Reflections on Sunday’s Readings: February 5, 2017

Salt and LightThis is the Fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time. Today’s gospel proclaims a wonderful and positive statement about the Christian life: followers of Jesus are both salt and light. This might suggest that they are like ordinary necessities, but there is more involved. For Israel, salt was so precious that it was included in covenant offerings made in the Temple. It preserved food, and even if it lost its flavor, it could serve as a fertilizer. In the world of Jesus’ followers, the only artificial light came from the consumption of wax or oil—a self-offering that drove away the darkness. The US Bishops used this imagery when they published Communities of Salt and Light and addressed issues around implementing Catholic Social teaching on the parish level:

“At a time of rampant individualism, we stand for family and community. At a time of intense consumerism, we insist it is not what we have, but how we treat one another that counts. … At a time of growing isolation, we remind our nation of its responsibility to the broader world, to pursue peace, to welcome immigrants, to protect the lives of hurting children and refugees. At a time when the rich are getting richer and the poor are getting poorer, we insist the moral test of our society is how we treat and care for the weakest among us. In these challenging days, we believe that the Catholic community needs to be more than ever a source of clear moral vision and effective action. We are called to be the "salt of the earth" and "light of the world" in the words of the Scriptures (cf. Mt 5:13-16).” --US Catholic Bishops, Communities of Salt and Light

The Sunday readings:

Obituary for Ken Aizawa

Ken AizawaKinziro Kenneth “Kenny” Aizawa, 86, of Louisville, passed away surrounded by his family on Thursday, January 26, 2017 at Baptist Health.

Born in Tokyo, Japan, Kenny came to the U.S. in 1950. He graduated from St. Xavier High School, and obtained a BS, MS, and Ph.D from the University of Louisville. He was a chemist and briefly worked at Olin Mathieson before spending most of his career at DuPont Chemical. Kenny was a member of Epiphany Catholic Church. Friends knew him as the most kind and generous of people.

He was preceded in death by his father, Kinzo Aizawa; first wife, Betty Aizawa; second wife, Phyllis (Culloty) Aizawa; and siblings, Mary Rose Yunker and her husband Charles.

Reflections on Sunday’s Readings: January 29, 2017

BeatitudesThis is the Fourth Sunday in Ordinary Time. A powerful and radically challenging key to the Christian life is found in the Beatitudes. The key is summarized in the first reading from Zephaniah in the phrase: “Seek justice, seek humility.” The values of Jesus contrast markedly with the values that we see play out in parts of our contemporary culture where greed, prestige, power, security, wealth, status and the like are often assumed to be signs of success and happiness. The gospel message is clearly “counter-cultural.” The Beatitudes challenge us to look in a new way and live in a new way. We are called to learn from those who are striving for justice, to learn even from those who are poor or sorrowing.

May we come to see with the eyes of Jesus, and recognize all the ways we and others are blessed. Called to follow in the footsteps of Christ, may the way we love and respect others bring Christ’s love to all the world.

Reclaiming the Church for the Catholic Imagination

A Sacramental Apologetics of the Church for the New Evangelization, a presentation by Timothy P. O'Malley, Director of the Center for Liturgy, McGrath Institute for Church Life at Notre Dame.  Doctor O’Malley speaks at a symposium titled "Reclaiming the Church for the Catholic Imagination".

Sustainable And Socially Responsible Investing

Jeannie SamdiniWhat: Sustainable And Socially Responsible Investing

When: January 24, 2017 at 7:00 PM and  repeated on February 1, 2017 at 2:00 PM

Where: Community Center

On Tuesday, January 24, 2017 at 7 PM in the Epiphany Community Center, Jeannie Samdani, CMFC, and a LPL financial planner with Kentucky Planning Partners, will give a presentation on Sustainable and Socially Responsible Investing.

