Bulletin: August 14, 2016
Prophets have always had a tough row to hoe. Their words, often unwelcome, are used against them to persecute and even kill them. Such was the fate of the Old Testament prophets, and Jeremiah is a great example of this. Jesus endured opposition from sinners, and did not turn back from a shameful death in order to rise to a glorious new life. The ultimate prophet, Jesus sought to warn the people of his time and ours of the divisions that his words would cause, showing himself to be the prophet of all time. We all need to look at our divisions and dilemmas in light of Jesus’ teachings and warnings, and seek to understand all that he has proclaimed and taught about what will happen if we fail to listen.
THE GREATEST PROPHET
Jesus tells the disciples what they do not expect to hear. He tells them that he has not come to bring peace, but division. He prophesies that people will be divided by the power of his words, families torn by disagreements. We are seeing the same in our own country and in our Church at the present time. Paul teaches that, surrounded by a cloud of witnesses, the saints, we should keep our eyes fixed on Jesus. He endured the cross for the sake of believers, enduring its shame and pain for the sake of the reign of God. He endured opposition so that we might “not grow weary and lose heart.” We have not resisted “to the point of shedding blood.” So we must be brave, trust in Jesus to be telling us what we may be puzzled to hear, and walk in faith toward “the joy that [lies] before [us].”
Today’s Readings: Jer 38:4–6, 8–10; Ps 40:2–4, 18; Heb 12:1–4; Lk 12:49–53
Also in this bulletin:
- How can you help Our Lady of Fatima Committee?
- CHANGE IN DATES / TIMES FOR SUNDAY CELEBRATIONS IN THE ABSENCE OF A PRIEST
- ADULT CONFIRMATION PROGRAM
- St. Mary’s Bible Study begins next session in September
- Sept 28 Ministry Leaders Meeting on Communication
- Sept. 10 Catherine of Siena “A Woman For Our Times” a one-woman show
- The Catholic School of Visalia, George McCann POSITION OPENINGS FOR THE 2016-2017 SCHOOL YEAR