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Annunciation Awakening Retreat March 15-17, 2019
Come away with us to be with Jesus and experience God’s abiding love for you.
From Bulletin, Sunday, December 9
QUOTE OF THE WEEK:
“To one who has faith, no explanation is necessary. To one without faith, no explanation is possible.”
—St. Thomas Aquinas
This week and next, our Gospel readings invite us to consider John the Baptist and his relationship to Jesus. John the Baptist appears in the tradition of the great prophets, preaching repentance and reform to the people of Israel. To affirm this, Luke quotes at length from the prophet Isaiah. John baptizes for repentance and for forgiveness of sins, preparing the way for God's salvation.
The three Synoptic Gospels—Mark, Matthew, and Luke—attest to the importance of the baptism of John in preparing for Jesus. Only the Gospel of Luke, however, extends the connection between these two men to their birth. The first two chapters of Luke's Gospel contain the Infancy Narrative, which tells about the births of John the Baptist and Jesus. These stories set the stage for the beginning of Jesus' public ministry in chapter three.
The evangelist Luke is the author of the Gospel that bears his name, and he also wrote the Acts of the Apostles as a continuation of the story of Jesus and the Church. In these two works, Luke's sense of time and history emerges. He identifies three epochs of salvation history: the time before Christ, the time of Christ, and the time of the Church and the Holy Spirit. In today's Gospel reading, as elsewhere, John the Baptist is presented as the figure who bridges the time before Christ and prepares the way for Christ's own ministry.
In today's Gospel we also note Luke's attention to political and historical detail. Luke shows that salvation is for all people and situated in world events. Therefore, Luke lists the political and religious leaders at the time of John's appearance in the desert. Salvation is understood as God's breaking into this political and social history.
John's preaching of the coming of the Lord is a key theme of the Advent season. As John's message prepared the way for Jesus, we too are called to prepare ourselves for Jesus' coming. We respond to John's message by repentance and reform of our lives. We are also called to be prophets of Christ, who announce by our lives the coming of the Lord, as John did.
FEAST OF OUR LADY OF GUADALUPE is Wednesday, December 12. Our Lady of Guadalupe is the Patroness of the Americas, and her image which miraculously appeared on the tilma of St. Juan Diego in 1531 can still be seen today at the Shrine of Our Lady of Guadalupe in Mexico City. We will have a bilingual Mass at 8:15am on Wednesday (with our school students in attendance) to celebrate this great Feast Day!
PARISH PENANCE SERVICE & FIRST RECONCILIATION will be Saturday morning, December 15 at 10:00am in the Church. Several priests will be available to hear confessions. Come receive God’s tremendous mercy to prepare your heart for the celebration of Christmas!
ANNUNCIATION AWAKENING RETREAT: For those who have not been before, I invite you to come on our biannual retreat called the “Annunciation Awakening Retreat” on the weekend of March 15 – 17. The retreat will be held at Dunrovin Retreat Center, which is located on 50 secluded acres of national park in Marine on St. Croix, MN. At the retreat you will learn more about God the Father’s tremendous love for you and have the opportunity to establish and deepen your personal relationship with Christ.
The Retreat will include: Mass, Confession opportunities, Eucharistic Adoration, Communal Prayer Times, Music, Talks by Father Park, Small Groups/Fellowship, and time for silence & rest. You can sign up for the Awakening Retreat through our parish website: www.annunciationmsp.org/church/