St. John Fisher Roman Catholic Church

30 Jones Hollow Road, Marlborough, CT 06447

I'd like to introduce you to my friend Justin Case. Perhaps you already know him. He's the person who when taking a day trip to the beach packs extra towels, a hoodie, long pants, extra sunscreen, two blankets, a folding chair, a beach umbrella, snacks, two water bottles, and rain gear "just in case." When going for a week's vacation, he has to rent a U- Hall to bring all his things "just in case." He's the guy you are behind at the security line at the airport with his computer, cell phone, iPad, iPod, MP3 and an overstuffed carry-on. He's a bit of a pack rat, saving magazines and newspapers "just in case" he wants to refer to some article in the future. He's always prepared for whatever the weather and whatever the circumstance "just in case."

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I'd like to introduce you to my friend Justin Case. Perhaps you already know him. He's the person who when taking a day trip to the beach packs extra towels, a hoodie, long pants, extra sunscreen, two blankets, a folding chair, a beach umbrella, snacks, two water bottles, and rain gear "just in case." When going for a week's vacation, he has to rent a U- Hall to bring all his things "just in case." He's the guy you are behind at the security line at the airport with his computer, cell phone, iPad, iPod, MP3 and an overstuffed carry-on. He's a bit of a pack rat, saving magazines and newspapers "just in case" he wants to refer to some article in the future. He's always prepared for whatever the weather and whatever the circumstance "just in case."

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FREEDOM!
 
What an emotionally stirring word. People of my generation can remember Richie Havens singing the word over and over again at Woodstock and the positive response he got for doing so.
 
But freedom can have many meanings. For students and teachers, it may describe the end of classes and the beginning of a vacation. For some countries, it may hold the hope of political change as it did here when on July 4, 1776 a declaration was made for

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"Who do the crowds say that I am?"
"But you, who do you say that I am?"

After solitary prayer, Jesus returns to his disciples and asks these questions. He must have already heard rumors as to who the crowd thought he was. He also had a pretty good idea as to his true identity.

He received the answers he expected from "the crowd, the others." He joyfully accepted Peter's response about being "the Christ of God," albeit with a warning of coming events involving suffering, rejection, and death.

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From about mid-March, beginning with the NCAA basketball tournaments, continuing through the playoffs for some professional, college and high school sports, and reaching a climax with graduations from various academic levels, the word “spirit” is tossed around rather freely. We hear that this team or that played with great spirit or with a spirit of teamwork.  Graduation speakers will mention the special spirit of this particular graduating class, the distinctive sense of who they are that marked their years together and that they will take into the unknown future.

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come, to soften hard hearts, to give us a vision rather than an opinion. Bring us the gifts of understanding and compassion so that we might give up our set-in-stone ways and reach a compromise for the greater and common good. Amen.
                       ~ Fr. Sas, Homily, May 5, 2013.

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