St. John Fisher Roman Catholic Church

30 Jones Hollow Road, Marlborough, CT 06447

Imagine, if you will, Jesus loudly saying, “Lazarus, come out” and hearing a voice from within the tomb softly saying, “No! I don’t think so.”[1] The crowd along with Jesus would have been astounded! Why on earth would a dead man offered a chance to come back to life not jump at the opportunity? I can picture Jesus’ saying: “What? Are you crazy?” and Lazarus responding: “I’ve been in here for 4 days already, and I’m getting used to it.

Do you know what a syllogism is?

A formula represents it: A=B, B=C, therefore A=C!

Let us apply it to today’s Gospel.

Blindness is a physical ailment, physical ailments are a result of sin[1], blindness therefore is a result of sin!

Who knew?

It was an ordinary day. She was going about her daily routine: Stoking the fir, making bread for breakfast, cleaning up, sweeping her dirt floor, and airing out the house. And now it was about noon and time to go the well and fill her jar with water to last until the next day.

Hebrew society was basically tribal in nature, composed of huge extended families that took care of their own. Although based on God's holiness, all the commands to love are concerned with those within the tribe: family, relatives, countrymen, and neighbor. Those outside the tribal network were also outside the network of care and concern, left to God's providence.

In the portion of the Sermon on the Mount which we just heard, Jesus repeats the ancient law and then expands it, inviting his disciples to share in God's care for everyone. For Jesus, there are no insiders or outsiders. Everyone is to be cared for.

Once on a bike trip I and the other bicyclists saw an amazing and beautiful sight. We were breaking camp at a high elevation with brilliant sunshine all around us and saw a thick blanket of blanketing spread over the valley below us.

 

Now, remember that image.

Besides a few shepherds, few in 1st century Judea or Galilee considered Mary of Nazareth to be anyone special. Some of her townspeople probably were counting on their fingers as they calculated the timing of her son’s birth and were looking at Joseph and her with arched eyebrows.

But, as that son came to be recognized as the Son of God, Mary was rightly called the Mother of God, the feast we celebrate today. A lesson for us: do not be too quick to judge others or events.

 

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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