St. Martin de Porres Catholic Church 3300 Table Mesa Dr., Boulder, CO 80305 303-499-7744 www.stmartindeporreschurch.org Fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time February 7 - 8, 2015 “[The Lord] tells the number of the stars and calls them by name.” — Psalm 147:4 FROM SLAVE TO STEWARD Job and Paul offer us two completely different views of slavery. What Job describes is an involuntary slavery, the relentless tyranny of a life lived merely eking out an existence, struggling just to get by. An enormous percentage of the world’s population lives in this manner, including some citizens of the United States. They may not be the actual property of other human beings (the way we usually think of slavery), but their every daily effort is “owned” by their labor, just to sustain their existence. Paul also speaks of slavery, but a voluntary slavery; he has willingly committed himself to be a “slave” owned entirely by the gospel. He also speaks of this as stewardship, his caretaking of the great gift and blessing that has been given to him. Peter’s mother-in-law shows true stewardship of the blessing she has received from Christ in her restored health: she expresses her gratitude in service to others. Far from being an example of an oppressed, powerless, servile person, she is a shining example of the Christian vocation of using one’s grace Copyright © J. S. Paluch Company and blessings, whatever they may be, in willing service of others. TODAY’S READINGS First Reading — Job finds life on earth to be drudgery; he is filled with restlessness (Job 7:1-4, 6-7). Psalm — Praise the Lord, who heals the brokenhearted (Psalm 147). Second Reading — Woe to me if I do not preach the gospel. I have become all things to all, to save at least some (1 Corinthians 9:16-19, 22-23). Gospel — Jesus cured many who were sick with various diseases (Mark 1:29-39). The English translation of the Psalm Responses from the Lectionary for Mass © 1969, 1981, 1997, International Commission on English in the Liturgy Corporation. All rights reserved. "If we only knew how God regards this Sacrifice, we would risk our lives to be present at a single Mass." St. Pio of Pietrelcina "When Mass is being celebrated, the sanctuary is filled with countless angels who adore the divine victim immolated on the altar." Saint John Chrysostom The Gospel of Mark, unlike those of Matthew and Luke, Pray for all who are sick! has no infancy narrative, nor does it have a lengthy prologue to introduce it, as John’s Gospel does. In Mark’s account, one could say, Jesus hits the ground running. The stories we’ve been hearing these weeks come from the very first chapter of Mark, and they show us the public ministry of Jesus in its infancy. Today’s account shows some of the strain or adjustment of his new life of preaching the reign of God, healing the sick, and casting out demons. Notice that after sunset, when darkness ended the February 11 workday, people brought the sick and possessed to Jesus. The following day he rose before dawn to get away by himself to pray, but to no avail. Simon Peter and the others don’t just look for him, they pursue him, filled with the fervor that his ministry has incited. With the self-sacrificing example he gave until the end of his earthly life, he tells his followers that this is his whole purpose. Through Mark, he is also telling the early church, and he is telling us, that this is our purpose, our vocation: to be tireless in our pursuit of proclaiming the good news, and in bringing the healing, reconciling touch of Christ to the world. Copyright © J. S. Paluch Company Pastor & Director of Liturgy Deacon Rev. Mr. Karl Matz (Ret.) Church Office Phone: 303-499-7744 Fax: 303-494-8754 [email protected] Fri: 9 -12 Hours: Mon.-Thurs: Parish Staff Administrative Assistants Monika Meile, Mon. & Thurs. Susan Read, Tues. & Wed. Business Administrator Karen Surbrugg Music Director Fernanda Nieto, D.M.A. Religious Education Director & RCIA Coordinator Franco Zearo: [email protected] Maintenance Larry Meile (Volunteer) Religious Education CCD Classes Contact the parish office for information: 303-499-7744, or [email protected] K-5th grade: Sun., 10:30 - 11:30 a.m. 6th-12th grade: Sun., 12 noon - 1 p.m. (Confirmation) RCIA (for adults): Saturdays, 9:15 a.m. Christian Formation Legion of Mary: Thursdays 9:30 - 10:30 a.m. in St. Anne Room. Contact Walt, 303-449-7517. Ladies’ Bible Study Group: Weds., 10:00, St. Anne room. Questions: Paul, 303-499-0954 Men’s Bible Study Group Mass Schedule: Saturday Anticipatory: 5:00 p.m. Sunday: 9:00 & 10:30 a.m. Weekday: Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. Holy Day Masses Sacrament of Penance: Sat 3:30-4:30 p.m. or by appt. Sacrament of Anointing of the Sick: Anyone who is elderly, homebound, ill, or entering the hospital, please contact the Pastor or call the parish office, to receive the Perpetual Adoration Chapel Open to the public: Mon.-Fri., during parish office hours. To sign up for a scheduled weekly hour, contact Susan Read, 303-499-6170. Church Etiquette: Priest should be the last one in and the first one out after Mass. Sacramental Preparation Marriage: READINGS FOR THE WEEK Mon: Gn 1:1-19; Ps 104:1-2a, 5-6, 10, 12, 24, 35c; Mk 6:53-56 Tues: Gn 1:20 - 2:4a; Ps 8:4-9; Mk 7:1-13 Wed: Gn 2:4b-9, 15-17; Ps 104:1-2a, 27-28, 29bc-30; Mk 7:14-23 Thurs: Gn 2:18-25; Ps 128:1-5; Mk 7:24-30 Fri: Gn 3:1-8; Ps 32:1-2, 5-7; Mk 7:31-37 Sat: Gn 3:9-24; Ps 90:2-6, 12-13; Mk 8:1-10 Sun: Lv 13:1-2, 44-46; Ps 32:1-2, 5, 11; 1 Cor 10:31 — 11:1; Mk 1:40-45 PLEASE PRAY FOR: Monika and Larry Meile, Robert J. Fleming, John Shafer, William Marino, Alice McCormick, Jean McTighe, and Cindy Beeby, daughter-in-law of Vi Beeby. Sunday, February 8 9:00 a.m. +Ann LoNigro - Paul LoNigro 10:30 a.m. Pro Populo Monday, February 9 8:30 a.m. Healing of the R. Hill & Gilles families - Marcia Hill Tuesday, February 10 8:30 a.m. +Rosina & +Herman Bierbaum - Veronica Bierbaum Wednesday, February 11 Our Lady of Lourdes 8:30 a.m. +Harry Hardy & companions - Dave Perkins Thursday, February 12 8:30 a.m. +Mary Rita Urbish - Dave Perkins Friday, February 13 8:30 a.m. +Pat Dwyer - Fr. Joseph Saturday, February 14 5:00 p.m. Alan & Mary Powell - Mary Powell BREAKFAST COMING! Enjoy a breakfast of pancakes, eggs, sausage, bacon, and fruit in two weeks on Sunday, February 22, from 9 a.m. - noon. If you would like to join the volunteers, please let the office know. Proceeds benefit our Maintenance Fund. PANCAKE ARE YOU REGISTERED IN OUR PARISH? White registration cards are available at church entrances. ADORATION CHAPEL “The Eucharist affects the way we see others. In this life, Christ manifested his love by being with people, and by sharing their desires and problems. So too the Eucharist brings us together with others – young and old, poor and affluent, neighbors and visitors. The Eucharist calls us to see all of them as our brothers and sisters, and to see in them the face of Christ..” Pope Francis 2/12/14 CELEBRATE LIFE “The challenge is to make the Church’s “yes” to Life concrete and effective. The struggle will be long, and it needs each one of you. Place your intelligence, your talents, your enthusiasm, your compassion and your fortitude at the service of life!” — Pope Saint John Paul II, Homily, World Youth Day, August 15, 1993 © 1993 Libreria Editrice Vaticana. Used with permission. GOD’S WORD TODAY “I shall not see happiness again.” With these words, Job concludes his lament to the Lord. Job was obviously in the depths of despair. His words echo the way we can feel when we allow life’s struggles and disappointments to take hold of us. The Lord Jesus, however, has something else in mind for us. The simple story in Mark’s Gospel of the curing of Peter’s mother-in-law shows us that the Lord wants to lift us up out of any despair that has set in. The Gospel is good news for us. If today is a day when we are feeling particularly burdened by illness or disappointment, let us, like the townspeople in today’s Gospel story, bring our cares and gather them at the Lord’s door. With hope, let us be attentive to the saving power of God’s sacred word. from Saint Margaret Sunday Missal, copyright © J. S. Paluch Company HEALING MINISTRY During Jesus’ ministry “he cured many who were sick with various diseases, and he drove out many demons.” This is the case in today’s Gospel. Jesus fulfills the vision of Psalm 147: “He heals the brokenhearted and binds up their wounds.” Jesus knew, however, that he couldn’t possibly heal all the illness in the world. No matter how many people he cured or how many hours he ministered, there always would be more suffering people like Job who craved his healing touch. His primary mission was not to rid the world of all suffering. His “purpose” was to preach the coming of the reign of God that heals, yes, but ultimately transcends and transforms earthly suffering. With Paul, Jesus could have said, “Woe to me if I do not preach” that good news. Copyright © J. S. Paluch Co.
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