St. John Fisher Roman Catholic Church

30 Jones Hollow Road, Marlborough, CT 06447

We've all been to concerts, shows or theaters where there are warm-up acts or trailers of upcoming movies. Sometimes I think that they are really good or exciting, and I wonder why I bought a ticket to see the show or movie I am waiting for.
 
Today we meet the warm-up act for the Messiah who prepares the audience to welcome him, not with songs or jokes or special effects, but with a call to a baptism of repentance: John the Baptist. Mark introduces John's role by quoting three texts from the Hebrew Scriptures which in their respective contexts referred to the exodus, the exile and the return from exile. (Ex. 23:20, Mal. 3:1, Is. 40:3)  By including all three key moments in Jewish history, Mark is proclaiming Jesus as the fulfillment of all their hopes.

As Israel went through water to escape from Egypt, so their descendants would have to undergo a baptism of water to be prepared to enter a new age and a renewed covenant. Just as Israel was sent into exile, these people too were in exile because of their sins. Just as God was responsible for their return from exile, God would also pave their way back home by the forgiveness of sins.
 
But God needed a person to announce this new event, a messenger who would proclaim by word and deed and his very person that something astounding was about to happen; ergo, John the Baptist.
 
Mark purposely cast John in the role of a prophet by mentioning his dress and his diet. Again he uses a reference to the Hebrew Scriptures by mentioning his being clothed in camel hair and wearing a leather belt around his waist, like the prophet Elijah. (2 Kings 1:8) His strange  diet of locusts and wild honey recalls God punishing Egypt by a plague of locusts and promising the people of Israel a land flowing with milk and honey, symbols of judgment and comfort which Mark would take
as his theme throughout the Gospel.
 
In Advent, may we listen to the voice of the Baptist: "Repent, prepare the way of the Lord" lest we receive locusts and not honey, judgment not comfort.

Cf. Patricia Sanchez commentary in Preaching Resources, December 7, 2014, p.3, Celebration, December, 2014.
 
-Fr. Sas, December 7 Homily  
2nd Sunday of Advent, Year B

 

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.

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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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UPCOMING TEEN EVENT

TeenCookoutSaturday, June 16th  - spring into summer with our ANNUAL COOKOUT! Come celebrate our seniors at the 4:00pm mass where they will be recognized then join us down stairs for a cookout, s’mores and field games. 4:00(mass) 8:00pm.

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