SJA CONCERT SERIES
Steve Angrisano - February 24th, 7 pm
We are very excited to announce that Steve Angrisano will be leading a night of praise at St. Joan of Arc.
A veteran musician, composer and youth minister who has been featured at 7 World Youth Days, served as Emcee for ’05 ’07 ’09 and ’11 National Catholic Youth Conference, Steve Angrisano is undoubtedly one of the most effective and versatile ministry leaders in the Church today. Those who are young (and young at heart) embrace the passionate message of faith, hope and love woven throughout his music and storytelling. Always rooted in a spirit of humility and faithfulness, Steve has a keen intuition regarding the needs of any audience and engages them with his unique blend of humor, song, story and interaction. This makes him both a natural and popular choice for diverse parish, diocesan, national and world-wide events.
SJA Table Talk is a website with fun content to help you prepare for Mass as a family and to encourage faith-based conversations at the dinner table. The goal is to get our families into a rhythm of 2 quality meals per week and 10 minutes of preparation for Mass.
See this week's discussion guide below. Then come back each week. We will be your 'Sous Chef' - finding the best morsels from the internet and Catholic teachings for your family's consumption.
THIS WEEKS TABLE TALK (Jan 25th)
- Saint Thomas Acquinas - 'Angelic Doctor'
- What does it mean to have a friendship with Jesus? Watch this inspring talk by Father John Riccardo as he talks to teens as to what it means to have a friendship with Jesus.
- Listen to the podcast 'Reclaiming Sundays' from the Ave Maria Radio Show - 'Chris is the Answer'. It is wonderfully inspiring talk about how Sunday is a gift. Listen Now>
- Fish is the natural choice week, given Jonah and the 'Whale' (first reading) and the with Jesus calling Peter and Andrew to be fishers of men (this week's Gospel)
- Living the Gospel: The 3rd Sunday of Ordinary Time (January 25th) - In this Gospel, Jesus calls Peter and Andrew to be fishers of men
- Preparing for Sunday: The 4th Sunday of Ordinary Time (Feb 1st) - In this Gospel, Jesus heals a man with an unclean spirit and his fame spreads throughout Galilee.
Saint Thomas Aquinas
Read full bio> | St. Thomas Aquinas is the Dominican order's greatest glory. He taught philosophy and theology with such genius that he is considered one of the leading Christian thinkers. His innocence, on a par with his genius, earned for him the title of "Angelic Doctor."
St. Thomas ranks among the greatest writers and theologians of all time. His most important work, the Summa Theologiae, an explanation and summary of the entire body of Catholic teaching, has been standard for centuries, even to our own day. At the Council of Trent it was consulted after the Bible.
What Does it Mean to Have a Friendship with Jesus?
Watch this wonderful talk that Father John Riccardo had with teens about what it means to have a friendship with Jesus -- and also how the Mass presumes that you already have a friendship with Jesus (the entire video is wonderful - but this part of the talk beings at minute 22:45 -- click here to start at this point>). One of his main points is that we come to Mass expecting to be evangelized... when really the Mass is for the evangelized.
Some very interesting points to ponder and discuss - you may just look at the mass and the eucharist in a different light after listening to this talk.
COMMIT TO 2 FAMILY MEALS
Grilled Halibit and Peach & Pepper Salsa
See Recipe> | Fish and shellfish can be quick cooking, tasty, and super healthy. The trick to incorporating more seafood into your diet is knowing how to cook it and finding recipes that you love. In honor of our 25th anniversary, we compiled a collection of our editors' and readers' favorite seafood recipes from the past 25 years. Based on research from MyRecipes.com, we pulled the Cooking Light recipes that received the most votes and highest star ratings.
Bourbon Glazed Salmon
See Recipe> | Brown sugar and bourbon combine to create the perfect sweet and smoky flavor that infuses this already-flavorful fish. Omega-3 fatty acids in this fish have many health benefits, including protecting against heart disease. Cooking time can vary, depending on the thickness of salmon. As a general rule, cook 10 minutes for each inch of thickness. Then check the center and make sure it’s light pink and opaque.
Fish Tacos and Lime-Cilantro Crema
See Recipe> | Crunchy cabbage combines with flaky white fish and smoky cumin in this Latin-style dish. Crema is a fresh and creamy sauce that is the perfect thing to cool off the smoky spiced snapper.
GET TO KNOW THE GOSPEL
Activities in Preparation for This Week in the Liturgical Year
God spared the people of Nineveh because they heeded the message God sent through Jonah.
The Lord teaches us his ways.
1 Corinthians 7:29-31
Paul warns the Corinthians that they must act differently because the world in its present form is passing away.
Jesus calls the fishermen, Simon and Andrew, James and John, to be his disciples.
