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“Give to God what belongs to God.”  What is on the coin?’ This coin is a silver dollar with the image of President Dwight Eisenhower with the inscription: In God we trust.  On every coin or paper bill, there is an image of someone important along with other symbols and words identifying what country has minted the coin or bill.  The coin minted by Caesar, which Jesus pointed to was coined to pay a census tax, was worth a day’s wage.  However, the Roman coin minted by Caesar also had an inscription of Caesar as Pontfex Maximus. This title held religious significance for the Romans for their religious practices. Caesar was the head of an Empire, but also head of their religion and worship of gods.  So it seems that Jesus was addressing this inscription, giving permission for the Jews to pay a government tax to the Roman Empire, but not accepting their religious practices and gods which they worshipped. We respect our government, but not a government which takes on the role of divine powers.  What belongs to God is what belongs to the Living God, the God that the Jewish people came to know in the Old Testament.  The role of civil authority to charge a tax for services is not questioned, but no government is given a divine authority.

 What belongs to GOD that we must give back? Let me use several examples:  When you are going to a birthday party, a wedding or special occasion, you usually take a gift.  But the value of the gift depends on the type of celebration or the person to whom you are giving thanks or celebrating.  When you give a gift of appreciation, it depends on the amount of thanks that you want to give or show to the person.  Even when you go to eat a meal at a restaurant, the person who pays the bill, usually calculates the tip for the server depending on the number of people served and the amount of the bill.  A tip is determined by leaving 10% or more for the server.  If the service is better than usual, the tip might be greater and the thanks warmer and a desire to come back again.  When I receive a donation for the church from a person outside the parish, I try to send the person a thank you note, no matter what the amount is.  But if the person gives a very large donation, I would consider a BIGGER OR BETTER gift of appreciation. 

So when Jesus says:  GIVE BACK TO GOD WHAT BELONGS TO GOD. We need to consider:          What God has done for us,      

How valuable is the gift that was given to us.

Psalm 8 says: “O Lord our God, your greatness is seen in all the world! Your praise reaches up to the heavens.  When I look at the sky, which you have made, at the moon and the stars which you set in their places, what are human being that you think of them, mere mortals, that you care for them? Yet you made us only a little less than yourself. You have crowned us with glory and beauty, made us lord over everything you made, you place us over all creation: sheep and cattle and the wild animals too, birds and the fish and the creatures in the seas.  Lord our God, your greatness is seen in all the world!  I will praise you Lord with all my heart: I will sing with joy because of you. I will sing praise to you Almighty God. I will thank you Lord with my whole heart. I will recount all your wonders. I rejoice and delight in you, I will sing to your name, Most High God.”

This psalm reminds us of the greatness of a God who shares that goodness with us and all of God’s creation.  St. Francis of Assisi called all of Creation his Brother or Sister: Brother Sun, Sister Moon, and Sister Water. This vision of Francis, speaks of a great reverence and respect for God our Creator and a great recognition of the Creation that God has shared with us, ‘creating us in God’s image and likeness’ Franciscan teaching tells us that when we see beauty, we are led to the Creator of Beauty because God is Beauty.  One author says it is like seeing the connection between a Dance and the Dancer, between the Song and the Singer.  He goes on to write then that we need to see God in every human being and be also led up the ladder to the Creator Father, our God. .Mother Teresa of Calcutta saw this insight saying:  I see God in every human being.” 

So what can we give back to God?  Giving even 10% of our income each week is only a drop in the bucket for what we have received!  The Word of God suggests that we give our BODIES as a living sacrifice, rather than the custom of an animal sacrifice. Jesus gave His Body and Blood for our sake!  We can give our Bodies each day, for our brothers and sisters, especially the children in our homes, but also the 50,000 children who have come to our country.  WE CAN offer our Bodies for them, our service for them, and thus give back to God what belongs to God a LIVING SACRIFICE OF THANKS AND PRAISE.

9th Ordinary time:
28th Ordinary time

If you had received an invitation for the wedding of Prince Phillip and Diana, would you have gone, or just rejected the invitation?  Can you imagine someone rejecting an invitation to a wedding feast of a King’s son?  Yet we heard the story of people ignoring the invitation to a special wedding feast, some going away to attend to business, their farm.  Some mistreated the messenger of the invitation and killed them.  But the King continues to want to have his wedding feast filled with guests and so invites the GOOD AND THE BAD to come in and enjoy the banquet.  However, even with this gracious invitation, one person does not put on the expected clothing for the occasion.   This story was mainly directed to the Jewish religious leaders who were rejecting the message of Jesus. But we also who for one reason or another, reject the invitation to come here to the Banquet table of our King, the Lord Jesus.  Recall your responses to the invitation to come here to the Sunday Eucharist, and remember the response that people present at times for not attending the banquet that is here.  Why are over 60% of Catholics not here today and ask WHY?????  DO YOU EVER INVITE SOMEONE TO COME HERE? Yes, life is busier than in times past, and many times both parents are working and need to catch up on work before Monday rolls around.  Yes, there are places to go and things. Sound like the people who went off to do their business or take care of their responsibilities? It seems that we get so used to going to church that we underestimate or devalue the importance of what is here: the Banquet of the Lord God where are fed at 2 tables: the Word and the Eucharist.  We are INVITED to come and listen to the Lord speak to us. The Word of God is God speaking, not just anyone speaking.  Today, surely everyone needs to hear the hope offered in the 1st reading: ”On this mountain he will destroy the veil that veils all peoples, the web that is woven over all nations; he will destroy death forever.  The Lord God will wipe away the tears from every fact; and we will rejoice and be glad that he has saved us!” The reading is presented in terms of a banquet of special importance. This quote along with the hope given by the words of the Prophet Isaiah needs to be shouted/proclaimed as the Word of God, since it is the Good News and Promise which so many of us need to hear.

Everyone needs to hear this message and in a sense we Catholics are OBLIGED to come, like the Parable where the people were brought in to the Wedding feast of the King’s son were obliged and brought in, even the Bad and the Good.  All people come to this Banquet where there are 2 tables:  The Table of the Word and the Table of the Eucharist.  Both are meant to lay out before us a banquet fit for a king, a buffet of a variety of readings from the Bible which are selected like a special meal that will be appropriate and satisfy the desires and hungers of the people.   Jesus said:  “We do not live on bread alone, but all that comes out of the mouth of God or the Word of God.  So we are fed the rich food that satisfies our deepest hunger for understanding and hope that death has not conquered us, even though at times it seems to do that.  But we have a Promise that the last and greatest enemy will be conquered and our tears will be wiped away in the end.

