St. John Neumann Catholic Church

Houston, Texas

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Jan 6-13, 2019

 


 

Pray for the Sick

Ruega Por Los Enfermos

 

  • Encarnacion Velazquez,
  • Leonel Chavez,
  • Janet Ledger,
  • Willie Mendoza,
  • Tino Herrera,
  • Jaime Herrera,
  • Eddy Johnston,
  • Henry Lundy,
  • Percyveranda Puquiz,
  • Suzanne Krusleski,
  • Paul Daniel Gonzales,
  • Maria I. Palomo,
  • Gerilynn Gosnell,
  • Ermelinda Zamorano,
  • Kirk Douglas Saenz,
  • Adrian Leal

& all those in nursing homes & hospitals.

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The Lights, Host, & Wine 

 

for the week of January 6,2018

were donated by Brigida Newton in memory of

Petra Urbina 

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Stewardship of Prayer and Reflection

          Light is a common thread running through today’s readings. In Isaiah, Jerusalem becomes a beacon to the rest of the world: “Nations shall walk by your light, and kings by your shining radian- ce” (Isaiah 60:3). For the writer of Ephesians, that light comes as a revelation, that all believers are “members of the same body, and copartners in the promise of Christ Jesus through the gospel” (Ephesians 3:6). And in the Gospel, of course, we have the star. The star that marked the location of Jesus’ birth. The star that indicated the birth of a new ruler. The star that led these wise men from afar to the little child in the manger. 

       Isaiah tells of caravans coming from across the desert bearing gold and frankincense. Gold was appropriate for a king, a precious metal used for jewelry and ornamentation. Frankincense was burned as incense or perfume, often used by those offering prayers to God. To these two gifts, the magi add myrrh, an oil used for anointing, particularly for burial. It foreshadows the Passion, for Jesus is not only king and high priest, but also sacrificial victim, anointed with myrrh when buried in the tomb. 

       When seeing Jesus for the first time, the magi “prostrated themselves and did him homage” and “offered him gifts of gold, frankincense, and myrrh” (Matthew 2:11). Nowhere in Matthew’s account do we see them offering homage or bringing gifts to King Herod. They recognized the difference between the temporal king and the eternal king, between the one worthy of reverence and the one unworthy of the honor. 

 

      La luz hilvana todas las lecturas de hoy. En la del profeta Isaías Jerusalén se convierte en faro para el resto del mundo: “Caminarán los pueblos a tu luz y los reyes, al res- plandor de tu auro-

Isaiah tells of caravans coming from across the desert bearing gold and frankincense. Gold was appropriate for a king, a precious metal used for jewelry and ornamentation. Frankincen- se was burned as incense or perfume, often used by those offering prayers to God. To these two gifts, the magi add myrrh, an oil used for anoin- ting, particularly for burial. It foreshadows the Passion, for Jesus is not only king and high priest, but also sacrificial victim, anointed with myrrh when buried in the tomb.

revelación de que todos los creyentes son “miembros del mismo cuerpo y partícipes de la misma promesa en Jesucristo” (efesios 3, 6). Y en el Evangelio tenemos, por supuesto, la estre- lla. La estrella que marcó el lugar del nacimiento de Jesús. La estrella que indicó el nacimiento del nuevo soberano. La estrella que condujo a estos hombres sabios de tierras lejanas hacia el peque- ño niño en el pesebre.

Isaías habla de caravanas que atraviesan el desierto y que traen incienso y oro. El oro era apropiado para un rey, pues es un metal precioso usado para joyas y ornamentación. El incienso es una resina aromática que se usa para ofrecer ora- ciones a Dios. A estos dos regalos los magos aña- den la mirra, un aceite usado para la unción, par- ticularmente para preparar el cuerpo para la se- pultura. Así presagia o anuncia la Pasión, pues Jesús no sólo es rey y sumo sacerdote, sino tam- bién la víctima sacrificada que será ungida con mirra antes de su sepulcro.

Al ver a Jesús por primera vez los magos “postrándose, lo adoraron” y “le ofrecieron rega- los: oro, incienso y mirra” (Mateo 2, 11). En nin- gún lugar del relato de Mateo se nos dice que los magos adoraron ni ofrecieron regalos al rey He- rodes, pues ellos reconocieron la diferencia entre el rey temporal y el rey eterno, entre aquel que era digno de reverencia y el otro indigno de tal honor. 

Quote for the Week... 

“God alone can give us true happiness. It’s useless wasting time looking for it elsewhere: in wealth, pleasure, and power”

~Pope Francis

 

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