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Deacon Dan 12-4-22

One spiritual writer has identified different kinds of voices prevalent today in society. He believes that the world is populated for the most part by folks with: 1. Doomy voices- Those who only see the negative and sin that surrounds them. 2. Brash voices- those who call out the offenses of others but do not see their own offenses. 3. Wishy Washy voices- the voice of one who is afraid of offending others, thus the voice that remains silent even in a time that needs transformation. Which of those voices describes you? Do you shout, woe is us! Do you confidently proclaim your self-righteousness? If you identify as either of those then you are in effect aligning yourself with the Pharisees and Sadducees. But there is another voice we hear today, that is the voice of our patron John the Baptist. John, the last in the line of prophets who spoke of the Messiah, the first in the line to recognize the Messiahship of Jesus of Nazareth. His voice is somewhat doomy, but it is neither brash nor

Deacon Greg 12-4-22

Today’s first reading from Isaiah begins with a promise… “On that day, a shoot shall sprout from the stump of Jesse, and from his roots a bud shall blossom.” What is this stump? It is the House of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob… What is this shoot that comes from the stump, and the bud that shall blossom? It is the House of David! After many kings, and many failed attempts along the way, consider the imagery that all the kingdoms were laid low or had fallen; and all the stumps were dead, except for one… The Stump of Jesse, the father of David, the King whose house shall bring forth our Lord, and Christ gives us this House, The Church, who calls on you to bring it all to YOUR House and to your family, so that together, we have been, are now, and will always be of the House of the Lord GOD, OUR FATHER. Isaiah promises that our Lord JESUS CHRIST will come from this house, and that “justice shall be the band around his waist, and faithfulness a belt upon his hips, [allowing the] wolf [to] be a g

Deacon Kevin 12-4-22

2nd Sunday of Advent, Cycle A, Sunday Dec 4, 2022 “A voice of one crying out in the desert.” I tell you there have been times in my life when it felt like I too was in a desert. A desert of dryness. A desert of doubt. And there have been other times when I felt a longing to hear a lone voice. A voice of reason. A voice of sanity. Even the lone voice of faith. I want to share one of these times with you today, when I was alone, and in the desert, and someone called out to me, and hopefully in the process help you realize that none of us are truly alone. We are all in community, and we are all a family, as brothers and sisters in Christ. And each of us is also called to be ‘a voice of one, crying out in the desert.’ My desert, as it turns out, was a business trip some 15 years ago. I had been sent by my employer from my home in Houston, Texas to our office here in Huntsville to work on an Army proposal. I found myself one Sunday morning looking for a church to attend Mass, and I came t

Deacon Greg 11-20-22

Today is the Feast of Christ the King, the end of another Liturgical Year. In the past year, we’ve walked this Sunday-to-Sunday journey with the Gospel of Luke. A year ago, on the first Sunday of Advent, our walk began with this advice from our Lord as witnessed in Luke’s 21st chapter: “Be vigilant at all times and pray that you have the strength to escape the tribulations that are imminent and stand before the Son of Man (Luke 21: 35) Today, on this last step of our journey this year, we hear from the Good Thief, St. Dismas, who did indeed stand before the Lord, the Son of Man, as he hung on his own cross next to him, simply asking Jesus to remember him. Our bookends of this past year are simple… Be strong, be close to the Lord in prayer, and be ready to stand before the Lord with the faith of a converted heart. For Luke, the Son of Man is “The King,” as is evident in Pilate’s referring to him as King on the sign that hung over Jesus’ head as he hung upon the Cross, and in the Good T

Deacon Dan 11-20-22

I must admit that I was enthralled with the funeral rites that followed the death of Queen Elizabeth. The pomp, the ceremony, the precision of the young guard carrying out the historic event. I was most impressed by the Imperial Crown that was placed on the coffin while she lied in state. I saw the crown once on a tour through the Tower of London. It is “made of gold and set with 2,868 diamonds, 17 sapphires, 11 emeralds, 269 pearls, and 4 rubies.” It will soon be placed on the head of Charles. With its placement we certainly will hear “Long Live the King,” shouted out by the people. The choirs of the Church of England will sing the anthem “God Save the King.” Such is the elegance that surrounds this new earthly king, Charles II However, today we celebrate another King! So, what do we know about his kingship or his kingdom? In our first reading the writer of Samuel links his kingship to the fulfillment of the everlasting kingship promised to David and his dynasty. Paul reminds us we h

Deacon Kevin 10-30-22

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Deacon Greg 10-30-22

I think it is very important for me today to begin with the Jesus Prayer: “Lord Jesus Christ, Son of God, have mercy on me, a sinner.” Now I’m not just quoting a prayer, I’m praying this prayer in front of all of you today, on my own behalf, because my friends, Deacon Greg Thompson is a sinner! But as we heard in today’s First Reading from Wisdom, “before the LORD the whole universe is as a grain from a balance or a drop of morning dew come down upon the earth.But [the Lord has] mercy on all, because [God] can do all things; and overlook people's sins that they may repent. That they may repent… Today is about CHANGE, and that change must begin with a very heartfelt I’m sorry… So, I am sorry! When I go to confession, and I pray the Act of Contrition. There are two versions that we display in our confessionals here at the Parish. One uses a more traditional style of language: O My God, I am heartily sorry for having offended Thee, and I detest all my sins, because I dread the loss o