"Forgive your neighbors injustice, then when you pray, your own sins will be forgiven" This quote from today's first reading sounds a lot like "Forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us." Sirach goes on to say that the way we treat others, particularly those with whom we are angry, is what we can expect from the Lord. "Can anyone nourish anger against another and expect healing from the Lord?"
When the forgiven man went to demand payment from his debtor, he heard from him the very same words and actions that he had so recently offered to the king. But the forgiven man did not recognize his own voice in the debtor. He did not see his plight in the debtor's plight. What he did not or would not see brought him to condemn himself with his own words and actions. He only made an inescapable demand on himself when he spoke to the debtor.READ MORE
Dear Parish family,
What is your commitment to Jesus Christ? Let me be clear, I'm not asking what your commitment used to be when you were younger, or what you would like it to be someday in the future, or what you wish it was like if only circumstances were different. The question really is what does my commitment to Jesus Christ look like today, this week, this month, and this year?
Up to this point in the Gospel of Matthew, Jesus has been challenging his disciples regularly with hard lessons, dispelling their false ideas with his truth, pointing out weaknesses they didn't know they had, and calling them to mature discipleship. Now Jesus brings them to Caesarea Philippi and asks them for a commitment. "Who do you say that I am?"READ MORE
Mary’s love for Jesus was surpassed by none other. She had a special love for her Son, who is God, that made a claim on her entire being, body and soul. It is no wonder then, that upon her death Mary was taken body and soul into heaven so that she in her totality could dwell forever with her Son. Our celebration gives us the opportunity to ponder what heaven may be like and help us to long, even more fervently, for the fulfillment and joy that only God can eternally provide.READ MORE
“The Jews quarreled among themselves, saying, ‘How can this man give us his flesh to eat?’” From the beginning, the Eucharist has been a source of controversy. Some people have always found the teaching difficult to accept. But as Catholics, the Blessed Sacrament is at the heart of our worship and our spirituality; we go to Mass to share in the holy sacrifice of Jesus’ body and blood, and we receive spiritual nourishment from partaking of this heavenly food. As Jesus himself tells us in today’s Gospel, “Whoever eats my flesh and drinks my blood remains in me and I in him.”READ MORE
Dear Parish Family,
Today, we celebrate not only an empty tomb, but the One who opened the tomb and left it empty.Jesus the Christ destroyed death; His death and our death. Fear of death may once have hadpower over us. But, for Jesus’ disciples, then and now, faith in Jesus Christ conquers that fear. Itis His gift of faith that brought us here today to celebrate His victory and worship Him as Lord ofthe world.READ MORE
Dear Parish Family,
Today we carry palms. We wave them to welcome Jesus the messiah to take his throne in Jerusalem. Let us not miss how close we are to those who first waved these palms. We share thesame human nature and have the same need for this messiah to save us from our failings. In fact,we wave our palms together with them to welcome the same Jesus and proclaim him king of ourworld.READ MORE
The Diocese of Zaria, Nigeria was erected on March 3, 2001 via promulgation by Blessed John Paul II with Bishop George J. Dodo appointed as first bishop. The Diocese of Zaria is located in Kaduna State of Nigeria with the majority of the population as Muslims. Zaria town has a total population of about 1.8m people and out of this 68,000 are Catholics.READ MORE
God has created us and breathed his own life into us. He created this world for us to live in, supply all of our needs and to commune with him. We begin in a garden of God’s own design.
But, when the ancient serpent persuades us to doubt God by tempting us with the power to define (or redefine) good and evil according to our own will or desire, we find that his advice only leads us to a war within ourselves and between ourselves. Before Adam and Eve took the serpents advice we knew an inner peace and harmony. Our thoughts, our will, our passions were all working together. As people at peace with God and at peace within ourselves, we were always at peace with one another. But when we betrayed God’s gift by trying to take control and define (or redefine) human nature according to our own will, by deciding the definition of good and evil for ourselves, our mind, will and passions began to turn on one another. We lost God’s peace within ourselves and between ourselves. Adam and Eve covered themselves because they no longer trusted each other completely.READ MORE
Dear Parish Family,
Baby Jesus has come to you. He had you in mind when he created the world and when he made a promise to Abraham, Jacob, Moses and David. He was born for you and carried his cross for you. He prepared a way for you on the day of his resurrection and on the day of his ascension. He prepared a place for you on the day he entrusted the keys of the kingdom of heaven to Peter and the Apostles, and also on the day of Pentecost, the birthday of his Church. All of this from the beginning of time until today is for you. Jesus is born for you.READ MORE
Deacon J. Michael Woiwode was ordained in October 2011 for the Diocese of Bismarck in North Dakota. There he served in the St. Leo Parish in Minot, North Dakota until he and his wife, Marionand their youngest daughter, Michaela, decided to move here to Lake Havasu City in 2015.
On Sunday, October 23rd he will be officially installed at the 10:30 am Mass as a deacon in the Diocese of Phoenix and assigned to Our Lady of the Lake Parish. Deacon Jim Trant will be here as representative from Bishop Olmsted’s Office for the installation. Please welcome Deacon J. Michael Woiwode to his ministry here. All are invited to join his installation at the 10:30 am Mass on October 23rd.