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THIRD SUNDAY OF ADVENT- FR. VINCENT TREGLIO- PARISH OF STS FRANCIS AND CLARE

SATURDAY OF THE SECOND WEEK OF ADVENT

SATURDAY OF THE SECOND WEEK OF ADVENT

Inclusive Lectionary reading: Sirach Chapter 48 verses 1-4, 9-11 / Psalm 80 verses 2AC & 3B /  Matthew Chapter 17 verses 9A, 10-13.

Are we prophets in our time? Has any of us felt that the things we say have fallen on deaf ears? When is our time, are we listening?  Do we need to be continually challenging ourselves and others? Do we come to restore all things or are we those who cause a hindrance to the community? How does our presence bring the peace of Christ in our midst? A lot to ponder during this time of waiting.  Be blessed.

(rev.) Michael Theogene

FRIDAY OF THE SECOND WEEK OF ADVENT

FRIDAY OF THE SECOND WEEK OF ADVENT

Inclusive Lectionary reading: Isaiah Chapter 48 verses 17-19 / Psalm 1 verses 1-4, & 6  Matthew Chapter 11 verses 16-19.

Friends, we are never really satisfied, are we? It is so much easier for us to point fingers towards others. We blame others for our problems, never really addressing our concerns to ourselves. It’s always everybody’s else’s fault, but mine! Does this sound familiar? It sure does to me. When we point a finger at someone, there are three others pointing back at us. How by our example will we simply show who we are? It is not for the purposes of trying to prove to people who we are, if so then we missed the point. It is by our example by being living witnesses of Gods word, and by this then we are made blameless in the sight of God. Be blessed.

+ Michael Theogene

THURSDAY OF THE SECOND WEEK OF ADVENT

THURSDAY OF THE SECOND WEEK OF ADVENT

Inclusive Lectionary reading: Isaiah Chapter 41 verses 13-20 / Psalm 145 verses 1 & 9 -13AB  Matthew Chapter 11 verses 11-15.

Sisters and brothers, during this meditation, I wish to briefly tell you of a friend of mine who is suffering from the usual vision loss that most older adults are beginning to have.  Glaucoma, cornea repair, night blindness, macular degeneration and among many others.  This is not necessarily pertaining to my friend but shows what we all possibly may suffer from as we get older. Does this sound familiar? On this day is the memorial of Saint Lucy, virgin & martyr is celebrated is the reason why I bring this friend of mine up. St. Lucy’s cause, if you will, was for improved eye sight, better vision. Physical vision! My friend just received surgery in one eye and will receive surgery in the other in the next few days as the first eye heals. I myself, never having any eye conditions as such, I can only imagine the fear of only being able to use one eye as he has found challenging. Balance issues and all of the sought. The same with those among us who at birth or at a later time who have lost their ability to fully see, physically.

 However, as it has been said, as you lose the ability of one of the senses, your other ones become heightened. So, if we had lost the ability to see, would our hearing take over to a certain extent?  

Who is the person or persons that we have seen or heard about in our lives that have lost the ability to function in an area of their lives, and have responded be something greater than they already are? To be not only great, but spectacular? As Jesus was possibly a disciple of John worshiping in the same community, who’s name do we call out? To be a prophetic voice may not be for everyone, but we all have a voice to a certain extent. Also, without passing the buck, who calls out our name?  Will our voice be heard and remembered as we challenge others and ourselves? Who sees and hears us? Who really sees and hears the  message of God we are proclaiming through whatever it is we learned to compensate for in our lives.

(rev.) Michael Theogene

Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe- Fr. Vincent Treglio of Sts. Francis and Clare

TUESDAY OF THE SECOND WEEK OF ADVENT

TUESDAY OF THE SECOND WEEK OF ADVENT

Inclusive Lectionary reading: Isaiah Chapter 40 verses 1-11 / Psalm 96 verses 1-3 & 10AC, 11-13 /  Matthew Chapter 18 verses 12-14.

