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Thirteenth Sunday Cycle B

July 1, 2012
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Thirteenth Sunday Cycle B


Do we live each day as though we really now Jesus and God's great  mercy and love for each of us?

We often forget that we, along with all of humanity,  have been created to live forever.  We can so easily forget this and live like we only have today and we must get all we want to be happy now.

This Sunday, we can focus, not only on our life today, but the fact that God wants to give us the free gift of eternal life everyday.

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The first reading from the Hebrew Scriptures assures us of this.

There is even more, because we often don't believe that God wants life for us, and so we choose daily death, which is called sin.



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This Sunday's gospel talks of healing, and we usually think of bodily healing.  Recall that, for the ancient people, physical illness or physical problems were thought to be caused by sin.  


Therefore, the most important healing God could give  was not healing of the body, but of our soul. 

Do you want this healing?

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Like the woman in the gospel, we need to reach out to Jesus and touch his garment. That means to know our sin, no matter how great or small and reach out for his healing, his mercy daily and we can be healed and begin eternal life today.

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In the second reading, Paul give the Christian Community in Corinth a look at what is eternal life. That certainly involves our treatment of others. For most of us, at times we fail at this, and we die spiritually and then even refuse the gift of life. We  make excuses for our sin saying things like: No one would put up that person or that person has not got it together or it's not me, it that person who drives me to sin, etc

As we go through the week let's pray for the gift of conversion, that is to be able to see our sins, our moments of death and not blame others, but to have the courage to reach out to Jesus,the one who is always ready to heal us, and bring us from daily death back to life.

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Reach out

Touch His garment!


The Nativity of Saint John the Baptist - Solemnity-Saturday Evening Vigil Mass

When this Solemnity of Saint John the Baptist falls on Sunday, it takes
precedence over the Sunday of Ordinary Time.  Immediately we should
recognize that this solemnity is very important for the Church and should
have some importance for us.


Because I usually celebrate the Sunday Vigil mass (Saturday evening) I commented on the readings for that mass, and this weekend we celebrate, not the 12th Sunday, but

the Solemnity of St. John-Baptist

If you attend the Solemnity of St. John-Baptist on Sunday, my comments I hope, will still have meaning for you.


If you attend Eucharist on Sunday click here to review the readings

 Saturday Vigil Mass Readings are below after my comments

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 Zechariah and Old Barren Elizabeth with Child-John the Baptist


 How does God work?


We all want God to work in ways that we understand.  

When we make a request of God, we want Him to respond in a way that we can understand.

Call of Jer


In the first reading we hear that God has called the boy Jeremiah and told him to make God present to others.  

Why did God select a boy?  Why did God not listen when Jeremiah said he was too young and did not know how to speak about God?  Strange isn't it?



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Then we hear in the Gospel, how God will bring about the Birth of St. John the Baptist.  Zechariah cannot believe what he is told by a messenger from God.  How could it possibly happen; his barren old wife become pregnant with child?  Impossible.





How does God work in your life?  If you think about it, He probably works in ways that seem strange.  He works in ways that you may not understand at the time, but when you look back you can see that God was at work.

At our Baptism you and I were called by God, just as Jeremiah was, and we were chosen to make God present to others in our life each day.  Today, in those difficult times, when we encounter difficult situations, do we make God present through our patience, our compassion, our understanding, our forgiveness, etc?  



Or are we at times like Jeremiah giving excuses?  Or are we like Zechariah, who cannot believe how God will work?

Well, I'm sorry, but you and I are called everyday, in every situation, to make God present for others,  just as Jeremiah was called to do.



Why are we afraid?  Why do we hesitate to say yes to God's call?

In the letter from St. Paul t
Photo Jun 16, 9 47 15 AMhat we hear today, the primitive Christian community was given courage and to again recognize that they were to make God present to others.




Perhaps this week is a good time to watch and see how the Lord will call us to make Him present to others, and more likely than not, He will do this in ways that seem strange or unusual to use.  Be Ready!!!


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Birth of St. John the Baptist




 Saturday Mass Reading for Solemnity of the Birth of St. John the Baptist.

Jeremiah 1:4–10

In the days of King Josiah, the word of the LORD came to me, saying:

Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, before you were born I dedicated you, a prophet to the nations I appointed you.

“Ah, Lord GOD!” I said, “I know not how to speak; I am too young.” But the LORD answered me, Say not, “I am too young.” To whomever I send you, you shall go; whatever I command you, you shall speak. Have no fear before them, because I am with you to deliver you, says the LORD.

Then the LORD extended his hand and touched my mouth, saying,

See, I place my words in your mouth! This day I set you over nations and over kingdoms, to root up and to tear down, to destroy and to demolish, to build and to plant.

