Posted on Aug 04, 2017

18th Week in Ordinary Time
No RCIA Session this Week, August 10


Daniel 7:9-10, 13-15 
Psalm 97:1-2, 5-6, 9
2 Peter 1:16-19
Matthew 17:1-9

"His dominion is an everlasting dominion that shall not be taken away, his kingship shall not be destroyed."   cf. Daniel 7:13-15

"While he was still speaking, behold, a bright cloud cast a shadow over them, then from the cloud came a voice that said, 'This is my beloved Son, with whom I am well pleased; listen to him.'"

"When the disciples heard this they were very much afraid.  But Jesus came and touched them, saying, 'Rise, and do not be afraid.'"   cf. Matthew 17:1-9

SCHEDULE:  Reception of Sacraments on August 13

  • Congratulations to RCIA Shepherd, Barb Wrasman who was married on August 4!!
  • Please pray for Rodolfo and Aydee Anota who will celebrate the sacraments on August 5.  Please pray for Fausto, Eva, Awilda, Ana, Cecilia, Eloy, Augustine, and Maite, who will be Baptized, Confirmed and/or celebrate Eucharist with us for the first time on August 13!  We pray that God will keep them close and show them always the path of life.
  • For those to be baptized and confirmed on August 13, there will be a practice on August 7 at about 6:00 pm in the Church.


PRACTICE THE FAITH:  Practice Prayer

  • Read Chapter 7 of the USCCA.
  • Find a place in your home where you can pray every day, twice a day
  • Every day, twice a day, go to that place and try to open your heart to God.  Learn to look back over your day for signs of God at work in your life, and give God thanks before going to bed. No matter how boring, especially when it is boring, go to your prayer place and remember all that God has done for us.  Ask the Holy Spirit to pray with you, to guide you, to help you hear what God is speaking to your heart.  Share your heart also with God; be happy to make reckless promises to the One who is Love itself - even when you are not sure you hear His voice, feel His presence, or understand His way.


REFLECTION:  "For power, whenever you will, attends you..."  cf. Wisdom 12


Every week when we pray the Creed we pray that we believe in "God, the Father almighty."  Perhaps some persons in our world understand only power and can understand God better when contemplating his vast power.  Yet, these persons who have or who admire earthly power are not always the same persons who understand the power of God, whose power is vast, limitless.

Today, the Feast of the Transfiguration, we get a glimpse of the glory, the power, and the sovereignty of Jesus, the only Son of God.  The readings speak of him as everlasting and powerful King, with all beings and all things at his feet.  The powerful of this world understand that kind of power, they are used to having others at their service:  but some are slower to understand the power of the cross or the gentleness of Jesus when he says "Be not afraid."  How do we reconcile the folly of the cross with the claim that God is almighty?

In John's Gospel, in the account of the Last Supper when Jesus is washing the feet of his disciples, we read this about power...

"Before the feast of Passover, Jesus knew that his hour had come to pass from this world to the Father.  He loved his own in the world and he loved them to the end.  ...So, during supper, fully aware that the Father had put everything into his power and that he had come from God and was returning to God, he rose from supper and took off his outer garments.  He took a towel and tied it around his waist.  Then he poured water into a basin and began to wash the disciples' feet and dry them with the towel around his waist."    John 13:1-5

This week consider the Beatitudes, "Blessed are the meek" - or consider the words of Paul in 1 Corinthians 1:  "For Jews demand signs and Greeks look for wisdom, but we proclaim Christ crucified, a stumbling block for Jews and foolishness to Gentiles, but to those who are called, Jews and Greeks alike, Christ (is) the power of God and the wisdom of God.   For the foolishness of God is wiser than human wisdom, and the weakness of God is stronger than human strength."

As you meditate on the power of God, ask yourself if you believe in God's power.  Do you believe that all is possible with God?  Or, like some popular writers of this time, do you conclude that the evil or suffering of this world or in your own life demonstrate God's lack of complete power?  

What exactly is the power of God?  How would you draw a picture of the all-powerful God?  Who do you know that trusts in this all-powerful God?  And, how much do you adore God in his great power -- how much do you desire to live with God now and for all time?  Would you be willing to put your life completely into the hands of the all-powerful God?   Do you adore God, desire God's life?

When the Father says, "listen to Him," will you?

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