St. John Fisher Roman Catholic Church

30 Jones Hollow Road, Marlborough, CT 06447

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].

The key word of each of those passages is “sent”. And in each case there is a defined purpose.

The anointed one is “bring glad tidings to the poor, to heal the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives and release to the prisoners, to announce a year of favor from the Lord and a day of vindication by our God.”[2] As for John, he is to give testimony that all might believe through him. And, the priests and Levites are to find out exactly who is this man. John began by saying who he is not: not the Christ; not Elijah; and, not the Prophet. Finally John says who he is by quoting from Isaiah. John was true to his mission and vocation, deflecting attention away from himself and focusing of the one who is coming after him.

You and I were anointed at our Baptism; and, most of us again at Confirmation. We are being sent into the world by God to do all of what Isaiah says, each in our own way and time. We, like John, are to testify to the light, Jesus Christ, focusing on what God has done for us with a joy that comes from within, not dependent on the circumstances of our lives which can or cannot leave us happy, but recognizing that joy comes from God our Savior.

 “I rejoice heartedly in the Lord, in my God is the joy of my soul”[3] “My spirit rejoices in God my Savior.”[4]  “Rejoice always.”[5]

That joy was what attracted so many people to the early Church. They wondered in amazement that Christians could be and were joyful even when they were persecuted, ostracized from their families, and were shunned by “good” people in society. What was it that filled them with such joy? And that can be what draws people to faith today.

That leads to a question: How joyful is your faith?

 

3rd Sunday of Advent, Year B, 2017

 

[1] Mark 1:5

[2] Is. 61:1-3

[3] Is. 61:10

[4] Lk 1:47

[5] 1 Thessalonians 5:16

 

Faith Formation Registration ~ 2018-2019

Faith Formation Classes, Grades 1-9 ~ Please register before May 31 (to avoid a late fee)

Registration forms are available HERE or at both of the church entrances.

Please place your completed forms in an envelope marked Faith Formation. Envelopes may be placed in the offertory basket, brought to the church office, or mailed.

Please email Theresa Brysgel at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with any questions.

WildWestCampVACATION BIBLE CAMP

Your child will go back in time to the Wild, Wild West for a Wild Western Adventure Romp! They will enter a world of outlaws, cowboys, frontier games and even some wild animals. I hope many of the children join us on this spectacular adventure right here at St John Fisher Church! This will be an opportunity for kids to explore not only the thrilling Wild West, but also a way to discover a living spiritual relationship with Jesus and learn more about some Bible “outlaws” who chose to follow God and do what’s right. There will be Western themed games, crafts, activities, music and snacks It will be a week of ROOTIN’ TOOTIN” FUN !!!!

Date: August 6-9 Time: 9:00-noon  Where: St. John Fisher Church Hall

This camp is open to children entering grades 1-6  Cost is $25 per child

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