1 Peter 1:8–12

Although you have not seen Jesus Christ you love him; even though you do not see him now yet believe in him, you rejoice with an indescribable and glorious joy, as you attain the goal of your faith, the salvation of your souls.

Concerning this salvation, prophets who prophesied about the grace that was to be yours searched and investigated it, investigating the time and circumstances that the Spirit of Christ within them indicated when he testified in advance to the sufferings destined for Christ and the glories to follow them. It was revealed to them that they were serving not themselves but you with regard to the things that have now been announced to you by those who preached the Good News to you through the Holy Spirit sent from heaven, things into which angels longed to look.

Luke 1:5–17

In the days of Herod, King of Judea, there was a priest named Zechariah of the priestly division of Abijah; his wife was from the daughters of Aaron, and her name was Elizabeth. Both were righteous in the eyes of God, observing all the commandments and ordinances of the Lord blamelessly. But they had no child, because Elizabeth was barren and both were advanced in years. Once when he was serving as priest in his division’s turn before God, according to the practice of the priestly service, he was chosen by lot to enter the sanctuary of the Lord to burn incense. Then, when the whole assembly of the people was praying outside at the hour of the incense offering, the angel of the Lord appeared to him, standing at the right of the altar of incense. Zechariah was troubled by what he saw, and fear came upon him. But the angel said to him, “Do not be afraid, Zechariah, because your prayer has been heard. Your wife Elizabeth will bear you a son, and you shall name him John. And you will have joy and gladness, and many will rejoice at his birth, for he will be great in the sight of the Lord. John will drink neither wine nor strong drink. He will be filled with the Holy Spirit even from his mother’s womb, and he will turn many of the children of Israel to the Lord their God. He will go before him in the spirit and power of Elijah to turn their hearts toward their children and the disobedient to the understanding of the righteous, to prepare a people fit for the Lord.”


Click here to see another homily note on the reading for the Sunday celebration of John the Baptist

Diocese of Orange Priest Retreat 2012


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Our annual retreat for all the priests of the diocese is a time for prayer, meditation, learning, and renewal.  Our times together in chanting the Divine Office, concelebrating the Eucharist with our Bishop, listening to our conference speakers, are always a special time for me.




Diocese of Orange Priest Retreat 2012Special Guest Speakers



Diocese of Orange Priest Retreat 2012


The La Quinta Resort with all of its history is a great environment for a retreat.  The quiet of the desert adds to the atmosphere of the retreat

Diocese of Orange Priest Retreat 2012Daily Mass Together

Diocese of Orange Priest Retreat 2012

Beginning each day with breakfast outside in the warmth of the morning sunrise.

Solemnity of the Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ

Cycle B
June 10, 2012

Click here to review the readings


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Sometimes is can be a little difficult to really understand the importance of the Body and Blood of Christ.  The readings of this Sunday can be a help.  For most ancient people, blood was seen as the giver of life, and many cultures of the past have used blood as an offering to whatever deity they hold dear.


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In the first reading of this Sunday Moses, who has lead the Chosen People out of the slavery of Egypt and on to the Promised Land, now tells them the Lord God wants to make a promise, a pact, a covenant with them, and He gives them ordinances to follow, and the people say yes.  Moses uses blood to seal this covenant between God and his people.  So early on we see the importance of blood.

In Paul's letter to the Hebrews once again the importance of blood and its cleansing effect.  Paul says that the priests of the Hebrew  Scriptures use blood of sheep and goats to take away sin and they do it again and again, year after year.  Paul then states how much more the blood of Christ takes away the sin.

Photo May 31, 2 52 55 PMChrist's offering of His Body and Blood seal the New Covenant with us and God.  Through the one sacrifice of Christ, our sin can be forgiven.  The amazing thing about the Mass, the celebration of Eucharist, is that it makes us a part of the one sacrifice of Christ.  At the moment of Eucharist we are one in time with Christ and His sacrifice of His Body and Blood which takes away sin.


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The Gospel tells us about the celebration of the Eucharist and asks us to continue to use it to make that one sacrific of Christ for the forgiveness of sin present in the world today.  We are one in time with the event of the sacrifice of the body and blood of Christ for the forgiveness of sin.  This is the sealing of the New Covenant with the sacrifice of Christ. 

Interesting that when the Jews celebrate Passover, they are not just remembering the past event, but they believe that at the celebration they are one in time with the event.  This is true for us as we celebrate the Eucharist, the Body and Blood of Christ.  The one sacrifice of Christ, which we are a part of through our Baptism,that takes away the sin of the world.

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Give some thought to the importance of the role you have, the next time you are at the Mass, the celebration of the Body and Blood of Christ.