- Sunday, we will have a Lifenight called Dignified [for High Schoolers]
- Wednesday, we will have Disciples.
- Thursday, I need help setting up the cafeteria for our fundraiser dinner.
- Friday, I need help putting on the fundraiser dinner. Teens will be servers; Parents can help with bar, kitchen, or money.
- Sunday, Feb 4, we will not have IMPACT because of it being Super Bowl Sunday and not many people have ever shown up.
- We will NOT have a Lifenight tomorrow [Sunday]. I am out of town, and frankly, the core and I have not met yet.
- On Jan 17 and Jan 21, we will not have Disciples or Lifenight due to the Pro-Life March.
- We have the ROCK on Jan 24
- Our IMPACT Fundraiser Dinner is Friday Feb 2nd. Please mark your calendars to help.
- We need help handing out the Parish Christmas presents [which are books]. If you are available for the noon Mass on Christmas, It would take 10 minutes to hand out books to families [one per family].
- Since we are having Mass in the gym tonight at 5pm, we will need some clean up on WEDNESDAY at 9am. Many hands means light work! We will be folding chairs and curtains, and helping to take down the sound system.
This Sunday is the IMPACT Christmas Party for High Schoolers and 8th Graders at 6pm in the Parish Hall. Since it is a potluck dinner, we are asking everyone to bring/ do 4 things.
- Dress in an ugly sweater (or ugly shirt)
- Bring a $5 wrapped present.
- Bring a dish
- Last name is A-H, bring a dessert
- Last name is I-M, bring an appetizer
- Last name is N-Z, bring a side dish
- We will provide drinks and main dish
- Bring a great attitude.
Lastly, please know that you are in our prayers. If there is anything we can do to help you, please let us know.
Before my job as the youth minister, I was a rep for a company; selling products to various stores around STL. I remember this one time when I was inside of SAMS; everything looked perfect and squared up; there seemed to be extra employees all around; and all were on. I really couldn’t figure out why or really what was going on. So I asked an employee what was happening. Evidently, the Waltons [the owners/ CEOs of SAMS and Walmart] were there. Everyone was intimidated by the very presence of them. It was a pretty big deal for the store and its employees.
That’s very comparable to today’s Gospel. The Roman Centurion was a very powerful guy. A] Romans were, for all intents and purposes, a superior race. They ruled over the Jews. B] He was also powerful, because he was a centurion; that is, essentially, a general who had a military underneath him. And as a powerful guy, he was pretty intimidating.
What the centurion says is, “Lord, I am not worthy to have you….” Do you see the ultimate humility of that statement? He calls out to a poor Jew, who in the eyes of a Roman, was a lesser human being, and says I am not worthy to be in your presence. Can you imagine the CEO of your company saying he or she was unworthy to be near you? Jesus replies, “In no one in Israel have I found such faith.” Faith and Humility go hand in hand.
I know humility isn’t easy. We don’t like being told what to do. Nobody really wants to consider ourselves as being unworthy. Generally, we believe that we will have long, successful lives, full of money and power. We all strive to be the next position above… from grunt to supervisor, to manager, to officer, to CEO. That’s the American dream. Nobody likes to be subject to authority; we are Americans; a country founded on rebellion. But even our own sinfulness is stems from believing we know better than God.
But, as stated before, Faith and Humility are inseparable. For the last month and a half, we’ve had readings on Sunday encouraging this idea of humbling ourselves before God, and warns us of exulting ourselves.
Advent is the Church’s New Year; It is also meant to be a spiritual new year, as well. The Church asks us to create a spiritual new year’s resolution. Unlike the January 1st New Year’s resolution, where we attempt to take on too much [and therefore fail], we are asked to do something to better our relationship with God.
Don’t pick something too much; but rather, pick something that is attainable. Consider making humility your focus this year. Perhaps, you choose to seek the Sacrament of Reconciliation more frequently; or maybe you do something, like a make a conscious decision daily to do something with humility [like not complaining when taking the trash out, or consuming the overcooked chicken no one wants to eat.]
Our challenge tonight is to figure out what your spiritual new year’s resolution will be; how can we become more humble, so that we may become more faithful.
Let us pray: