Weekly Update from Fr Tony

Message from Fr. Tony 06.13.21

July 20, 2021

Today in the Gospel we read Jesus’s parable of the mustard seed. In Jesus’ day themustard plant was considered a common weed. It was everywhere and so it had become a nuisance. It was something peoplepulled up and threw away. Jesus was trying to show the people in his time, as well as today, that…

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Message from Fr. Tony 06.06.21

July 20, 2021

The Feast of Corpus Christi, or the Feast of the Body and Blood of Christ (as it is oftencalled today), goes back to the 13th century, but it celebrates something far older: The institution of the Sacrament of theHoly Eucharist at the Last Supper.On September 8, 1264, Pope Urban IV issued the papal document which…

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Message from Fr. Tony 05.31.21

June 1, 2021

Solemnity of the Most Holy TrinityWe have just completed ninety days of Lent and Easter in which we recalled and entered more deeply into the PaschalMystery. We begin this first week of Ordinary Time by celebrating the Most Holy Trinity as we focus on one God, in three persons. It is in many ways a…

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Message from Fr. Tony 05.23.21

June 1, 2021

Today is Pentecost Sunday, the commemoration of the descent of the Holy Spirit uponthe Apostles and all those gathered in the Upper Room, including, most likely, Mary Our Mother. Jesus had commanded theApostles to stay in Jerusalem and await the promise of the Father. Notice, the Spirit descended upon all the believers in thesame way.…

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Message from Fr. Tony 05.16.21

June 1, 2021

Feast of the AscensionToday we celebrate Ascension Sunday, or the Seventh Sunday of Easter. This feast is transferred in most dioceses, includingJefferson City, from Thursday to Sunday in order to accommodate working people and families. It should not be taken as“just another Sunday,” but rather as the decisive moment when Jesus takes leave of His…

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Message from Fr. Tony 05.09.21

June 1, 2021

“I no longer call you slaves, I call you friends.” Jesus wants to have a different kind ofrelationship with us than we might expect. He does not want us to be slaves, with no part in directing the relationship. Aslave does not know what the master is doing. He simply obeys, because that is his…

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Message from Fr. Tony 05.03.21

May 4, 2021

Jesus tells his disciples, that is, all of us, that He is the Vine and we are thebranches. Once again He uses something familiar to His audience to explain a deeper truth.If you ever have an opportunity to visit a vineyard, this will make more sense to you.In the winter, the vines are completely pruned…

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Message from Fr. Tony 04.25.21

April 28, 2021

Are we smarter than sheep? Jesus says that His sheep know his voice and won’t go toanother shepherd. Sheep are smart that way, at least. But, sheep also get lost easily and will follow each other if they haveno shepherd, even if they get into trouble or danger.The Good Shepherd, Jesus, watches over his sheep…

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Message from Fr. Tony – 04.18.21

April 23, 2021

MESSAGE FROM FR. TONY: One of my favorite Bible passages is the meeting with Jesus by two of his disciples onthe road to Emmaus. My dear brothers and sisters, we are like the disciples on the road to Emmaus, living our lives in thereal world, walking along with Jesus who is always there accompanying us…

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