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.

What compelled him to come to Jesus without crying out a warning that he was unclean? And what induced Jesus to reach out to touch the man by which action according to the Law he would be made unclean as well? Was it pity? It’s more than that. The word we translate as “pity” is so much stronger in Greek. Jesus was moved so deeply, gut wrenchingly so, that he restored the man to health and to relationships. In a case of supreme irony, the now clean leper could go anywhere he wanted, but Jesus would now remain outside in deserted places.

I think the key phrases in this episode are “If you wish” and “I do will it”. The first recognizes that the leper couldn’t do it alone but required Jesus’ intervention; the second shows Jesus’ willingness to come to the aid of the person in front of him.

As we approach the 2018 Lenten season, what are your and my wishes?

For example: “If you wish,” you can make me more patient, more charitable, or more giving. “If you wish” you can make me less judgmental, less controlling, or less greedy of my time for myself. “If you wish,” you can make me more or less anything I (you) can think of.

And Jesus responds, “I do will it.”

6th Sunday in Ordinary Time, B18

 

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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