Talent: Everyone has a talent and no it’s not associated with America’s Got Talent, Dancing With The Stars, So You Think You Can Dance and Dance Crew, etc. There are all kinds of talents: music, singing, art, reading, storytelling, cooking, dance, listening, praying etc. just to name a few. Some are everyday things that everyone just can’t do and some are extraordinary. One thing is for certain… all talent is God given. Some of us don’t even know what our talents might be…so we need to pray that the Spirit will help us in discerning them. The other thing that is certain is that God given talents were designed to: 1) Glorify and praise God and 2) edify the Church. Again, I did not make this up, the Old and new Testaments attest to this. Biblical greats such as: Moses, Aaron, David, Daniel, Peter, Paul, etc. and don’t forget the saints had talents that were endowed to them by God. Some, like Peter had to grow into them, but the end result is the same, they glorify God and edify and enhance the Church. Here’s a story to give you an idea of what I’m throwing down…a kid I grew up with was called OOgly. The OO was for Ogle and the gly was for ugly. OOgly wasn’t really ugly, in fact he was handsome…but he had enormous eyes like a gold fish. (Children can be rather unkind with nick names.) There was nothing this kid could do, as far as talent went, he had none…or so we thought. All kids grow up and OOgly was no exception, and although we were in our teens, we still called him OOgly. Well, one Sunday during Mass there was a child who would not stop crying. He cried and cried. OOgly looked at the kid and started whirling his eyes! Now one of two things is going to happen…you see something like this and it scares the living heck out of you or you start laughing you’re head off. Thank God it was the latter. The kid laughed himself quiet and snuggled up to ol’ OOgly! He had finally found his talent. No, it wasn’t whirling his eyes, it was a deep love and concern for children. He became one of the most successful Youth Ministers I’ve ever known. Get the point?
What’s next? Until next time…may Jesus keep you smiling, may God’s grace shine on you and always pray for the Spirit to show us the way…luv ya!
- Deacon Phil
So what’s up? We tend to forget that there are some really, really, good Priests and Pastors out there who truly deserve our support and prayers. Remember, the ones closest to God are attacked the hardest. Let’s continue to pray for their sanctity, and to withstand Satan’s attacks and temptations. Not just them, but all our religious and ministers of the Church of God.
You probably missed me and Deacon Mike this past weekend. We were on our annual Deacons Retreat.
Noise: Have you ever wondered how our parents, grandparents and great grandparents survived without IPODS, cell phones, Xboxes, computers and (gasp!) even the TV? Today it just seems that almost everyone is either plugged in or jacked up to something! I mean, could you imagine great grandma at the dinner table cranking out tunes on her IPOD while you’re sitting there shaking your head? Yet how many of us are doing just that. We are getting out of touch with reality. If I’m on the IPOD blasting out my ears, how do I hear the sounds of life...the birds chirping and singing, the children playing, the stores opening in the morning? We used to associate sounds and smells with growing up. Remember the smell of fresh baked bread as you walked by the Italian bakery, or the sounds of Mr. Sullivan opening up the grocery store? We need some silence…God can’t get through if we can’t hear Him. What would you think if you saw Jesus jamming on his MP3 player, or checking his cell phone while you were trying to pray to him? I figured as much.
Until next time…may Jesus keep you smiling, may God’s grace shine on you and always take the time to thank our Pastor for serving us. Luv ya!
- Deacon Phil
So what’s up?
Questions. Asking this of teenagers is like a prelude to the sinking of the Titanic…be careful what you ask for. Actually it usually goes quite well and the children are satisfied with the answers. Here’s one: If I believe in God, why should I go to church? This is not a question to get angry or frustrated about. At some point in our lives most of us may have asked this. It is a question of discernment. Which is my answer?
A. It’s biblical. (It is)
B. Jesus went to worship (Synagogue), and if it’s good enough for him, well it’s good enough for me! (He did)
C. As Christians we believe in the “second” baptism, which is baptism by the Holy Spirit. This baptism is given to strengthen and edify the Church. (I didn’t make this up…please read Acts of the Apostles). Imagine the Holy Spirit stopping by and giving us a gift that he asks us to share. Instead we throw it in a chest. Each day he gives us a gift…we throw it in a chest keeping it to ourselves. Who are we strengthening? Who are we edifying? Sure we believe in God, but so did the Pharisees and Sadducees. It may not be today, or tomorrow, next week or even next year that someone may need us to share this gift with them. And when the time comes, where are we? Last year I said these exact words in a homily. After Mass a woman came up to me crying…she said, “thank you so much for preaching that today. I stopped going to church for ten years. A month after coming back a woman standing next to me at Mass was crying. I don’t even know why I did it, but during the sign of peace, I hugged her and said…Jesus loves you and so do I. I’ve never done that before. The young lady hugged her back even more and started crying even harder. Afterward she revealed that she was planning to kill herself that very night and came to church wanting to hear that someone loved her or she would go through with it.” Nuff said.
Until next time…may Jesus keep you smiling, may God’s grace shine on you and always pray for peace…luv ya! Deacon Phil