July 12, 2015

“BE A PROPHET IN YOUR OWN HOME”

Fr. Jose Miguel Jimenez, First Homily
July 5, 2015

I am Father Miguel. I was ordained one month ago, right here, at St Philip the Apostle. This parish is my first assignment as a new priest. I have heard many good things about you and how well you live your mission, Opus Christi— to do Christ’s Work. Now I join with you in ministry and in service and this makes me very happy.

I was born and raised in Colombia. Sometimes people ask me why I came to America to be a priest. Today’s Gospel gives the answer. Jesus says, “No prophet is without honor accept in his own country” … so I followed his advice and came to this country. Now it is my country too.  God has given us each other as a parish to live and to work together and to do whatever the Lord asks of us.

In today’s readings God has a beautiful invitation for all of us to be prophets.

A prophet has a special mission: “to become Christ’s witness in the midst of our world.”

How are we called to be prophets in our everyday lives? How are we asked to show in word and in deeds that God is important in our lives?

“Be a Prophet in Your Own Home”

I will share with you a story about my Grandmother.

She is 85 years old. She is a good Catholic, prays the rosary every day and likes to watch Mass on Television. My grandmother has a large family — 4 daughters, 4 sons and 16 grandchildren. Every summer our whole family visits my grandmother. Visiting her is a fun time. My cousins play soccer, we watch movies, or just rest and talk together.

My Grandmother prepares a delicious lunch for all of her grandchildren. She calls us into the dining room. Just when we are ready to eat— CLICK—-she turns on the TV. And guess what? Mass is on television. She times it perfectly!

We say, “We want to eat!” She says, “Watch the Mass!”

When the priest consecrates the bread into the Body of Christ and the wine into the Blood of Christ, my grandmother says to all of us, “Hold your hands together and pray for your family especially for the marriage of your parents.” Although we complain and are not very comfortable– it is a beautiful moment we will always remember.

She is a very smart prophet teaching us about faith, prayer and family when we are all together at her table. This is being a prophet in your own home.

Dear brothers and sisters, to be a prophet in our time, means to be a witness of the love of Christ in our daily world; this world is our family, our home. Sometimes it is difficult to witness to the Word of God among the people who know us very well.

Jesus had the same difficulty. When Jesus was teaching in the synagogue in his native place some people did not open their hearts to him because he was familiar to them. They said, “Is he not the carpenter, the son of Mary?” And they took offense at him.  Jesus was a prophet even when he was questioned. He witnessed to his Father in Heaven despite their criticism by curing the sick.

How can we witness to Christ when we are uncomfortable? Today’s second reading teaches us how. Saint Paul reminds us that the grace of God is sufficient for us, because God’s power is made perfect in weakness.  In other words, we can use God’s strength when we don’t have enough of our own. Don’t be afraid to be a prophet in your home.  Jesus invites us to share his mission, to do Christ’s work right in our everyday lives, with the people he gives us to love— perhaps right at our dining room table. Be a prophet in your own home.

Prayer for Father Miguel

Lord, we ask for your blessing upon our new priest, Fr. Miguel.

We thank you for the gifts and talents that you have bestowed upon him to fulfill his mission, OPUS CHRISTI, Christ’s work.

May we be generous in our welcome and ever grateful for his ministry.

May we and our new Companion on the Journey grow evermore deeply spiritually, socially and in service to one another to Christ our Lord.

– Amen

In Gratitude

I would like to thank each of you for your kindness extended to me last weekend. The outpouring of support, encouragement, love, and tribute is deeply appreciated. It was a memorable day for both me and my family. Please pray for me as I will continue to pray for you.
– Fr. Jared

MINISTRIES AND ORGANIZATIONS

Widow and Widowers

The Monday Night Group:  July 13th and 27th at 6:30 PM.
The New & Recently Bereaved Group: Wednesday, July 22nd at 7:00 PM.

Separated & Divorced Support Group

Divorce Healing Group: 2nd and 4th Monday of each month, 7:00 PM in the Molloy Center on July 13th & 27th.

Prime Timers upcoming trips 2015-2016

If you are pondering the Viking River Cruise: Tulips and Windmills April 6-16, 2016, you might be interested in knowing that it holds only 175 guests.  Three from our parish are just waiting for flyers to sign up.  All tours are included in the price.

If you think you might be interested please call Sr. Christine at 973-779-1295 for a flyer.

Carnival Sponsor

A special thank you to St. Philip’s Columbiettes for their support as a sponsor for the Carnival in June.  They were omitted in last weekend’s bulletin.

Pray for

The Sick: Ann Marie Kwiatkowski, Derrick Medeiros, Tressa Bandel Domboski, Joan Hughes, Mildred Nerone, Silvia Berardo, Lara Buell, John Timochko, Ted Stefaniszyn, Margaret Schweighardt

The Newly Baptized:
Dylan Alexander Rodrigues, child of Alexander and Nicole

The Deceased:  Robert Ferrante, Maurice Rossi

To read complete bulletin click here