St. John Fisher Roman Catholic Church

30 Jones Hollow Road, Marlborough, CT 06447

Imagine you are offered a job that guarantees you will be scorned or ignored, hated, ostracized, thought of as a weirdo or a crackpot, and almost all of your predecessors tried to escape doing it or made excuses for being ill-chosen for it. Would you take it? That's the reality of being a prophet of God. From the beginning from Elijah who had to run for his life and from A (Amos) to Z (Zephaniah) being a prophet was not a glamorous or a sought after task.

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How do you know that this person is the person you should marry? How do you know that this college will be a good fit for you? How do you know that this is what you must do with your working career to be fulfilled while making a living? How do you know with certainty about anything?

In these instances and many others in our lives, "we walk by faith and not by sight." We take a "leap of faith" with no guarantees.

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Reflect for a moment or two on what were the three best or most exciting things that happened to you in the past ten days.
 
Did anyone's list include the reception of the Eucharist?
 
Talking for myself, while I appreciate our coming together to worship and receive this marvelous mystery, the very presence of Jesus entering my very life, feeding me body and soul, I seldom rank it up there with other events in my daily life. We most often take this miracle of miracles for granted.

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I’m going to talk about two definitions, two mysteries, and two realities.

What is love? According to the American Heritage Dictionary it is: “a deep, tender, ineffable feeling of affection and solicitude toward a person, such as that arising from kinship, recognition of attractive qualities, or a sense of underlying oneness.” Oh? Really?!?

What is the Most Holy Trinity? In basic terms, it is the central Christian doctrine that states there are three persons in one God (Father, Son, and Holy Spirit), each distinct from one another equally sharing in the same nature. Uh huh…

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Pentecost is often referred to as the birthday of the Church. As we get older, birthdays become a time for reflection, a time to look at who we have been, who we are now, and an opportunity to decide who we still want to be.
 
Those first followers of Jesus learned that to be Church mean to discover a faith strong enough to overcome fear, a hope firm enough to replace discouragement, and a love deep enough to replace hatred and prejudice. It meant to pray together, learn together, work together, and stick with one another despite differences of culture, race, background, previous religious practices, status, gender, or politics. Being church mean belonging to a

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Starting in February, my cousin and his wife go out into the fields and prune acres and acres of blueberry bushes.  It's hard work, and they have to know where and how much to prune each bush to ensure it bears berries the following summer. Too much pruning, and the bush could be lost for the season and maybe beyond; too little, and it will not bear as much fruit as it did the year before. It is an art form learned through years of experience and a few mistakes.

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