One other point which might help us and our family members to not reject the Sunday invitation is what Saint John Paul II wrote about on the importance of the Sunday.  “Every seven days, the Church celebrates the Easter mystery, which takes its origin from the actual day of Christ’s resurrection—a day appropriately designated ‘the Lord’s Day’. The resurrection of Jesus the fundamental event upon which Christian faith rests” or as St. Paul tells us:  ‘If Jesus had not risen from the dead, then all our faith in him would be in vain.’ “This the day that the Lord has made: let us rejoice and be glad in it (Ps. 118)   “Sunday is the day which is at the very heart of Christian life.”  “DO NOT BE AFRAID TO GIVE YOUR TIME TO CHRIST! “   the Pope goes on to invite us to then come here every Sunday with a special invitation like Pope Francis wrote:  “The Joy of the Gospel fills the hearts and lives of all who encounter Jesus   So once again, the gathering here each Sunday has a special tone to it so that we come to meet and celebrate with the Risen Lord Jesus who gives us hope and Promise of victory over death.  We come as Thomas did to touch the wounds of the Lord and allow those wounds to heal our wounds which come from suffering and death. On the person who refused to dress appropriately for the wedding of the King, it probably is not about the clothing as much as the attitude of defiance and arrogance where the person comes to the Banquet, but does not have a desire to enter into the celebration. Sometimes we come and do not have an attitude of openness to the celebration, we are just here, for obligation, not to celebrate the day of Victory over sin and death and not open to LISTENING.

7th Ordinary time

If someone offers you several bunches of grapes, YOU EXPECT the grapes to be sweet and delicious, but if you taste them and they are bitter, you are very disappointed and disillusioned.  You didn’t get what you expected.

 The 1st reading says “He looks for the crop of grapes, but what it yielded was wild grapes, he expected fair judgment, but there was bloodshed, looked for justice but found cries of distress.”  The owner of the vineyard in the Gospel story expected his part of the harvest of the grapes, but the renters killed the son of the owner. In the end Jesus tells us that the kingdom will be taken away from those who are greedy and produce bitterness and give it to people who will produce its fruit, the sweet grapes that are expected. 

We need to ask ourselves what are the fruits that God expects of us who have received His Spirit in Baptism?  What are the fruits of a person who calls himself a Christian, a Catholic?

St. Paul in his letter to the Galatians Chapter 5: 15-26 gives a list of the fruits of the Holy Spirit which we should be producing as a manifestation of a transformed life as a disciple of Jesus: Love, Joy, Peace, Forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self control, generosity, modesty and chastity.

This can be a check list for us to see if we are producing the fruits that the Lord expects of his followers.  He writes: “You were called to be free; do not use your freedom as an opening for self-indulgence, but be servants to one another in love, since the whole Law is summarized in the one commandment: You must love your neighbor as yourself.  If you go snapping at one another and tearing one another to pieces, take care: you will be eaten up by one another. When self-indulgence is at work the results are obvious:  sexual vice, impurity and sensuality, the worship of false gods, and sorcery, antagonisms and rivalry, jealousy, bad temper and quarrels, disagreements, factions and malice, drunkenness, orgies and all such things.  On the other hand, the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, trustfulness, gentleness and self-control.

We see the contrast between the fruits that God expects and the ones which disappoint the Lord. This reminds me of what Pope Francis has said: Christians should not be ‘sourpusses’.  In his letter he writes:  ‘Consequently, an evangelizer must never look like someone who has just come back from a funeral!’. dejected, discouraged, impatient or anxious, but ministers of the Gospel whose lives glow with fervor, who have first received the joy of Christ: The joy of the Gospel fills the hearts and lives of all who encounter Jesus, marked by this joy. We surely see this joy expressed in the life and joy of Pope Francis!

This weekend we celebrate the feast of St. Francis of Assisi.  One of the outstanding marks of Francis is JOY which he found when he left the culture of consumerism, wanting more and more things which promise happiness.  He found joy in trusting God as a Father who provides each day, all that is needed.

I recently travelled to Bogota Columbia for a week-long meeting of Franciscans on Justice, Peace, and the respect for Creation. What impressed me most were the Franciscans working for justice and peace among the poorest of central and South American. During the meeting we had opportunity to visit a section of Bogota where 1million people live in small block rooms.  One woman told us that she collected plastic bottles, newspapers, and cardboard in order to provide for her family.  She lived with another family and together there are 14 living in a small room.  Yet she and the children I saw had a glow of  joy.  They seemed to be living the spirit of St. Francis better than I am living.

So the question we need to ask is:  Am I producing the fruits that Jesus wants me to produce from his Holy Spirit which I have within me?  Or am I a sour puss Catholic or a sad Christian? How do I approach my family and the community?  Do I leave here today filled with JOY or do I leave grumpy?  Do I talk to my children with a joy or am I a person of SOUR GRAPES, BITTER, and SAD?  Joy comes from  the spirit of the Blessed Virgin and saints like Francis of Assisi who recognized what God was doing and then went on to become instruments of Peace and forgiveness who recognize that all creation is related with me to the same Creator Father and so we are brother and sister and we live on Mother Earth.  What we are doing to the earth, we are doing to a Mother who gives our food.  Or on a scale of 1-10 how would you rate the joy in your life:

1 a sad/grumpy Catholic ------------                              10 a Francis joy filled Christian?

Feast of the Exaltation of the Cross:

Perhaps you have noticed that when the Dallas Cowboys score a touchdown, there is a person who holds up a sign with the words: JOHN 3:16. When we find that verse in the Bible it is what we have heard in the words of the Lord today: “God so loved the world that he gave his only son, so that everyone who believes in him might not perish but might have eternal life.” This person is very motivated to get everyone around the world to accept Jesus as their Lord and Savior.  Some Christians insist that everyone, even a dying Catholic, or me as a Priest say the words:  I accept Jesus Christ in my heart, as my Lord and Savior.” It is their belief that many of us have not spoken that formula of words and so WILL NOT BE SAVED FROM ETERNAL PUNISHMENT!

