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The Fourth Sunday in Ordinary Time- February 1, 2015
The people in the gospel twice responded to Jesus as one with authority: when he taught them and when he cast out the "unclean spirit." What was this authority? Both in word and deed Jesus touched people in their need. The people were "astonished" and "amazed" because Jesus was saying and doing something new. He was revealing God's very presence and life-- he is "the Holy One of God" among them and among us.
Authority is a major problem for Jesus’ contemporaries. No one denies the mighty deeds of power that Jesus performs. What troubles them is the source of his authority. Is it God? (Mark, of course, has already told this to his listeners and readers a number of times.) Or is it the world of the other, lesser gods and spirits?
The people in the synagogue at Capernaum have not yet decided. The fact, however, is very clear. Jesus the artisan from Nazareth has authority and effective power to do what he does. He behaves not shamefully, out of alignment with his status, but rather quite honorably. And this is why Mark concludes by noting: “At once his reputation [honor] began to spread throughout the surrounding region of Galilee
This final note affects the honor of both Jesus and the healed man. The gossip network proclaims a new honor status for Jesus (teaches with authority; has power over unclean spirits) that contrasts with his status “of Nazareth.” It also restores honor to the man now released from the power of unclean spirits. He can reclaim his rightful place in the community.
The Western tendency to rationalize the ancient understanding of spirits is rooted in the fact that Westerners have much more power over their lives and circumstances than the ancients believed they had. Today’s reflection invites Westerners to consider how wisely or imprudently they use their power.
Ministry of Welcome/Greeters:
On behalf of all at Sacred Heart I wish to thank the following parishioners who have volunteered to be greeters: Lupe Barrett, Brenda Beridon, Mac Brell, Carolyn Burns, Marcy Campbell, Betty Chinn, Kelly Hake, Peggy Kirkpatrick, Dottie Lee, Marie Liscom, Jeanne Nicolds, Georgeanne Pucillo, Pat Thul, Sonia Verville, Dave and Joanne Vina and Brenda and Jerry Zwiefelhofer. They have taken up this ministry of becoming the face of Christ, welcoming people to our Sacred Heart Parish and community. God bless you in your service.
Thank You To Our Grounds Crew
Macheal Haskins, Tom Simovich, and Bob Somers have been hard at work keeping our grounds neat and tidy and preparing for spring. Thank you all and God bless and keep you.
The Mardi Gras Crab Feed on Sunday, February 22nd
with doors opening at 3pm is a venture by both parishes for fundraising with 50% going to each parish. Our Mardi Gras celebration comes a few days after Lent begins. The kitchen work is all taken care of. We are in need of a chairperson from each parish to assist me in this joint venture to coordinate for set-up, take-down, 50-50 raffle and more. Anyone interested is asked to contact Fr Tom. The Feed will be at Sacred Heart as the hall is being used at St Bernard’s earlier in the day. Tickets are on sale at the parish offices and only 150 tickets will be sold.
People who bring Holy Communion to the homebound or would like to bring Holy Communion to the homebound. Please circle you calendars for an informational gathering on one of two dates, Saturday Jan 31st at St Bernard’s Parish Hall from 12:30-2 or on Monday, Feb 2 from 6:30-8pm at Sacred Heart Parish Center (soup Tortellini sausage). Both nights deal with the same information. Please RSVP to your parish office if you are coming Monday night.
The Big Event at Redwood Acres will take place Friday, May 8th this year. We thank Rita for her great generosity. We are in need of two co-chairpersons for this event as this event is our major fundraiser which is greatly needed by the parish. If interested please notify the office.
People who bring Holy Communion to the homebound or would like to bring Holy Communion
to the homebound. Please circle your calendars for an informational gathering on one of two dates: Saturday, Jan 31st at St. Bernard’s Parish hall from 12:30-2pm or Monday, Feb.2nd from 6:30-8pm at Sacred Heart Parish Center (soup is tortellini sausage). Both nights deal with the same information. Please RSVP to your parish office if you are coming.
The bartender was washing his glasses, and an elderly Irishman came in and with great difficulty, hoisted his bad leg over the barstool, pulled himself up painfully, asked for a sip of Irish whiskey. The Irishman looked down the bar and said, "Is that Jesus down there?" The bartender nodded and the Irishman told him to give Jesus an Irish whiskey also.
The next patron was an ailing Italian with a hunched back and slowness of movement. He shuffled up to the barstool and asked for a glass of Chianti. He also looked down the bar and asked if that was Jesus sitting down there. The bartender nodded and the Italian said to give Him a glass of Chianti, also. The third patron, a redneck, swaggered in dragging his knuckles on the floor and hollered. "Bar keep, set me up a cold one. Hey, is that God's Boy down there?" The barkeep nodded, and the redneck told him to give Jesus a cold one too.
As Jesus got up to leave, he walked over to the Irishman and touched him and said, "For your kindness, you are healed!" The Irishman felt the strength come back to his leg, and he got up and danced a jig to the door. Jesus touched the Italian and said, "For your kindness you are healed!" The Italian felt his back straighten and he raised his hands above his head and did a flip out the door. Jesus walked toward the redneck, and the redneck jumped back and exclaimed, "Don't touch me, I'm drawin' disability!"
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