July 29, 2020
Feast of St. Mary Magdalene
Mass Readings for 7/22/20
Pope Francis raised this day to a feast to emphasize the role that St. Mary Magdalene plays in proclaiming Christ. Below are excerpts from the homily.
St. Mary Magdalene is a prophet, what does it mean for us to be prophetic?
"To point out what's happening and identify that something has to change in the way we're approaching it in our hearts, so that whatever comes our way that is not of God, that we will be ready when it comes. And we'll be ready to find the light and point it out to those who search for it."
"Prophecy is not reserved to specific people, or only priests. It falls to the sons and daughters of the Covenant.... not predicting the future, but to look into one another's hearts to see the gift that God has given and to raise it up in front of the Church."
"Pray about prophecy. What would it look like for you to be more willing to call out in those you love the gifts they have and to challenge them to put gifts in front of others. Look at the world and acknowledge and even name how twisted and sick it has become. Do not do this in the spirit of hate and negativity, but with the hope of the Gospel. God knows exactly how to straighten it out."
"Pray for the zeal that with her (St. Mary Magdalene) we would run out to those we love and don't event know and we would be unable to stop speaking of Him because He indeed is the answer to every ache of the heart."
July 22, 2020
Readings from the memorial feast of St. Bonaventure
Brothers and sisters:
I kneel before the Father,
from whom every family in heaven and on earth is named,
that he may grant you in accord with the riches of his glory
to be strengthened with power through his Spirit in the inner self,
and that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith;
that you, rooted and grounded in love,
may have strength to comprehend with all the holy ones
what is the breadth and length and height and depth,
and to know the love of Christ that surpasses knowledge,
so that you may be filled with all the fullness of God.
"We are made sons and daughters of the Father by the gift of the Holy Spirit and Christ comes to dwell within us."
"This is not a time for us to be passive about the mysteries of our faith. It's not enough to have latent belief, a time more than ever as things strip away, that we would believe in accord with riches of his glory God wants to strengthen us with power through the Spirit in the inner self that Christ indeed would dwell in us richly. That we would look at each other and reverence the fact that for this age that he has called us to believe he has blessed us with His power and gifts and he has done so for the sake of the entire world. I could not paint this too dramatically, everything hinges upon our choice to be for the Lord in these days."
"Bear with the cross for now and look to the Lord and believe that He is shaping and sculpting something within us if we remain rooted and grounded in love."
June 15, 2020
Cor Jesu Homily on Wednesday, June 10th, 10th Week in Ordinary Time
6/10/20 Daily Reading
Fr. John reflects on worship and the promise of peace. See below for some excerpts from this homily
What is at stake in our worship? Has God contradicted His promise of peace?
It is a promise offered to those who will partake of it, and not partaking of it chaos and darkness will always reign. The promise of peace rests upon the hearts of men and women. For so long we've marginalized God and created a culture that excludes God, which limits His words and promises. We should not be surprised that peace does not reign when we as a culture have not give God a central place.
How can we be surprised at what's happening in our world, when it's been 3 months since people have been able to worship the Lord with the assembly in Church? We have to hold that our relationship with God, that something is actually at stake. Mass is not a game, it is worship, worship accomplishes something in us. Mass opens us to the grace to love God more perfectly and to love our neighbor as ourselves.
Why did God establish worship and establish a new covenant in His body and blood? Why did he establish the Eucharist? Because we are not well without it, we cannot live without it.
It is time for us to pray fervently that everyone will come back and begin to worship the Lord in a powerful and new way, side by side as brothers and sisters to end division and allow peace to reign in our world.
Intercede that ALL will recognize the Lordship of God.
May 28, 2020
Find all videos for the 2020 Virtual Wisconsin Catholic Youth Rally on the Arise Milwaukee Youtube Page.
Josh Blakesley's talk, "Waiting in the Upper Room" can be found here in Part 1: Virtual WCYR
In his talk Josh talks about how strange the time must have been for the disciples while they were waiting in the Upper Room is similar to the strange and unique time we've experienced during the past few months. What prevails no matter the the emotions we experience, is hope in Jesus Christ.
Consider the promise that Jesus shares with the disciples, "if you believe in me, you can do the works I do and works even greater." How will you respond to this promise?
May 19, 2020
On Tuesday, May 12th, we gathered to pray virtually for a special night of Worship with Josh Blakesley and Fr. Aaron Laskiewicz, watch here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qYeawwqkdJc
Fr. Aaron Laskiewicz, reflects on a passage from the Bread of Life Discourse in the 6th chapter of John's Gospel (6:30-35)
30"So they said to him, “What sign can you do, that we may see and believe in you? What can you do? 31 Our ancestors ate manna in the desert, as it is written:
‘He gave them bread from heaven to eat.’” 32 So Jesus said to them, “Amen, amen, I say to you, it was not Moses who gave the bread from heaven; my Father gives you the true bread from heaven. 33 For the bread of God is that which comes down from heaven and gives life to the world.”
34 So they said to him, “Sir, give us this bread always.” 35 Jesus said to them, “I am the bread of life; whoever comes to me will never hunger, and whoever believes in me will never thirst.
Fr. Aaron acknowledges the difficulty of being separated from the Eucharist and encourages us to never lose our hunger or desire for Jesus, reassuring us that we have not been abandoned by Him. Fr. Aaron reminds us that God always wins, that Jesus nourishes us now until we can receive Him sacramentally, and finally, that our desire for Him has not been ignored.
For more reflections and homilies from Fr. Aaron, please visit: https://stdominic.net/gather/mass-recordings/
May 8, 2020
Daily Reading for Wednesday of the 4th Week of Easter: http://usccb.org/bible/readings/050620.cfm
Reading 1: ACTS 12:24—13:5A
Responsorial Psalm: 67:2-3, 5, 6 AND 8
Gospel: John 12:44-50
Paul and Barnabas were called, see how the word of God spread with their yes. Do not be afraid to respond to the promptings of the Holy Spirit. Give your yes to the Lord.
After Jesus preached to the leaders in the synagogue, some believed, but they didn't make it public, they did not openly profess faith in Jesus Christ because they preferred human praise to God's glory.
What is our preference and what does our profession of faith look like?
"Every time we make an act of faith, Divine life is poured within us!
April 29, 2020
"Consent to the Cross and through that, allow God to bring His light into the depths of our hearts."
Readings from the Wednesday of the 2nd Week of Easter
http://usccb.org/bible/readings/042220.cfm Acts 5:17-26, Psalm 34, John 3:16-21
Fr. John talks about the symbolism of the Easter vigil of darkness to light and how similarly, Nicodemus goes from the darkness to the light and professes His faith in Christ.
Thoughts for reflection:
Faith is a free gift, pray for the grace of faith.
Faith in Jesus cannot be separated from the Cross.
In time of crisis, it is an opportunity to choose the light instead of the darkness and take up the Cross and follow Him.
April 18, 2020
In Luke's Gospel, the two do not recognize Jesus on the road to Emmaus, are we also looking for Jesus with conditions and do we miss Him and fail to recognize Him in our presence?
Jesus is in our presence and at work right now!
Readings for the Wednesday in the Octave of Easter:
1st Reading: Acts 3:1-10
Psalm 105:1-4, 6-9
Gospel: Luke 24:13-35