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Bishops Letter May 13, 2020 (English)

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Bishops Letter May 13, 2020 (Espanol)

PREVIOUS READINGS and MESSAGES

Sunday June 28th Reflection:

There are  two central  themes in the readings of this Sunday: the supreme need of our dying to ourselves and living for Jesus and of eagerly receiving  God's messages and messengers. Both the themes are interrelated.

 

The prophet Elisha lived about 800 years before Christ. He used to go often to Mount Carel to pray. Those were days when there were no hotels or motels. So travelers often had to depend upon the hospitality of the people along the way. Thus Elisha would often stay at the home of an elderly couple who lived near Mount Carmel on his way there. The couple were extremely gracious to him. The first reading speaks of how they were richly rewarded for their kindness to him.

 

Paul reminds us that through baptism we were buried with Jesus and so we must live in the newness of that life. The meaning of Jesus saying that we should not love anyone or anything more than him is the same. Todays' gospel passage is part of the instructions Jesus gave the apostles before sending them to preach in his name. He says: "whoever receives you receives me." It is extremely important that we welcome God's messengers - the Pope, the Bishops and the priests - and listen to their messages and humbly live according to them.

 

           Fr. Jimmy. 

Wednesday July 1st, we celebrate the feast of St. Junipero Serra.

 

Statues honoring him have become a point of tension in recent days. I encourage all to read this profound letter to the faithful by Archbishop José H. Gomez.

 

Español:

https://angelusnews.com/archbishops-esp/carta-a-los-fieles-para-el-memorial-de-san-junipero-serra/

English: 

https://angelusnews.com/voices/letter-to-the-faithful-for-the-memorial-of-st-junipero-serra/

With the assurance of my continued prayers,

 

The Most Reverend Michael C. Barber, S.J.

Bishop of Oakland

Sunday June 21st Reflection 

“Do not be afraid”

 

Surgeon: “Just relax, Michael. Do not be afraid. It’s just a simple surgery.”

 

Patient: “My name isn’t Michael.”

 

Surgeon: “I know, my name is Michael.”

 

In today’s gospel, Jesus tells his disciples not to be afraid because “nothing is concealed that will not be revealed.” Jesus goes on to assure His disciples not to be afraid of those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul. Indeed, fear can cripple or even silence us. The bottom line is that we have a Father who loves us, provides for us, and protects us.

 

Have we kept quiet or kept our distance because of fear? Have we taken the safe way in the face of danger, inconvenience, or intimidation? Let us look into our hearts today if we have denied the Lord and His Gospel truths in any way whatsoever. The Lord’s encouragement is clear: “Everyone who acknowledges me before others I will acknowledge before my heavenly Father.” The Lord’s warning is equally clear: “But whoever denies me before others I will deny before my heavenly Father.”

 

The best way to overcome our fears is to surrender everything to the Father with trust. We all have fears, real or imagined. A strong relationship with God can help us face and overcome our fears, and it is in prayer that we begin to see the light and gain courage.

 

Today we pray: “Lord, help us to trust more and fear less, to hope more and despair less, to believe more and doubt less, to pray more and talk less, to praise more and criticize less.” amen.

 

Fr. Dante

Sunday June 14th Reflection:

Unless we eat we die. This is true not only of our body but also of our soul. Jesus gives us the food we need for our souls. That is what we celebrate this weekend: the Feast of The Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ.

 

The people of Israel had a long journey of 40 years before they could reach the Promised Land. Along the way they faced all kinds of afflictions:  hunger, thirst, heat, exhaustion, disease, serpents, and so on. But God took care of them in spite of all that, especially with the Manna. Now that their journey is about to be over and they would soon take possession of the land God had promised to give them, Moses is concerned that the new found prosperity and comfort of that land might make them forget the Lord's mercies and goodness to them. So he reminds them of the various dangers and difficulties they had along the way, but how God protected them, especially of His feeding them with the manna. 

 

We too are on a long journey, a life-long journey until we reach our Promised Land, heaven. We too face difficulties and 'afflictions' along the way. We too need help and strength in this perilous and hard journey. Just as for the Israelites, for us too, the Lord is the one who provides what we need. That help and food is the Eucharist. Jesus who gave his life for our sake on Calvary also gives us his own Body and Blood as our nourishment along the way. He assures us that His Body and Blood guarantees our eternal life. "The one who feeds on me will have life because of me.  .... whoever eats this bread will live forever". The Eucharist is our life and salvation. Let us have a deep love and devotion to the Holy Eucharist.

