Friday, January 25, 2013

Third Sunday in Ordinary Time

My Companions pray with me: LORD, we desire so to know You, to love You and to serve You. You have placed this desire in our hearts. At our best, we seek You in all things. Thank you for our companions, those with whom we break bread. Thank you for Your love that kindles our desire for You. Forgive us for the times we have not brought good new to the poor, liberty to captives, sight to the blind, or freedom to the oppressed. Thank You for Jesus and help us to know Him and function more fully in the Body of Christ. May we dance with all your holy people and bring You glory!

Birthdays: Karen Adkins (1/28), Mary Ellen (Lay) Olson (1/29), Colleen Weed. (1/30), Paul Alexander (1/31), Vicki Schnitzer (1/31), John Kane (2/1), Mike DePriest (2/1), Ed Luckett (2/2).

Keeping In-touch:  While presenting "Inside Islam" to the St. Joseph's Mens Group at Nativity, facilitating my Regis' course "Leading Lives that Matter," and reading about the "New Evangelization" focus in our Church, I'm challenged to reflect on my relationship with Jesus and my efforts to share Good News. As much as anyone, I too have the dis-ease of busy-ness. I know I have been graced with a concrete encounter with God (Sacrament) in His Church and in Creation. I hope I have shared and do share the connection of my story with the Story of Jesus!
The week has flew-by: Marge fought-off a bug, we enjoyed some Australian Open matches, and I even played tennis (in a wind tunnel). Our weather is mild; it's almost like Spring. 
The Readings: Third Sunday in Ordinary Time

Some Commentary: Fr. John Foley, S. J.
My comments and an invitation for your comments:  What a joy to remember that we that we need each other: we are members of One Body! Can you imagine Jesus reading this passage from Isaiah with the revelation to himself and all present: C'est Moi!! This is me...This is what I'm called to do! What does the reading say to you?


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Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Second Sunday in Ordinary Time

My Companions pray with me: LORD, may we be Your delight and celebrate all the variety of gifts we have in the one Spirit. As Jesus turned the water into wine, may we be filled with life and bring You glory. Help us begin a new with sorrow for our sins and wonderful expectation of our daily bread. We praise You and thank you in Jesus name.

Birthdays: Julia Brumbaugh (1/22), Molly (Cole) Komon (1/23), Michael Sheeran S.J. (1/24), Edmund V. Lay (1/27).  In Memoriam: Paul Pitzen (1/26/08).

Keeping In-touch:  I'm overloaded with course-work and other "gigs." And Marge keeps plenty busy. Denver has a pall since the last football game. And we're snuggling to keep warm. It's good to be busy and have great expectations.
The Readings: Second Sunday in Ordinary Time

Some Commentary: Fr. John Foley, S. J.
My comments and an invitation for your comments:  What joyous readings we have this weekend! Hopefully we will be enthused with this Good News of "delight," "many gifts in the one Spirit," and wine to celebrate our calling to full life. While everything is so cold & dead these readings and our re-membering Jesus mission beginning again!


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Saturday, January 12, 2013

Feast of the Baptism of the Lord

My Companions pray with me: LORD, we would like you to claim that with us You are well pleased. We want to give you glory by living lives that are filled with Your love. We seek Your mercy for our selfishness and failures. We thank You for all the blessings we have received especially the gifts of health and of companions to share the beautiful creation You shower upon us. Give us all we need and help us to know the abundance of Your love. May we more fully respond to our baptism and live in the glory of Your Kingdom.

Birthdays: Jack Parise (1/7), Cullen Stevens (1/11), Kathy Schaefer (1/15), Mary (Dean) Norton (1/15), Martin Munoz (1/19). In Memoriam: Joseph Himpleman (1/7/60), Elizabeth Lay (1/17/93), Lina Kilday (1/18/58).

Keeping In-touch:  I have missed posting for the celebration of Theotokos, the Mother of God, and for the feast of The Holy Family, but I'm just under the wire for the Feast of the Baptism of the Lord. Sorry for my slacker ways. My laptop computer with all my files for teaching crashed and I had to scurry to have everything ready for the semester. Good News: I could recover what I needed. As of this morning, we have all the Christmas decorations put away, we're keeping warm by the fireplace, and waiting for the Broncos Division Championship Game. It took a day or two to recover from a disappointing Notre Dame loss but life goes on and we reflect again on real life issues. The days grow with a couple more minutes of light and we've scheduled our first four camping trips (through the fourth of July): we plan to celebrate health & a more full life!
The Readings: Feast of the Baptism of the Lord

Some Commentary: Fr. John Foley, S. J.
My comments and an invitation for your comments:  John the Baptist pointed to Jesus as the Christ, the Anointed One who brings the Good News of God's Kingdom among us and the promise of the fulfillment of His Kingdom to come. Let us live like we have heard and experience this Good News.


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