National Eucharistic Revival 2024

From the National Eucharistic Congress Revival Committee
Pilgrimage Update: If there are people who want to go to this once-in-a-lifetime event on their own, we have extra tickets for the full event that we purchased upfront for $200 (now selling for $360). Please contact Erin in the Office of Christian Formation to inquire about these tickets. Email emcgeever@dosafl.com
Pilgrimage Gathering: All people from the Diocese of St. Augustine who plan to attend the National Eucharistic Congress, either with the diocesan contingency or on their own, are invited to a gathering on Wednesday, June 5, beginning with Mass at 5:30 p.m. at the St. Joseph Historic Church. Please register at:

https://form.jotform.com/241095270170146.

 

 

Eleventh Sunday in Ordinary Time – The Big Picture & Feast of Saints – John Fisher & Thomas More

We hear about the Kingdom of God in many of Jesus’ parables. Jesus must have gotten tired of trying to explain it, but he never gives up. In this weekend’s gospel, he uses parables to describe how the kingdom will spread. What is interesting is that these parables are not so much about our actions as they are about how God builds his kingdom.

Let’s start with the second parable: Jesus exaggerates a little, with the mustard seed being the smallest seed and the bush being the largest plant. His point is that the kingdom may look small at first, but it will keep growing. The image of all the birds coming to the branches is taken from Old Testament passages, in Daniel and Ezekiel, about other people coming into Jerusalem to worship the one LORD. Jesus implies that the growing kingdom will attract outsiders to be members. The main point is not to be discouraged when it seems the kingdom is not growing: We might be limiting it to people who think and act just like ourselves. We might see attendance at church in our parish declining. So, Jesus is reminding us to think of the bigger picture.

In the first parable about the man who scattered seeds, Jesus says that those seeds produce a harvest, even though the farmer doesn’t know how or why those seeds can grow. We too can be doing things that help the Kingdom to grow, without knowing how we are helping. The obvious example is prayer: We may not see the results of our prayer, or not know if God is answering our prayer. But God is making the kingdom grow in his own way and in his own time. Like the farmer, we can help it grow by loving each other, teaching our children about Jesus, caring for the poor and the sick.

If the farmer were to let weeds choke his crop, or be stingy with his seeds, he might not have a very good harvest. We can be stingy with our love or hurt people with our anger. Then we would be slowing the growth of the kingdom. So let us always be aware of the kingdom and ask God to move us to do whatever we can to help it grow.

-Tom Schmidt, Diocesan Publications


From Robert Bolt’s classic A Man For All Seasons to Showtime’s edgy The Tudors, Thomas More endears himself still: lawyer-statesman of impeccable integrity, remarried widower and affectionate father delighting in a lively household—four children, a pet monkey, even a paid jester! And challenges still: humanist-reformer, yet champion of Catholic faith and papal primacy. John Paul II named him “Patron of Statesmen and Politicians,” citing More’s generous work, both as a lawyer and in government service, on behalf of the poorest and most marginalized people of his time, as well as his promotion of education for all sectors of society. More’s decision for principle over politics, conscience over convenience prompted his final words: “I die the King’s good servant, but God’s first.” Alone among England’s bishops, John Fisher dared challenge Henry VIII’s divorce and repudiation of the papacy. When the Pope named the imprisoned Fisher a cardinal, Henry thundered: “Don’t bother sending Fisher’s red hat here; I’ll send Fisher’s head to Rome!” Whose “good servants” are we first? Isn’t a right conscience worth the pain of standing alone?

– Peter Scagnelli, Diocesan Publications

 

St. Paul’s Maintenance Department Hiring

St. Paul’s Maintenance Dept. is looking for a full-time employee. Applicants must pass a background check and complete Protecting God’s Children. Please call Wayne Carlisle at 904-222-0617 or wcarlisle@stpaulsjaxbeach.org for more information.