High school students: Want to join a community of fun, meaningful conversation, service, and worship? We meet every Wednesday in the NEW Youth Room at St Thomas from 7-9pm. Text Benjy Miller (Youth Minister) at 815.348.7785 for more info or if you just want to talk or hangout.
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Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but only the one who does the will of my Father who is in heaven. (Matthew 7:21)
The Book of Malachi is three chapters long. The Name Malachi means “My Messenger”. It is believed to be written sometime before Nehemiah came to town around 455 BC. The people of God returned from exile, but their hearts were still not turned back to Him. The priests were still offering blemished sacrifices, but the prophecy in Chapter 1 verse 11 tells of the Sacrifice of the Mass. Chapter Three, verses two and three states, “But who will endure the day of his coming, and who can stand when he appears? For he is like a refiner’s fire, or like the fuller’s lye. He will sit refining and purifying [silver], and he will purify the sons of Levi, refining them like gold or silver that they may offer the due sacrifice to the Lord.” This is in reference to Zechariah 13:9 and Isaiah 1:25. But, all the Old testament references are pointing to the coming of Jesus. Jesus will offer the true sacrifice; the source of our worship at Mass. He will purify us with the once and for all sacrifice that comes to us in the Mass and whose power comes to us in Baptism, confession and anointing of the sick. Malachi sets the stage for the coming Messiah. Continue reading
The Hundredfold Workshop Saturday, October 21, 9am-2pm, at St. Rita Church in Rockford. The Hundredfold Workshop will re-ignite our focus on vocations—to marriage, family, priesthood, and religious life. Practically speaking, the workshop will focus on creating a parish-based Vocation Ministry to educate and inspire adults and young people. Who Should Attend: All Catholics interested in helping to promote vocations are invited. In particular, this includes lay leaders such as Parish Council Presidents or catechists, as well as those with an official capacity, such as priests, deacons, sisters, parish staff, DREs, Catholic school staff and faculty, youth ministers, campus ministers, etc. *There is no cost to attend the workshop. Lunch is provided. Please register online at RockfordDiocese.org.
Micah is seven chapters long. Micah lived at the same time as Isaiah. He challenged all those in authority within Judaism when they did wrong. It is noted that the reforms of Hezekiah were influenced by Micah and what he had to say. Micah prophesies doom and gloom with a little hope. That little hope that some are familiar with, is from Chapter 10:1-4 “But you, Bethlehem-Ephrathah, too small to be among the clans of Judah, from you shall come forth for me one who is to be ruler over Israel; Whose origin is from of old, from ancient times. Therefore, the Lord will give them up, until the time when she who is to give birth has born, and the rest of his brothers shall return to the children of Israel. He shall stand firm and shepherd his flock by the strength of the Lord, in the majestic name of the Lord, his God; and they shall remain, for now his greatness shall reach to the ends of the earth; he shall be peace.” It is a prophecy of the coming of Jesus. Jesus is the Messiah, the long-awaited King of Israel! Continue reading
El Señor espera que demos frutos de amor. Tanto el profeta Isaías como el evangelio de Mateo utilizan la imagen de la viña para resaltar la relación de Dios con su pueblo. La viña era la casa de Israel. Yahvé la plantó, arregló y preparó con todo esmero para que diera fruto. Derrochó en ella todo su amor. Sólo esperaba de ella una cosa: que diera uvas, el fruto de la vid. En el pacto de la Alianza en el Sinaí quedó claro el compromiso de ambas partes: “vosotros seréis mi pueblo y yo seré vuestro Dios”. El Señor fue fiel, pero el pueblo olvidó su juramento. Dios sólo deseaba que diera frutos de amor, por su propio bien, por su propia felicidad. A pesar de todo, envió a sus mensajeros los profetas (los criados de la parábola) para recordárselo, pero no sólo no les escucharon sino que les apedrearon o les mataron. ¿Qué más podía hacer por su viña que no haya hecho? Lo impensable: envió a su propio hijo. Pero los labradores acabaron con su vida para quedarse con la viña. Continue reading