January 14, 2018

COME AND SEE!

During this 75th anniversary of our parish, I want to share with you a meditation on these two words given by Saint Philip the Apostle, to Nathanael. “Come and See!”
(Jn1:43-50).

Early in this passage Jesus invites Saint Philip to follow Him. And as a result, Philip invites Nathanael with the same exact words that Jesus used when he asks the first two apostles Andrew and Peter to follow him, Come and See!

We can ask ourselves what Nathanael saw when he went and found Jesus? The passage states that he saw: “the Rabbi, the son of God, the king of Israel”(Jn1:49). But he also found someone who saw him first and admires him even though he already has a preconceived notion that nothing good can come from Nazareth.

Saint Philip’s invitation to Nathanael was elaborated with two verbs, to come and to see.

Basically, for Nathanael that “come” invites him to move out of his comfort zone and meet someone that was already lovingly waiting for him and he was not expected to reach. And to “see” refers to acquiring a clear understanding of the powerful truth of this person, Jesus of Nazareth, who is truth itself, and wants him to become one of his disciples.

These two words that came from the mouth of Saint Philip to Nathanael have been resounding as well for seventy-five years in our parish community. These two words have been given to those ahead of us, and to each of us, every time we read the sacred scripture and at the breaking of the bread on this altar.

These words have been the invitation to discover not just something but someone who is lovingly waiting to transform our life and the life of those to come. But, it is up to us to invite them in the same way that Philip did to Nathanael. What are you waiting? Come and See!
Fr. Julio

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JUBILEE YEAR 2018
The Year of our Lord 2018 is our parish Jubilee commemorating 75 years of fulfilling our mission of Opus Christi –which is Latin for Christ’s Work. During the decades our parish has been love in action, bringing good news through spiritual, service and social ministry

Jesus said to our parish patron St. Philip, “Whoever believes in me will do the works I do and even great works.”John 14:22

Our Jubilee Prayer
Rejoicing in you, O Lord, with thankful hearts we pray as.
We Remember
gratefully our pastcompanions on the Journey who
sacrifice inspires us.
We Celebrate
the good news of love in actionthat empowers spiritual,
service and social ministry.
We Believe
in God’s providence as faithfulstewards who continue
Christ’s work usingthe Keys to the Kingdom.
Amen

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BIBLE STUDY

The next Bible Study 8 week series begins on Monday, February 5 at 11 AM in the Molloy Center and ends on Monday, March 19. We will study the Gospel of St.Mark. It is the shortest of the four gospels and is likely the first to have been written.

It gives us more details of Jesus’s ministry than the others in a vivid style. Jesus is the Son of God who came to save humanity by sharing and giving his life for us. The gospel will help us all spiritually during the Season of Lent.

RELIGIOUS EDUCATION

The next class for grades 1 – 6 is February 4th and 25th
The next class for grades 2 and 7 – 10 is January 21
Denise Pannullo for Grades 1 – 8 at 973-779-1439
Victoria Velasco for Confirmation at 973-798-8772

YOUTH GROUP

Beginning in January, the Youth Group meetings will be moved to Sundays at 11 AM. The next meeting will be January 28th.

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