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Thursday, January 24, 2019
From the Desk of Fr. Ron…….
When forming a public speech or writing an article for a paper, proper form includes an introduction when the writer or speaker will reveal what they are going to present. The body of the work is the presentation and the conclusion again reflects and reviews what was attempted to be communicated. Our Gospel writer for this Liturgical year “C” is no different. The opening lines of the Gospel of Luke from Chapter One sets the scene: “Since many have undertaken to compile a narrative of the events that have been fulfilled among us…. I too have decided, after investigating everything accurately anew, to write it down in an orderly sequence for you, most excellent Theophilus, so that you may realize the certainty of the teachings you have received,” (Luke 1:1-4). Luke may be referring to the Gospel of Mark as a previous work, as well as other writings that are not included in our Biblical collection. The reason why Luke is writing, is so that Theophilus may realize the truth of the message of Jesus.
After the exile of the chosen people and their return to Jerusalem, Nehemiah was the governor of the province of Judah, who rebuilt the walls of Jerusalem and saw to the renewal of the Jewish faith after the exile. In our first reading from Nehemiah Chapter Eight, Nehemiah speaks of the time Ezra the Jewish priest shares with the assembly, the Law of the Lord that many have never heard before. After they are informed of the law, they begin to weep for they know that they are not living the commandments that God wished for them as told in the Law. But, armed with this knowledge they can repent, rejoice, and begin to live anew in faithfulness to God’s will for them.
Returning to the Gospel narrative, our selection skips over the infancy stories, the Baptism of Jesus and temptations in the desert to proclaim from Chapter Four. Jesus reads from the prophet Isaiah 61…. “The spirit of the Lord is upon me…” Rolling up the scroll after the proclamation he sits down and proclaims: “Today this scripture passage is fulfilled in your hearing,” (Luke 4:21). Luke helps Theophilus and all who will read his text what the following pages of his work will reveal: Jesus as our Messiah and Lord!
May the Lord Jesus assist us as we begin this journey together to study the life works of Jesus the Messiah. May we be touched with the teachings of his truth, like the chosen people at the time of Nehemiah who heard anew the law of the Lord. May we repent of our wanderings and correct our lives to follow the Gospel of Jesus without compromise. For as Jesus proclaims: “you will know the truth, and the truth will make you free” (John 8:32).
THE MARRIAGE FEAST AT CANA was our Gospel passage last Sunday. I taught about the image of marriage being a powerful image of God’s faithfulness to His body here on earth, the Church. Last fall Bishop Malone celebrated significant wedding anniversaries for couples around the diocese. Six from Nativity Parish were named and celebrated last October. Due to unfortunate circumstances, I was not able to attend and documents were mislaid. However, we don’t want these milestones to go unrecognized. Congratulations to our six couples who celebrated their Covenant of Marriage. Thanks for being an example to us of God’s faithfulness and unconditional love… Fr. Ron.
Terry Earl Sr. & Lucy Dickinson
50th Anniversary/October 5, 2018
Joseph & Roseanne Franco
50th Anniversary/November 16, 2018
Roger & Grace Little
60th Anniversary/January 4, 2018
Paul & Judy Quagliana
60th Anniversary/September 13, 2018
Andre Sr. & Florence Taibbi
50th Anniversary/September 28, 2018
Dr. George & Velia Youakim
50th Anniversary/November 9, 2018