St. John Fisher Roman Catholic Church

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Are you an optimist or a realist? To which Infancy Narrative are you more attracted, Luke or Matthew?

Most people prefer Luke’s telling of the birth of Jesus. It’s more familiar to us as we read it every Christmas. He tells of the Annunciation to Mary, her visit to Elizabeth, the trip from Nazareth to Bethlehem, the stable, the manger, angels’ singing, Peace on earth, and  shepherds. Even after the Savior’s birth there is no trouble except what says to Mary at the Presentation.

It’s all light, happiness and joy.

Matthew’s telling of the story of Christ’s birth, on the other hand, has Joseph and Mary living in a house in Bethlehem and the annunciation is told to Joseph. After the quiet birth of Jesus with no fanfare, Matthew has Joseph, Mary and the baby hightail out of Bethlehem going to Egypt to escape the murderous wrath of Herod who gives an order that all innocent children should be killed in the area around Bethlehem.

Matthew is much darker and more sinister, certainly less joyful, and maybe more realistic.

Life and death, light and darkness, joy and sorrow are always present in our lifes, especially this Christmas when our happiness is tempered  by the sadness in Newtown.

But, for today, let’s have smiles. Let us remember that Christ is our light who shines through the darkness and that darkness has not overcome it. 

And, may we be lights for others to help them through their shadows and moments of darkness.

Christmas, 2012

Christmas, 2012

 

Are you an optimist or a realist? To which Infancy Narrative are you more attracted, Luke or Matthew?

Most people prefer Luke’s telling of the birth of Jesus. It’s more familiar to us as we read it every Christmas. He tells of the Annunciation to Mary, her visit to Elizabeth, the trip from Nazareth to Bethlehem, the stable, the manger, angels’ singing, Peace on earth, and  shepherds. Even after the Savior’s birth there is no trouble except what says to Mary at the Presentation.

 It’s all light, happiness and joy.

Matthew’s telling of the story of Christ’s birth, on the other hand, has Joseph and Mary living in a house in Bethlehem and the annunciation is told to Joseph. After the quiet birth of Jesus with no fanfare, Matthew has Joseph, Mary and the baby hightail out of Bethlehem going to Egypt to escape the murderous wrath of Herod who gives an order that all innocent children should be killed in the area around Bethlehem.

Matthew is much darker and more sinister, certainly less joyful, and maybe more realistic.

Life and death, light and darkness, joy and sorrow are always present in our lifes, especially this Christmas when our happiness is tempered  by the sadness in Newtown.

But, for today, let’s have smiles. Let us remember that Christ is our light who shines through the darkness and that darkness has not overcome it.[1]

And, may we be lights for others to help them through their shadows and moments of darkness.

 



[1] Jn. 1:5

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LENT: Fasting and Abstinence

Ash Wednesday and Good Friday are days of fasting and abstinence. All Fridays of Lent are days of abstinence.
FASTING means to refrain from eating food between meals and to eat only one full meal with the other two being lighter meals. It is required of those who are age 18 to 59. Liquids are permitted between meals.
ABSTINENCE means to refrain from eating meat. It is required of those 14 years of age and older.

DO YOU PLAN TO FAST THIS LENTEN SEASON?

When pondering what to give up this year, consider Pope Francis’ suggestions to observe this Lent:

  • Fast from hurting words and say kind words.
  • Fast from sadness and be filled with gratitude.
  • Fast from anger and be filled with patience.
  • Fast from pessimism and be filled with hope.
  • Fast from worries and have trust in God.
  • Fast from complaints and contemplate simplicity.
  • Fast from pressures and be prayerful.
  • Fast from bitterness and fill your hearts with joy.
  • Fast from selfishness and be compassionate to others
  • Fast from grudges and be reconciled.
  • Fast from words and be silent so you can listen.

“Remember that you are dust, and to dust you shall return.”

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