Archives for July 2012

From the Pastor – July 29, 2012

Then Jesus took the loaves, gave thanks, and distributed them to those who were reclining, and also as much of the fish as they wanted. When they had had their fill, he said to his disciples, “Gather the fragments left over, so that nothing will be wasted.” So they collected them, and filled twelve wicker baskets with fragments from the five barley loaves that had been more than they could eat. When the people saw the sign he had done, they said, “This is truly the Prophet, the one who is to come into the world.” (Jn 6:11-14) This year the Archdiocese of New Orleans is celebrating a “Year of Renewal: Offering a Worthy Sacrifice of Praise” at the direction of Archbishop Aymond. As we know, the first stages in this Year of Renewal were the implementation of the new English translation of … [Read more...]

From the Pastor – July 22, 2012

When he disembarked and saw the vast crowd, his heart was moved with pity for them, for they were like sheep without a shepherd; and he began to teach them many things. (Mk 6:34) Although the image of a shepherd and his sheep permeates both the Old and New Testament of the Bible, many Catholics have a negative reaction to being compared with “sheep.” As I said once in a homily, sheep are stupid, smelly animals who are defined as “classic prey,” in that they are the food of a great deal of predators, most particularly wolves, cats and birds of prey. But once you study a little about sheep, you find many analogies to human behavior. For instance, sheep are incredibly social animals. Sheep have a natural tendency to gather into a flock, and they can become very agitated and nervous when … [Read more...]

From the Pastor – July 15, 2012

In him we were also chosen, destined in accord with the purpose of the One who accomplishes all things according to the intention of his will, so that we might exist for the praise of his glory, we who first hoped in Christ. (Eph. 1:11-12) The readings for this Sunday are all about the idea of "mission." The word "mission" comes from the Latin verb "mittere," which means "to send out." The obvious "sending out" in this week's readings is Jesus sending out the Apostles. They are sent out on a "mission." And the idea of "mission" is part of the continuing work of the Church. Last weekend we heard from Maryknoll Father David Kelley about the mission of the Maryknolls. This weekend we have a collection for the "Black and Indian Missions." However, the idea of "mission" is a lot more that just … [Read more...]

From the Pastor – July 1, 2012

The woman [healed from her hemorrhage], realizing what had happened to her, approached in fear and trembling. She fell down before Jesus and told him the whole truth. He said to her, “Daughter, your faith has saved you. Go in peace and be cured of your affliction.” (Mk 5:33-34) The interesting thing about the healing of the woman with the hemorrhage in the Gospel this weekend is how it happens. Jesus doesn't actually “do” anything positive to heal the woman. She took the initiative to touch his clothes, and the power of Jesus healed her. Jesus knew that “power” (His healing power) had gone out of Him, but the healing came about through her faith in Him. What a wonderful message for us! Since we don't live at the time when we can actually see the incarnate Lord face-to-face, we have … [Read more...]