Twelth Sunday of Ordinary Time
June 23, 2013
“But who do you say that I am?"
Zechariah paints with chilling accuracy the image of Jesus’ death—the one who was “pierced,” an only son, a firstborn. But the prophet also promises a flood of God’s purifying grace to lead Israel through mourning and grief. Christ’s pierced side becomes the rock cleft for all in the desert and the living water for the woman at the well, whose chance meeting with Jesus changes her life forever. The psalmist describes the lifeless desiccation of the earth and the soul without God but sings confidently of the abundance and joy that flows from life in the Lord. The familiar, oft-quoted passage from Paul's letter to the Galatians finds our truest identity in Christ through our shared “dying” in baptism that offers us hope of a share in the resurrection. As heirs to the kingdom, we are grafted onto the Tree of Life with Abraham and all his descendants.
As stated elsewhere by Paul, each of us knows that “it is no longer I who live, but Christ who lives in me.” Here is no pious sentiment but rather the very way of living for any true follower of Jesus. Jesus himself says in the Gospel: “If anyone wishes to come after me, he must deny himself and take up his cross daily and follow me. For whoever wishes to save his life will lost it, but whoever loses his life for my sake will save it.” That is what being grafted onto the Tree of Life—the cross—means. And it must be a conscious decision by each of us: “But who do you say that I am?”
Lord, open my eyes, my ears, and my heart to the many ways you seek me.
My flesh pines for you like a dry, weary land without water.
Give me the abundance of life that I crave, without which life itself has no meaning.
I ask this in the name of your only Son, my Lord Jesus Christ. Amen.
Saint Joseph Catholic Community
St. Michael's Music Ministry
Jenny Ivens, Minister of MusicMusic is integral to the celebration of any liturgical event. The voice of the assembly is the primary voice in any liturgy. Singing unifies and deepens, underscores and heightens our worship. When we sing, we join the heavenly hosts of angels and saints, all those who came before us and all those to follow, in our offerings of praise and thanksgiving to God. We are the voice of Christ alive in the world. Through Abraham, God made us a promise. In Jesus Christ, the promise was fulfilled. Knowing all God does for us, How Can We Keep From Singing? Jesus, following a long tradition, prayed and sang with the disciples. You can join this ancient tradition by becoming a member of a music group dedicated to praising God through Sacred Song. In addition to singing, our lively celebrations are enhanced through the gifts of instrumentalists of all varieties. You can offer thanks to God for the many blessings and gifts he has bestowed upon you, your family and the community of St. Michael Catholic Church. We are offering you and opportunity, what can you offer in return?
The Music Ministry at St. Michael Catholic Church offers a wide variety of musical experiences for parishioners of all ages. We are constantly welcoming new members to our ensembles as they are the lifeblood of all ministries. Whether you are interested in the Children's Choir, the Adult Choir, or an instrumentalist of any kind (guitar, bass, flute, trumpet, drums etc.) you can be sure that you will be joining people with whom you will share many wonderful moments making music and lively fellowship. You will be contributing to the great tradition of musical ministry already established at St. Michael. Your musical talents are treasure that needs to be shared with the community, for the building up of the community and the glory of God!
Arts & Praise Choir
Breath of Heaven-Christmas CD 2011
Calendars and Schedules
Hallelujah Resurrection Easter 2012
How Great is Our God Music Easter 2012
I Will Rise Music - Easter 2012
In The Woodshed
Songs of the Village CD
St. Michael Theatre Group
Sullivan Guardian Ensemble
We The Voice CD