St. Edward Parish Bulletin, Jan 22, 2017

St. Edward Parish Bulletin, Jan 22, 2017

From The Font

“Land of Zebulun and land of Naphtali...”

Today’s entire Gospel is shrouded in the history of the Jewish people. We’re told that Jesus waited until John had been arrested to begin his preaching. Then, St. Matthew recalls a prophecy from Isaiah. It reads almost like Tolkien. Just before He begins His preaching, He withdraws to Capernaum, seemingly for no reason other than to fulfill the prophecy.

St. Matthew is deeply concerned with prophecy and he will quote the Old Testament far more than any of the other Gospel writers. It’s worth remembering that we do not believe that the Holy Spirit dictated the Gospels into the ears of the Gospel writers. Rather, these saintly men, Matthew, Mark, Luke and John each wrote their own texts in their own style and for their own purposes. St. Matthew, for example, was writing to convert Jews to Christianity. It makes sense, then, that he would connect Jesus to the prophecies of the Torah and the Prophets. St. Luke, on the other hand, was connected with St. Paul and was assisting him in preaching to the Greeks. Luke, then, wasn’t so worried about the Old Testament so much as he was worried about logic, argumentation, historical facts and his style of narrative. St. Luke also wrote the Acts of the Apostles. St. Mark was working with St. Peter and was writing mostly for the people of Rome. His text, then, is more direct and less flowery. His Greek is more bland and more Roman than any of the other Gospels.

St. John wrote his Gospel 25 years after the others and he wrote it for practicing Christians. They didn’t need to be convinced that Jesus was the Messiah - they needed to be instructed as to what that meant. St. John’s Gospel, then, is an entirely different animal and there’s little mention of Jesus’ frequent instruction not to spread the word about Him being the Son of God. That doesn’t mean that John misremembered or manipulated the facts, it means he’s telling the story to folks who already know some of the details. That changes the way the story is told.

The Bible is a challenging text to read and understand. Too often, folks on TV dismiss parts of the Bible as “contradictory” or “illogical.” That’s really not the case, but neither is the Bible an easy read. Don’t let that keep you from it though!

Thoughts from Fr. Ryan

On January 22, 1973, Warren Berger, Potter Stewart, William Douglas, William Brennan, Lewis Powell, Thurgood Marshall and Harry Blackmun - seven unelected men - decided that murdering children in the womb was somehow a logical extension of an implied “privacy clause” in the Constitution of the United States. Seven men caused the deaths of some 50,000,000 American children under the protection of law - many of their deaths bought and paid for with our tax dollars. That’s about 7,000,000 deaths apiece. They “legislated from the bench” in a piece of judicial activism which we remember as Roe v. Wade.

May God reward justices Rehnquist and White who dissented… Still, the legality of abortion is a crime against humanity which vastly outweighs the American slave trade, the Jim Crow laws. Even the Holocaust of Adolf Hitler only killed about a third as many Jews over his 12 or so years of power.

Mother Teresa of Calcutta was one of the great spokesmen for the unborn in this country. Her quippy, yet powerful statements to those in power - most specifically president Bill Clinton - still resound and were frequently remembered in this years’ political milieu. Perhaps more offensive that the fact that our nation undemocratically forced this evil upon us is the fact that so many Catholics continue to be supportive of friends, family, community leaders and politicians who are openly in favor of abortion. Would we be supportive of a neighbor who beat kittens with a baseball bat? What about an uncle who spray painted racial slurs on local homes? Would we be content with a politician who proposed a return to segregated restaurants? It’s unthinkable to consider the normalization of spousal abuse, cutting off the hand of a thief, limiting the vote to property-owning males, etc. Even in last year’s election… Locker room talk from Candidate Trump and shady emails from Candidate Clinton were considered enough to remove them from consideration for office.

We live in a world where it’s illegal to kill - even on accident - a bald eagle or a baby harp seal but it’s entirely legal and publicly funded to kill one’s own baby without the consent of the father. I would hope that everyone who is reading this agrees with it. Certainly, it’s impossible for a Catholic to be pro-choice in any circumstance whatsoever! But it’s worth remembering. Just as it’s worth considering our own personal past faults, failures, mistakes and sins. Wisdom comes from reflection after all.

If we don’t look at ourselves - as individuals and as a community - with honest and piercing eyes, we will not grow in the knowledge and love of God and we may well miss something God is trying to reveal to us. It’s not pleasant to look upon our faults. It’s unnerving to think on those things we can’t undo or repair or even affect. But there aren’t any reasons under heaven for us to fear facing those failures. God is God! He forgives those who repent. If we believe that, then we will have no cause to fear the bright light of truth shining upon both our good and our bad choices.

Calendar of Events

  • Confessions every Wed, Fri & Sat from 5p until Mass at 5:30p and on Sun from 9a until 9:30a Mass
  • Pastoral Council meeting monthly on the third Tuesday after the 5:30p Mass
  • Altar Society meeting every other month on the second Tuesday after the 5:30p Mass

  • Jan 23-27 Fr. Ryan in Washington, DC for the National March for Life

  • Feb 26 Bishop Talley visit -- Potluck Brunch--1st quarter social -- following 9:30 a.m. Mass

The Voice of the Basket

  • Weekly Budget FY 2016-17 $1,865
  • December Budget $7,460
  • December Income (Reg $9,172; Bldg $455) $9,627
  • December Actual Expenses $6,871
  • January Budget $9,325
  • Collection January 14/15 $1,426
  • January Income to Date $5,561

Stewardship The watchword today is “immediately”. Peter and Andrew, James and John all responded “immediately” to the call of Christ. May I be as open to God’s call and as ready to use my talents in His service as those first disciples were.

