Sacred Heart Church

Fourht Sunday in Ordinary Time


January 29, 2022

LIVE THE LITURGY

Nativity

In my parents' bedroom, there were on the wall two photos of my mom and dad from their early adulthoods. The photo of my mother entranced me when I was a boy. I loved looking at it, even though I saw her in daily life. Something about that picture captured her perfectly. It was an image of the joy, wisdom, beauty, and strength that enveloped me from the start of my life. It was an icon of the woman who fed, taught, and encouraged me. I felt a deep pride that I came from such beauty.

The beatitudes of Jesus are a kind of self-portrait. But it is a strange picture. At first, the blessings of being poor, mourning, and hungering, and thirsting for righteousness may seem bizarre or, worse, a religious delusion. Who wants to look like that? But if we look again, we begin to see the characteristics of Jesus' form. He becomes poor and fills it with his riches for us, he weeps and mourns for us, and fills it with his joy, he hungers and thirsts for us to be righteous, and so satisfies us. And so on. It's the way he appears on the cross.

Perhaps we should put on our bedroom room walls the words of the beatitudes next to a crucifix of the Lord Jesus. Then we can do what the beatitudes are designed for, to gaze at the joy, wisdom, beauty, and strength of the one who is our origin, and who is with us every day. And little by little, we'll start to look like him.
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PRO-LIFE CORNER

Abortion on demand has, in my judgment, contributed significantly to an environment in our country in which life has become very cheap.
- Robert Casey

A FAMILY PERSPECTIVE

It is in our family that we learn to be merciful and comforting to others. The Beatitudes of the Kingdom of God begin at home and depend on you. Parents lead the way.
Bud Ozar

Everyday Stewardship Reflections

When I think of the Beatitudes, I think of collectible coffee mugs emblazoned with the words Blessed are the peacemakers, with little pastel flowers stenciled in the white spaces of the lettering. I think of greeting cards and decorative wall hangings.

Why? These are the Beatitudes, for heaven's sake - revolutionary and radical. An uncompromising impeachment of worldly values. They are the opposite of banal. But I cringed from my head to my toes when I read my first draft of this reflection, a retelling of a time in my life when I decided to embrace humility and meekness. I realized that the Beatitudes aren't something I can tell you about. Poverty of spirit, the hunger for righteousness, the gladness God gives to the downtrodden - these are concepts that must be animated within us. They must be lived. So instead of telling you my story, I want you to tell yours.

I invite you to think of a time when you were vulnerable. When you were discouraged or humbled or felt like a failure. A time when you were cut low. The loss of a job, perhaps, or the rejection of a loved one. The abrupt end of some road that you felt sure would be long and prosperous.

Resentment, envy, and vengefulness flourish in moments like this. Did you experience those feelings? Did you embrace them? Did you want to?

What did the world tell you this moment should mean?

What does Christ tell you it should mean? Have you figured it out, or are you still working on it?
- (Stewardship Reflection, Catholic Stewardship Consultants, Inc. 2019/8/1

Prayer Requests

Mark Blackie, Rod Baronner, Dan Bauer, John Belin, Damian Branas, Vince Bumann, Jack Chilcote, Karen Claar, Carol Clemens, Brandon Conaway, Shirley Conlon, Denise Conrad, James Conrad, Kathy Corl, William Costlow, Bob Decker, John Delin, Joan Donnelly, Matt Dorman, Amelia Doughurty, Lois Duncan, Sam Dunio, Ruth Ann Frederick, Herman Frederick, Shane Gladfelter, Phyllis Hartman, Phyllis Hauser, Ralph Hildebrand, Lucy Horton, Austin Judy, Kenny Anthony Keagy, Sue Koehle, John Leshene, Janet Lego, Beth Lloyd, Cindy Lytle, Ed McConnell, Chad McDowell, Charles McGrain, Bev Mueller, Bonnie Neal, Kevin O'Rourke, Bill Orr, Karen Pacifico, Gail Pearson, Alice Pielmeier, Sarah Rihno-vich, Patti Robinson, Brian Sherbin, Hank Sherbin, Laura Snyder, Cheryl Swain, Margo Wascher.

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