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We learned and shared stories about the Sacraments of Initiation in Family Faith
this week.

Gospel Meditation

2nd Sunday in Ordinary Time
January 19, 2020

On the cusp of fame, power, or influence, would you turn it down? Today’s Gospel again features John the Baptist. Controversial but popular, John has gathered quite a group of followers. He has disciples. People come from near and far to be baptized by him. Pharisees and government leaders are drawn to his preaching. If John was another man, a lesser man, he would have claimed his own greatness. Instead, John the Baptist is a witness to humility.

“The next day he saw Jesus coming toward him and said, ‘Behold the Lamb of God … he is the one of whom I said, “A man is coming after me who ranks ahead of me.”… the reason why I came baptizing with water was that he might be made known.’” Rather than point to himself, John points to Christ. John could have grasped at what he had accumulated. He could have seen Jesus as a Messianic competitor. Instead, John knows who he is. He knows his place as forerunner. Because John knows who Jesus is. “I have seen and testified that he is the Son of God.”

A life of humility, a life for others, can be challenging to live. So much of our culture is built around achievement and individualism. We can justify it, too, in pursuit of “greater goods” and higher ideals. In the process, however, we might miss our own participation in the kingdom of God. John, for all of his humility, was not an afterthought. In another Gospel passage, Jesus calls him “the greatest prophet,” even the greatest of men. Why? Because he fulfills the mission given to him by God: to announce the coming of the Messiah. We too are prophets and forerunners. Our witness to the Gospel is meant to point people to Jesus. Consider your own mission this week. To whom are you called to announce the good news of the Son of God?

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MEDITACIÓN EVANGÉLICO

2º Domingo del Tiempo Ordinario
19 de enero de 2020

El anuncio profético de Juan Bautista continua; el domingo pasado con la Fiesta del Bautismo del Señor él decía no merecer desatarle las correas de sus sandalias. Hoy, anuncia otra importante profecía: “Este es el Cordero de Dios, el que quita el pecado del mundo.” Y el Evangelio continúa narrando la grandeza del Hijo de Dios por medio de Juan, quedando su testimonio hasta nuestros días: “Aquel sobre quien veas que baja y se posa el Espíritu Santo, ese es el que ha de bautizar con el Espíritu Santo.” Juan rebela que Jesús es el Cordero de Dios que será sacrificado para el perdón de todos los pecados del mundo y que Él es Dios que bautizará con el Espíritu Santo. También el Evangelio revela dos cosas importantes sobre el Bautismo: el Bautismo con agua nos lava, limpia del pecado, el Bautismo con el Espíritu Santo nos ayuda a conocer íntimamente quien es Jesús. Los Sacramentos son misterios que nos ayudan a relacionarnos y conocer al Cordero de Dios.

La catequesis por aprender de la Liturgia de hoy es que el Bautismo no es un simple evento ritual que hacen los padres al bautizar a sus hijos.  Sino que es el inicio de la jornada de toda la vida; es el proceso de conversión de cada bautizado.  En la Eucaristía, afirmamos nuestra fe en el Cordero de Dios cuando el sacerdote dice, “Este es el Cordero de Dios, que quita el pecado del mundo. Dichosos los invitados a la cena del Señor.” ¿Qué relación existe entre el Cordero de Dios y nuestro Bautismo?

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Live the Liturgy ~ Inspiration for the Week

Our relationships ground and define us. Understanding where we come from, who matters to us, and to whom we have an allegiance all frame and direct our lives. One unchangeable about who we are is that God formed us in our mother’s womb. Unless understanding of ourselves begins with this solid fact about ourselves, our knowledge will always be incomplete. John the Baptist and Jesus knew who they were and where they came from. This allowed them to understand their purpose and express their identity. To whom do you matter? If your primary answer is God then you are on your way to knowing who you are. Each of us has a purpose and mission to fulfill. See God as your strength and get about the business of meeting life’s challenges.

