St. John Fisher Roman Catholic Church

30 Jones Hollow Road, Marlborough, CT 06447

The leper asked to be made clean (a spiritual healing), not cured of his disease (a physical healing). How odd was that? Not very when you consider to be made clean meant for him rejoining society, being readmitted to Temple worship, and not having to live outside towns and villages.

SermonOnTheMount“What is this? A new teaching with authority.” The people in the synagogue were amazed by what they heard.

What did they mean by “a new teaching with authority” and “not as the scribes”?

You can read any decision of a court, any argument by a lawyer, any encyclical of a pope, or any document of a church council and they are full of quotations or references to something another court decided or another pope or council said. That was how the scribes taught, calling upon past interpretations and insights of respected and famous rabbis.

The O.T. and Gospel readings lend themselves to a talk on vocations, of following God through the encouragement of another as in Eli for Samuel, John the Baptist for Andrew, and Andrew for Simon. We can all nurture each other’s discipleship by pointing out how God enters our lives and accompany one another on the journey of faith.

But, I will go in another direction.

Epiphany 2018

Are you feeling SAD? It is a mood swing a bit like depression that comes upon some people on a regular basis, usually from late autumn through the winter months and begins to go away at the approach of spring and summer, also known as Seasonal Affective Disorder.

Christmas 2017

Luke’s story of Jesus’ birth is so well known that even youngsters can remember its details. It includes a journey from Nazareth to Bethlehem because of a census, no room at an inn, a stable, a manager, swaddling clothes, angels’ song, shepherds, and, of course the baby Jesus, Mary, his mother, and Joseph, his legal father.

Isaiah talks of the anointed one sent by God to bring glad tidings to the poor. John was sent from God (not “by” – a whole other homily) to testify to the light coming into the world. People from Jerusalem sent priests, Levites, and Pharisees to find out who is this man wearing strange clothes and eating an even stranger diet but nonetheless attracting “people of the whole Judean countryside and all the inhabitants of Jerusalem”[1].

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