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Sunday, February 16, 2020
Whenever I’m teaching a broad view of Church History, I use the image of a bowtie. At the beginning of our life together as followers of Jesus we had a wide assortment and diversity of experience, teachings as well as the developing of traditions. As communications began to improve and society moved historically to the time of the “Middle Ages” in European history, approximately from the 5th to the 15th century, this period can be likened to the knot of the bowtie. It was a time of redefinition and asking the question about what exactly do we believe and how should we act. It did assist us in our history to codify and communicate more succinctly the tenants of our faith. Many of us remember our study of the Baltimore Catechism and our efforts to memorize the answers to what we believed, where all the questions that could exist about our faith as Catholics. However, a consequence of this age was a movement into an age of minimalism as well. “What is the least I need to do or believe in order to get into heaven?” Many of us can remember being out on a Friday night waiting for midnight to come so we could order a burger at the local “Your Host” restaurant. We abstained from meat on all Fridays back then.
At the time of Jesus, the scribes and Pharisees studied the Law of Moses and worked very hard to codify it as well for the Jewish believers. Applying the wisdom of the Ten Commandments to almost every situation of life resulted in a large code of over six hundred laws covering most of every situation. Our human nature though often looks for the exception to the rules and so too there were legal “loop holes” within Jewish law, that if known could justify certain behaviors.
In this weekend’s Biblical lessons, Jesus raises the bar of acceptability from a minimalism to a broader challenge of living the “spirit” of the law. Jesus broadens the knot of definition of the law. This is earmarked with the phrase: “you have heard it said…..but I tell you…” With this passage Jesus is preparing us for the challenge of this year’s Lenten Journey as we will gather each weekend to “Seek The Lord.” God’s Blessing.
HOLY SEAON OF LENT 2020 begins with Ash Wednesday on February 26th. Again this year, we challenge all our Parish families to “Reclaim Sundays” as a day of: rest, worship and family time. During this Holy Season, we try to take care of all our assorted business on Saturdays. That may include: our car maintenance, cutting the grass, washing clothes, doing homework, shopping for assorted items, etc.
As we have been doing in the past, we will be celebrating Benediction at the conclusion of the 11:00AM Mass. Jesus in the Most Holy Eucharist will be available for Adoration on the main altar from that time until 4:45PM. Come with your entire family to just spend some time in adoration. Teach your children about the “real presence” of Jesus in the Sacrament and how to take time to listen to Him speak to us.
We will also make available “Intercessory Prayer Intention” slips within the parish bulletin. You may list your needs and thanksgiving prayers and place them in our parish’s Intercessory Prayer Basket which, during Lenten Weekends, will be placed at the foot of the main Altar. Please come forward before Mass and deposit your prayer requests there.
LENTEN SPIRITUAL READING This Holy Season of Lent we’d like to invite any who feel interested or called to enrich themselves through a communal reading, discussion and reflection experience to join Fr. Ron, Sue Caruso, and others as we weekly gather following our “Stations of the Cross” devotion on Lenten Fridays to read and reflect upon Ronald Rolheiser’s The Passion and the Cross. Copies will be made available for purchase to all who are interested. Please contact our Life Long Faith Formation Office to reserve your space and obtain your copy of the book. Thank You