Feast of St. Boniface, Bishop and Martyr.

Posted in Uncategorized by frtonys on June 5, 2020

Good Morning.Well, hopefully today we will see a reduction of the damage that is taking place in our Nation. Good people have taken to the streets to protest injustice in our society. First and foremost the, the death of an innocent man at the hands of those who are suppose to “protect and serve”. Then it is the frustration of years of injustice on people who are citizens of the “Land of the free and home of the brave”.One of the founding Fathers of our country, Benjamin Franklin, once said, ” Justice will not be served until those who are unaffected are as outraged as those who are.”
Let us pray that this unrest will come to an end and the issues that bought about this unrest will be addressed and resolved.
As for George Floyd, may he rest in peace. Let us keep in mind thought, what Lois McMaster tells us today, “The dead cannot cry our for justice. It is the duty of the living to do so for them.”
May the Good Lord give us Peace!Fr. Vinnie, osf

We all need a little prayer especially in this time!

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Don't ever stop believing


and I ask you, Who is my Neighbor?

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Jesus tells the parable of the good Samaritan in response to a lawyer’s question: “And who is my neighbor?” (Lk 10:29). The lawyer’s question has legal merit. One needs to know who are neighbors, and so under the Law, and who are not. But in the context of love, his question is not relevant. According to Leviticus, love has to extend beyond the people in one’s group. Leviticus 19 insists on loving the stranger as well. For our parable, the lawyer’s question is again misguided. To ask “Who is my neighbor?” is a polite way of asking, “Who is not my neighbor?” or “Who does not deserve my love?” or “Whose lack of food or shelter can I ignore?” or “Whom I can hate?” The answer Jesus gives is, “No one.” Everyone deserves that love—local or alien, Jews or gentile—everyone.

According to Jewish law, the lawyer is responsible for loving those like him and those who are not like him but who live in proximity to him although they are not part of his people, the “children of Israel” as he defined the term. Leviticus does not explicitly require him to love his “enemy” who lives across the border, outside the boundaries of the community. In Jewish thought, one could not mistreat the enemy, but love was not mandated. Proverbs 25:21 insists, “If your enemies are hungry, give them bread to eat; and if they are thirsty, give them water to drink” (Paul cites Prv 25:21–22 in Rom 12:20). Only Jesus insists on loving the enemy: “Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you.” He may be the only person in antiquity to have given this instruction.

The traveler in the parable is stripped, beaten and left half dead in a ditch. He is robbed not only of his possessions, but also of his dignity, his health and almost his life. Luke describes him as having “wounds” (Gk. traumata, hence “trauma”). The lawyer had asked about eternal life—he should rather be worried about those left half dead. And yet half dead is still alive; the man is, despite being naked (as would be a corpse before shrouding) and prostrate, alive. Listeners, identifying with him, can only hope that rescue will come. And because they identify with him, their question—and so our question—is: “Who will help me?”

Just as the fellow in the ditch is revictimized by being labeled a despised merchant or a bad Jew, so too the priest and the Levite receive their share of negative interpretations that go well beyond the justified critique of their failure to act. Stereotypes get in the way. From both classroom and pulpit comes the claim that the priest and the Levite pass by the man in the ditch, because they are afraid of contracting corpse contamination and so violating purity laws. But there is nothing impure about touching a person who is “half dead.” Nor is there any sin involved in burying a corpse; to the contrary, the Torah expects corpses to be interred. The Law, rather, required that both men attend to the fellow in the ditch, whether alive or dead, for one is to “love the neighbor” and “love the stranger” both.

Arguments that read the parable in terms of “uncleanness” or “purity” are made by modern Christians, not by Jesus or Luke. Neither gives the priest or Levite an excuse. Nor would any excuse be acceptable. Their responsibility was to save a life; they failed. Saving a life is so important that Jewish Law mandates that it override every other concern, including keeping the Sabbath (e.g., 1 Mc 2:31–41; 2 Mc 6:11; Mishnah, Shabbat 18:3). Their responsibility, should the man have died, was to bury the corpse. They failed here as well.

The best explanation I have heard for the refusal of the priest and the Levite to come to the aid of the man in the ditch comes from Martin Luther King Jr., who preached: “I’m going to tell you what my imagination tells me. It’s possible these men were afraid…. And so the first question that the priest [and] the Levite asked was, ‘If I stop to help this man, what will happen to me?’… But then the good Samaritan came by, and he reversed the question: ‘If I do not stop to help this man, what will happen to him?’” King went on, “If I do not stop to help the sanitation workers, what will happen to them?” King then went to Memphis, and it was there he was assassinated. There are bandits on the road.

Whatever the motives of the priest and the Levite, King is correct. They, like the lawyer, thought only about themselves, not about the man in the ditch.

