St. John Fisher Roman Catholic Church

30 Jones Hollow Road, Marlborough, CT 06447

Palm Sunday-Mark

When reading the Passion Account, we might ask or feel: “When will it ever end?” I sometimes wonder if Jesus felt the same way.

If the dramatic, communal sharing of Mark’s Passion brings to mind the many murders that affront us each day in the news, especially school shootings; the crimes that hurt the poor and desperate among us; the crushing despair of millions around the world who caught below the safety nets of economic and medical survival; then we are accompanying Jesus in his walk toward Calvary today.

5th Sunday of Lent, B18

Why would some Greeks approach Philip to ask to see Jesus? And what are they doing, worshipping at the Jewish feast of Passover?

Philip and Andrew are Greek names, not Jewish. Philip was from Bethsaida in Galilee, a town with a Jewish name but just over the border in Gentile territory. Those Greeks may have been proselytes, people who have totally converted to Judaism or “God-fearers”, a step below. The question I have is: Did they ever get to meet Jesus? The text gives no indication that they did. Philip goes on a mission to consult with Andrew and together they go to tell Jesus about the visitors who, it seems, were standing there and waiting to hear whether Jesus would meet with them. Instead Jesus answers Philip and Andrew by saying what we just heard read in today’s Gospel. Nothing more is said about those Greeks. They are forgotten.

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.

Helping Hands T ShirtSt. John Fisher T-Shirt Sale to raise funds for our Helping Hands project.  The t-shirts can be ordered on-line and will be shipped directly to you (for an additional charge) or will be shipped in bulk to the church and then distributed after masses.  The shirts were designed by senior Ellie Packer and all the profits will go to help fund the CRS global food packaging event to be held in the spring of 2019 to benefit the people of the Burkina Faso.  

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