Corpus Christi Blog

Discipleship is becoming ready for Heaven

09-08-2019HomiliesFr. Chad King

Raise your hand if you want to go to Heaven? Good everyone’s hand is raised.

Raise your hand if you want to become a Disciple of Jesus? I should see everyone’s hand- Because as we will see becoming a disciple is what it takes to enter Heaven.

Raise your hand if you think you are a Disciple of Jesus? 5%- bulletin, Becoming Disciples is part of our Vision statement as a parish. - demanding cost of discipleship.

Gospel- Confusing and hard statement- unless we hate our family member’s we cannot be Jesus’ disciple? How can God who is love, who called us to love our enemies, and honor our father and mother- call us to hate the very same people we are called to love and honor?

What does Jesus mean? Perhaps Matthew’s version of this passage will clarify. “Whoever loves father or mother, or son or daughter more than me is not worthy of me”

So how might you sometimes love your family more than God? Say you go on vacation or to your sons or daughter’s sporting event or something- if you don’t try to find a Mass where you are then you are loving your family more than God.

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Stewardship is part of Discipleship

08-18-2019HomiliesFr. Chad King

I began my homily last week stating our new Vision statement that the Pastoral Council and Parish Staff developed a couple of weeks ago. Our new Vision statement is: The Body of Christ Becoming Disciples. Upcoming bulletins will share more details about our Vision statement, so please stay tuned. In my homily last week, I said that stewardship, and being a good steward, is an aspect of Discipleship. Our Gospel last week, the Parable of the Rich Fool, revealed what stewardship is. Stewardship is not solely about money, as some people might think, but rather stewardship is the attitude we have about all the things that we have, including money; it is about seeing everything we have as gifts from God to be used well for His purposes and the good of His people. And so, to paraphrase the last line of last week’s Gospel, stewardship is about becoming rich in what matters to God. So, if you attended this mass last week, or a mass that I did not celebrate, I encourage you to read my homily from last week on our website.

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20th Sunday in Ordinary Time Year C

08-18-2019HomiliesDeacon Chris Kellogg

As we reflect on the readings today there is one question we should ask ourselves, will I commit myself wholeheartedly to following Jesus? Before we explore this further I will share these words spoken by Franklin D. Roosevelt to our nation in 1936 which I think apply to us today. He said, “No greater thing could come to our land today than a revival of the spirit of religion—a revival that would sweep through the homes of the nation and stir the hearts of men and women of all faiths to a reassertion of their belief in God and their dedication to His will for themselves and for their world.” He would say, “I doubt if there is any problem whether it be social, political or economic that would not melt away before the fire of such a spiritual awakening.”

Our readings today allude to a great cosmic battle that is taking place all around us. They invite us to consider the struggle and difficulty inherent in being a Christian. The path of following Christ is frequently one of opposition, one of difficulty in every time and place. If we are not living with that tension then perhaps we are not living out our faith fully as a follower of Christ. To follow Christ completely will come with a cost as His mission was not to smooth over differences but to call us to the fullness of the truth and to perfect holiness.

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Stewardship is an aspect of Discipleship- not all about money

08-04-2019HomiliesFr. Chad King

What is the Vision of this parish? Who are we, why do we exist, what are we called to? A couple of weeks ago, the parish staff and Pastoral Council met together to discuss those same questions. The Vision for us, the parish of Corpus Christi, which we came up with is: The Body of Christ Becoming Disciples. A true disciple puts God first in all things in one’s life and allows God to influence every aspect of one’s life according to His will. You will be able to read more about what our vision statement means in the bulletin shortly, but today our readings talk about one important aspect of becoming a disciple. That aspect of discipleship is stewardship. When you think of Stewardship- most probably think about money. But, as I hope to show in our readings today, stewardship is not all about money, money is only a part of stewardship. But stewardship is about directing the attitude of our hearts and the things of our lives towards God.

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Becoming a Disciple

07-07-2019HomiliesFr. Chad King

Friends, if you remember last week’s Gospel in which Deacon preached about what it means to be a follower of Jesus, what it means to be a disciple. Perhaps the last verse will jog your memory, “No one who sets a hand to the plow and looks to what was left behind is fit for the Kingdom of God”. In other words, to be a disciple, to truly follow Jesus we cannot be look back to what we left behind, but we must have eyes and hearts looking forward to where Jesus leads us. I bring last week’s Gospel up because today’s Gospel and the sending of the 72 others comes immediately after that verse. However, what I want to do today, is to continue the theme began last week about what it means to follow Jesus by highlighting perhaps the greatest example for us in St Paul, and unpacking a few but powerful verses of his writing in today’s 2nd reading.

St Paul is the first witness and teacher about what Christianity and Discipleship is all about. Keep in mind also, that before Paul became perhaps the greatest evangelist the Church and world has ever known, Paul was Saul- a devout Jew who persecuted the Church Christ established. So, if there is hope for a man like Saul, there is hope for you and I, and every lost soul we pray for.