 

Who in our lives have we dropped everything for? Have we ever reached out to find a teacher or friend in our past who made a difference in our lives? When have we reached out for the one? Sisters and brothers, we have to remember that sometimes in our lives we have to be mindful that the one person who may be missed, neglected, suffering, or forgotten among us needs to be recognized. We need to be the light that leads them out of the darkness. If we have their permission, and if appropriate, we can help guide those among us who may not only be lost, but forgotten, bullied, those suffering from mental and emotional illness, and those lonely who have no one to turn to.  Sometimes the need of the one can outweighs the needs of many.  Others in society may have a different opinion about who are worthy. Society has created a “throw away” culture for who they decide do not fit in.   What happened to  “we are all children of God”?  God is in everyone not just who we decide.

+ Michael Theogene

MONDAY OF THE SECOND WEEK OF ADVENT

 

Inclusive Lectionary reading: Isaiah Chapter 35 verses 1-10 / Psalm 85 verses 9A & 10, 11-14 /  Luke Chapter 5 verses 17-26.

Sisters and brothers, when in our lives have, we felt that we needed to have someone’s attention? Did we feel that, maybe at that time not one person was giving us the due attention that we felt we deserved? Why isn’t anyone listening to me? Sisters and brothers sometimes when we receive a little attention or praise , that can lift up our spirits. We have to be mindful that we can sometimes feel that we may be rejected or feel that we are those that society may turn away. If we are made aware, when putting our egos aside, that  we can live life without waiting for the approval of those around us.  We sometimes wait to hear, as it may be, for someone to  tell us that its okay to start or do a particular thing. And when we do this, why do we so easily give our lives up to someone else? Why don’t we give up our lives so easily to God? Why is that so difficult? If we come out of ourselves and stop focusing on getting noticed and give attention to those in our families, at work, or wherever, that can make all the difference. A little uplift to others can go a long way, helping someone help themselves, without sulking on the all about me but making true awareness to be able to praise God.

(rev.) Michael Theogene

 

SOLEMNITY OF THE IMMACULATE CONCEPTION OF THE BLESSED VIRGIN MARY

Inclusive Lectionary Text

Genesis Chapter 3 verses 9-15, 20 / Psalm 98: 1, 2-3AB, 3CD-4 / Ephesians Chapter 1 verses 3-6, 11-12 / Luke Chapter 1 verses 26-38

 

What an inspiration Mary is in so many ways.  A woman of great faith willing to say “yes” to the unknown.  A true leader to follow, a feminist who paved the way for the future.  Are we willing to say that unconditional “yes”? I think of those who are married, parents, teachers, the ordained, and many others. What was our “yes” moment in our lives that enabled us to make a difference in ourselves or for society? Be blessed!   

+ Michael Theogene

THURSDAY OF THE FIRST WEEK OF ADVENT

 

Inclusive Lectionary reading: Isaiah Chapter 26 verses 1-6 / Psalm 118 verses 1, 8-9, 19-21, 25-27A /  Matthew Chapter 7 verses 21, 24-27.

 

Is the foundation of you soul on sand or solid rock? Do you easily crumble when you are faced with a crisis and forget that God has your back?  Do you think because you don’t feel God’s presence that God has deserted you?   Just a reminder, faith is believing in what we do not see.  What is your spiritual foundation?   Something to ponder. Blessings!

+Michael Theogene

It’s Not the Money!

Posted in christian, Christianity, gospel, homily, inspirational, John Chapter 2, Money, Uncategorized, Value by Rev. Martha on March 3, 2018

3rd Sunday of Lent 3-4-18

Readings: Exodus 20:1-17; Ps 19: 8-11, 1 Corth 1:22-25; John 2: 13-25

I strongly suspect that Jesus’ attitude about money and the accumulation of wealth was very different from the attitudes prevalent in America today.  Remember that Jesus was an itinerary preacher in the 1st Century in Judea – or as we know it, Israel.  We know that he owned no property and seemly had nothing more than the clothes on his back.  In Matthew 8:20, he says, “Foxes have holes, and birds of the air have nests; but the Son of man has nowhere to lay his head.”   He said that in the context of the price of discipleship.  In other words, he had made a choice.  He could have decided to be a craftsman.  Current scholars think that Joseph was not just a crude carpenter, but a skilled artisan who might have worked on some of the larger Roman buildings of the day.  It would have been a good paying job, a respected occupation with steady work.  Jesus was never shy to tell us that discipleship is a choice, and there were social and economic costs associated with discipleship.