What I want to focus on today is not the speaking of a formula of words, spoken that will save me or that we can somehow MERIT by our words Eternal Life.

What is most important is that GOD LOVED THE WORLD and continues to LOVE US and sent His Son Jesus, to show that God’s LOVE will SAVE the world and us.

This is the insight of St. John when in his 1st letter Chapter 4 writes:  “This is the revelation of God’s love for us that God sent his only Son into the world that we might have life through him.  Love consists in this: it is not we who love God, but God loved us and sent his Son to expiate our sin.  And so if God loved us so much, we too should love each other.  Let us love each other since love is from God and everyone who loves is a child of God and knows God……. because God is love.”

This is also the 2nd reading of St. Paul:  Christ Jesus, though he was God,….emptied himself (of that divinity) and took on the form of a slave coming in human likeness, humbled himself becoming obedient to death on a cross.  And because of this (LOVE) every knee should bend and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord for the glory of God the Father (who sent His only Son to save us).So while we need to say that Jesus is the Christ and Lord and Savior, it is more important to not focus on what I am saying or doing, but rather on what God has done for us in sending out of love, Jesus to reveal the extent of God’s love for us.   Jesus said: “God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world might be saved through him.

So I invite you to focus on the LOVE of God for us and for our world because many times we have fashioned a god who is always ready to judge, condemn and PUNISH us and the World.  One time I saw a bumper sticker that said: God is coming soon and He is really upset with us! It reminded me of how we so often think that God thinks the way we do.  But let us remember what Jesus spoke to Peter: “You are an obstacle in my path because you are thinking not as God does, but as human being do.” Matthew 16  Those who want to force people to say a formula seem to be thinking that God has desires to condemn us, unless we say some words, unless WE DO THE SALVATION!   Salvation comes from the Love of God which we see on the Cross and which we say in the profession of our faith:  “FOR OUR SAKE, He suffered and died.” 

This is the insight that Francis of Assisi came to see and embrace.  He was overwhelmed that God would be born as a powerless little child in the care of Joseph and Mary.  He made it visible to himself and to the people of Greccio outside the town by gathering outside a cave on a Christmas night and thus began the Christmas crib custom.  He preached about the love of God with an image of a the Christ Child and it is said that when he spoke so enthusiastically, the child came alive! He was also bowled over by the love that He saw on the Cross and prayed that he might feel in his body some of the sufferings of the wounds of Jesus so that he would know more deeply the LOVE that God has for him a sinner. He received the nail marks and wounded side of Jesus SO THAT HE WOULD KNOW MOST DIRECTLY THE LOVE OF GOD FOR US!So I ask you to take from the WORD of God that we have heard, a NEW image of God:  a God who LOVES the WORLD and LOVE each of us!  Put aside your images of a God who wants to condemn you.  That is an image that we often think is GOD, but as Peter found out, the wounds and sufferings of Jesus are the manifestation of the LOVE OF GOD for us.  And any suffering that we carry can also become a SACRIFICE OF LOVE also, that we can offer to God here with the perfect Sacrifice that Jesus made for us, to save us from thinking God is a god who condemns.  This is the Sacrifice where we intimately find a God who LOVED us enough to have His Son suffer the punishment that we deserve for our sins, so much did God love us. OPEN your eyes and your ears to THIS Word of God, a God of Love for the world, for each of us!

3rd Ordinary time:

Accident up ahead! Be careful!  Watch out! Slow down!  Many times we are warned of danger ahead. There are many warnings that we receive each day and even when taking a medicine there are warnings of side effects. But do we heed the warnings or ignore them? Have you tried to warn someone and they don’t listen and maybe retaliate back at you????
Jesus instructs the disciples who form his group of followers, how to warn someone who has sinned against them.  We are to do it in private, one to one. ‘If the person listens to you, you have won over the person’ to see what their actions have done and then change the bad behavior.   But if the person does not listen, Jesus tells us to make further measures. Hopefully, the person listens to your warning, and the hoped- for change takes place or an apology is offered.

But many times it seems that we struggle with another person’s bad behavior and when we attempt to change the person, they react negatively or even retaliate with strong words such as: “Who are you to tell me what to do? You should look at your own behavior”. Or: “ I do not see any need to change or apologize.”

These rejections are rather common in family life and in other areas where we work with other people and even in our Church life experiences.

Nevertheless, the point of the teaching of Jesus is that we go to the person and attempt to have them listen to what they have done.  However, sometimes we are afraid to go to the person and confront them.  We might gossip and talk about what the person did, which we find is easier than going to talk to the person in private.  Let me suggest what someone wrote for better ways of confronting a person.  They suggested a formula like this:  You are a very good person of many good qualities, BUT when you did this_________ or said this_________________, 

It made me feel__________________.  In this way of confronting the person, the overall and broader picture of the person is recognized.  Then the most immediate incident or words are pointed out and followed with how that made the person feel.  Perhaps you would like to try this as a softer way to confront a person or a family member.

Jesus also tells the community that if this private way of talking with the person fails to bring a listening heart, then the matter needs to be addressed by 2 or 3 witnesses who can give first hand testimony.  While this seems to center on a matter in the Christian Community, it reminds me of when there needs to be an intervention by several people when a person does not accept the degree of their alcohol use.  Many times the wife has talked to the husband, for example, but the person does not listen.  When the alcoholic behavior becomes worse and offends more people in the family, then several members of the family get together and sort of ‘corner’ the person who is abusing alcohol.  When 2 o 3 people give first hand testimony to the person, that is much stronger than just one person who the alcoholic can avoid, dodge, or refuse to listen.  These people can give the best overall facts about the behavior and then move to have the person seek a program of recovery which leads to a change of behavior.  This is a very difficult step to take and needs to be well planned out so that the person does not slip away by retaliating and striking back at the family members in anger.

There is a 3rd step of taking the person to the Church members or a priest or counselor.  Sometimes the person is embarrassed to do that, but it can also be a very effective way when people of solid faith and long time respect are brought to the person to call the person to a change of behavior.

All of these warning methods are ways in which we can improve our ways of addressing the situation of bad behavior that is offensive to someone. Try to think this wisdom over and try to make appropriate attempts in the times when you need to confront someone.

