Please feel free to listen and benefit from the homilies presented by Fr. Steve Adrian, St. Matthew's Pastor..
JANUARY TO JULY 2012
The scriptures today teach us 3 lessons about being a disciple
June 24, 2012 - Birth of John the Baptist
Father Steve exhorts us to follow the example of John the Baptist. We are called to prepare the way of the Lord, to smooth out the path to bring people to the Lord, to announce the Good News of God's love.
The Kingdom of God
Jesus tells us how to look for the signs of the Kingdom. It is found where the hungry are fed, the thirsty are give to drink, the naked are clothed, the homeless are sheltered, the sick are cared for, the prisoner is not abandoned. Or the kingdom is like the mustard bush - it is not neat and orderly - it grows until it takes over everything.God
In the new translation of the liturgy, Jesus says His blood will be poured out for "many". The Greek word "many" means "universal" or "all". So the Mystery of Christ is meant to bring all of creation into union with God.
Graduation of St. Matthew's class of 2012
The beginning of the Gospel of Matthew tells us that Jesus will be called Immanuel - "God is with us."
In the conclusion of Matthew's Gospel from today, Jesus reminds us "I am with you until the end of the world."
In every age, the Spirit enables us to proclaim the inclusive and embracing love of God in a way that people can hear it.
May 20, 2012 - Feast of the Ascension
Jesus is not just somewhere out in the clouds. He is with us:
1) wherever the community gathers
2) where the Word is read
3) in the work of ministry
4) in the Sacraments
Peter learns how all people are called to share in the life of Jesus - not only the people of Israel.
In the first reading we learn how Barnabus encouraged the early church. He gives us an example of leading people to Jesus.
The Letters of John help us to understand the Gospel more fully. We are children of God. Jesus the Good Shepherd knows us intimately, and we will see Him face to face.
April 22, 2012 - Recording not available
All 4 Gospels speak of the apperances of Jesus after the Resurrection. Matthew, Mark, and Luke call us to be believers. John calls us to be witnesses.
The disciple Jesus loved saw and believed - with his heart. just as we are called to draw into a relationship with Jesus,
Simon of Cyrene is a perfect example of a disciple of Jesus - he takes up his cross and follows Jesus.
March 25, 2012 - Not recorded
John's Gospel is like unraveling a Sherlock Holmes mystery. Nicodemus doesn't quite understand what Jesus is telling him. The fullness of Jesus' message is revealed through the series of conversations Jesus has with people He encounters in the story.
Jesus drives out the moneychangers. The Court of the Gentiles was meant to be a sacred space of peaceful dialog between people of faith and non-believers - a place for "religious" and "spiritual" people to meet.
Who is this Jesus? Mark's Gospel answers this question 3 times - in the Baptism in the Jordan, at the Transfiguration, and at the Crucifixion.
The Mercy of God - Mercy is the very manifestation of God's presence. As God shows His mercy to us, we are called to show mercy to each other.
Jesus tells us - the time is now - the kingdom is at hand - repent - believe in the Good News.
February 12, 2012
Sorry - not able to record
Being a disciple is like going fishing - you need to go to where the fish are. You need to capture their attention, and you need patience.
Andrew - the first disciple, shows us how to bring people to Jesus. Andrew is a connector.
Epiphany - the angels announce God's plan of salvation is for all people.
Mary treasured these words in her heart. She gives us the example of meditating on God's word.