol on January 6th and all that has transpired since then. Back in May when I watched on TV the murder of George Floyd, I found that I could barely breathe. For months we have heard that one of the effects of COVID-19 is the inability or at least difficulty in breathing. So many things have left me breathless.

I have only stood in the Capitol Building once. I was breathless as I stood there in wonder and awe of all that it stood for in our country. On January 6 when I watched on TV the horrific actions of hatred that spilled out at the US Capitol, I again could barely catch my breath and tears rolled down my face. Perhaps, like many of you, I could not believe that what I was seeing was happening in the Capital, the sacred place of our country and government, in real-time and in my lifetime. I am still in a state of shock and disbelief and holding a great sense of sorrow and heartache. I vacillate between feelings of rage and a sense of speechlessness. How did such hatred and so many divisions happen? In the face of turbulent times in our country, our world and our church, where the needs run great and the complexity even greater, who are we to be, and what are we to do? How do we live with religious ambiguity and bring to it hope and light? I do believe the time of sitting back and watching is over. The time, like it was for the four in today’s gospel, for mending fishing nets, is over. The time of only saying how awful it all is and then moving about our daily activities can no longer be the path we choose. Yet how do we love in the face of hatred? How do we begin to mend a world that is so fractured? How do I reflect on today’s gospel passage? I grew up during President Kennedy’s tenure. He said, “Ask not what your country can do for you, but what you can do for your country.” How pertinent that is for us today.

In this week’s gospel passage, we again hear the call of Andrew and Peter and we also hear the call of James and John, the sons of Zebedee. Reflecting on this particular scripture passage (the call of the first disciples) with these men quietly sitting by the Sea of Galilee mending fishing nets while we sit in the midst of such religious and global uncertainty seems not only daunting but seemingly so irrelevant to what is happening in the country right now. How do we weave the two together? Do the stories of the call of the disciples two weeks in a row hold some special significance? Is God trying to get our attention? Is Jesus calling and recalling us to be his followers? Could this passage actually be very relevant for the times in which we are living?

The four in the gospel today just got up and left the business to follow Jesus. Most of us may hear the story and the voices in our heads may tell us that it is naïve to think and nearly impossible to leave everything to follow Jesus. Most of us, truth be told, would find it very hard to leave work, family, friends and all the rest to venture into such an uncertain future. We will have many good and valuable reasons why that is not practical — not responsible, not even desired. What would make someone pick up and leave everything behind? Jesus is just beginning his ministry so they did not have the message and teaching of Jesus laid out before them, as we do in the Gospels. Why did they do it? What made them do it?

Last week’s passage coupled with this week’s passage offers great questions. From Jesus “What are you looking for?” From the disciples “Where do you live?” and Jesus’s response – “Come and See.” Where do you live implies a house and as I have mentioned many times before, a house in the scripture is more often than not a metaphor for the heart. Where is the heart of Jesus? It is with the disenfranchised, the poor, the neglected, those unwelcomed and those in need of healing. The heart of Jesus is about confronting religious and civil authorities that choose power over compassion, who work harder at separating people than uniting them. The heart of Jesus is about challenging those who put self-interest before the common good. The heart of Jesus does not separate people because of the color of their skin, their choice of political party, economic status, etc. The heart of Jesus does not hesitate to speak truth to power. If these men knew that this is “where Jesus lived” would they have left everything to follow Jesus? We do know that this is what Jesus is about. Does knowing ”where Jesus lives,” knowing Jesus’ heart, make us reluctant or hesitant to leave it all and follow him?

They did not have an easy time in living out their decision to be a follower of Jesus. As the gospel unfolds in the next few months, we learn that they sometimes end up disappointing, denying and abandoning Jesus at various points in their journey. That sounds like our discipleship journey too. Disciples mess up but then they get up, ask for and accept forgiveness and move on.

As we look at the multitude of pandemics that continue to sweep across our world: coronavirus, systemic racism, injustice, violence, economic insecurity, scarcity of food, for so many, the destruction of the planet and the latest horror and fear brought on by the unbridled hatred and violence at our nation’s capital, we might wonder what are we to do?

