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Some who had come down from Judea were instructing the brothers,
“Unless you are circumcised according to the Mosaic practice,
you cannot be saved.”
Because there arose no little dissension and debate
by Paul and Barnabas with them,
it was decided that Paul, Barnabas, and some of the others
should go up to Jerusalem to the apostles and elders
about this question.
The apostles and elders, in agreement with the whole church,
decided to choose representatives
and to send them to Antioch with Paul and Barnabas.
The ones chosen were Judas, who was called Barsabbas,
and Silas, leaders among the brothers.
This is the letter delivered by them:
“The apostles and the elders, your brothers,
to the brothers in Antioch, Syria, and Cilicia
of Gentile origin: greetings.
Since we have heard that some of our number
who went out without any mandate from us
have upset you with their teachings
and disturbed your peace of mind,
we have with one accord decided to choose representatives
and to send them to you along with our beloved Barnabas and Paul,
who have dedicated their lives to the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.
So we are sending Judas and Silas
who will also convey this same message by word of mouth:
‘It is the decision of the Holy Spirit and of us
not to place on you any burden beyond these necessities,
namely, to abstain from meat sacrificed to idols,
from blood, from meats of strangled animals,
and from unlawful marriage.
If you keep free of these,
you will be doing what is right. Farewell.’”
The angel took me in spirit to a great, high mountain
and showed me the holy city Jerusalem
coming down out of heaven from God.
It gleamed with the splendor of God.
Its radiance was like that of a precious stone,
like jasper, clear as crystal.
It had a massive, high wall,
with twelve gates where twelve angels were stationed
and on which names were inscribed,
the names of the twelve tribes of the Israelites.
There were three gates facing east,
three north, three south, and three west.
The wall of the city had twelve courses of stones as its foundation,
on which were inscribed the twelve names
of the twelve apostles of the Lamb.
I saw no temple in the city
for its temple is the Lord God almighty and the Lamb.
The city had no need of sun or moon to shine on it,
for the glory of God gave it light,
and its lamp was the Lamb.
Jesus said to his disciples:
“Whoever loves me will keep my word,
and my Father will love him,
and we will come to him and make our dwelling with him.
Whoever does not love me does not keep my words;
yet the word you hear is not mine
but that of the Father who sent me.
“I have told you this while I am with you.
The Advocate, the Holy Spirit,
whom the Father will send in my name,
will teach you everything
and remind you of all that I told you.
Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you.
Not as the world gives do I give it to you.
Do not let your hearts be troubled or afraid.
You heard me tell you,
‘I am going away and I will come back to you.’
If you loved me,
you would rejoice that I am going to the Father;
for the Father is greater than I.
And now I have told you this before it happens,
so that when it happens you may believe.”
For the Church:
That we may seek distance from division, and instead embrace the guidance and wisdom of the Holy Spirit to encourage and promote unity…
For our city, state, nation, and world:
That disillusionment, suffering, and fear may surrender to the Peace of our risen Christ…
For the sons and daughters of God celebrating the sacrament of Confirmation this weekend:
May they give witness to Christ by lives built on faith and love…
For our St. Monica community:
That we may reach out to those around us who live in anxiety and fear, guiding them to find calm in the presence of God...
For those who are ill:
Debi McCamish, Ann Marie Thompson, Barry Wyse, David Sanderson, Florel Correa, Mirian Polio, Jackie McAllister, Trent Dingman, Cheryl McMichael, Irma Davila, Silvana Cristina Cocilova, Robert Leo Stone, Kimberly Taylor, Robert Gonzalez, Nina Juliano Rudloff...
For those who have gone to their rest in the Lord:
Anne McMaster, Edelmira Castro, Jean McClure Gomez. Alice Repanti, Patricia Regan, Inez West, Kirk MacDonald, Margaret Ryan Linke, Kimberly Kay Schmidt...
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I believe you are really here in the Blessed Sacrament.
I love you more than anything in the world,
And I hunger to receive you.
But since I cannot receive Communion at this time,
Feed my soul at least spiritually.
I unite myself to you now,
As I do when I actually receive you in Holy Communion
As an engaged parent, I am able to stay on the pulse of what is happening at Saint Monica Preparatory because of the nature of my job. It can be both a blessing and a curse in some ways—Leland knows his way around the Caruso Center as much as he does the play structure! However, that is the function of a parish. It is our spiritual home. It cares for us and we for it.
This weekend, our community is excited to continue the development of that spiritual home—like we've done for the past 27 years—with SMASH, which stands for Saint Monica Academic and Spiritual Heritage. In so many ways, our community of parish and schools supports each other, and that support fuels our fire and our passion for our faith. Our son will always have the support of that community. It is something to be cherished and looked after, as one should tend a fire. That's what this event provides: opportunities to improve our school as well as providing for the continuing education of our many teachers, catechists, and staff.
We are blessed to be a part of that heritage, it ignites us in many ways. What should we ultimately do with blessings? Send them forth, just like our priests send us forth after Mass, to love and to serve. We humbly serve our community this weekend and we hope that you get an opportunity to do the same, either by attending SMASH, purchasing an item from our auction, or entering the tuition raffle. Even if you don't have student in your own family—you can transfer the gift of a full year's tuition to any of our worthy students. And don't worry—Leland's is already covered.