 But before any intervention or confrontation, pray about it; ask the Lord how He would talk with the person.  It also helps to write down what you really want to say to the person.  By writing and rewriting what you want to say, you are focused with clarity, do not come with a condemning spirit or humiliating tone.  Jesus did not condemn, but rather spoke directly to the woman at the well and the woman caught in adultery.  Very likely the person will listen to you because we have the spirit of Jesus.  Try it this week in your home.  Try to warn as Jesus does.

22nd ordinary time:  `TRY TO THINK MORE LIKE GOD THINKS,

“God forbid that you suffer rejection by religious leaders, be killed, powerless on a cross”---Peter argued with Jesus. We often feel the same:  God forbid that I end up like that, in a nursing home, with a stroke, unable to talk or move---God forbid that happens to me or you! 

Jesus speaks some of the strongest words to our way of thinking, to Peter who had just identified Jesus as the Savior, but who did not understand how that salvation would come about.  Jesus called Peter an OBSTACLE, like Satan tempting him to not go forward on this path of suffering.  You are thinking not as God does, but as human beings do,” Jesus tells Peter. This human reaction, this way of thinking is the obstacle that tries to trip up Jesus as he continues up the path to the Cross, death and resurrection. When we go down a road or street, many times we come to the famous orange barrels that block our path. They are obstacles that slow us down, cause us frustration and can trip us up and have us turn back on anther road.  Our way of thinking about suffering is like an obstacle.

 Jesus tells us that our way of thinking can be an obstacle, a strong temptation to turn away from suffering, rejection and death. Try to think as God Does and that is pretty hard to do and change.  Peter’s expresses his fears as we often do:  GOD FORBID THAT THAT HAPPEN TO YOU!  The Obstacle was Peter’s way of thinking about suffering and death:  it is not the path I want to go on. Let’s turn back!

Here are a few examples of obstacles that OUR thinking that can trip us up:

1)    Suffering has no value and we need to avoid it at all cost.  We take the palliative way to drug out the pain since it seems to have no value.

2)    ME first and let ME do what I want. No one tells me what to do.

3)    Try to gain the whole world, all the wealth that we can accumulate in life, and teach your children to study hard to reach this goal.

4)    Turn away from anything that is hard and demands  self sacrifice, even in religious matters.

5)    There can not be a resurrection after death. Death is the end and final.

On the contrary, God thinks quite differently

Suffering has a value: Listen again to the 2nd reading to the Romans: I urge you, by the mercies of God, to offer your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God, your spiritual worship.” This gives us the meaning for what Jesus commands us all to do: carry a cross of suffering.  We can offer it along with the living sacrifice of Jesus as our spiritual worship each time we bring our offerings to the altar.  We not only can offer a financial offering, but more importantly, a LIVING OFFERING, OUR SACRIFICE of our suffering for the needs of our world today.  Jesus, ‘FOR OUR SAKE’ as we say, suffered and died for us, for the forgiveness of sins and to destroy the power of death. WE CAN JOIN HIM for the SAKE OF MANY PEOPLE who are in need TODAY of our offering of our powerlessness, our weakness, our sickness, our suffering.  THEN suffering takes on a great value, when offered to God for the sake of the many needs of people throughout the world! (Suffering has no value in itself. But it can take on a value, and not be an obstacle, but an opportunity to offer a LIVING SACRIFICE to God.)

 Further on, The Letter to the Romans, Paul tells us: Bless your persecutors, never curse them, bless them.

1)    Never pay back evil with evil, let God take care of that person .

2)    If your enemy is hungry, give them something to eat, if thirsty, something to drink.

3)    Do not be mastered by evil, but master evil with good. (Romans 12)

 Do we think this way???? Does our government foreign policy or even in our own country or in our homes follow this way of thinking? These are just a few examples of the ways that the thinking of God is very different from our way of thinking. Our human way as a government policy is not to feed our enemies,  but to boycott them of food so they will submit to our desires and ‘interests”.

 It takes a lot of wisdom to understand why we should bless someone who is persecuting us.  We want to run away from rejection like the prophet Jeremiah or Peter did when he ran from Jesus or we want to strike back with revengeful words or actions. Perhaps you can recall some of the ways that you think as a human being and not as God thinks.  When someone hits you, we humanly think that we are ENTITLED to hit back and even HIT HARDER to teach them a lesson.  We cannot escape from how we were taught to react.  But today, Jesus challenges us to think as God does and to think and react as Jesus did.  He sets the example of a human being who did not strike back, he did not spit back, he did not come off of the cross in his powerlessness.  He trusted in the justice of God the Father and prayed: “Into your hands I commend my spirit and my destiny”.

If we bless our persecutor, we pray for them and they might even challenge us to grow and look at our defects of character.  Jesus prayed: “Father, forgive them, they know not what they are doing.”

Look at your ways of thinking this week and compare them to how Jesus thinks.  Are you willing to follow Jesus or do you turn back to your old ways of thinking???  `Try more to think like God thinks and your life will become like Jesus.`

21st Sunday Ordinary time:

KEYS---open and close and if you don’t have the KEY, you can’t get in! Jesus gives “the keys” to the kingdom of heaven to Peter who gives a better INSIDE view of Jesus’ identity.  Others see Jesus from outside.  They have not the key to seeing who Jesus is from inside.  Peter gets inside with the help of the Spirit of the Father who identifies him as the CHRIST, the Son of the living God.  The title: the CHRIST is the Messiah, the Savior that the Jewish people were waiting for from the time of the sin of Adam and Eve which had brought on death, to our humanity, as a consequence.  NOW Peter identifies who Jesus is and Peter is given “KEYS” which will open up more of who Jesus really is.  On this insight from God, a community of faith, a church, will be able to be built.  This is the base, the foundation for the structure: Jesus is the Son of the Living God.  On this solid, rock foundation, we are built as a church!  But remember that Jesus commands the disciples to tell no one yet that he is the Christ. WHY?

Keys are very important. If you have the keys for a car you can drive and move.  If you have keys for a home or building you can enter.  But if you do not, then you are locked out.  When I came here as Pastor 5 years ago, Fr. Gino gave me a large amount of keys and told me that these would open everything in the Parish that I needed to get into.  From that large key ring, I selected only the most important keys that I would need each day and if there was a room I couldn’t get in, I could find the key or call Juan our maintenance man who has even more keys than I do.