Truth be told, I would rather just sit quietly by a lake mending my fishing nets. It is not easy to hear the call, sometimes I pretend I don’t hear it. Yet, Jesus is relentless and unrelenting. He needs his followers to go and see that the needs of our brothers and sisters are great. He needs us to respond. What might we have to leave behind to follow him? I don’t think Jesus is asking us to leave behind our work or our family. But what might we have to leave behind? I have to leave my own prejudices, my own biases, opinions, my own racism, attitudes and self-righteousness. What might you have to leave behind? Remember the words of Dr. Martin Luther King, JR – “Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that.” Will we choose darkness and hate or will we leave everything, go and see where Jesus lives (his heart) and follow Jesus with light and love? Will we be weighed down by the hatred in the world or choose to be lifted up by the power of God and guided by the Spirit with us?

Sister Teresa Tuite, OP

P.S. The above was written before the inauguration of Joseph Biden and Kamala Harris. Thank God it was peaceful. Now the work begins for each of us.

Ash Wednesday Schedule – Reservations Required

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St. Brigid of Kildare will be celebrating Ash Wednesday (February 17) with the following schedule.

RESERVATIONS REQUIRED:
Reservations will be required for all in-person services on Ash Wednesday. Reservations open at www.stbrigidofkildare.org/Lent on Monday, February 8 at 9 AM and close on February 15.

In-Person Offerings:
6:30 AM – Prayer service in the church with distribution of ashes
9:00 AM – Mass in the church with distribution of ashes
7:00 PM – Prayer service in the church with distribution of ashes

At Home Offerings:
Blessing of ashes by Monsignor Hendricks and virtual prayer service — available on YouTube page beginning Feb 17
9 AM – Livestream of Ash Wednesday Mass

Please remember Ash Wednesday is not a Holy Day of Obligation.

Note on Distribution of Ashes:
Vatican modifies distribution of ashes for Ash Wednesday
By Vatican News
The health situation caused by Covid-19 continues to force changes on daily life, which are also reflected in the Church’s sphere. Ahead of the beginning of Lent, on Wednesday, 17 February, the Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments has published a note laying out the procedures Catholic priests around the world are to follow for the distribution of ashes at the start of Lent. The priest will bless the ashes, sprinkle them with holy water and distribute by sprinkling the ashes on each person’s head in silence.

Catholic Men’s Conference

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Men of St Brigid: The 24th Annual Catholic Men’s Conference for the Diocese of Columbus will be held virtually on Feb 27th, 2021.  The theme is “Called to Be Saints” and has a powerhouse of speakers lined up that includes, Fr. Don Calloway, Chris Stefanick, Bishop Brennan, and Devin Shadt, Author of the book – The Path.  Registration is open and the cost is only $10.   If you register before Feb 8th you will receive a free copy of the Book – The Path.  Best news is we are blessed to be hosting (barring any Covid restrictions) the Saturday event at the Parish from 12-3 pm with the opportunity afterwards for Adoration, Confession and Mass at the normal 5 pm time.  What a great opportunity for fellowship at St Brigid.  Do not delay, go to www.catholicmensministry.com to register.  Once registered you will receive more information.  Please call or text Gary Wallberg at 614-203-5450 with any questions.

 

 

Prayer Pause

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Join us in taking a pause for prayer on Monday nights.  This series is a visual and audio presentation of “Be still and know that I am God”  Ps 46:10.  We begin at 7:00 PM and close by 7:20.  This Pause for Prayer invites you into a short period of quiet mindfulness using inspiration text, which is broken open with imagery and music and a blessing.  Each is independent of the other so join in as your schedule allows.  Monday evenings at 7:00 PM through March 29, 2021.  – Sister Teresa

Join Zoom Meeting (no need to register in advance):
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PRAYER FOR OUR NATION

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Tuesday, January 19th, 7:00 PM

Like many Americans and people around the world, I was deeply saddened and disturbed by the events that transpired in Washington DC. on January 6, 2021. It is heartbreaking to continue to hear the vitriolic words and violent acts that seek to divide us.  We claim and pledge allegiance to the republic – one nation, under God with liberty and justice for all, and yet we seem unable to stop the epidemic of hate that has overwhelmed us. We pray that we will be able to come together as one people and reclaim our unity as a nation.  It is time for each of us to stop and pray and ask ourselves this question. What will I do to find a way to repair fractured relationships and restore justice where it is most needed in my own life and in my country?  Our country is in desperate need of prayer on so many levels. On the eve of the inauguration of Joseph Biden as the next president of the United States, please join with others to pray for our elected officials and for our country.    – Sr. Teresa

