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Tuesday of the First Week of Advent

Tuesday of the First Week of Advent

Readings: Isaiah Chapter 11 verses 1-10 / Psalm 72 verses 1-2, 7-8, 12-13, 17 / Luke Chapter 10 verses 21-24

Sisters and Brothers I think we need to remember that when we approach God that it may be a good idea that we have to become childlike leaving ourselves open, vulnerable to allow God’s Spirit to enter so we may be able to at least begin to hear God speaking to us. We need not waste so much time trying to approach God with our adult selves with our preconceived notions. When we do that, we stifle our own selves as we hang on to our own agendas.  Preventing the Spirit to be able to work through us.

I think if we can tap into our inner child and approach God with childlike qualities holding on to that inner child, we can embrace God with simplicity, faith, and the opportunity to open our true selves to receive God’s blessing wanting to receive God and to know more of God. If we believe in the example of Jesus, God’s servant, and if we believe in how Jesus came to God and the way Jesus did it, then we will believe in Jesus and in the One who sent him. We too can and will know that this is far beyond us. A child has no care than other to be loved. We want to learn and come to that which will complete us. In the same manner we approach a parent(s) or someone we admire. We will live learning more about the world and in the process learn more about ourselves as we come to God with open arms.

rev. Michael

Monday of the First Week of Advent

Monday of the First Week of Advent

Readings: Isaiah Chapter 4 verses 2-6 / Psalm 122 verses 1-3, 4BCD, & 5-9 / Matthew Chapter 8 verses 5-11

‘Lord I was not worthy to receive you but only say the word and I shall be healed’. Or ‘Lord, I am  not worthy that you should enter under my roof, but only say the word and my soul shall be healed’.

Sound familiar? Whichever words you use, no matter how you say these words, they are the words that are uttered prior to receiving communion. Sisters and brothers in our parish in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, the Parish of Saints Francis & Clare at this time we say, ‘Lord I was not worthy to receive you but you have said the word and I have been healed’.

Friends we come broken and we come full and complete. We come to the table to find ourselves looking to be made totally whole even when we find ourselves incomplete at times. We come to the table for understanding yearning to experience our life in the gift of the Creator in creation of all that is around us, through us and in us through Jesus of Nazareth.

We are worthy! We have been called! Even when we are out of it and not ourselves, Jesus calls us. The table is ready. Come!

+Michael

First Sunday of Advent

First Sunday of Advent

Solemnity of Our Lord Jesus Christ

Thirty-third Sunday in Ordinary Time (Cycle C) November 17th 2019

Feast of the Holy Family

THE FEAST of the HOLY FAMILY  (FIRST SUNDAY AFTER CHRISTMAS)

             The Feast  of the Holy Family  (First  Sunday after Christmas)

Jesus parents were upset when he was missing and when they found him were astonished  but it didn’t diminish their anxiety.  It was interesting that in the Mediterranean culture the father would have been the one to speak. Yet it was Mary who spoke, and Jesus answer was not what was expected of a child at that time.  They didn’t understand his answer and yet treasured in their heart his answer until they would understand that doing what God was asking  is always to be first not what we want.

The  radical commitment that Jesus teaching will later demand of his hearers he as the child Jesus enacts.  He lets us know at this young age that listening to God is the priority. Despite this event Jesus had love and respect for his parents and is an example for all of us when we think we might “know it all”, but he was always open to Gods leading.

God didn’t create our differences by accident, it is to learn how to listen to those differences and be able to compromise, tolerate, honor God and each other and unite us all in this  love.

We have to get our ego’s out of the way and truly humbly do what God is asking. This is hard because we always think we are doing the “right thing”.

God created  us to be  a community, we are all equal.  Yes, we may have “titles” such as president, spouse, lay leader, priest, bishop, child, and the titles go on.

But the most important is that we are all different but  that does not make us better than the other or higher than the other, we are all equal.  We all have gifts that are needed for true community.  Truly listening with the ear of our hearts to one another, no matter who is speaking is what God is calling us to do.

God has infused all of us with divine love, it is within all of us.  We have the power to live in family and community in spite of our differences.  We have been infused with the wisdom to overcome our pride and ego’s.   We have that divine power within not to turn our backs on those who do not think as we do.

We can welcome them with patience and love. 

God is for everyone and wants us to be one. 

Mary and Joseph whose lives in the beginning was very normal but soon was changed.  We too have to realize that life is constantly changing, and nothing stays exactly the same.  Learning to adapt and think outside the box is a gift.  That is the only way we can grow as a family, a community. 

We are so blessed with this loving giving community and that is our treasure and we have demonstrated that we receive new ideas with that same love and giving. 

God is radically inclusive not looking at our actions but our commitment to  God’s will.  It is not always perfect, it is about our love and concern for one another. When in conflict we listen to one another with honest input love and understanding and are able to come to a consensus.  Fear of something different is a danger in our growth as community.   Out of love we learn how to make the best of all situations, and this will unite us.  This will bring us closer.

Like the Holy Family we too will continue to grow in wisdom age and favor .

We are blessed.  AMEN!

+Michael Theogene

CHRISTMAS EVE- THE PARISH OF SAINTS FRANCIS AND CLARE- WILTON MANORS, FLORIDA- FR. VINCENT TREGLIO

Fr. Peter Sanchez- Fourth Sunday of Advent- Parish of Saints Francis and Clare- Wilton Manors, Florida