From The Font
“Do not think that I have come to abolish the law or the prophets. I have come not to abolish but to fulfill.”
Jesus is certainly a bit of a bull in a China shop when it comes to the rules and the Law of Moses. At least it seems like He is. Every other Gospel passage, it seems, Jesus is saying that the Pharisees are goofballs and the Sabbath isn’t just about resting. He praises David’s rule breaking and goes out of His way to remind folks about the priority of the spiritual over obedience to the rule of law.
And all of that is right and true and just. Jesus is God, after all, He understands the rules of the covenant that He made with Moses… But we have to remember that Jesus was speaking to a people who had lost touch completely with the larger meaning of the Law of Moses. And when Jesus squashes certain rules about the Sabbath, He’s squashing rules that were invented out of thin air. God never revealed that the day of rest meant you could only walk about 6000 cubits…
Nowadays, we tend to mistake Jesus’ words about the Law of Moses (and especially, those odd Pharisaical interpretations of the law) as words about any law - even Jesus’ own teaching. Some folks try to say that my conscience is the voice of the Holy Spirit and that if I think something is OK, no law should get in the way of that. Of course, this is nonsense. Jesus’ words always take precedence over my own instincts and senses.
What’s more, a real understanding of Jesus’ words show that he isn’t even dismissing the Law of Moses, rather He is saying that His teaching will fulfill that Law. There’s a lot to say here, but when it comes to our celebration of Mass or our rules about fasting (especially during Lent) or our rules about assisting the poor, we can easily see the Law of Moses alive and well in the Church. Other rules about eating pork or lending money, seem to have been more oriented toward the practical situation of the nomadic lifestyle of the early Jews.
In sum, we have to keep in mind that Jesus is not an anti-law anarchist seeking to replace the Law of Moses wholesale. He is rather coming to fulfill it and perfect it in Himself and in His words.
Thoughts from Fr. Ryan
This past Friday, the Church kept the feast of St. Scholastica. She was the sister of St. Benedict of Nursia who founded the religious order we call the Benedictines. Some years after Benedict’s order began to grow, Scholastica founded a women’s order of the same name which also grew quickly.
Sts. Benedict and Scholastica were consecrated religious and yet they remained close as brother and sister for their entire lives. Their respective monasteries were only a few miles apart and they met once a year at the porter’s house (the small building at the gate of the monastery where visitors checked in and where paupers were aided) of the men’s monastery to talk about spiritual matters and religious issues in their respective monasteries.
Their final visit is well remembered among Benedictines around the world. St. Benedict was very strict with his brothers and with himself regarding the rules of the order, one of which forbade a brother from being outside the monastery after dark. On the evening of their last visit together, just as they finished their supper, Scholastica begged Benedict to stay and visit longer. Benedict later said that he felt his heart move, but the rule is the rule. Seeing that her begging wasn’t going to work, Scholastica prayed that God would prevent Benedict making the short walk back to the monastery and as she did a torrential rainstorm came suddenly upon the area and Benedict was unable to see his destination, let alone walk to it. Benedict famously asked, "What have you done?", to which she replied, "I asked you and you would not listen; so I asked my God and he did listen. So now go off, if you can, leave me and return to your monastery." He sensed that this was the will of God and so he stayed with his sister well into the night talking of all sorts of spiritual things and recalling family stories and musing about eternal life in heaven.
When the next day dawned, the weather was fair and each set out for their respective monastery. Three days later, Benedict was working in his cell near a window and he noticed a shining white dove soaring up from the women’s monastery. He knew that it was his sister’s soul and so he began to prepare a tomb for her in his own monastery.
Benedict, realizing the gift God had given him, shared the story broadly with his brothers. Even though it placed him in something of a bad light as one who prioritized the rule over the will of God, Benedict used it to teach the brothers that it is God alone who gets to change the rules - not us. God wanted Benedict to stay contrary to the rule and so God arranged it. If Benedict had stayed on his impetus, he would have sinned against the Lord and against his brothers… The Benedictines were the most important religious order of the Middle Ages and played a huge role in preserving not only Christian literature, but also Greek and Roman philosophy through the so-called Dark Ages and through the far worse so-called Enlightenment. The order remains alive today and is growing again where the rule is followed in the more traditional way.
For more information on the order, visit Clear Creek Abbey online at ClearCreekMonks.org.
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
- Feb 21 Pastoral Council Meeting – Parish Hall – following 5:30 p.m. Mass
- Feb 26 Bishop David’s visit -- Potluck Brunch--1st quarter social -- following 9:30 a.m. Mass
- March 1 Ash Wednesday -- Mass at the Olive Branch at 9 a.m. and at church at 5:30 p.m.
For Your Information:
RELIGION CLASS will be held following Sunday Mass in the Church Hall.
ALTAR SOCIETY DUES PAYABLE FOR 2017…All ladies of the faith family of St. Edward are considered members of the Altar Society which is responsible for the needs of the altar such as candles, wine, hosts, altar clothes and linens and decorations. It is now time to pay your $10 dues for 2017 and there are envelopes at the entrance of church for your convenience. You may return your envelope in the collection basket or to the church office.