Tuesday, January 19,  7:00 PM   Use the following ZOOM link:

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/83338905295?pwd=MXRjci9RcTBaSUpaODVrQTRZR3R0QT09

Meeting ID: 833 3890 5295       Passcode: 722930

ZOOM Lenten Soup Suppers at Your Place

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Tuesday Nights at 6:00 PM

February 23 – March 23, 2021

  • Olivia the Owl will take us to three different countries: Madagascar,  El Salvador and Timor-Leste.
  • We will learn how to make a soup offered by one of our guest chefs.
  • We will pray together and make a holy connection with each other.
  • Then you will eat at home with your family.

Join Zoom Meeting each week by clicking below or using the codes.

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/87567234152?pwd=SFRkOGxhUzZNd2VXbmFvbFVWakNLUT09

Meeting ID: 875 6723 4152

Gospel Reflection Jan 17 – Msgr. Hendricks

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Sunday, January 17

Second Sunday in Ordinary Time

John 1: 35-42

Gospel:

John was standing with two of his disciples,
and as he watched Jesus walk by, he said,
“Behold, the Lamb of God.”
The two disciples heard what he said and followed Jesus.
Jesus turned and saw them following him and said to them,
“What are you looking for?”
They said to him, “Rabbi” — which translated means Teacher —,
“where are you staying?”
He said to them, “Come, and you will see.”
So they went and saw where Jesus was staying,
and they stayed with him that day.
It was about four in the afternoon.
Andrew, the brother of Simon Peter,
was one of the two who heard John and followed Jesus.
He first found his own brother Simon and told him,
“We have found the Messiah” — which is translated Christ —.
Then he brought him to Jesus.
Jesus looked at him and said,
“You are Simon the son of John;
you will be called Cephas” — which is translated Peter.

Gospel Reflection:

No first-century Jew and later Christian would miss the calling of Jesus as the “Lamb of God.” John was a cousin of Jesus and he was the prophet that spanned the time between the Old Testament Prophets and the new era of the Messiah. By calling Jesus the “Lamb of God,” the gospel identifies Him with the ultimate sacrifice of humankind. Jesus is the one true lamb that freely sacrifices Himself for the forgiveness of sins and the redemption for the human race.

The call of Andrew and his brother Peter allows them to see who Jesus is and later what he will demand of them, namely their sacrifice of their lives for the sake of the one true God and Messiah Jesus Christ. In this sacrifice of Jesus on the Cross as the “Lamb of God,” right and true worship comes back to the temple in Jerusalem and right worship turns from the 24/7 sacrifices that went on there to the one perfect sacrifice for sins that Jesus makes by his death on the Cross.

This passage from John will set up the path that all who give their lives over to Jesus must follow, that is the surrender of self to God in Christ. Nothing less will satisfy.

-Monsignor Hendricks

Foster Care at St. Vincent Family Center – Info Sessions

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2020 was a challenging year for us at St. Vincent Family Center. We know that many other agencies or businesses have experienced difficulties that are equal or perhaps beyond what we have seen. The team at St. Vincent Family Center is resilient and we have come through it all in pretty good shape. Like so many others, we are hopeful that this new year will allow us to return to some form of normality in the coming months.

 

We have a growing Foster Care program at St. Vincent Family Center. Given the greater need for foster care for children in Central Ohio, we are increasing our efforts in this area. Thousands of children across Ohio are in need of stable, consistent and loving homes. SVFC matches children in Ohio who need a place of respite and stability with foster parents who provide loving, nurturing temporary homes. SVFC offers an intimate, family-oriented approach to supporting foster parents. As a small agency, SVFC provides expert training, 24/7 support, one-on-one-coaching, and access to our social-emotional health services and our behavioral health experts to offer the support needed to foster a child.

 

As Christians, we are encouraged to open our lives to the most vulnerable, and there is no better way to embody the Lord’s love and grace than caring for those who have no one else to care for them. God is called a father to the fatherless and a defender of the weak, and those who have been adopted into his family are called to walk in his ways. Those who are called to do so can lean on their faith, commitment and generosity to aid a child in need by becoming a foster parent and offering them a bright light of hope.

 

There may be families at St. Brigid of Kildare who serve as foster parents today, and others who have thought about becoming foster parents. We would like to help interested families learn more. SVFC is hosting two Virtual Info Sessions to share more about what it means to foster a child and address questions and curiosities of those who may be considering:

Individuals and families who wish to move forward in the process after attending the Virtual Info Session will be invited to attend SVFC’s Foster Parent Training beginning February 2. If you are interested in learning more about SVFC’s Foster Parent Training or have any questions for the team at St. Vincent Family Center, please reach out to fostercare@svfc.org.

Gospel Reflection Jan 10 – Fr. Morris

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Sunday, January 10

The Baptism of the Lord

Mark 1: 7 – 11

Gospel:

This is what John the Baptist proclaimed:
“One mightier than I is coming after me.
I am not worthy to stoop and loosen the thongs of his sandals.
I have baptized you with water;
he will baptize you with the Holy Spirit.”

It happened in those days that Jesus came from Nazareth of Galilee
and was baptized in the Jordan by John.
On coming up out of the water he saw the heavens being torn open
and the Spirit, like a dove, descending upon him.
And a voice came from the heavens,
“You are my beloved Son; with you I am well pleased.”

Gospel Reflection:

Jesus comes before St John the Baptist, knowing that his time of quiet in humble Nazareth is coming to an end. Those hours of careful craftsmanship with Joseph’s tools in the woodshop, the loving care of his mother, and fraternity among his neighbors and extended family is over. His transition to his evangelizing period is not marked with grand fanfare or delusional excesses of extravagant dress and personality quirks. Our Savior instead goes to stand in the line of repentant sinners who are waiting to be baptized by the camel-hair wearing ascetic in the desert.

The people around him were there voluntarily; the Jewish law prescribed ways of dealing with sin, but being baptized was not one of them. This baptism was an extra-liturgical step of personal atonement; having fulfilled the Law’s provisions, these pious Jews desired even more of a personal expression of repentance before God. Having made “official” atonement for their sin according to the cultic precepts of the Temple, they now wished in an act of personal devotion to be symbolically washed clean from their former selves that had committed that sin.

After hours of baptizing repentant sinners, no wonder St John was startled to see in his line the only sinless one in the world. But Jesus has quietly waited his time in the line to be baptized. Like his patience in living a normal childhood and family life, he is patient and voluntarily places himself in the same line of repentance as those around him. But his baptism does not announce a turning away from a personal sin, but rather the future conquering of all Sin. The waters of the Jordan do not sanctify Jesus; He sanctifies the waters that will be used for the Sacrament of Baptism.

And Jesus’ humility to stand with his humanity, while also being divine, is answered by an outpouring from above: “You are my beloved Son; with you, I am well pleased.”

Fr. Matthew Morris

Gospel of Mark

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Do you still not understand?

Are your hearts hardened?  

Do you have eyes yet still do not see?

Do you have ears yet still do not hear?

Do you still not understand? 

These questions are woven in and out through the Gospel of Mark and as we walk around inside the heart of this Gospel, we might ask ourselves the same questions.  As we invite this gospel to hold up a mirror to our lives, Jesus might ask the same question of us

Over the next few months, I hope that you will spend time with the Gospel of Mark, not just in the few hours that we gather via ZOOM but in your own study time, your own prayer time and in the common prayer of the Church’s liturgy. Mark is the primary Gospel for the liturgy this year.  Mark is a fast-paced gospel.  Jesus is on a mission and is driven to see it to completion.  Let the Gospel find the opening in you so that it can enter into you and move around in you.  Look for the opening in the Gospel so that you can enter into it and walk around in it.

The study will be done in three parts. Part 1. January 18, 25 and February 1, 8, 15, 2021.  10:30- approximately noon.  You need to register for this class.  Registration link available on the St. Brigid website, or click here to register.  Once you register you will receive a  confirmation letter directing you to register on ZOOM for the necessary codes.

Two suggested books:  Mark’s Gospel: The Whole Story by Joan Mitchell, CSJ ( recommended)   Parables for Preachers Year B: The Gospel of Mark Barbara Reid, OP (optional) – Sister Teresa