Background on the Gospel Reading
Today we begin a continuous reading of Mark's Gospel that will carry us through this segment of the liturgical season of Ordinary Time. Remember that in Cycle B of the Lectionary, most of the Gospel readings are taken from the Gospel according to Mark.
The Gospel of Mark does not begin with a narrative about Jesus' birth. Instead Mark begins by reporting on the preaching of John the Baptist. John is described as the voice in the wilderness sent to prepare the way of the Lord. Immediately after describing the work of John the Baptist, Mark reports on Jesus' baptism and his temptation in the desert. Jesus' public ministry begins after the arrest of John the Baptist. Mark wants his readers to understand the important connection between the end of the ministry of John the Baptist and the beginning of Jesus' own ministry.
As we learn at the beginning of today's Gospel reading, Jesus preaches the Kingdom of God in continuity with the preaching of John the Baptist. Like John the Baptist, Jesus' pronouncement of the kingdom is a call to repentance. Yet Jesus' preaching is greater than John's. Jesus begins the time of fulfillment; the Kingdom of God is already here. This will be demonstrated again and again, both in Jesus' words and in the actions that follow. Jesus' healings and forgiveness of sins are signs of the Kingdom of God that he announces in his teaching.
In contrast to last week's Gospel, in Mark's Gospel Jesus takes the initiative in calling his first disciples. As mentioned last week, it was more typical of first-century rabbinical schools for students to seek out rabbis, asking to be their disciples. In Mark's Gospel, Jesus breaks with this tradition and invites his disciples to learn from him. Jesus is said to have first called four fishermen—Simon, Andrew, James, and John. Simon and Andrew are brothers. Jesus promises that he will make them “fishers of men.” James and John are also brothers. Mark does not report Jesus' words of invitation to them, but he does report that they left their fishing immediately; their father, Zebedee, was left behind in the boat.
Mark's Gospel is told with a great sense of urgency and immediacy. Jesus is a person of action, and events occur in rapid succession. We see this in today's Gospel. Time is of the essence; the fishermen immediately put aside their livelihood to become Jesus' disciples. The Kingdom of God is here and now. The time of fulfillment is at hand. How might our lives be different if we more fully shared this sense of the immediacy of God's kingdom?
PAINTING - As he passed by the Sea of Galilee, he saw Simon and his brother Andrew … : “Come after me, and I will make you fishers of men.” Duccio di Buoninsegna, The Calling of the Apostles Peter and Andrew (detail). 1308-1311
* PREPARING FOR SUNDAY - 4th Sunday of Ordinary Time (Feb 1st)
Moses tells the people that God will raise up for them a new prophet.
A song of praise to the Lord.
1 Corinthians 7:32-35
Paul expresses his concern that those who are married are more likely to face the distractions of earthly life than those who are celibate.
Jesus heals a man with an unclean spirit and his fame spreads throughout Galilee.
Background on the Gospel Reading
Today's Gospel continues our reading from Mark and describes what some believe was likely to have been a typical day in Jesus' ministry. Jesus and the disciples that chose to follow him in last week's Gospel arrive at Capernaum, a small village on the Sea of Galilee. Jesus teaches in the synagogue on the Sabbath. Mark reports that the people respond to Jesus' teaching with astonishment, noting Jesus' authority and contrasting it with the scribes'. Early in Mark's Gospel we already find evidence of the tension that will manifest itself fully in Jerusalem.
After Jesus' preaching, an even more astonishing thing happens. A man possessed with an unclean spirit calls out to Jesus. As we see in this example and throughout Mark's Gospel, the spirits and demons seem to know Jesus and are often fearful of him. In fact, they seem to understand Jesus' identity better than his disciples. As we will read again and again in Mark's Gospel, Jesus orders the spirit to be quiet and drives the unclean spirit out of the man. Jesus' ability to heal those possessed by demons is an indication of his power over evil.
In the prescientific age of Jesus' time, all illnesses were understood to be manifestations of evil and sinfulness. Our modern understanding of illness is very different. Possession by unclean spirits may have been a way to describe what we might call mental illness today. It may have even been a way of describing certain kinds of physical conditions. There is evidence that there were many kinds of exorcists and healers in first-century Palestine. Jesus appears to be like these healers, but he heals with unique authority and connects his healing activities with the words of his preaching.
We are missing the point that Mark is trying to make in this Gospel, however, if we try to explain away the healing work of Jesus. The crowds see in Jesus' cure of the possessed man further affirmation of his authority. Jesus' power to heal gives greater credence to his teaching. Jesus impresses the crowds through his words, which are manifested with power in his deeds. Mark's Gospel tells us that because of the authority with which he healed, Jesus' fame spread throughout all of Galilee.
PAINTING - But Jesus rebuked him, saying, "Be silent, and come out of him!" And the unclean spirit, convulsing him and crying with a loud voice, came out of him. Rembrandt, The Leper at Capernaum, 1657-60
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