PASTORAL COUNCIL..will hold its regular meeting on TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 21, at 6:00 p.m(after 5:30 p.m. Mass) in the Church Center. All members are requested to make special effort to attend. Parishioners are encouraged to attend and contribute to the discussions.
Members of the Council include Libby Bullard, Kendra Collins, Dana Dukes, Michael Lancaster, Stephenie Marsh, Terry Murphy, Betty Smith, and Blanche Wilks. Appointed as Trustees by the Bishop are Brian Johnson and Dale Magoun. Appointed by the pastor to serve as Finance Council Chair is Darryl Ellerbee. Additionally, serving on the Council in an ex-officio capacity as President of the Altar Society is Cathy VanderVieren.
FIRST QUARTER SOCIAL COMMITTEE: For the February 26 Potluck Brunch….First Quarter (Jan, Feb, March) group consists of Margo Corulla and Darryl and Abby Ellerbee (co-chairs), Norman and Marie Ernst, Brian Johnson, Sidney and Mary Jane Johnson, Robbie and Tori Kivett, Ed Mills, Kathleen Mills, Teddy and Alyssa Oliver, Mike and Sue Rome, Juanita Storey, Jason Trichell, Mary Trichell, Levi Washington
ASH WEDNESDAY… Please mark your calendars now for Ash Wednesday services so that you have ample time to plan which service you will attend. The first service that day will be at 9 a.m. at the Olive Branch. The second service that day will be at 5:30 p.m. in the Church.
CATHOLIC UNDERGROUND... About 10 years ago, a new type of technology called “Podcasting” was created which allowed basically anyone to create what amounts to a radio show and distribute it online. As an experiment, Fr. Ryan and his best friend, (now Fr.) Chris Decker, decided to give it a try. The program they created together was called “Catholic Underground.” In the past decade, the show has grown from an amateur audio project into a fairly sophisticated weekly video program syndicated around the gulf south and beyond. From its inception until his assignment at Immaculate Conception in Natchitoches, Fr. Ryan was a weekly panelist. Now, Fr. Ryan is on camera a few times per month. The show airs live on Sunday evenings at 7:00p CST. Live shows and past shows can be viewed at the website (CatholicUnderground.com) or via our Roku or iOS app. Live shows can also be watched on Facebook.com/CatholicUnderground. For those interested, an audio-only version of the program is also available at the website and on iTunes.
The Voice of the Basket
- Weekly Budget FY 2016-17 $1,865
- January Budget $9,325
- January Income (Reg $10,576; Bldg $676) $11,252
- January Actual Expenses $9,648
- February Budget $7,460
- Collection February 4/5 $2,987
- February Income to Date $2,987
Stewardship Stewardship involves more than just the gift we bring to the altar. Today’s readings say clearly that it is fidelity to God’s law that makes our offering acceptable.
Mass Intentions for the Coming Week
- Sat 5:30p In memory of Tommy Bishop/Yerger
- Sun 9:30a Pro Populo For the Living & Dead members of our Parish Family
- Mon No Mass
- Tue 5:30p In memory of May DiTommaso
- Wed 5:30p In memory of deceased members of family of Grace Mbenkum
- Thu 9:00a In memory of Gus Gremshell (Mass offered at the Olive Branch)
- Fri 5:30p In memory of Bruce Dorbeck/Andrews
- Sat 5:30p In memory of Paul VanderVieren/family
- Sun 9:30a Pro Populo For the Living & Dead members of our Parish Family
Assistants at Holy Mass
- 2/11 5:30p
- Servers: N & C Hall
- Lector: C VanderVieren
- EMHCs: M Rome & L Bullard
- 2/12 9:30a
- Servers: B Wood & C Donham
- Lector: K Collins
- EMHCs: B Smith & L Magoun
- 2/18 5:30p
- Servers: N & C Hall
- Lector: Youth
- EMHCs: A Farlow & MA Gilfoil
- 2/19 9:30a
- Servers: P & A Collins
- Lector: Youth
- EMHCs: P & B Wilks
- 2/25 5:30p
- Servers: N & C Hall
- Lector: P Gilfoil
- EMHCs: MA & M Gilfoil
- 2/26 9:30a
- Servers: B Sullivan & W Sullivan
- Lector: B Sullivan
- EMHCs: N & M Ernst
Let us Rejoice in the Lord!
Happy Birthday Becky Lancaster (Feb 11), Suzanne Wood (Feb 12), Mike Rome (Feb 14), Kate Copes (Feb 15), Timmy Harris (Feb 15), Todd Beene (Feb 18)
In Our Daily Prayers…
The Holy Father, Pope Francis, and the leaders of our church, including David, our Bishop, and Ronald, our Bishop Emeritius; 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, Chon Shiers and Deborah Shiers Stewart (Hall), Michael Stamper (Wilks), Lazette Thomason (Dyer), David Thompson (Wilks), 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.
PLEASE LET US KNOW OF ANYONE WHO IS ILL OR HOSPITALIZED OR WOULD LIKE TO RECEIVE A VISIT. PLEASE HELP US TO UP-DATE OUR PRAYER LIST BY ADVISING US OF ANYONE WHO SHOULD BE REMOVED FROM THE PRAYER LIST.