Next Sunday!

When? Next Sunday, January 16, 2022 after the 7:30, 9:00 and 10:30 am masses
Where? St. Bonaventure School Bonadome

On the Menu: Pancakes, bacon, sausage, scrambled eggs, pastries, coffee and juice $6.00 Adults — $4.00 Children School students service hours are available.

Thank you for your patronage at our pancake breakfasts. You’ve set new attendance records more than once. That enabled us to do good things for the Parish and the wider community. Please support this first breakfast of 2022.

Jesus said, “The Spirit is willing but the flesh is weak” (Matthew 26:41). Biology and theology have a lot in common, but they are often in conflict. One concerns our bodies; the other our spirits. Both must be fed. Both affect our well-being. Both feel pain and joy. Both affect our relationships with others. God’s cares about both. But which holds attention most often?

Personal hygiene, clothing, cosmetics and grooming, exercise and body-building are usually well funded, with ample time to optimize appearance and physical health. We may judge ourselves and others by looks. Those born with good looks find open doors, plus tempta-tions to parlay their looks for favor. The thing is, the body dies and the spirit lives on. Then what? Time to recall how we favored the temporary body over the eternal spirit. The body was well cared for; the spirit, perhaps not so much. Disproportional focus comes with consequences.

Unhealthy desires enter through the body’s senses. Ephesians 4: 22-24 redirects us: “You should put away the old self of your former way of life, corrupted through deceitful desires, and be renewed in the spirit of your minds, and put on the new self, created in God’s way in right-eousness and holiness of truth.” The phrase “put away” is a deliberate act to deny corrupting desires and renew our spirits. We get stronger when we ‘walk in the spirit’. What the body needs is legitimate. What it wants is sometimes not. Saying no to one’s self on those occasions and yes to one’s spirit is discipleship. Failure to say ‘no’, lets biology usurp theology. Saying ‘yes’ to our renewed spirit, daily, is the task.

John Pisula, Grand Knight: [email protected]
Joe Cox, Council Lecturer: [email protected]
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