There are however, several keys on my ring which are called MASTER keys and they open special closets which most people are not able to open such as the closet where the safe for our Sunday collections are kept.  Many people have the common key and can come in to the church. BUT the MASTER key is only given to 3-5 people who have need to enter these more special places  and  who are trusted to carry out these duties of opening and closing the places of great value. 

This example of keys can help us to understand that ALL OF US who are baptized have the common key to open an understanding that Jesus is our Lord and Savior!  From the moment of Baptism we have the KEY TO SALVATION, because we know that Jesus is the one who can save us from sin and death. He is the one who we listen to and who gives us the key to the LIVING GOD and to the kingdom of heaven.  For that reason we baptize children, but guarantee that they will know how to open their minds and hearts to the one who can save them and reveal to them a LIVING GOD.  Just like little children are unable to drive a car and are not given the keys, but ride with a good driver, and later learn from good drivers and a driver’s education course, are given the keys when the parents are sure that the child is responsible for the keys to the car.

In the same way, some people are given a more special key and that opens us to a more intimate relationship with Jesus.  This key is the BIBLE, the WORD OF GOD and it leads to being given another key which opens up an even better relationship with God.  That key is for those who are considered ready to receive the Holy Communion of the Body and Blood of Jesus.  This key is given to those who understand what Holy Communion opens up for us.  Today 2 children are being given this key because they have been home schooled to understand the importance of this key that many of us have received.  This is the common key that Disciples of the Lord receive.  There is a special key that others receive such as Deacons and Priests.  This is the key to administer Sacraments.  When I came here I also received a letter from Archbishop Sheehan giving me the authority to open to you the Forgiveness of Jesus, to celebrate the Holy Eucharist and other Sacraments of great importance and to be your Pastor.

So I want to conclude by saying that you have a great privilege to have 2 keys as followers of Jesus.  One is Baptism, then the BIBLE which is the great key that opens up our understanding of who God and Jesus are.  (Unfortunately some Catholics do not want that Bible key or even if they have it on their key ring, they do not use it to open the understanding of who Jesus really is.)  On the other hand, most of us here today have the key to Holy Communion with the Lord which opens up the most important places to the kingdom of heaven.  (However, sometimes Christians don’t use another key, the key to the Sacrament of Marriage, which closes out the key to full Communion with Jesus.  The final GREAT key is the Sunday KEY, which opens up  the Resurrection of Jesus. The Resurrection of Jesus is the in final key that was not given to Peter at that time and only after the Risen Lord gave the power to forgive and promise LIFE after death.  That key opens the fullness of the kingdom of heaven.  SO, I ask you: how are YOU USING THE KEYS you have been given???




Twenty Sixth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Sunday, September 21, 2014

Introduction to the Liturgy of the Day

We who live in twenty-first century America have it far better than most humans in the history of the world. As we move through our celebration today, let us be mindful of God’s graciousness to us, and think and pray about ways that we can imitate that generosity in our own lives.


Introduction to the Liturgy of the Word

Our Gospel today is a well-know parable of the workers in vineyard, who each receive a full day’s pay even though some worked far less. Sometimes in the busy-ness of our lives we lose sight of how generous God has been to us. Let us listen now and learn again about a God whose ways are high above our own.


Vigésimo Quinto Domingo del Tiempo Ordinario

21 de septiembre 2014

Introducción de la Liturgia del Día

Nosotros los que vivimos en la América del siglo vientiuno estamos mucho mejor que la mayoría de los seres humanos en toda la historia del mundo. A medida que nos vamos adentrando en nuestra celebración  de hoy, estemos conscientes de la gentileza de Dios para con nosotros, y reflexionemos y oremos para encontrar maneras de imitar esa generosidad en nuestra propia vida.


Introducción a la Liturgia de la Palabra

Nuestro Evangelio de hoy nos da la bien conocida parábola de los trabajadores en la viña, que reciben el salario de un día completo aunque algunos habían trabajado muchas menos horas. Algunas veces, en medio de todas las ocupaciones de la vida, perdemos de vista la generosidad que Dios nos ha demostrado. Dispongámonos a ecuchar ahora y aprender de nuevo que los caminos de Dios están muy por encima de los nuestros. 


Mass Intentions

Monday, 9/22, 7:00am

VMarvin Steinmetz by Sue & Whitney Widolff

Tuesday, 9/23, 7:00am

Intentions of Pat Braun

Wednesday, 9/24, 7:00am

VDavid M. Gonzales by Gonzales Family

VAll Souls by Chavez Family

Thursday, 9/25, 7:00am

VLa Vern Hoffmeir by Lestor

Friday, 9/26, 7:00pm

For the Intentions of Steinmetz Family by Yvonne Gutapfel

Saturday, 9/27, 4:30pm

VJoe M. Herrera by Vita Herrera & Family

VVictor & VGary Saavedra by Nattie & Family

St. Joseph & Virgin Mary by Leo Flores

Sunday, 9/28, 8:00am

For the People of the Parish

Sunday, 9/28, 10:00am

VOscar Medina Perez by Family

VDaniel Lucero by Griffin Fly

Sunday, 9/28, 12:00pm

For the People of the Parish


Pray for the Sick of the Parish

Viola Abeyta, Charles Blea, Blue Sena, Betty Cervantes, Joseph Sanchez, Benita Barela, Mary Jean Chavez,
Annabelle Padilla, Veronica Trujillo, the Sanchez Family and Ralph Gonzales.


Pray for the Deceased of the Parish

Thomas A. Baca – September 1, 2014


Upcoming Events

Halloween Carnival & Haunted House - October 25, 2014 

Haunted House only - October 31, 2014


Attention All Eucharistic Ministers 

We will be having a Mandatory Meeting. Please mark your calendars: Thursday, October 2, 6:30pm, in the Church. 

Please plan to attend this meeting. All Eucharistic Ministers from all Masses, including the 10:00am Spanish Mass.

Orientation for Religious Education

Parents please mark your calendar: All parents must attend an Orientation Class for their child, if they will be attending a Religious Education Program.

Religious Education 1st - 3rd Grade - September 22, 6:30pm

Religious Education 4th - 8th Grade - September 24, 6:30pm

All classes will be held in the parish hall.

