Thursday, October 19, 2017

THE CLOSED DOOR


Gospel Reading: Matthew 25:1-13

Jesus likes to talk about weddings. Today He tells us about waiting for the bridegroom to arrive so that the wedding feast could begin. Even though the groom was delayed, they were to be ready for his arrival and escort him into the wedding feast.

Five of them, however, are not ready. They had time to get ready! But they didn't feel the sense of urgency to do it the right away and were locked out of the feast. They begged to be let in. A voice replies. "Certainly not! I don’t know you." What a disturbing end to Jesus’ story! Those who thought they had it all worked out thinking that the others were just too serious and neurotic, in the end were the foolish ones locked out. What can we learn from this story of Jesus?

 Jesus, the bridegroom, is coming. We don’t know precisely when, but He is definitely returning. It's clear that Jesus’ return has been delayed. The Apostles thought Jesus would come back during their lifetime. This parable of Jesus is all about waiting, being ready!

Jesus is telling us that God has graciously given this time of waiting so that everyone has a chance to get ready. He is delaying his return to give the church, you and I, time... to give every person in our Mass of the Air community a chance to hear about Jesus and to respond to the Good News.  If you are a lapsed Christian or you don’t know Jesus and what He is offering then now is the time to do something about it.

For all sorts of reasons people stop going to church until eventually God has stopped being part of life. Faith is forgotten and children grow up without anyone showing them who God is. The words of Jesus in this parable shout at us saying that leaving everything to one day in the future may be just too late. "Watch out because you do not know when I will return," he says.

We will always be a lot like those foolish women and be less committed and prepared than Jesus requires. We are sinners and can’t help ourselves. So we turn to Jesus, we ask for His help, His forgiveness for our failure to be a committed disciple waiting for his return. And it is only because of Jesus that we will end up on the right side of the closed door.

It is written no eye has seen, no ear has heard, no mind has conceived the things God has prepared for those who love Him.

We ask Jesus to keep us alert to living as members of His family, to forgive the times when we say "Someday I’ll get around to it".

Preached by Deacon Gerry Mattingly on the Mass of the Air to be broadcast on November 12, 2017

Monday, October 9, 2017

PRAY ~ HOPE ~ AND DON'T WORRY!




Phillipians 4:6-9

Collectively and individually as a nation we seem to be in a constant state of worry. And to be honest there is a lot for us to worry about as a nation.

But you know... How many of you here this morning believe that life would be improved if you spent more time worrying? How many people here would like to be free from everything that causes you to worry? Whether worry is a constant part of your everyday life; whether you experience worry as only a slight distraction or something that completely paralyzes you, I feel confident in saying that we would all like to worry less.

  Perhaps the only exceptions are those who seem to be happy when they’re miserable. We worry if we don’t have a job; if we have a job we worry about keeping it. We worry if we are sick; If we are healthy, we worry about getting sick. We worry that our children are never going to leave home; When they do leave home, we worry about them. Someone said, "I have so many worries that if anything happens to me today it will be two weeks before I can get around to worrying about it."

The amazing thing about worry, and we know this from experience, that only a fraction of the things we worry about ever turn out to be real concerns. Most of the time, we worry about things that will never happen or about things in the past that we can never change.

What is this emotion we call worry, anyway? To put it simply... worry is a lack of peace. That’s why we toss and turn in bed at night when something is worrying us. We lack peace because from where we stand it seems that things are beyond our control. We are anxious because we feel helpless and powerless to help ourselves and change things. In Paul's letter to the Philippians today. He gives them and us... this piece of advice. Don’t worry..Pray to God. God’s peace will fill your life.

Let’s face it, we will struggle with worry and anxiety for the rest of our lives. And God knows it!! He knows that we often got all uptight over things that we should simply place into His hands and be at peace. He sent Jesus into the world for exactly those times when we worry instead of looking to God for help.

Jesus came to forgive worriers and to assure them that even their lack of trust in God is forgivable. God’s attitude toward us and His love for us doesn’t change. He holding us tightly, especially in those times when we are worried. Let us praise and thank God that there is no problem too big or too difficult for God to handle. What is there to be anxious about? God's in control. Peace in the face of our problems' is just a prayer away.

I do Communion Services at the Seneca Place Nursing Facility on Dutchman's Lane in Louisville on Wednesdays I was in a lady's room this past Wednesday I saw this bumper sticker laying on her table. I said Ms. Kaufman this is the exact message of my homily this weekend can I borrow it, I'll bring it back. I guess she could see I really wanted it She said... no Honey that's OK you can have it.