Reflections on Sunday’s Readings: January 22, 2017

Fish for peopleThis is the Third Sunday in Ordinary Time. In today’s gospel we are reminded that the ministry of Jesus is not thwarted by darkness and death. It is in the midst of the darkness of our broken world, Jesus calls us to love and to serve, and we are baptized to become Christ’s light. “This...guides Jesus’ mission and the mission of the Church: go in search, “fish” for men and women, not to proselytize, but to restore full dignity and freedom to all... This is the essential point of Christianity: to spread the free and regenerative love of God, with a welcoming and merciful attitude toward everyone, so that each person can encounter God’s tenderness and have the fullness of life.” (Pope Francis, 2/7/16)

The Week of Prayer for Christian Unity (Jan. 18-25) has a history of over 100 years, in which Christians around the world have taken part in prayer for visible Christian unity. As 2017 marks the 500th anniversary of the Reformation, we pray that all Christians move toward the fulfillment of Jesus' prayer at the Last Supper "that they all may be one." (cf. John 17:21). May God’s Spirit enlighten our minds and hearts, and draw us into harmony!

Obituary for Leo Brown

Leo BrownLeo J. Brown, Jr. passed away Wednesday, January 11, 2017. Born to Kathryn and Leo J. Brown, Sr. he was raised in Saratoga Springs, NY. He was a proud alumnus of the University of Notre Dame, class of '50. He served in the US Army during the Korean conflict and was a career-long employee of General Electric/Trane Air Conditioning. He was a devoted husband to Barbara Haragan Brown for 63 years. Daddy loved to travel and had a bag packed before you could finish the sentence "Want to go to...?" He had a fantastic green thumb and found immense joy in his garden. He might have been a pastry chef in another lifetime and was famous for his bread pudding and apple crisps. But more than anything else, he loved his family. Nothing gave him greater pleasure than having a houseful of kids, grandkids, and great-grandkids running around in general organized chaos.

Solidarity with the Poor Workshop

Justice WorkshopWhat: Justice Workshop: Solidarity with the Poor Workshop

When: January 28, 2017, 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM

Where: Cathedral of the Assumption Undercroft

Cost: $25  (includes lunch)

This is an experiential workshop focusing on the Gospel call to serve the least in our community and to experience God in the poor.

Go Be the Difference: 2017 Archdiocese of Louisville Catholic Men's Conference

Fr. Dave DwyerWhat: The 2017 Catholic Men’s Conference “Go Be The Difference”

When: March 18, 2017 from 8:00 AM to 1:00 PM

Where: St. Michael Catholic Church, 3705 Stone Lakes Drive, Louisville, KY 40299

Cost: $30 Adults; $15 Students

The 2017 Catholic Men's Conference will be held on March 18, 2017. The conference will once again be held at Saint Michael Catholic Church. This year's theme is "GO BE THE DIFFERENCE!"

This event is intended to serve as a catalyst to provide men a functional, motivational experience on how to be the difference God calls us to become in the world, based upon the specific and personal gifts with which He has blessed each of us. If we seek Him, and ask Him, He will present us with specific opportunities to use our gifts through all of the vocations in our lives. If we don't look to Him, the world can easily take our focus in the wrong direction, leading us to wander, not using our gifts for His purpose, or worse, using them in sinful ways. Please join us in starting on the path to determine how God is calling you to use your gifts to "Go Be the Difference" that each of us is personally called to become.

Reflections on Sunday’s Readings: January 15, 2017

Be light for the worldThis is the Second Sunday in Ordinary Time. We, too, can recognize Jesus when, like John the Baptist, we actively watch for his coming and remain faithful to the mission God has given us. We are called to be more than servants, called to be the body of Christ shining with God’s love to the ends of the earth.

Life is like a voyage on the sea of history, often dark and stormy, a voyage in which we watch for the stars that indicate the route. The true stars of our life are the people who have lived good lives. They are lights of hope. Certainly, Jesus Christ is the true light, the sun that has risen above all the shadows of history. But to reach him we also need lights close by – people who shine with his light and so guide us along our way.” Pope Benedict XVI, “Spe Salvi,” 49