St. John Fisher Roman Catholic Church

30 Jones Hollow Road, Marlborough, CT 06447

32nd Sunday in Ordinary Time, C, 2016

I have to congratulate the Chicago Cubs fans for finally breaking the curse of the goat and all the failures in the World Series since 1908. Of course they had to have some help of former Red Sox players: Jon Lester and David Ross; and most importantly Theo Epstein as president of baseball operations.

When I was Director of the Office of Ministry Enrichment, I attended a 4 day conference at which Cardinal McCarrick, retired Cardinal Archbishop of Washington, D.C., preaching  at one of the Masses said: “God takes care of us. Our call is to take care of each other.” Today’s parable and the reading from Amos are perfect illustrations of that charge.

25th Sunday in Ordinary Time, C, 16

It’s no accident that Luke includes two of Jesus’ parables on squandering resources back to back: the prodigal son and the dishonest steward. In one case the son came to his senses and returned to his father, thinking about how even the servants had enough to eat while he was starving. In the other, the steward devised a plan by which he would be welcomed by others to their homes and be able to be fed.

On the last Monday of June, I discovered I couldn’t find my credit card. A feeling a panic set in. I searched everywhere in the rectory, opening every drawer, not once but multiple times. I looked underneath cushions, checked my jacket pockets, and even dove through the waste baskets and sorted the laundry. All to no avail.

“Who can know God’s counsel, or who can conceive what the Lord intends?”1

In Luke’s Gospel Jesus is journeying to Jerusalem. The great crowd of followers expected him to be welcomed as the Christ, the Messiah; and, they were hoping to bask in his reflected glory.

Not so fast!

Jesus suddenly turns and cries out:

When we hear the word "greed", we almost automatically think about money or possessions. Certainly Qoheleth and Jesus are referring to them, Qoheleth about the vanity about working so hard to accumulate wealth with an anxious heart; Jesus speaking a parable about a man who used "I" more times than is found in Mississippi. Paul continues that theme by advising to "seek what is above, not of what is on earth" and "to put to death...immorality, impurity, passion, evil desire, and the greed that is idolatry" which is like worshipping a false god.
 
Greed puts the emphasis on me, my ego, the big fat "I". That was the problem of the man in the parable. It was all about him, not sharing his good fortune with the people who worked his land for him but thinking of his own future comfort. He lived a life that was the very opposite of Christian ethos. Instead of giving, he was hoarding.  
 
But Jesus adds: "Take care to guard against all greed." What could he possibly mean? Again, greed puts the emphasis on me, my ego, the big fat "I".
 
For each of us, the answer to all greed might be a bit different, but here are some possibilities:

  • Do I always have to be right?
  • Do I always want my own way?
  • Do I seek and ask of others perfection?
  • Do I try to please everyone so everyone will like me?

It isn't all about me and mine. As we learned last week in praying the Our Father, it's about us and our.

Get your spring cleaning done and help support

STJF Knights of Columbus Parish Tag Sale
May 19th, 9am-2pm (Rain date: May 26th)

Tag Sale KoCWe have two options for this sale:Rent a space from us and sell your goods. ($20 per space) OR Donate your goods to us! No items too big! Call us and we’ll even pick them up!!

Please note: Limited volunteers are available tohelp sell your appreciated items; so, please take the time to choose your donations carefully. All proceeds will go toThe STJF Capital Development Fund.Reserve your spot now:

Jean Jacques @ 860.295.0001

UPCOMING TEEN EVENT

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Saturday, May 5th  - Come to the YARD GOATS Game! We have great seats behind the dug out of the Portland Sea Dogs, a Double‐A affiliate of the Boston Red Sox! We will leave immediately following the 4:00pm mass. Tickets are $11.00 each. You must sign up and pass your permission slip and money in by April 25. After that point ticketswill be open to all parishioners. Please bring money for snacks.

Permission Slip:   May 5 Yard Goats Game

UPCOMING TEEN EVENT

TeenCookoutSaturday, June 16th  - spring into summer with our ANNUAL COOKOUT! Come celebrate our seniors at the 4:00pm mass where they will be recognized then join us down stairs for a cookout, s’mores and field games. 4:00(mass) 8:00pm.

WildWestCampVACATION BIBLE CAMP

Your child will go back in time to the Wild, Wild West for a Wild Western Adventure Romp! They will enter a world of outlaws, cowboys, frontier games and even some wild animals. I hope many of the children join us on this spectacular adventure right here at St John Fisher Church! This will be an opportunity for kids to explore not only the thrilling Wild West, but also a way to discover a living spiritual relationship with Jesus and learn more about some Bible “outlaws” who chose to follow God and do what’s right. There will be Western themed games, crafts, activities, music and snacks It will be a week of ROOTIN’ TOOTIN” FUN !!!!

Date: August 6-9 Time: 9:00-noon  Where: St. John Fisher Church Hall

This camp is open to children entering grades 1-6  Cost is $25 per child

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