 

                   Fr. Jimmy. 

Sunday June 7th

1st: Exodus 34:4b-6, 8-9

Response: Glory and praise for ever!

2nd: 2 Corinthians 13:11-13

Gospel: John 3:16-18

Reflection:

 

Holy Trinity

 

Today is Trinity Sunday. In today’s gospel, we hear the most important verse in the Bible: “For God so loved the world that He gave His only Son, so that everyone who believes in Him might not perish but might have eternal life.” What a consolation, what a joy, to know that we are loved, and that we are called to share in the life and love of the Trinity- the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit.

 

The good news also is that we are all welcome into the Trinitarian circle of love. We are all unworthy servants, but we all have been invited to God’s very heart. What a blessing, what a privilege!

 

It is a privilege to be connected with the Trinity. We have not only instant but also unlimited access. And not only that, we have an interactive access within our reach. With the Trinity, a network is always available, unlimited and toll-free.

 

Please remember that life is a journey. The journey can be difficult filled with tears and fears, and it can also be a very lonely journey. The biggest assurance and consolation in our journey through life is that we are journeying with the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, the love of God and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit are always with us.

 

Our journey then is a journey with the Trinity and to the Trinity. Our life has a direction. We have a final destination, Heaven, where we will be fully united with the Trinity. So may the Holy Triune God live in our hearts now and in eternity. On the road WITH the Trinity, TO the Trinity.

 

Fr. Dante

Hi, St. Callistus parishioners,

 

Once again, let me remind you that today is Pentecost which is the third most important feast in the Liturgical calendar of the Church. We remember the Holy Spirit coming upon the apostles transforming them entirely and once for all into solid, committed disciples on fire for their Master, ready to lay down their life for Him and for His gospel. I ask you to pray to the Holy Spirit fervently to change us also into disciple of Jesus who love him more than anything and anyone else and Jesus becomes all in all for us.

 

Today is also the last day of May, and May is the month specifically dedicated to devotion to our Blessed Mother. Mary's role in the salvation history is unique; she is the one God, the Father, designated as the Mother of all believers in Jesus and she has been fulfilling that role so well ever since. During the last several years we used to pray the rosary in front of our grotto here for her, remembering her apparitions and message at Fatima. Due to corona we could not do that this year. But on this final day of May I would ask and hope that you will pray the rosary in her honor in your homes and pray for her intercessions for you and for the parish and for me and for Fr. Dante.

 

I hope to see many of you today here at the Church to receive Holy Communion. Remember also to pass the info to your friends and family that we are giving Communion outside the Church until we are able to open our Church and celebrate Mass there. Please also pray that the day when we can worship God inside our Church comes sooner than later.

 

With all the grace and blessings of the feast of Pentecost,

 

Fr. Jimmy

Your Pastor.

Reflection Sunday May 31st

 

This Sunday we celebrate the great feast of Pentecost. It is the third most important feast of the Christian Faith, next in line after Christmas and Easter.

 

The 'story' of Pentecost is very familiar to us: the apostles are gathered together; there is the sudden, powerful wind, the Holy Spirit descending upon them in the form of tongues of fire; the timid apostles are on fire for Jesus and they immediately start preaching about Jesus and his gospel. The practically illiterate apostles speak in different tongues and everyone in the huge audience hears the message in their own language! Three thousand people right away accept Jesus as their Savior and are baptized; the inauguration of the Church as the Body of Christ.

 

We may not have the gift of tongues. That is not important. The ability to speak languages which one never learned is a special gift of the Holy Spirit. But we all have been given different abilities, qualities and talents. What is important is that we use whatever gifts God has given us for the cause of the message of the gospel, the same message the apostles preached to the people on the day of Pentecost and ever after: that is, let other people come to know of the love of God for them and thus follow God's ways and so reach eternal life in heaven, the purpose God created all human beings for. 

 

Jesus calls us also to be his witnesses. We too received the Holy Spirit at our baptism and our Confirmation; we too received the gifts of the Spirit. Let us pray to the Holy Spirit to strengthen us to live as faithful and good witnesses of the Lord.

 

Fr. Jimmy

Your Pastor.

 

Sunday May 24th reflection:

There is a story about a priest who talking about heaven in his homily said, "We bring nothing with us when we die. There is no money in heaven! People in heaven have no money!"...The whole congregation was quiet, till a little girl whispered to her mother loud enough for all to hear, "Mama, mama, we're in heaven already!"

 

The Ascension of Jesus to heaven is a Christian teaching found in the New Testament when the resurrected Jesus was taken up to heaven in his resurrected body,[Acts 1:9-11] in the presence of eleven of his apostles, occurring 40 days after the resurrection.

 

Before Jesus ascended, he entrusted his mission to the Apostles saying, “Go, therefore, make disciples of all nations...” (Matt 28:19) Jesus passed on to his disciples the ‘baton’ – the responsibility of proclaiming the Kingdom of God. He commissioned them to continue the work He had begun. Jesus told His disciples to be His witnesses to the ends of the world. He told them to be His teachers to the nations. As he commissioned them, he also enjoins us today to do the same. With this feast of the Ascension we are commissioned by our Lord Himself… “Go and make disciples of all nations”. We can do this by simply becoming the person God meant us to be. We can become witnesses and teachers of God’s message in our homes, in our work, in our school, in our neighborhood. This is the simple message of the Feast of Christ’s Ascension – it is to make the mission of Christ our mission and carry it out wherever we are.

 

Prayer: Lord empower us to do your mission, our mission, so we can spread the good news to all creation.

 

Fr. Dante

Sunday May 17 reflection

 

I begin this reflection by quoting from a WhatsApp message a friend of mine sent to me the other day. Quoting from the prophet he says: " "I will never fail you nor forsake you'.  Amazing words of reassurance at this time of uncertainly and fear due to corona pandemic. Invisible virus teaching humankind the art of living. We will emerge better human beings".

 

Jesus gives us the same message of trust and peace in today's gospel. The apostles were not only sad and dejected but totally lost, feeling themselves stupid and foolish for having bet their lives on a man who was about to abruptly leave them. To them the future seemed not only dark and bleak but of complete hopelessness. To them come the words of the Master: "I will not leave you orphans ...but you will see me (again) (and) because I live you will live". 

 

Right now corona and Covid-19 also cause us great alarm and anxiety. Outwardly, there is only darkness, fear and uncertainty. However, the words of the one who called us to follow him is so reassuring and strengthening. He himself went through darkness and fear. He even cried out: "My God, my God, why have you forsaken me". Still he had such confidence in his Father so he said so to say in the next breath: "Father, into your hands I commend my spirit". And the Father brought him to the glory of the resurrection. The same Lord will lead us also to peace and safety once again. He is the One in control of everything.

 

Let me conclude this reflection by quoting from my friend's message once again. "Instead of feeling depressed or disillusioned, let us remember that God is with us. Through this corona, God is leading humankind to a better way of life. More time for oneself, family, exercise, rest, prayer, meditation, reading, listening to music, reviewing one's own life goals ... less global warming, less pollution,  less consumption, less arrogance, less selfishness, more fresh air, and more love".  

 

How true!!! is not the current corona situation God calling us to get out of our hectic pace of life, and deeply think of what life is about, what life is for! Life is God's one-time gift to us. Let us make the best of it. Let us enjoy it meaningfully. Let us always remember the words of Jesus:  "I am with you always. ALWAYS means, always, no matter what. 

 

Fr. Jimmy Thottapally

Your Pastor.

Sunday May 10th Readings:

 

1st:  Acts of the Apostles 6:  1-7

Response:   “Lord, let your mercy be on us, as we place our trust in you”

 

2nd:   1st Peter 2:  4-9

 

Gospel:  John 14:  1-12

 

The Words of Jesus are so consoling for us in today’s Gospel. He tells us, “Do not let your hearts be troubled.” However, it is so easy to forget these words especially when we go through rough seas in life. The truth is that we do not, we cannot, immediately focus on God and His words when we are in the middle of a storm. Our first instinct is to survive or go beyond the ordeal before us. Almost on hindsight, we remember God, and then we put Him in the picture. Soon after we see His picture, the big picture!

 

Do you have any problem before you right now? How long has it been burdening you already? Put God in the picture and immediately you will see the Big Picture, and realize that your problem is just a speck in the Big Picture. Remember this: if you worry, you magnify your problem. If you trust in God you will end up magnifying Him. Amen.

 

Fr. Dante

 

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