It's a saying from Saint Padre Pio PRAY, HOPE AND DON'T WORRY!

It's Padre Pio's message It's St. Paul's message It's God's message and it's my message to you today! PRAY, HOPE AND DON'T WORRY!

Preached at Saint Francis Xavier Parish, Mount Washington, Kentucky on October 8, 2017 

Monday, September 11, 2017

FORGIVE AS YOU ARE FORGIVEN...

HELP FOR THE HURTING NEWSLETTER

Living with grief, divorce or a hurting marriage is difficult . . . below are some programs that can help.
Grief Support Program
New Sessions Going On Now!

Mourning the loss of someone you love is never easy . . . but there is hope!
 You are invited to a 10 week group process which will focus on the tasks of grief. You do not have to navigate this alone.
Join us in the Spirituality Center at St. Margaret Mary Parish, 7813 Shelbyville Rd, Louisville, KY 40222 located across from Oxmoor Mall for either of the following sessions:

Thursdays 6:30 - 8:00 pm
September 7 through November 9
OR
Sundays 3:30 PM - 4:45 PM
September 10 through November 12
(If you attend the Sunday session you are invited to stay for the 5:00 PM Mass immediately following.)
Contact Denise Ruiz at (502) 426-1588   or at druiz@stmm.org for more information. The event is free and open to anyone in need, although a $10 donation is being asked from everyone if possible.
DivorceCare Program at Our Lady of Lourdes Parish
Going On Now!


Journey Of Hope Divorce Care MinistryGoing On Now!

"Divorce is a detour, not a dead-end."

Do you know someone who is struggling with the pain of divorce?
The Journey Of Hope divorce care program is a proven means of providing hope and healing through the teachings and the sacraments of the Catholic Church.

A new 15 week session of the program is currently underway at St. Joseph Parish in Bardstown, KY. 

Meetings will be held in the Maloney Room on Thursdays from 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM weekly.

For further information or to see the weekly topic schedule please check out https://www.archlou.org/journeyofhope, email us at family@archlou.org or call Henry at (502) 349-2922.

Even if you might not be able to attend every week for the complete series, please consider coming as your schedule permits - the program is of amazing help either way!


Retrouvaille - Help And Hope for Struggling Marriages

Upcoming Local Weekend - September 15-17, 2017



  
Do you have little or no communication in your marriage? Are you actively thinking about separation or divorce or are you already separated or divorced but want to try again? Retrouvaille, a proven effective, peer ministry for hurting marriages consists of a weekend experience and six additional four-hour-long Post Weekend sessions.
Space is still available for the next Louisville Retrouvaille weekend on September 15-17, 2017.
For more information or to register for an upcoming weekend, call (502) 476-3329 or 1-800-470-2230 or check out Retrouvaille's website www.HelpOurMarriage.com!
Registrations are accepted on a space-available basis and confidentiality is assured.
Check out the Retrouvaille informational video on YouTube!
The attached newsletter is published by the Archdiocese of Louisville's Family Ministries Office and is made possible through your generous donations to the Catholic Services Appeal

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Tuesday, September 5, 2017

THE RAINBOW MAN AND JOHN 3:16

REFLECTION: MATTHEW 18:15-20






 23rd SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME
 SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 10, 2017

GOSPEL READING: Matthew 18:15–20

Jesus said to his disciples: “If your brother sins against
you, go and tell him his fault between you and him alone.
If he listens to you, you have won over your brother. If he
does not listen, take one or two others along with you, so
that ‘every fact may be established on the testimony of two
or three witnesses.’ If he refuses to listen to them, tell the
church. If he refuses to listen even to the church, then treat
him as you would a Gentile or a tax collector. Amen, I say to
you, whatever you bind on earth shall be bound in heaven,
and whatever you loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven.
Again, amen, I say to you, if two of you agree on earth about
anything for which they are to pray, it shall be granted to them
by my heavenly Father. For where two or three are gathered
together in my name, there am I in the midst of them.”

PRAYER: Listen now as Jesus comes before you and says, “If your brother sins against you, go and tell him his fault between you and him alone.” As you hear those words, is there someone you believe has “sinned against you”? Have you done as Jesus commands by telling this person how you feel, or are you harboring secret ill will? How do you respond to Jesus?

RESOLUTION: Consider the people in your life whom you may need to forgive. Make a plan to talk with them in order to resolve your differences.