St. John Fisher Roman Catholic Church

30 Jones Hollow Road, Marlborough, CT 06447

A great crowd began to tag along with Jesus on his journey to Jerusalem. My guess is that there was much excitement and speculation about what was going to happen once they got to Jerusalem, the political and religious capitol. Jesus was a gifted preacher and miracle worker who was unlike other religious authorities, for he even welcomed sinners and ate with them. Because of his working class background and small town roots, he was someone to whom the ordinary people could relate. Some were also wondering if he might be the Messiah. People were jumping on the bandwagon, and a party atmosphere was developing.

Suddenly, Jesus whirled around and spoke today's sobering and challenging words: "If anyone comes to me without hating his family and his own life, he cannot be my disciple." He then told two parables, both of which counsel that one needs to enter into discipleship with open eyes and level head; only a complete awareness of the costs, conditions and consequences of commitment to him will enable them to persevere. The journey to Jerusalem was not a victory march in the sense most expected. It was not a free ride to glory or positions of importance in the messianic kingdom. It was time for everyone to put up or shut up.
 
Many perhaps bailed at this point. Some probably did not believe their ears or take too seriously what they were hearing and continued on. Eventually all would abandon him at the darkest moments of betrayal and crucifixion. And afterwards, only a few would remember these words and once again take up the challenge they present.
 
How about us?
 
The dangerous Jesus of the first Christian century is not the safe Christ of our liturgy. But, it is the dangerous Jesus who flashes the challenge to us today.


-Fr. Sas, September 8 Homily
23rd Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year C

Confirmation2019-2020 ~ Registration Open Now for Children entering Grades 1-9
Registration forms due by May 31
Completed Forms can be mailed to church, dropped off at church office or placed in offertory basket in an envelope marked Faith Formation. Forms can be obtained here: Click Here to download the 2019-2020 Registration form
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VACATION BIBLE CAMP

FOR CHILDREN ENTERING GRADES 1-6

DATE: Mon. Aug 5- Thursday Aug 8  ~  TIME: 9 – 12 daily

WHERE: St John Fisher Hall and grounds

Your child will set sail on an island adventure in search of the world’s greatest treasure that is worth more than gold! Feel the ocean breeze, hear the island music, taste tropical fruits, play island games and create colorful crafts. X will mark the spot for Vacation Bible camp as they go on a hunt, walk the plank, fish for sunken treasure and discover God’s love!  Cost: $50 per child (space is limited)

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