The Rule of Three

For Jesus’ audience, and for any synagogue congregation today, the third of the group is obvious. Mention a priest and a Levite, and anyone who knows anything about Judaism will know that the third person is an Israelite. The audience, surprised at this lack of compassion, would have presumed both that the third person would be an Israelite and that he would help. However, Jesus is telling a parable, and parables never go the way one expects. Instead of the anticipated Israelite, the person who stops to help is a Samaritan. In modern terms, this would be like going from Larry and Moe to Osama bin Laden.

The Samaritan’s compassion then becomes, for many of today’s interpreters, the hook by which the sermon functions. In a number of settings, the parable serves as a warning against prejudice; for example, the two who walk by are a pastor and a choir director, while the Samaritan is a gay man, an “illegal immigrant,” a person on parole or any other victim of bigotry. The point in this reading is that “they” are really nice, that “we” sometimes fail in our obligations to help and that “we” too should “have compassion” on those who are mistreated.

But to understand the parable as did its original audience, we need to think of Samaritans less as oppressed but benevolent figures and more as the enemy, as those who do the oppressing. From the perspective of the man in the ditch, Jewish listeners might balk at the idea of receiving Samaritan aid. They might have thought, “I’d rather die than acknowledge that one from that group saved me”; “I do not want to acknowledge that a rapist has a human face”; or “I do not want to recognize that a murderer will be the one to rescue me.”

The lawyer asked Jesus, “Who is my neighbor?” Jesus reframes the question. As Martin Luther King Jr. so eloquently revealed in his sermon, asking the right question is of utmost importance. The issue for Jesus is not the “who,” but the “what,” not the identity but the action. The lawyer is unable even to voice the hated name “Samaritan.” He can only say, “The one doing mercy for him.”

The parable spoke about compassion, but the lawyer read the action as one of mercy. His rephrasing the issue is apt: compassion can be felt in the gut; mercy needs to be enacted with the body. The term may come from Luke, who uses it extensively, but only in the infancy materials, where mercy is an attribute of the divine: For the lawyer, and for Luke’s readers, the Samaritan does what God does. The divine is manifested only through our actions. Therefore, Jesus responds to the lawyer’s observation not with a question and not with a parable, but with an imperative: “Go,” he says, “and you do likewise.”

We do not know what the lawyer did following this parable. Nor do we know if the parable was actually spoken to a lawyer, or if Luke has provided both the opening and closing frame. All we can know is what we, upon hearing this parable in its narrative frame, will do.


The great crowd heard this with delight.

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This passage comes from the end of today’s Gospel.  Jesus just gave a teaching to the crowd and they listened to it “with delight.”  Jesus’ teaching produced much pleasure in their souls. This is a common reaction to the teaching and presence of Jesus in our lives. There are many other scripture references reveal the effects of Jesus’ words and presence in our lives.  His word and His presence in our lives should be pleasurable.

This fact begs the question, “Do I delight in Jesus’ words?” Too often we see the words of Christ as a burden, restriction or limitation to what we want in life. For that reason, we can often see the will of God as something difficult and burdensome. If you find that the Word of God, Jesus’ words, are hard to hear, then you are starting to head down the right road. You are starting to let His Word “do battle,” with the many the many things of the world that ultimately only leave us dry and empty

This is the first step to being able to delight in the Lord and His words.

The good news is that if you can allow His Word to cut through the many unhealthy attachments you have in life, you will begin to discover that you greatly love His Word and delight in His presence. Spend time, today, reflecting on whether or not you truly do allow yourself to be filled with delight in the Lord’s presence and His words. .  Try to let yourself be drawn in.  Once “hooked,” you will seek Him all the more.

Pray Lord, I desire to delight in You. Help me to turn away from the many attractions and enticements of this world. Help me to seek You and Your Word always. In the discovery of Your Word, fill my soul with the greatest delight. Jesus, I trust in You.

Daily Reflection with Bishop Tony Green from Saint John of God

Daily Mass from Saint Jude the Apostle Mission

Father Vinnie is back

Posted in Uncategorized by frtonys on June 4, 2020

Good Morning!!
So, another week is coming to an end and we are still living like we did in weeks past. We see our society trying to come back to something we would call normal, but we know that this pandemic has taught us something we need to keep in mind in the days to come. That little bit of wisdom is WE ARE NOT IN CONTROL! We as humans like to control our environment, our daily lives, our comings and goings.

Acceptance, to this NOW reality, is key as we work to come to some definite solution and end of this pandemic.

I pray you all have a good day.
Peace and All Good!
Fr. Vinnie, osf

Charles Stanley tells us today ; “It is not the trials in your life that develops or destroy you, but rather your response to those hardships.”