Special Collection Today, we will take up the Collection for the Church in Latin America. Your gift to the Collection will fund catechesis, youth ministry programs, and seminarian education in Latin America and the Caribbean. One participant in catechetical training, Andrea, said that the experience was informative and enriching—the catechists were able to meet each other and share their diverse experiences. The support you give today will fund formation programs and provide opportunities for years to come. Please support the Church in Latin America and the Caribbean and be generous in today’s Collection.

Mass Intentions for the Coming Week

  • Sat 5:30p In memory of SeSe Holstead/S Wood
  • Sun 9:30a Pro Populo For the Living & Dead members of our Parish Family
  • Mon - Fri No Mass - Fr. Ryan in Washington, DC
  • Sat 5:30p In memory of Racer Holstead/birth/family
  • Sun 9:30a Pro Populo For the Living & Dead members of our Parish Family

Assistants at Holy Mass

  • 1/21 5:30p
    • Servers: N & C Hall
    • Lector: M Rome
    • EMHCs: A Farlow/MA Gilfoil
  • 1/22 9:30a
    • Servers: B & W Sullivan
    • Lector: B Sullivan
    • EMHCs: A Keene & L Magoun
  • 1/28 5:30p
    • Servers: N & C Hall
    • Lector: S Harris
    • EMHCs: P & M Gilfoil
  • 1/20 9:30a
    • Servers: EL & C Marsh
    • Lector: K Collins
    • EMHCs: B Smith & K Collins
  • 2/4 5:30p
    • Servers: N & C Hall
    • Lector: A Farlow
    • EMHCs: P & B Wilks
  • 2/5 9:30a
    • Servers: M Oliver & C Sulliavan
    • Lector: G Mbenkum
    • EMHCs: N & M Ernst

Let us Rejoice in the Lord!

Happy Birthday Mary Jane Johnson (Jan 22), Brice Wood (Jan 22), Pat Bullard (Jan 25), Courtland Jude Collins (Jan 29, 2010)

In Our Daily Prayers…

The Holy Father, Pope Francis, and the leaders of our church, including Bishop Ronald Herzog and Co-Adjutor Bishop David P. Talley; our President and the leaders of our nation as they and other world leaders seek peace in the world; our Governor and our legislators; success of our religious education program Our parishioners who are sick, shut-in, or in other need of our prayers: Pat Bullard, Connie Copes, Elizabeth Crothers, Susan Gilfoil, Billy Hodge, Bill Kennedy, Becky and Michael Lancaster, Dale Magoun, Kathleen Mills, Sue Rome, Sue Scurria, Delia Trichell, Our parishioners who are in the nursing home: Frances Kennedy, Andrew Lombardo, Juanita Storey AND Robert Anderson of Delhi, Jim Farrell, and James Speyerer of Vicksburg, Consuelo Marsh of Lake Providence, and our family members and friends, Jean Cantrell, Geneva Russell Our friends and relatives who need our prayers: Lee Adams (Smith), Ashley Weimer Alexander (Regan), Jenna Faye Allen (Florence), Margaret Baker (Magoun), Marie Farlow Bellard, Ruthie Boudreaux (Storey), Hattie Brown (Lancaster), Jerry Bullard, Colton Bullock (Farlow), Richard Chappuis (Johnson), Issac “DoDo” Crothers (Donham), Allison Crotwell (A Ginn), Jackie Daniels (Lancaster), Carol Dipert (Rome), Reba Duncan, Renee Edwards and parents (VanderVieren), George Eisworth family (Dyer), Joe Farlow, Rosemarie Finn (Hodge), Madge and Don Finney (Dyer), Tracy Jones Fortenberry (Donham), Thom Gilfoil, Kathy Garley Hanlon (Gilfoil), Jerry Ann Harmon (Hodge), Cooper Harris (R Wood), Alan Henley (Copes), Monroe Hill (K Dukes), Bo Holloway, Lou Horath (Hernandez), Kenlie Jackson (Dyer), Diane Johnson (Johnson), Jim Johnson(Dyer), Patsy Lancaster, Ben Legendre (Gilfoil), Ben Lenhart (G Marsh), LaLa Lopez (Hernandez), Will and Michelle (MS) McGuire (Gilfoil), Keith Melancon (Regan), Tucker Melancon (Johnson), Marie Phillips Michelle (Hodge), Lindsay Mills, Ashley Priest Moberly, Loyd Moore (Donham), Debbie Mullin (Dyer), Wanda Murphy (Terry), Addison Petracca (S Marsh), Debbie Pettis (Rome), Yvonne Phillips (Hodge), Wayne Pitre (Gilfoil), Dana Rogers (Dyer), Bailey Rome, Lee Rome, Tiffney Rome, Beverly Sabille (Gilfoil), Linda Sanchez (Wilks), Andy Sevier, Michael Stamper (Wilks), Lazette Thomason (Dyer), Elaine Trimble (Rome), Nicole Warren (Donham), Elizabeth, Randy and Camille Watts and Betty Kurfiss, Rusty White (Bullard), Conner and Hudson Wood (nephews of Bart) Our college students Will Donham, Courtney Ernst, Norman Ernst, Anna Ginn, Matt Hall, Josh Hall, Kathleen Oliver Those Catholics residing at Christian Acres, Louisiana Transitional Center for Women, and Madison Detention Center and the families of all of these.