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Corpus Christi Feast Day

06-23-2019HomiliesFr. Chad King

Happy Feast day everyone. Today, we the celebrate Feast of Corpus Christi- the Body of Christ. The belief that the Bread and Wine is transformed into the Body and Blood of Christ and given to us to consume so that Jesus can dwell in us and us in Him- and that we, as His members, can become the Body of Christ. Indeed, for us as a parish, our names sake, the Eucharist, the Body of Christ is the source of our growth into the Corpus Christi we are meant to be.

The Catechism of the Catholic Church calls the Eucharist the “Source and Summit of the Christian life”. The Eucharist, which is Jesus, is the source and summit of the Christian life. The Eucharist is not a thing, not just a belief that we as Catholics have, no, the Eucharist is a Person, it is the Body and Blood, Soul, and Divinity of Jesus Christ- it is the life and love of Jesus given to us.

Notice also that the Church doesn’t says the Eucharist is the source of the Catholic life, but of the Christian life. The Catholic belief of the Real Presence the Eucharist is a revealed truth by Jesus in the Scriptures and handed on through the Apostles. This truth was believed by every Christian from the beginning of the Church to around year 1517 and the Protestant Reformation.

And today 502 years later, there are many Christians, including some Catholics, who believe that one Christian denomination is as good as the other, and it doesn’t matter which one goes to as long as they believe in Jesus Christ. But that can’t be true, because Jesus gave Himself in the Eucharist to His One Church, and all that Jesus said is either true or He and all His teachings are a lie.

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Father’s Day - Knowing the generosity of God

06-16-2019HomiliesFr. Chad King

What a special day today is, not only is it the Lord’s Day, but today we also celebrate Father’s Day, and this year it happens to fall on Trinity Sunday. If someone would ask you who God is? Perhaps you might think of the Blessed Trinity- and remember what you learned years ago that God is 3 Persons in 1 Divine Nature- so a Communion of Persons. Which is right, but beyond the mystery of that mathematical equation, we can understand the 1 Divine Nature of God as what He is- what makes God- God, compared to the nature of a stone for example. So, God’s divine nature means that God is infinite, all-powerful, all-knowing, love, goodness, and generosity- just to name a few attributes. Knowing that is God’s nature, He could do nothing but, what is good and loving. The 3 Persons of the Trinity is who God is- who is the being acting from the Divine Nature- so that God is, what God does, is loving, and generous, and good first and foremost within themselves from all eternity (as obviously 1 person can’t give of themselves- to themselves-so there must be more than 1 Person in God. God has revealed Himself as 3 united but distinct Persons, the Church Fathers have called the Father the Lover, the Son as the Beloved, and the Holy Spirit as the Love constantly given and received between them. That is what Jesus means when He says in our Gospel today, “Everything that the Father has is mine; the Spirit will take from what is mine and declare it to you” The 3 Persons of the Trinity has given and received the fullness of each other from eternity. But now, in God’s generosity, God has made human beings to have a special share in His Divine Nature- somebody else who the Persons of the Trinity want to give of themselves to, and other beings who has the attributes of knowing, loving and being good and generous, and who can and hopefully will grow to share fully in God’s Divine Nature. How amazing and generous our God is. Now that we have an understanding of the Blessed Trinity only somewhat in our minds, let me try and relate what that truth means for us. Let me try and do justice to this important and special day, and tie Father’s Day and Trinity Sunday together, because really, they are always connected. After all, the Trinity reveals a Fatherhood, and together with the Son and Holy Spirit, a Communion of 3 Persons whom we are called to share in. Some of us are called to share specifically in the Fatherhood of God, but all of us are called to share in God’s divine nature and live in this Communion of Persons for all eternity. To help us as fathers and families to share more perfectly in the nature and family of God, let me begin in a poignant and straightforward way.

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Being set on fire, not lukewarm

06-09-2019HomiliesFr. Chad King

Friends, in prayerful preparation for this homily on this feast of Pentecost, my heart rested on the image described in one of the first verses from our 1st reading from Acts: that of the Holy Spirit, in the image of fire, descending upon Mary and the Disciples gathered in the upper room. Reflecting on the image of Fire, I thought about the story of Moses and the Burning Bush- the burning bush represented the presence of God through which God spoke to Moses, the bush was on fire, but it was not being consumed. I thought about other places in Scripture that the Lord is portrayed as a ‘purifying fire’. And I thought of the image of the Sacred Heart of Jesus which always has a flame coming from it. Indeed, the Heart of God is burning with love for us, always wanting to ignite us.

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Being set on fire, not lukewarm

06-09-2019HomiliesFr. Chad King

Friends, in prayerful preparation for this homily on this feast of Pentecost, my heart rested on the image described in one of the first verses from our 1st reading from Acts: that of the Holy Spirit, in the image of fire, descending upon Mary and the Disciples gathered in the upper room. Reflecting on the image of Fire, I thought about the story of Moses and the Burning Bush- the burning bush represented the presence of God through which God spoke to Moses, the bush was on fire, but it was not being consumed. I thought about other places in Scripture that the Lord is portrayed as a ‘purifying fire’. And I thought of the image of the Sacred Heart of Jesus which always has a flame coming from it. Indeed, the Heart of God is burning with love for us, always wanting to ignite us.

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