RCIA (Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults) 
is for persons that are curious about the Catholic Church; Interested in becoming a Catholic. Desiring to return to the Catholic Church, Faithful Catholics desiring to deepen their understanding of Catholicism and non Catholic spouses encouraged to attend.  If you are 18 years or older and interested in the possibility of becoming Catholic or you know someone who is, I invite you to contact Tom Leiker, at 831-5770,  as soon as possible. The Adult RICA classes are on Tuesday nights. Deadline to register is September 30th.

Cursillo Leader School  
We are having a Cursillo Leader School, every Tuesday night at 7:00pm in the Parish Hall.  An Ultreya is held every second Tuesday at 7:00pm.  If you would like additional information please contact Lay Director, Archie at 839-1390, or Juan Montoya Sr. at 440-8459.

Rosary Rally

The Sacred Heart League and all other ministries are invited to attend the Rosary Rally on Sunday, October 5, at 2pm at the Isotopes Park. The Theme this year is “Go and Bear Fruit That Will Remain”. Archbishop Michael J. Sheehan, will be the Presider & Homilist. For additional information please contact Deacon Manuel or Eileen Montoya at 505-344-3791 or 505-934-5826.

Scholarships Available

Thanks to a generous gift from the Our Sunday Visitor Foundation, the Archdiocese is now offering scholarships for those seeking a bachelor’s or master’s degree toward their work as a lay minister. Some restrictions apply. Contact Deacon Keith at 505-831-8187 or apply online at: f=AI7FMViWEwQ-FgIgoDuhGw

Quinceañera Family Retreat

Our Lady of Guadalupe Parish Hispanic Ministry is offering a Quinceañera Family Retreat, for youth ladies being prepared for their fifteenth year celebration with their parents. On Saturday, October 25th, from 10:00am to 4:00pm. At Our Lady of Guadalupe Parish, 1860 Griegos Road NW. $25.00 per family includes lunch and materials. For more information please call the Hispanic Ministry Office at 345-4596 or


You Did It For Me  

“It is hard to believe that two years have gone by and it is time to renew my DACA status,” says Robert, a young adult at UNM. “Catholic Charities helped me to get the security I need to stay in school and not be deported.”  DACA stands for Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, and although we continue to pray and wait for immigration reform, we can directly support young adults through the DACA program.  For more information, contact our Catholic Charities Center for Immigration and Citizenship Legal Assistance at 505-724-0442. 


Family Grief and Addiction Recovery Ministries

Healing Hearts Parish Support Groups: Peer support for widowed, separated and divorced, persons, led by trained facilitators. 1st and 3rd Monday of every month at Risen Savior, 7701 Wyoming Blvd NE, in Albuquerque at 7:00pm, for more information please call 505-821-1715.  Also Support group will be held at St. Joseph on the Rio Grande, 5901 St. Joseph Drive NW, in Albuquerque, on the 2nd & 4th Monday at 6:30pm. Please call 505-839-7952, for additional information.


Quote from Pope Francis

In the Eucharist, Jesus does not give a piece of bread, but the bread of eternal life. He gives Himself, offering Himself to the Father out of love for us. But we should go to the Eucharist with those feelings of Jesus, that is, compassion and with that desire of Jesus: sharing. Whoever goes to the Eucharist without having compassion for the needy and without sharing, is not well with Jesus. - Pope Francis, Angelus, August 3, 2014


Atencion, Para todos los Ministros de Eucaristia.

Vamos a tener una reunion, el 2 de octubre a las 6:00pm en la Iglesia, la asistencia es obligatoria. Por favor marquen sus calendarios y hagan planes para asistir a esta reunion. Todos los Ministros de Eucaristia de todas las misas, inculyendo la misa en español de las 10:00am.


Tú lo hiciste por mí

“Es difícil de creer que han pasado dos años y es tiempo de renovar mi estatus DACA,” dice Robert un joven que asiste a UNM. “En Caridades Católicas me ayudaron a obtener la seguridad que necesito para quedarme en la escuela y no ser deportado.” DACA, por sus siglas en inglés, significa Acción Diferida para los Llegados en la Infancia. Y aunque continuamos orando en espera de una reforma migratoria, podemos ayudar directamente a los jóvenes a través del programa DACA.  Para más información, contacte nuestro Centro de Asistencia Legal para Inmigración y Ciudadanía de Caridades Católicas al (505) 724-0442.

Retiro de Quinceañera en Familia  
Para Jovencitas preparándose para su celebración de quince años y sus padres. Sábado, 25 de Octubre a las 10:00am – 4:00pm. En la Parroquia de Nuestra Señora de Guadalupe, 1860 Griegos Rd NW. Para mas información favor llamar a la Oficina del Ministerio Hispano con Jessica al 345-4596 o

Holy Family Weekly Schedule

Monday, 9/22

5:30pm  Contemplative Prayer – Mary’s Chapel

6:00pm  Narcotics Anon – Bro. Matthew Halloran – Hall

6:30pm  Bible Study with Santos – Office Kitchen

6:30pm  Religious Education 1st – 3rd- Parent Orientation- Hall

 7:00pm  Acts Group – 4 Way Classrooms

7:30pm  Alcoholicos Anon – Bro. Matthew Hall

Tuesday, 9/23

1:00pm  Bible Study – 4 Way Classrooms

6:30pm  Adult Confirmation – Santa Buenaventura

6:30pm  Adult RICA – San Francisco Room

6:30pm  Youth Growing Toward Discipleship

              Confirmation Class – Parish Hall

7:00pm  Cursillo Leader School - Hall

7:30pm  Alcoholicos Anon – Bro. Matthew Hall

Wednesday, 9/24

6:00pm  Adult Children of Alcoholics / Dysfunctional

              Family Group – Bro. Matthew Halloran Hall

6:30pm  Religious Education 4th – 8th - Parent Orientation- Hall

7:00pm  Al Anon Spanish – Bro. Matthew Halloran Hall

Thursday, 9/25

6:30pm  Nar Anon Group – Bro. Matthew Chapel

Friday, 9/26

5:00pm  Narcotics Anon – Bro. Matthew Hall

6:30pm  Grupo de Oración – Parish Hall

7:30pm  Alcoholicos Anon – Bro. Matthew Hall

Saturday, 9/27  

10:00am Choir Ministry – Church

5:00pm   Narcotics Anon – Bro. Matthew Hall

Sunday, 9/28

10:00am Youth Growing Toward Discipleship – Hall              

10:30am First Holy Communion Program – Hall

5:00pm   Narcotics Anon – Bro. Matthew Hall


Collection for September 13 & 14, 2014

Envelopes $5,964.47

Children Envelopes $129.84

St. Vincent De Paul $178.30

Designated $807.17

Prayer Group $225.70

Franciscan Seminarian $24.00

Thank you for your very generous gifts to the Lord

and your support for the works of our Church Family.

