St. John Fisher Roman Catholic Church

30 Jones Hollow Road, Marlborough, CT 06447

4th Sunday of Lent - Year B

During these first three weeks of Lent, various aspects of our covenant relationship with God have been presented along with the privileges and responsibilities that flow from that relationship. Today we focus our attention on the other party to the covenant: God. What we encounter is astounding, far beyond our imagining, and much greater than we would have any right to expect or even to hope for.

Usually we think of Jesus as kind, compassionate, merciful, and peaceful. Today’s Gospel lays out for us a radically different view. He is very angry and violent, making a whip out of cords, driving out those who sold oxen, sheep, and doves for sacrifices along with their animals, and the money changers, turning over their tables and scattering their coins. The Jews, especially their leaders, were as shocked as we are by Jesus’ actions and demanded by what reason he did this. The disciples later remembered a quote from Scripture: “Zeal for your house will consume me.” He then spoke of the temple of his body: “Destroy this temple and in three days I will raise it up.”

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.

SermonOnTheMount“What is this? A new teaching with authority.” The people in the synagogue were amazed by what they heard.

What did they mean by “a new teaching with authority” and “not as the scribes”?

You can read any decision of a court, any argument by a lawyer, any encyclical of a pope, or any document of a church council and they are full of quotations or references to something another court decided or another pope or council said. That was how the scribes taught, calling upon past interpretations and insights of respected and famous rabbis.

The O.T. and Gospel readings lend themselves to a talk on vocations, of following God through the encouragement of another as in Eli for Samuel, John the Baptist for Andrew, and Andrew for Simon. We can all nurture each other’s discipleship by pointing out how God enters our lives and accompany one another on the journey of faith.

But, I will go in another direction.

Epiphany 2018

Are you feeling SAD? It is a mood swing a bit like depression that comes upon some people on a regular basis, usually from late autumn through the winter months and begins to go away at the approach of spring and summer, also known as Seasonal Affective Disorder.

 

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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