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Blessed Pope John XXIII

Pope John XXIII

On a hot day in June, 1959, in Rome in St. Peter’s Basilica, I attended the Solemn Feast Day Mass of SS. Peter and Paul, celebrated by then reigning Pontiff, the jovial John XXIII.  With a good position overlooking the altar, I enjoyed the close view of this humble man as he offered up the Perfect Sacrifice of Praise.  In the splendor and beauty of the world’s largest House of Worship, the Sistine Choir filled the air with heavenly music.  No one attending ceremonies of such magnitude ever forgets this experience or remains unaffected by the outpouring of the voices of thousands of worshippers.

In my mind’s eye, I can still see the saintly Pope, slowly genuflecting at the altar, his careful and deliberate motions of reverence, with his eyes raised in a beseeching way to Heaven.  At times, his emotion filled voice still comes to my ears as he said the sacred words of consecration . . . This is My Body . . . This is the Cup of My Blood.

My spirit of Faith took a giant leap forward on that day, 52 years ago on the Feast of SS Peter and Paul.  I rejoiced in my belief in all the actions of worship taking place at that splendid altar of God right before my eyes!  As never before, the gift of Faith handed on to me by my parents, through no merit of my own, took on a new and precious value.

Never again would I have any doubts about the worth of my work in the Priesthood as I viewed the faith-filled actions of the humble John XXIII.  He was first of all a priest of the Lord like myself.  If this Faith could produce a man like Pope John, I wanted to possess that faith in God.

Treasure our gift of Belief in God.  If God is real, He deserves public worship from His followers, especially in the Mass where His Son is offered as a Perfect Sacrifice of Praise and Thanks.  With enthusiasm and joy, gather with other believers to lift our voice in song.  To prepare our mind and heart, come 15 minutes early, sit close to the altar, read the Scriptures of the day and dress in our best or near best.

Belief in God gives answers to all the big questions in life: Why am I here? . . . Where am I going? . . . Who will help me in my needs and weaknesses?

Fr. George Mc Kenna

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October 29, 2011 Posted by | Bulletins | Leave a comment

God Is Not Mocked

Moses with the tablets of the Ten Commandments...

Rembrandt's Moses and the 10 Commandments

On a recent weekend in the First Reading of the Mass, we read of events in 800 years B.C. from the Book of Amos (7:12-15).  Two Kingdoms, Israel to the north and Judah to the south, occupied the present day Holy Land.  In this Reading, God told Amos, a humble shepherd of Judah, to go to Israel as a prophet and tell people to repent of their evil ways.

Moses had led the ancestors of these people of Israel out of Egypt, but now they worshiped false gods and led corrupt lives.  Amaziah, an unworthy prophet of Israel, told Amos to get out of the country.  In so many words, he said, “Don’t rock the boat.”

Read the Book of Amos in the Old Testament with its nine short chapters.  As I read this Book recently, chills went up and down my spine.  In this Book, God tells what He will do to these unrepentant and hard-hearted people.  We must not fool ourselves.  God will not allow mockery of His Ten Commandments to go unnoticed.

Hear these lines, a continuation of that above Reading: ……..Amos is speaking to Amaziah…”Now, therefore, listen to this message from the Lord.  You say, don’t prophesy against Israel.  The Lord’s reply is this, ‘Because of your interference, your wife will become a prostitute in this city.  Your sons and daughters will be killed.  You (Amaziah) will die in a heathen land and the people of Israel will become slaves in exile…..”

Refer to this Book of Amos to our present day life.  How foolish of us if we leave its message in far away past.  I say to myself, I want to renounce any evil in my life.  A short time ago a classmate of mine died.

A few days before he died, Father Ed went to doctor for simple repair work.  Alas!  The surgeon discovered a massive infection, too far advanced for a cure.  When the infection hit his heart, my friend died.  If early treated, this infection would have been a minor problem.

So, too, a small evil, if we can speak of evil in this way, can grow into a major, deadly corruption.  The morale of the story: Confront evil within ourselves, in our family life, in community about us!  Root it out in its early stages.  God is not mocked!  Read Book of Amos!

Fr. George Mc Kenna

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October 22, 2011 Posted by | Bulletins | 5 Comments