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Offer It Up March 31st


Matthew 20:28

"The Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.

As we walk the journey through Holy Week we listen to the Word, and take to heart the Good News that God is in our midst. Jesus who came to dwell in our midst did so with complete trust in the Father, and out of supreme Love. As we follow him, in whatever way we can at this time, hopefully we do so with open hearts and minds ready to hear him speak to our inmost being, to our heart of hearts.

He came to serve, he willingly accepted death, humiliation, being betrayed by one he loved and selected as one of His 12 close companions. And now he has called you and me to follow his way. Called us to serve rather than be served. He calls us to a lifetime of learning what it means to love and waste ourselves in His loving way of sacrifice and service. Unless a seed falls to the ground and dies it remains just a seed, and never bears abundant fruit.


Today, you will have an opportunity to spend time in adoration, being with Jesus present in exposition, and waiting to be present to you. No need to do anything, say anything, just to spend time in the quiet, being still knowing in faith He is with you, open to Him if He chooses to speak to you. Like the young Samuel, let us be able to say, "Speak Lord, your servant is listening."

Listening, ready to obey to express faith and love in action.

Lord, all things are possible with God. Weak and sinful, I come into your presence Lord, asking that in your mercy you look past my sins, forgive me for abandoning you at times, and for failing to be a light to the world when called to service. Lord, transform me into love.

Deacon


Offer It Up March 30th


John 13:21-33, 36-38
Reclining at table with his disciples, Jesus was deeply troubled and testified, “Amen, amen, I say to you, one of you will betray me.”
The disciples looked at one another, at a loss as to whom he meant. One of his disciples, the one whom Jesus loved,
was reclining at Jesus’ side. So Simon Peter nodded to him to find out whom he meant.
He leaned back against Jesus’ chest and said to him, “Master, who is it?”
Jesus answered, “It is the one to whom I hand the morsel after I have dipped it.”
So he dipped the morsel and took it and handed it to Judas, son of Simon the Iscariot.
After Judas took the morsel, Satan entered him.
So Jesus said to him, “What you are going to do, do quickly.”
Now none of those reclining at table realized why he said this to him. Some thought that since Judas kept the money bag, Jesus had told him, “Buy what we need for the feast,” or to give something to the poor. So Judas took the morsel and left at once. And it was night.

When he had left, Jesus said,
“Now is the Son of Man glorified, and God is glorified in him. If God is glorified in him, God will also glorify him in himself, and he will glorify him at once. My children, I will be with you only a little while longer. You will look for me, and as I told the Jews, ‘Where I go you cannot come,’ so now I say it to you.”

Simon Peter said to him, “Master, where are you going?”

Jesus answered him, “Where I am going, you cannot follow me now, though you will follow later.”
Peter said to him, “Master, why can I not follow you now? I will lay down my life for you.”
Jesus answered, “Will you lay down your life for me? Amen, amen, I say to you, the cock will not crow before you deny me three times.”

Tuesday, the Gospel today allows us to look in on the scene at that last supper. The Word focuses on Peter, John and Judas. Jesus has indicated to the 12 that one of them is about to betray him. John, in his deep love for Jesus is close by him, wanting to be close in anticipation of that mysterious occurrence that was about to be.

John's love for Jesus would be the impetus for him to remain close throughout this painful experience. Peter, he was ready, he said to be with Jesus to the death. Before the rooster crows you will deny be three times Jesus announces to him.


Then, there is Judas, who goes out into the night.


In this Holy Week of 2010 I am now one who must remain or run away. Will I love and like John remain in the Holy Presence. Will I like Peter bow to human respect and deny my Lord?


God protect me from the night! The sin against the Spirit of God is to fail to realize that always there is FORGIVENESS, if we repent of our sins.
May you find a quiet silence, in which to rest, and experience the Lord in power.

Deacon


Offer It Up March 29th


The following is offered as an invitation to enter into the whole of Holy Week, seeking the Lord in the silence and in the gathering of God's people as we enter the whole of the Paschal Mystery.