My good deed of the Week

I babysat for my sister. By Lovella Romero

Twenty Six Sunday in Ordinary Time

Sunday, September 28, 2014

Introduction to the Liturgy of the Day

Gathered today in the Holy Spirit, we will hear Saint Paul tell us to have in us “the same attitude that is also in Christ Jesus.” This is a recurring theme of Pope Francis as well. Sometimes God’s Word comforts us, sometimes it challenges us. Let us pray to hear the challenge today and pray for the grace to change in response to it.

Introduction to the Liturgy of the Word

Today Jesus tells the chief priest and elders, “Tax collectors and prostitutes are entering the kingdom of God before you.” This message might sound more startling today if Jesus told us that politicians and drug dealers are getting into heaven before us. Jesus is making a point about complacency. As we listen to these readings today, what is the challenge for our life of faith?  

Vigésimo Sexto Domingo del Tiempo Ordinario

28 de septiembre 2014

Introducción de la Liturgia del Día

Reunidos hoy en el Espiritu Santo, oiremos a San Pablo diciéndonos que debemos tener “los mismos sentimientos que tuvo Cristo Jesús”. Éste también es un tema recurrente para el papa Francisco. Algunas veces la palabra de Dios nos consuela, otras veces nos reta. Oremos para escuchar ese reto hoy y para que se no conceda la gracia de responder a ese reto hacienda cambios en nuestra vida.   

Introducción a la Liturgia de la Palabra

Hoy Jesús le dice a los sumos sacerdotes y a los ancianos que “los publicanos y las prostitutas se les han adelantado en el camino hacia el Reino de Dios. Este mensaje pudiera sonar aún más alarmante hoy si Jesús nos dijera que los politicos y los traficantes de narcóticos van a llegar al cielo antes que nosotros. Jesús está planteando algo bien importante acerca de la autosuficiencia. ¿Qué retos escuchamos en estas lecturas de hoy para nuestra vida de fe?  

Mass Intentions

Monday, 9/29, 7:00am

VMarvin Steinmetz by Rottenhause Family

VErnest Moya by Dora Moya

Tuesday, 9/30, 7:00am

VLa Vern Hoffmeir by Lestor

VEugene Steinmetz by Dorothy Steinmetz

Wednesday, 10/1, 7:00am

VMarvin Steinmetz by Marlene Werner

Thursday, 10/2, 7:00am

Intentions of Pat Braun

VDarlene Killian by Dorothy Steinmetz

First Friday, 10/3, 7:00am

For the Living and VDeceased Members of the

Sacred Heart League by the Sacred Heart League

Brother Pancratius,Ofm, Bro. Carlos O.P. & All Franciscans

Living or VDeceased by Maria Candelaria

Saturday, 10/4, 4:30pm

Blessed Virgin Mary for Peace in the

World by the Blue Army

VE. J. Barboa Jr. by Mrs. E.J. Barboa

VJuan & VAna Gonzales, VJose Antonio,

VManuelita Apodaca by Gonzales Family

VGary & VVictor Saavedra by Nattie & Family

Sunday, 10/5, 8:00am

For the People of the Parish

Sunday, 10/5, 10:00am

Anniversary VJosecito Rodriguez by Family

VJake Lueras by Alice Paiz & Family

VGenna Velarde by Alice Paiz & Family

VAll Souls by Alice Paiz & Family

Sunday, 10/5, 12:00pm

VReynal Garcia by Betty & Children

VJose & VBernabel Pino & All Saints by Angie Pino

Anniversary VBonnie Lopez by Mom

Pray for the Sick of the Parish

Dan Gurule, Leo Aragon, Viola Abeyta, Tina Higgins, Steven Casias, Sidney T, Cecilia Crapse, Charles Blea, Blue Sena, Betty Cervantes, Joseph Sanchez, and Ralph Gonzales.

The Knights of Columbus Thanks you

The Holy Family Knights of Columbus 14452 would like to thank you for all donations and for attending the Flea market that was held on September 7th. The Funds raised will go to support the council’s programs. Thanks again, Grand Knight Sil Candelaria.

Attention All Eucharistic Ministers 

We will be having a Mandatory Meeting. Thursday, October 2, 6:30pm in the Church.  All Eucharistic Ministers from all Masses please plan on attending this meeting.

Cursillo Leader School 
We are having a Cursillo Leader School, every Tuesday night at 7:00pm in the Parish Hall.  An Ultreya is held every second Tuesday at 7:00pm.  If you would like additional information please contact Lay Director, Archie at 839-1390, or Juan Montoya Sr. at 440-8459.       

Rosary Rally  
The Sacred Heart League and all other ministries are invited to attend the Rosary Rally on Sunday, October 5, at 2pm at the Isotopes Park. For additional information please contact Deacon Manuel or Eileen Montoya at 505-344-3791 or 505-934-5826.

Pray the Rosary

During each of her apparitions at Fatima, the Blessed Virgin urged us to pray the Rosary, not just say it. We meditate on the Mysteries of the Rosary using our imagination to form thoughts or word pictures from the Mystery announced. St. Luke tells us in his Gospel the Mother of Jesus “pondered what was said about the child” and she treasured all things said to her about the child.” She shows us how to pray the Rosary by thinking over the mystery while we recite 10 Hail Marys. In order to worry about how may Hail Marys we are saying, 10 beads are provided so that you can focus only on the mystery. All of the Mysteries are found in the Bible. We are doing what Mary did: meditating on the most important events in the life of Jesus. Pope Paul VI held up his rosary and proclaimed: This is the Bible for those who can neither, read or write. The whole history of our salvation is contained in these mysteries which summarize the life of Christ. The mysteries of Christ and Mary do not simply refer to past events. Christ truly lives among us now, continuing to be born, to suffer, die and rise again in our day.  The Rosary is meant to be a prayer that leads us to Christ and into union with GOD. The words of the Rosary are meant to launch us into the mysteries of Christ’s life or, better, into the living the mysteries of Christ himself. Mary points us to her Son and says: “Do whatever He tells you to do.” And you will find happiness again in your life. 