But while Jesus did not choose to pursue money, he was fully aware of the cost of what money can do to us. He carefully seemed to avoid having any money at all.  Remember when, in Matthew 17: 24-27, the collectors of the temple tax approached Peter about Jesus paying the tax.  Jesus tells Peter to catch a fish, and Peter finds a coin that will be enough to pay the tax for himself and Jesus.  I doubt that Jesus’ clothing had pockets at all.

When Jesus watched the people make their contributions in the temple, Mark 12: 41-44, he remarked, “…this poor widow has put in (two pennies), more than all those who have given (greater amounts) to the treasury; for they all put in out of their abundance, but she out of her poverty put in all that she had, her whole livelihood.” He was not impressed with the amount of money which was given, but rather the sacrifice.  Jesus knew that 2 cents is more than $1,000 when it is all you have.

And finally, in Matthew 22: 20-22, the Pharisees attempted to trap Jesus by asking if it was lawful to pay the Roman census tax. His reply was, ““Render therefore to Caesar the things that are Caesar’s, and to God the things that are God’s.” You may say that we owe everything to God, or that that we should pay our taxes, but however you choose to interpret this brilliantly vague response, you know that Jesus was not awake nights worried about money or taxes. Money did not make his top 10 list of important things in life.

With all this being said, I find it hard to focus on the way the money changers in the temple exchanged currency. No doubt they were charging unfair rates.  The historical writings from the 1st century record the political and financial maneuvering and bribes that went into being given permission to have one of those merchant stalls in the temple.  That part of the story would be understandable, at least to us, despite being rather despicable.  Still, it was the same as bank fees and exchange rates for currency in much of our world.  So what was it that set Jesus off?

What was the gross sin of the money changers and the sellers of sheep, oxen and doves? Well, where were they doing business?  For that you need to know something about the temple.  The Outer Court of the Temple in Jerusalem allowed anyone to come in and pray and learn about God.  Only here could Jews converse with non-Jews and foreigners without being ritually unclean.  Only here could faithful Jews tell others about their God, their faith, and beliefs.  It was a place where what we call “evangelism” could take place.  Instead, the noise and the ruckus of the animals and the shameless profiteering prevented any serious conversation or meditation.

The merchants were not only stealing money from people by their excessive rates, but more importantly, they were stealing the knowledge of God from people who had come to learn. They were preventing people from coming to know God, and from praying.  Jesus told us in Luke 19: 10, “For the Son of Man came to seek and save those who are lost.”  So the sin of the merchants was to purposely prevent The Mission of God’s son.  The sin was to, for a little money, come between God and his children.  In Matthew 18:6, we find this description of the sin: “If anyone causes one of …those who believe in me…to stumble, it would be better for them to have a large millstone hung around their neck and to be drowned in the depths of the sea.” No wonder Jesus was so angry.

We have a much larger “Court” than the Outer Court of the Temple where we can pray, and meditate, and talk about God with those who are seeking the divine.  We have much of our nation where it is permissible to talk with people who want to learn, to have their questions answered.  It is a wonderful privilege.  It, of course, is also a responsibility.  How do we present God?  Such conversations have recently felt more polarized, more political.  God, of course, is not political.  God is a God of love for the poor, a defender of children and those who are unable to provide for themselves.  God is the healer of the broken-hearted, those who have been used and abused.  God is not a God of religion, but a God of faith and trust and truth.   Are we ready to have these conversations in a tender way, with the attitude of a servant of God?

Many thanks to BJ on The River Walk blog for this perspective.