We begin our thoughts at Bethlehem, the Incarnation, we enter the entire life of the Christ, and finally into the Passion and Death to Resurrection.

May our time with Jesus draw us deeply into the understanding of Life and Death.Deacon

From a Homily by Walter J Burghardt, SJ..Homily 4 from "To Christ I Look"

It's the story of one man--a man now in the twilight of his existence. He is quite content, because his life has been quite exciting. He has seen the world change--change often--and he has been part of it all. He saw the world change when panzers rolled over Poland, Nazi might mangled the Maginot line, Germans goose-stepped inexorably towards Moscow and Stalingrad, the Luftwaffe blitzed London night after night, and it seemed as if the Empire itself would be enslaved. He saw the world change when a horrifying A-bomb mushroomed over Hiroshima and a hundred thousand humans tasted a fiery death.

He saw the world change as two superpowers waged a chillingly cold war, as nuclear fear both endangered the earth and defended it. He saw the world changed by an eye--the eye of a camera--as TV ushered the globe into our pubs and parlors, pictured African apartheid and presidential politics, ballet and the budget, starvation in the sub-Sahara and seduction in the bedroom, Wall Street's Black Monday and the black death of AIDS.

He saw the world changed by the graying of America and the annual destruction of 50 million innocents in the womb, by black power and our first, devastating defeat in battle. He saw the world changed by science from the splitting of the atom to footsteps on the moon, from a heart transplant to birth in a surrogate womb. He saw the world changed by bytes in a computer.

All this he saw and more. But for all the change he saw, one change he missed--the single most important way the world had been changed. Strange, because he was such a good man, so faithful a Christian. He had no false gods; kept Sunday reasonably sacred; cared tenderly for his mother and father, never took what was another's, whether life or wife, wealth or good name; fasted on Fridays in Lent; received Communion during the paschal season; even supported his pastor above the poverty line.

What, then, did he miss?

Holy Week spent with an open heart and an open mind, entered into with all intent to give oneself completely to Christ and to the Father, asking humbly and sincerely for grace to live in the mystery will I am convinced reveal to you what is missed. Come Worship the Lord! Cry out with Joy to the Lord our Savior!

Come in faith and discover what the Lord has for YOU!
And what you have been give for Life in the Kingdom.


Offer It Up March 28th

Palm Sunday


Luke 19:36-38

As he rode along, the people were spreading their cloaks on the road; and now as he was approaching the slope of the Mount of Olives, the whole multitude of his disciples began to praise God aloud with joy for all the mighty deeds they had seen. They proclaimed: "Blessed is the king who comes in the name of the Lord. Peace in heaven and glory in the highest."

Passion Sunday—Palm Sunday.

We begin Holy Week the holiest time of the year for those who look to Christ as the center. How will we enter into this week where we are present to the Paschal Mystery?

Not remembering a week in history, but You Are There. This week we are privileged to enter into the whole mystery of the Kingdom. The shouts of Hosanna of this Sunday soon turn to shouts of Crucify Him! We are there to hear the words, ‘This is my body given up for you’ as we sit in on the Last Supper. ‘As I have done for you do for each other’, we are given the example as the Master washes the feet of His followers.


On Good Friday we join the disciples as we witness the cruel passion of Jesus, and look with sorrow for the sins in our life that merited such love. As we begin this holiest of weeks I pray and ask you to join me that all Christians will be graced with a deep experience of this Holy Mystery that will energize their spirits and voices to shout alleluia, ‘He is Risen!’ on Easter Morn.

Deacon


Offer It Up March 27th


Final week of Lent, and with Palm Sunday we begin that Holy Week when we can truly and should definitely make time to be with the Lord.

Jesus in His word reminds us that the truth will set us free. Immersing ourselves in The Word, we discover a home with God, we learn to listen to God Our Father, and if we learn to trust, we are always at home in The Word.
Our desire is to follow Jesus, to learn how to be obedient that is to listen to God in the events of life and to live as disciples of His Son. During Holy Week, if we desire, we can walk with Jesus from Palm Sunday to the Resurrection. We will be with him shouting Hosannas as he enters Jerusalem; we will be in crowd shouting ‘Crucify him’ on Good Friday, after having celebrated the Passover with Him on Holy Thursday. If we truly open ourselves to the Scriptures these final days, and enter into the Passion, Death and Resurrection of Jesus, will it not affect our lives?


