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Posted by. Deacon Terrel Broussard on Monday, January 30, 2017
 


SHOW ME WHAT YOU GOT!

It is a fact that a pound of meat is affected by a quarter-pound of salt. If this is true that Christians are the salt of the earth, where is the effect of what Jesus spoke? Our spiritual character is tested daily by our life’s circumstances. Salt had a different meaning when Jesus walked the earth.
Today, salt is associated with illnesses such as high blood pressure. Similarly, the world seems to dilute the Gospel of Christ, which is the light of Jesus Christ and its believers the salt of the earth. It is almost as though the world seeks to deplete our love of God and love of neighbor. It seeks to dim the light of Christ in us and take away our “saltiness,” that is, our influence. But the salt that Jesus referred to is the power of the Holy Spirit that we received at Baptism and through life. We are required to demonstrate that power to the world. Show them what you got!
 
BIBLE STUDY FIFTH SUNDAY INORDINARY TIME YEAR A 2017.pdf
 
 
Posted by. Deacon Terrel Broussard on Monday, January 23, 2017
 


TOO BLESSED TO BE STRESSED!


According to a December 2014 Pew Research Center report, money is the number one stress factor in the lives of Americans. In the meantime, the rich get richer and the poorer get poorer. Health concerns, employment, and personal relationships are additional stress points in this society. So how does a Christian manage these anxieties? The answer is in our attitude.
The Christian must know that it is God’s grace that sustains us, that empowers us, that protects us, that heals us. We are blessed. We just have to have an attitude of being blessed. Some say that attitude is more important than facts. Knowing that we are blessed relieves the stress of conforming to the world. We are too blessed to be stressed!
 
BIBLE STUDY 4TH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME YEAR A 2017.pdf
 
 
Posted by. Deacon Terrel Broussard on Monday, January 16, 2017
 


HE IS CALLING YOU! The following words from the Negro Spiritual capture the theme of this week’s readings:
Hush, hush, somebody's callin' my name
Hush, hush, somebody's callin' my name
Hush, hush, somebody's callin' my name
Oh my Lord, oh my Lord, what shall I do?
These words describe the tension of hearing someone calling you and deciding whether to respond. They describe the hesitancy that we all feel in following the call of Jesus into new and unfamiliar places that test our faith. As Christians, we should always know what to do when Jesus calls us to serve others. We must answer the call and follow Him.
 
BIBLE STUDY THIRD SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME YEAR A 2017.pdf
 
 
Posted by. Deacon Terrel Broussard on Monday, January 9, 2017
 

I KNOW WHO YOU ARE!

A facial recognition system allows the automatic verification and identification of a person from a digital image, or video source. It compares facial features from the image and a facial database. If Jesus Christ appeared to you today, would you recognize Him? What characteristics would you look for to identify Him? When we meet Jesus, can we say to Him, “I know who you are?”
As Christians, we are called to be followers of Christ. That means we must know who Jesus Christ is and we must be able to recognize Him in others. The character of the “Suffering Servant” and the “Lamb of God” is the character database to which we must compare ourselves and others, so that we can recognize the Christ in them and in ourselves. John’s recognition of Jesus was based on his comparison of Jesus to the “Suffering Servant” and the “Lamb of God.” The Gospel requires us to the same.

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Catechism of the Catholic Church

“He died for our sins in accordance with the Scriptures”

601 The Scriptures had foretold this divine plan of salvation through the putting to death of “the righteous one, my Servant” as a mystery of universal redemption, that is, as the ransom that would free men from the slavery of sin. Citing a confession of faith that he himself had “received,” St. Paul professes that “Christ died for our sins in accordance with the scriptures.” In particular Jesus’ redemptive death fulfills Isaiah’s prophecy of the suffering Servant. Indeed Jesus himself explained the meaning of his life and death in the light of God’s suffering Servant. After his Resurrection he gave this interpretation of the Scriptures to the disciples at Emmaus, and then to the apostles.
 
 
 
Posted by. Deacon Terrel Broussard on Wednesday, January 4, 2017
 

HOW DO I FIND JESUS?

The Magi had an epiphany. An epiphany is not an experience that we can create from within, but one that we can only be open to and receive from another. God called the Magi in the midst of their occupations. The revelation of the brilliant star that graced the night sky caused an inner movement within the Magi that required them to follow the star and validate its meaning. They left their places of comfort, sought instruction from strangers, and they expected to be successful. They knew how to find Jesus.




The Catechism of the Catholic Church and the Epiphany

529 The Epiphany is the manifestation of Jesus as Messiah of Israel, Son of God and Savior of the world. The great feast of Epiphany celebrates the adoration of Jesus by the wise men (magi) from the East, together with his baptism in the Jordan and the wedding feast at Cana in Galilee. In the magi, representatives of the neighboring pagan religions, the Gospel sees the first-fruits of the nations, who welcome the good news of salvation through the Incarnation. The magi’s coming to Jerusalem in order to pay homage to the king of the Jews shows that they seek in Israel, in the messianic light of the star of David, the one who will be king of the nations.
 
