October 20, 2019Download the Bulletin as a PDF
When did Jesus begin to be God?
Wrong question. Jesus is God. He is God the Son. He is the Second Person of the Holy Trinity.
The Faithful used to reflect on these words read aloud by the priest in the traditional Mass immediately after the Final Blessing:
In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God; all things were made through him, and without him was not anything made that was made. In him was life, and the life was the light of men. The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it. There was a man sent from God, whose name was John. He came for testimony, to bear witness to the light, that all might believe through him. He was not the light, but came to bear witness to the light. The true light that enlightens every man was coming into the world. He was in the world, and the world was made through him, yet the world knew him not. He came to his own home, and his own people received him not. But to all who received him, who believed in his name, he gave power to become children of God; who were born, not of blood nor of the will of the flesh nor of the will of man, but of God. And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, full of grace and truth; we have beheld his glory, glory as of the only Son from the Father. John 1,1-14
Meditate on these words in the moments after Holy Communion.
In the last few weeks an Italian journalist Eugenio Scalfari cast doubt on Pope Francis’ faith in the divinity of Jesus.
In the next few days we celebrate the blessing of the cornerstone of St. John parish church by Bishop Peter Ireton on 21 October 1956.
Mr. Scalfari’s scurrilous misquotation and His Excellency’s sacred dedication provide an opportunity to reflect on the firm foundation of our Christian faith: Jesus Christ is Lord.
When did God reveal Himself through the Incarnation?
At a specific place and time in history, in a dwelling made of human hands, inside the womb of the Blessed Virgin Mary. And His dwelling among us continues in every Catholic Church of brick and stone, hidden inside every tabernacle of gold, welling up within every soul in Communion with Him.
Pope St. John Paul II, pray for us!
Fr. Christopher J. Pollard
“Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever.” (Heb 13,8)