The last three Sundays we prayed the Scrutinies with the folks in the RCIA process as they prepare to celebrate Baptism, Confirmation, and Eucharist this Easter. We too should be examining our lives and finding those attitudes, behaviors, failures, that are in need of conversion. The Kingdom of God is at hand. How many of us will have no time to enter? So often we hear excuses—I can't make it, I have to do this, that, the other… not even God will demand we do something... free will is an amazing gift.

It enables each of us to choose heaven or hell.

Deacon


Offer It Up March 26th


Roman 5:7-8

Indeed, only with difficulty does one die for a just person, though perhaps for a good person one might even find courage to die.But God proves his love for us in that while we were still sinners Christ died for us.

There are times in life when we try to help someone in need and it backfires on us.It’s hard to admit it, but those are the times that we tend to say something like, “I will never lift another finger to help that person again.”Sometimes we help them again anyway; other times we work hard to avoid the person.

Then, there are those times that we love someone so deeply that we are willing to say, “I would go to the ends of the earth for you or I would even die for you.”And, it’s hard to admit it, but do we really mean it?I’m sure there are some relationships for which it is true and then there are those relationships that don’t last and we are forced to rethink that statement.

The beauty of God’s love for us is that He was willing to send His Son to die for us even though we ARE one of those people to Him.How often have we turned our backs on Him or let something else in life get in the way of our relationship with Him?Aren’t we truly fortunate to have such a loving and constant Lord and Savior?His love for us does not change or get lost in the flurry of life’s activities.When we ignore Him or put Him on the back burner of life, He is patiently standing there and waiting for our return. lgboyd

Come, let us bow down in worship;
let us kneel before the LORD who made us.
For he is our God,
and we are the people he shepherds, the flock he guides.

Psalm 95:6-7


Offer It Up March 25th


Road Ahead

Prayer Wisdom

from Thomas Merton

"My Lord God, I have no idea where I am going.

I do not see the road ahead of me.

I cannot know for certain where it will end.

Nor do I really know myself,

and the fact that I think I am following your will

does not mean that I am actually doing so.

But I believe that the desire to please you

does in fact please you.

And I hope I have that desire in all that I am doing.

I hope that I will never do anything apart from that desire.

And I know that if I do this

you will lead me by the right road,

though I may know nothing about it.

Therefore I will trust you always

though I may seem to be lost

and in the shadow of death.

I will not fear, for you are ever with me,

and you will never leave me to face my perils alone."


A day to celebrate. The Solemnity of the Annunciation.

Rejoice!

Praise God in thanksgiving for what he has done for us as we reflect on all this feast means for God's creation. Mary said YES! and that the Word became flesh.

"In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God." With Mary's yes to the angel Gabriel, The Word took flesh and pitched his tent among us. God the Son, emptied himself and became man, obediently accepting his creature-ness even unto death. The immortal God became man and as man would die, yet he remained in his Divine nature God.

The great mystery of the God-man fully man, fully God diminished neither in his Godly nature nor was he diminished in his human nature. As God he became man to renew humanity after the Fall....
He took on human nature without sin and remained sinless. In his time on earth he revealed to man the Kingdom, the Reign of God. He lived his human life absorbed with accomplishing the will of the Father. Isn't it great that this feast comes on the eve of Holy Week? It provides the opportunity to reflect on the mystery of the incarnation and lead into the fullness of Paschal Mystery.

Today, we make time to sit in silence and talk and listen to Mary and Jesus. They will reveal the wonders of God if we are trusting and open to what they long to do for us. Find some quiet moments today and invite Mary, Jesus, and if you desire Joseph into your prayer.

Be with them, dialog with them let them be a part of your prayer life.

Deacon