BIBLE STUDY THE EPIPHANY OF OUR LORD YEAR A 2017.pdf
 
 
Posted by. Deacon Terrel Broussard on Thursday, December 29, 2016
 

GIVE THE GIFT OF TIME!

At Christmas dinner, our family shared with each other the gifts that we would give to the world in gratitude for the gift that Jesus gave us. One said love, another peace, and another understanding, and so on. The gift that stands out to me was the one expressed by my eleven-year-old granddaughter. She said that she will give the gift of time. It dawned on me that a teaching moment came out of the mouth of a child.
The greatest gift that we can give someone is our TIME. The gift of time is great, because when we give time; we give a portion of our life that we will never give back. Time is free, but it is priceless. We can’t own time, but we can use it. Mary spent her time showing us what the fullness of time means. It means that just at the right time, and by her “yes,” mankind became adopted children of God (Gal. 4: 4-7). Mother Mary, thank you for your gift of time.
How will we spend our time this year?


 
BIBLE STUDY MARY THE MOTHER OF GOD YEAR A 2016-17.pdf
 
 
Posted by. Deacon Terrel Broussard on Tuesday, December 6, 2016
 

Walk In the Light – Be a Witness.


“Can I get a witness,” is a refrain that is often used in dynamic and energetic preaching styles. But what does it mean to be a witness for the Gospel? During this Advent Season and every day of our lives, it means to keep the Commandments of God and live a life that conforms to the Gospel of Jesus Christ.

CATECHISM OF THE CATHOLIC CHURCH
WITNESS OF THE GOSPEL

2472 The duty of Christians to take part in the life of the Church impels them to act as witnesses of the Gospel and of the obligations that flow from it. This witness is a transmission of the faith in words and deeds. Witness is an act of justice that establishes the truth or makes it known.
2473 Martyrdom is the supreme witness given to the truth of the faith: it means bearing witness even unto death. The martyr bears witness to Christ who died and rose, to whom he is united by charity. He bears witness to the truth of the faith and of Christian doctrine. He endures death through an act of fortitude. “Let me become the food of the beasts, through whom it will be given me to reach God...”
 
BIBLE STUDY THIRD SUNDAY ADVENT YEAR A 2016.pdf
 
 
Posted by. Deacon Terrel Broussard on Monday, November 21, 2016
 


WALK IN THE LIGHT - PUT ON THE ARMOR OF LIGHT


Sometimes the weight of the world and our normal activities lessen our perception of God’s presence among us. The shopping frenzy stimulated by “Black Friday Deals” serves to distract us from our preparation for the celebration of the coming of Jesus Christ. We are also concerned with making a living i.e. “provisions for the flesh,” and often neglect our obligation to love one another. But as the Gospel tells us, we do not know the day or the hour when we will be called to account for our fidelity to the Commandments of God. We should make special provisions to receive Jesus this Christmas in the same way we prepare for His Second Coming.
 
BIBLE STUDY FIRST SUNDAY IN ADVENT YEAR A 2016-17.pdf
 
 
Posted by. Deacon Terrel Broussard on Monday, November 14, 2016
 

WHY IS YOUR KING ON A CROSS?

“Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere. We are caught in an inescapable network of mutuality, tied in a single garment of destiny. Whatever affects one directly, affects all indirectly. ...” These are the words of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s “Letter from a Birmingham Jail”. He could not remain comfortable in Atlanta and fight injustice. He had to ascend the cross of injustice before he could obtain the crown of freedom. He knew that his King, Jesus, died on a cross of injustice and humiliation for the salvation of all. Dr. King imitated the Word of God and the Creator of the universe. He knew why his King was on a cross.
 
BIBLE STUDY OUR LORD JESUS CHRIST THE KING OF THE UNIVERSE YEAR C.pdf
 
 
Posted by. Deacon Terrel Broussard on Monday, November 7, 2016
 


CALM DURING CHAOS.

The “British have a saying: “Keep Calm and Carry On!” The hymn, I Know My Redeemer Lives by Samuel Medley (1738-99), captures this same sentiment in a spiritual form. The words of the hymn seem to calm the troubled soul in chaotic times. The writer says: I know that my Redeemer lives! What comfort this sweet sentence gives! He lives, He lives, who once was dead; He lives, my ever living head! He lives to silence all my fears; He lives to wipe away my tears; He lives to calm my troubled heart; He lives all blessings to impart.
This is the state of mind of a Christian who knows that God is in control. The way to remain calm during chaos is to show reverence and praise to the almighty and powerful God.
 
BIBLE STUDY THIRTY-THIRD SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME YEAR C.pdf
 
 


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