Emmaus Retreat

This Retreat is for women who wish to experience God, renew and deepen their relationship with the Lord, this is a time for personal growth. The Retreat will be held at the Nobertines Retreat Center, 5825 Coors Blvd SW, on Friday October 11, & Saturday, October 12, 2014. Registration will be held in the vestibule. For more information please contact Marylou Gonzales 831-3774 or 480-5814, or Kathy Garcia, after 6:00pm, at 203-6952.


34th Annual Archdiocesan Youth Conference

This year Our Lady of the Most Holy Rosary will be hosting, the Youth Conference sponsored by the Office of Youth and Young Adult Ministries of the Archdiocese of Santa Fe. The conference is scheduled for October 17-18, 2014. The fee is $35.00 for both days. The registration deadline is Monday October 6, 2014.  This is a top conference for High School youth (14-18 years old) in the Archdiocese of Santa Fe. The excellent speakers and workshops will deal with issues that affect young people in everyday life. This is an excellent kick off for Confirmation. For more information and or to register please contact Della @ (505) 831-8142 or

Atencion, todos los Ministros de Eucaristia

Vamos a tener una reunion, el 2 de octubre a las 6:30pm en la Iglesia, la asistencia es obligatoria. Por favor marquen sus calendarios y hagan planes para asistir a esta reunion. Todos los Ministros de Eucaristia de todas las misas, inculyendo la misa en español de las 10:00am.

Rogar el Rosario

Durante cada uno de las apariciones en Fátima, la Virgen nos mandó que rezamos el Rosario, no solamente decirlo. Meditando en los Misterios del Rosario, usamos nuestra imaginación para reviver los aconocimientos de la vida del Señor. San Lucas nos escribió que la Virgin “guardaba cuidadosamente en sus Corazón todos estos recuerdos y palabras que decían de su Hijo. Ella demuestra cómo rezar el Rosario pensando en el Misterio mientras que recitamos a 10 Ave Marias. Para no preoccuparnos de cuantos estamos diciendo, usamos los 10 bolitas para poder concentrarnos solamente en el misterio. Todos los Misterios se encuentran en la Biblia. Estamos haciendo lo que la Virgen hizo meditando

en los acontecimientos mas importantes de la vida de Jesus. El Papa Pablo VI proclaim: “Esta es la Biblia para los que no se pueden leer or tener una Biblia. La Historia de nuestra Salvación se contiene en estos Misterios que resuman la vida de Cristo. Cristo ahora vive entre nosotros, naciendo, sufriendo, moriendo y subiendo otra vez a los cielos. El Rosario es una oración agradable a Dios y nos da la meta de nuestra fe, vivir los misterios de la Vida. Maria nos guia a su Hijo como dijo: “Hagan todo lo que él les mande. “ Meditando los Misterios de Rosario nos encontrarán la serenidad de la Virgen en el Corazon y la alegria de la Fe.


Estás inscrito en la parroquia?

¿Como saber si estás inscrito?  Si recibes los sobres de la parroquia en tu casa, estás inscrito o registrado. Si celebraste una boda en esta parroquia, o que tus niños recibieron sus sacramentos aquí no te hace automáticamente un feligrés inscrito.  Si no recibes nuestros sobres en el correo en tu domicilio, no estás inscrito. Recuerda que si tienes dieciocho años de edad o más, necesitas tener tu propia inscripción.

El uso de los sobres es la herramienta más eficaz para probar su actividad y participación en la parroquia). Los padres y padrinos que no sean miembros registrados de la Iglesia Sagrada Familia deben tener una carta de autorización firmada por el pastor de la parroquia a la cual pertenecen.

Holy Family Weekly Schedule

Monday, 9/29

5:30pm  Contemplative Prayer – Mary’s Chapel

6:00pm  Narcotics Anon – Bro. Matthew Halloran – Hall

6:30pm  Bible Study with Santos – Office Kitchen

6:30pm  Religious Education 1st – 3rd - Hall

7:00pm  Acts Group – 4 Way Classrooms

7:30pm  Alcoholicos Anon – Bro. Matthew Hall

Tuesday, 9/30

1:00pm  Bible Study – 4 Way Classrooms

6:30pm  Adult Confirmation – Santa Buenaventura

6:30pm  Adult RICA – San Francisco Room

6:30pm  Youth Growing Toward Discipleship

              Confirmation Class – Parish Hall

7:00pm  Cursillo Leader School - Hall

7:30pm  Alcoholicos Anon – Bro. Matthew Hall

Wednesday, 10/1

6:00pm  Adult Children of Alcoholics / Dysfunctional

              Family Group – Bro. Matthew Halloran Hall

6:30pm  Religious Education 4th – 8th – Parish Hall

7:00pm  Al Anon Spanish – Bro. Matthew Halloran Hall

Thursday, 10/2

6:30pm  Eucharistic Minister Meeting - Church

6:30pm  Nar Anon Group – Bro. Matthew Chapel

Friday, 10/3

5:00pm  Narcotics Anon – Bro. Matthew Hall

6:30pm  Grupo de Oración – Parish Hall

7:30pm  Alcoholicos Anon – Bro. Matthew Hall

Saturday, 10/4  

10:00am Choir Ministry – Church

5:00pm   Narcotics Anon – Bro. Matthew Hall

Sunday, 10/5

10:00am Youth Growing Toward Discipleship – Hall             

10:30am First Holy Communion Program – Hall

5:00pm   Narcotics Anon – Bro. Matthew Hall           


Collection for September 20 & 21, 2014

Envelopes $5,726.75

Children Envelopes $143.50

St. Vincent De Paul $146.00

Designated $556.00

Prayer Group $218.79

Thank you for your very generous gifts to the Lord and your support for the works of our Church Family.

My good deed of the Week

I helped my grandma babysit my cousin.

By Arianna & Andres Gutierrez



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