Jesus gave us two commandments love the Lord your God above all things and love your neighbor as yourself

Posted in Uncategorized by frtonys on June 4, 2020

Have we forgotten that the commandment of love is the most important in this world because, lack of it is the reason we are in heartbreaking situation we are in today. Lack of love caused the death of George Floyd, lack of love is what caused peaceful protesting to turn into riots and looting. All the evils of this world are brought about by lack of love for God and for our neighbors too. The lack of love is why earthly laws are enacted to prevent a us from hurting one another another.

If we love God, we take care of all that lives on the earth , just as He commanded man during creation. If we love our neighbors, we wouldn’t hurt them physically, socially or psychologically. We would be living in perfect harmony, just the way God intended for us. But, because we do not have love in our hearts, everything else in us and around us falls apart.

Therefore, let us start loving the Lord our God with all our hearts, all our soul and all our mind and loving our neighbors as ourselves, and we will start seeing the world around us changing for the better, with less crimes, murders, plunder of public resources, corruption and other evils brought about by lack of love.

Prayer: Lord God, we love You with all our hearts, mind and soul. We ask You to give us the strength and will to continue loving our neighbors as ourselves, despite any hatred, jealous and malice that we incur. May we not seek revenge because we place all these burdens unto Your able hands. Amen.

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Daily Mass 9am w the Presiding Bishop from St Jude the Apostle Mission

We are called to be PRESENT!

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Our God is a living God

Posted in Uncategorized by frtonys on June 3, 2020

In today’s first reading, his letter to Timothy, St Paul reminds that we should put to action the gifts that God gave us and fan it into flame; that we did not receive the spirit of timidity that makes us afraid to proclaim the gospel and suffer for it.

We received the spirit of love of God and neighbor Christians are called to resist shame and shyness and anything that would put fear in them in the profession of their faith in the word of God.

We should resist any reason to be cowards in faith by avoiding doing the hard and odd jobs for the sake of the faith we received. Our faith teaches us the hope of resurrection of the dead e and that the life after death is an immaterial one but purely of spiritual gain. We do not go there to inherit things of this earth.

This is why Jesus disgraced and silenced the Sadducees who thought that they are clever in inventing mythological nonsense story to rubbish the faith we have in the resurrection of the dead. In heaven we will all live like the angels and praise and worship God and will not concern ourselves with these worldly things that keep unhappy trying to find ways to acquire them. Our God is a living God and would make those who believe in him to live forever on the last day of their earthly existence; this is why Jesus said that he is God of the living not of the dead.


Tuesday of the Ninth Week in Ordinary Time

Readings: 2 Peter Chapter 3 verses 12-15a, 17-18  / Psalm 90 verses 2-4, 10, 14, & 16 / Mark Chapter 12 verses 13-17

For the readings of the Optional Memorial of Saint Marcellinus and Peter, martyrs – 2 Corinthians Chapter 6 verses 4-10 / Psalm 124 verses 2-5, 7B-8A / John Chapter 17 verses 11B-19

Friends, two things that we know are certain in life, are death and taxes. These two things we really have no control over. One is a certain end at some point in time (hopefully peaceful and dignified) and the other we must adhere to in order to help generate enough resources for the communities we live in.

If we are informed well enough to understand that even for the latter that we accept our share in the payment of the tax then we expect the use of our taxes to provide adequate services, i.e. the protection and preservation of life from government services (police, fire, emergency medical assistance, etc.) We have the expectation that services provided will keep us safe and do no harm. They are meant to provide appropriate services for the entire community.  

Friends, we have the understanding to fall in the right ways or order of things. When we rely on our stability in life, what we have rested our souls in, the constancy of God and the example of Jesus, then we can really appreciate the sacredness of all creation. The sacredness of life itself  and all that has been placed in our capable hands.

It is when we violate that special sacredness, that bond of trust with our fellow sisters and brothers, then it is we who have let down humanity. There is a certain level of trust and expectation that shows no room for error. Of, course no system or entity is perfect, mistakes do happen, but not when at the bare minimum the level of what is expected is upheld. I must go to work, in order to eat, I must do my laundry in order to have clean clothes for work. When I come short of what is expected then I enable the system to fail. I contribute to it. I become part of the problem. Even the most basic of things require special attention. Would not life fit that most basic criteria?

This is not meant to humiliate law enforcement. I myself am a retired NYPD Detective. This is for us to ponder our own stakes in this present situation. Where is the disconnect as incidents of this nature in the tragedy of George Floyd continues. Let us look for the stability that lies in our hearts and minds and really take the necessary steps in a peaceful manner to usher a new renewal that benefits all.  

(rev.) michael

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Persistent Widow

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