St. John Fisher Roman Catholic Church

30 Jones Hollow Road, Marlborough, CT 06447

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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All of creation has the power to lay down its life.  Summer and autumn lay down the bounty of their harvest.  Our own lives pour forth daily their energy into various tasks.  All is a laying down.  We lay down our lives being generous, being forgiving, trying to be patient, with greater success at some times, sacrificing for the sake of love, giving back to others and the community.

All of creation also has the power to take up life again. Winter turns to spring.  We awaken to a new day every morning, refreshed by sleep.  Weakened bodies can heal.  We also take up life by seeking healthy relationships, by using our power of creativity to give life to others.  We strive to be good; we seek harmony and peace with others and the crated world.  We hunger for a relationship with our God.  And we succeed more often than not.

That rhythm of laying down and taking up is but the echo of Jesus and how he chose to live among us.  It was God’s command to him, bred deep in his bones and spirit.  And, it is a command to us as well.

~Fr. Sas

While it's Easter, our world still looks more like Good Friday. What makes the Good Friday story so devastating is that it is still so true . Politicians still are swayed by the mob (though we call it "poll driven agenda"); violence continues; goodness is mocked. Often those who are the outlaws in sports and media are preferred, becoming role models for our young. We repeat the cry of those in Jerusalem who shouted, "We want Barabbas!" instead of the one who healed, forgave and challenged people not to settle for outward show over interior depth.

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