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VIVIR LA LITURGIA ~ INSPIRACIÓN DE LA SEMANA

Nuestras relaciones nos fundamentan y nos definen. Comprender de dónde venimos, quién nos importa y hacia quién tenemos una lealtad todo enmarca y dirige nuestras vidas. Una cosa permanente acerca de quiénes somos es que Dios nos formó en el vientre de nuestra madre. A menos que la comprensión de nosotros mismos comience con este hecho sólido sobre nosotros mismos, nuestro conocimiento siempre será incompleto. Juan el Bautista y Jesús sabían quiénes eran y de dónde venían. Esto les permitió comprender su propósito y expresar su identidad. ¿A quien le importas? Si tu respuesta principal es Dios, entonces estás en camino a saber quién eres. Cada uno de nosotros tiene un propósito y una misión que cumplir. Ve a Dios como tu fortaleza y aplícate en el deber de enfrentar los desafíos de la vida.

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Everyday Stewardship ~ Recognize God in Your Ordinary Moments

Play That One Again

How many times have you sung the church song, “Here I Am, Lord”? If you grew up Catholic and are around my age (still 50!), the answer is more than you can count. The song that quotes various verses of Scripture is sung using guitar, piano, or organ, by cantors and choirs, in traditional and modern churches. It is truly a Catholic greatest hit of the modern Church. The question is how many times when singing the refrain have you really taken to heart what you were singing.

“Here I am, Lord; is it I, Lord? I have heard you calling in the night.” Like the biblical figure Samuel, we are responding to the call of God by asking for clarification that we are indeed the one being called. We then follow up the question with a profound statement: “I will go if You lead me.” It is profound because we are pledging to our God that we are willing to go wherever He wants. We are accepting the challenge put forth in the U.S. Bishops’ pastoral letter, “Stewardship: A Disciple’s Response,” to become mature disciples who respond to the call of Jesus Christ regardless of the cost. We have sung this pledge repeatedly for many years.

We never have any idea what God will call us to do and where to go. Sometimes the request can ask us for quite a lot. Hopefully, we respond like a mature disciple. If not, maybe we should reflect more the next time this song is played. The melody will not allow for the words, “I will see if I am busy and then decide to go if you lead me.” Then again, I don’t want to sing that to God, the source of all life anyway. Do you?

— Tracy Earl Welliver, MTS

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LA CORRESPONSABILIDAD DIARIA ~ RECONOCER A DIOS EN LOS MOMENTOS ORDINARIOS

Tócalo una vez más

¿Cuántas veces has cantado la canción de la iglesia, “Aquí Estoy, Señor”? Si creciste como católico y tienes alrededor de mi edad (¡todavía 50!), La respuesta es más de lo que puedes contar. La canción que cita varios versículos de la Escritura es cantada con guitarra, piano u órgano, por cantores y coros, en iglesias tradicionales y modernas. Es verdaderamente un gran éxito católico de la Iglesia moderna. La pregunta es cuántas veces al cantar el estribillo realmente te has tomado muy en serio lo que estabas cantando.

“Aquí estoy, Señor; ¿Soy yo, señor? Te escuché llamando en la noche.” Al igual que la figura bíblica Samuel, estamos respondiendo al llamado de Dios al pedir una aclaración de que realmente somos los llamados. Luego, seguimos la pregunta con una declaración profunda: “Iré si me guías.” Es profundo porque estamos prometiendo a nuestro Dios que estamos dispuestos a ir a donde Él quiera. Estamos aceptando el desafío presentado en la carta pastoral de los obispos de los Estados Unidos, “La Corresponsabilidad: respuesta de los discípulos,” para convertirse en discípulos maduros que responden al llamado de Jesucristo sin importar el costo. Hemos cantado esta promesa repetidamente durante muchos años.

Nunca tenemos idea de lo que Dios nos llamará a hacer y a dónde ir. A veces, la solicitud puede pedirnos bastante. Espero, respondamos como un discípulo maduro. Si no, tal vez deberíamos reflexionar más la próxima vez que se toque esta canción. La melodía no permitirá las palabras: “Veré si estoy ocupado y luego decidiré ir si me guías.” Por otra parte, no quiero cantarle eso a Dios, la fuente de toda vida de todos modos. ¿Tu sí?

—Tracy Earl Welliver, MTS

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Improvements at All Saints Parish

A special thank you to John Shea and Mike Ledbetter for installing new LED lights in the basement
hallway of the CFL building with motion sensor activated lights.

Mike Ledbetter sealed up some mortar joints at St. Joseph Church where water was getting in and staining the paint. Thanks, Mike!