This is a homily by Fr. Paul on the importance of the Word of God in our Catholic Life, and what it means to be a Disciple of Jesus and a fisher or people. The homily is followed by a presentation of a member of our parish council to unveil our new 3 year pastoral plan and parish vision.
Homilia de Padre Carlos y un miembro de nuestra Consejo Parroquial presentando nuestro plan pastoral.
John the Baptist, although Jesus's older cousin, says Jesus existed before him, and that he did not know Him. Although John knew Jesus in a human way, or knew of Him, he did not know Him in the Biblical way, that is intimately, until an encounter with Jesus that allowed him to know Jesus was God. We are similar, we know of Jesus before we know Him as Lord, and Encounter Him and come to Know Him. Then we are called to be like John, that is to testify to what Jesus has done for us and point others to Jesus. This homily includes testimonies about when and how members of the congregation came to Know Jesus as Lord.
How are we saved in Christ? It is not simply that he forgives us of our sins, but in Christ we encounter God, we are touched by God, and God's touch heals us and gives us diving life. God shared in our humanity so we humans can share in His divinity. In Baptism, we are born again, and receive the Holy Spirit. But Sacraments, like Baptism, are not magic, we must surrender to the Holy Spirit, die to self so as to live in Christ. This homily explains salvation, sacraments, baptism, original sin, purgatory, life in the Spirit, sanctification and the spiritual life! Wow that is a lot for 12 minutes! Hopefully these explanations, and images, will help you more easily to surrender to God.
This workshop is a 1 hour presentation that is intended to bring a new comer to the regular monthly workshops up to speed. It is an overview of all the previous workshops rolled into one. It would be best to listen to all the other workshops, but if you cannot, listen to this one.
The journey of the Magi represents our life journey. Drawn by our internal "GPS" (God Positioning System) creation and scripture point us to find Christ as the destination of our life journey; to adore Him as Lord, to offer Him our gifts, and to return "By a different" path. The importance of this question; "Does God Exist" compels us to search, and not like King Herod, refuse to seek the answer; lest the answer may require us to change. After this journey, we are called to be a light, a guide, for others. Happy Feast of the Epiphany!
This is the first title of Mary by the Church, it was to emphasize the divinity of Jesus. Understanding Mary better helps us understand Jesus better and all God has done in Salvation History. Mary is the New Eve, and Jesus the New Adam. Mary is the New Ark of the Covenant, and Jesus the Bread of Life enacts the New and Everlasting Covenant. Mary is Queen and Intercessor, Jesus is King who establishes an everlasting Kingdom. Jesus gave Mary to John as his mother at the cross, in so doing he is offering her to us as our mother, Mother of the Church, and the one who prays that we will grow closer to her Son.