Holy Spirit

Aha! Do I get it? Did I see it? Hmmm

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Happy new year! We just celebrated some awesome days in the Church: The Nativity of the Lord (Christmas), New Year’s Day/Solemnity of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Mother of God, Solemnity of the Epiphany of the Lord, and the Feast of the Baptism of the Lord. Listen to Fr. DiTomo’s homily for the Feast of the Epiphany by clicking here: http://tinyurl.com/zuu9tro. Become a follower on Sound Cloud!

It’s officially Ordinary Time, but there is nothing ordinary about it! This is the time of regular watering of our faith as we journey toward Lent and the Resurrection.

Our Faith Formation students have been asked to decide on their faith projects, keep coming to classes, complete their lessons, serve at the Family Mass and Dinner, challenged to pray every day during Advent and now look for the ‘sign’ or ‘Epiphany’ in their lives like the star that the Magi followed to find Jesus. Opening the Word has been about the gifts we bring to Jesus and offer the Church community as well as the ‘ordinary’ gifts we bring to the altar during Mass. I used my Morning Prayer to discuss what my ‘offerings’ are every day regardless of the season. I had a gift bag with ‘signs and sayings’ as props.

O Jesus, through the Immaculate Heart of Mary,

 I offer You my prayers, works, joys, and sufferings of this day in union with the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass throughout the world. 3-kings-dmdoherty-2017-jpgI offer them for all the intentions of Your Sacred Heart: the salvation of souls, reparation for sin, and the reunion of all Christians. I offer them for the intentions of our bishops and of all Apostles of Prayer, and especially those of the Holy Father this month. Amen.

Donna’s Morning Prayer
(adapted from the Daily Offering of the Apostleship of Prayer)

We talked about what we can offer Jesus as a gift even if we don’t have gold (king), frankincense (God) or myrrh (man). We offer our big and little prayers, works, joys and even our sufferings and tears to Jesus. Just like the bread and wine we bring to the altar during Mass, Jesus takes them and transforms them into something good, better, beautiful and extraordinary. We ask the Holy Spirit to transform US. I ask that you remind your children that we come bearing gifts following the Light of the World who came to save us. We find him in the Mass!

We talked about the difference between the baptism in the Jordan by John the Baptist and the Feast of the Baptism of the Lord. How we may have gone swimming and tried to see how long we could hold our breath. The people who came to John the Baptist to be baptized were only baptized with water. They went under and came back up breathing in new life. They made confessions of their sins and shortcomings and committed to do better and be better.

John the Baptist warned them that someone was coming ‘greater than I’. Jesus would baptize with the Holy Spirit. There was a sign of the dove who descended upon Jesus and the words of God, “This is my beloved Son, with whom I am well pleased.” And this is echoed during the Transfiguration when God adds, “Listen to Him.”

During the past season and through these Feasts and Solemnities, we ‘see’ there were many signs: Angels, dreams, stars, and then the dove. How does God appear or reveal (epiphany) Himself in our lives? It’s a great discussion and can change the way you see others and the world.

Every week during Opening the Word in Church at the beginning of class they are asked to practice the 4-step prayer. (Say hi, talk about your day, ask for help and say thank you!) Ask them if they remember it! Prayer is a conversation. A student asked why we would tell Jesus about our day or week if he already knows. I said that we often talk to our friends about something that we were both at. Our friends already know what we did and what happened but we talk about it anyway. Reminisce about the meaningful parts, laugh at the silly parts and tear up at the sad ones. Jesus wants us to talk with him and help us carry our burdens. That’s what friends are for. That’s what a Savior is for. Jesus said he would make our burdens light!

Many blessings in the new year, Donna

Calm the storm…get in the boat!

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Mark’s Gospel this week (the full Reading) is all about healing.  Mark 5:21-43

Phone call

Here are a few pointers you could get:

1) ask.

Don’t be shy.  Definitely a message in this Sunday’s Readings.  What have you got to lose?  Just ask.  Jairus is sure that if he asks, Jesus will cure his daughter.  He knows.  How?

2) stay close enough to Jesus to touch His cloak.

The woman who touches Jesus’ cloak has been ill for 12 years!  Numbers always mean something too.  That’s a whole ‘nother take on this event.  12 usually means 12 tribes, that’s everybody.  That’s just one way to look at it.  Scriptures are deep.  They speak to us personally and as a people of God.  No matter how you look at it, 12 years is a long time!  She had to be desperate to touch Jesus cloak without even asking!  Jesus, of course, knows right away and asks her to come forward.  She falls at his feet and he tells her to be at peace and be well!  Her faith had saved her!  So are you waiting on the sidelines for Jesus to show up and cure you?  Take a step of faith and reach out.  He will make your faith stronger!  Just give Him a chance!  Are you staying in touch?

3) have faith—believe and trust.

Faith involves believing and trusting.  But WHO do you believe in and trust?  Faith is not abstract.  Faith involves more than you.  It involves knowing someone (God/Jesus/Holy Spirit) well enough to know that they won’t let you down.  It takes experience.  That’s relationship.  It’s give and take – on both sides.  So how’s your faith?  Does it show?

So,

Jairus believed his daughter would be healed.  He asked.  He believed and he brought Jesus home.  Sometimes, Jesus is just waiting to say, “Little girl (or my child), I say to you, arise!” Healing comes in many forms:  physical and spiritual.  We just need to ask, trust and invite him in. – Mrs. D