Encounter hope, faith, joy, peace and love: This podcast will feature weekly the Sunday morning 11:00am Mass homilies, Sunday evening 7:00pm Mass homilies, and important talks at our church, such as distinguished theologian George Weigel's "Theology of a Catholic Parish" lecture in November in honor of our parish's 150th anniversary this year! #StAnn150
This Gospel message sounds weird to our ears. Msgr. James Watkins explains in this homily on the 20th Sunday in Ordinary Time what Jesus is trying to tell us in the Luke 12 Gospel, verses 49-53: Jesus said to his disciples:
‘I have come to set the earth on fire,
and how I wish it were already blazing!
There is a baptism with which I must be baptized,
and how great is my anguish until it is accomplished!
Do you think that I have come to establish peace on the earth?
No, I tell you, but rather division.
From now on a household of five will be divided,
three against two and two against three;
a father will be divided against his son
and a son against his father,
a mother against her daughter
and a daughter against her mother,
a mother-in-law against her daughter-in-law
and a daughter-in-law against her mother-in-law.’”
There are only two infallible dogma in the history of the Catholic Church proclaimed by the Catholic Church. The first is the Immaculate Conception, proclaimed on December 8, 1854 by Pius IX. The second infallible dogma is the Assumption. On November 1, 1950, Pius XII declared the dogma of the Virgin being assumed, Body and Soul, into heavenly glory.
Both infallible dogma are about Mary. This is fascinating. But why?
Msgr. James Watkins explains what it means to "be ready" and the precious gift of time.
Gospel of Luke 12:
Jesus said to his disciples:
“Do not be afraid any longer, little flock,
for your Father is pleased to give you the kingdom.
Sell your belongings and give alms.
Provide money bags for yourselves that do not wear out,
an inexhaustible treasure in heaven
that no thief can reach nor moth destroy.
For where your treasure is, there also will your heart be.
“Gird your loins and light your lamps
and be like servants who await their master’s return from a wedding,
ready to open immediately when he comes and knocks.
Blessed are those servants
whom the master finds vigilant on his arrival.
Amen, I say to you, he will gird himself,
have them recline at table, and proceed to wait on them.
And should he come in the second or third watch
and find them prepared in this way,
blessed are those servants.
Be sure of this:
if the master of the house had known the hour
when the thief was coming,
he would not have let his house be broken into.
You also must be prepared, for at an hour you do not expect,
the Son of Man will come.”
Beginning with a prayer for the victims of the mass shootings this weekend in El Pasos, Texas and Dayton, Ohio, Msgr. James Watkins explains today's readings - "Vanity of vanities, says Qoheleth, vanity of vanities! All things are vanity!" (Ecclesiastes 1) - in light of our own struggles with busyness, exhaustion, and making people, places and things "deities," when they possess us more than we possess them.
After visiting us and serving with us for three weeks, Fr. Deo has returned to Uganda. He gave these touching remarks at all Masses last weekend, thanking St. Ann’s parishioners for their generosity, prayers and kindness. #StAnn150
In this episode, meet St. Ann, the grandmother of Jesus. Hear about the history of art depicting this great saint, prayers and devotions to invoke her intercession, and popular pilgrimage sites that honor her. We even tell the story of a mini miracle that happened here at St. Ann's: Parish patroness, pray for us!
Speakers (in order of appearance):
Natalie J. Plumb, Director of Communications and Youth Ministry, St. Ann Catholic Church
Caitlin Greenhill Caldera, Artist, Art Consultant
Susie Chorro, Director, Gold Leaf Studios
We hear first of St. Ann in the non-biblical gospel of James. Childless after 20 years of marriage, Anna (as named in the book of James) and St. Joachim begged God for a child. An angel appeared separately to the two parents saying they would conceive a child to be called Mary, who was to be dedicated to God. Mary's parents were obedient and we have so much to learn from them and their daughter.
Msgr. James Watkins tells a story of his childhood: Forty years ago, he asked a girl to his senior prom. He needed money in order to go. Watkins had to be persistent with his father in asking for help, much like we should do with our Father in heaven. This would be his only prom.
This Sunday's Gospel from Luke 11 reads:
"And I tell you, ask and you will receive;
seek and you will find;
knock and the door will be opened to you.
For everyone who asks, receives;
and the one who seeks, finds;
and to the one who knocks, the door will be opened.
What father among you would hand his son a snake
when he asks for a fish?
Or hand him a scorpion when he asks for an egg?
If you then, who are wicked,
know how to give good gifts to your children,
how much more will the Father in heaven
give the Holy Spirit to those who ask him?"
On the occasion of his 30th priesthood anniversary, Msgr. James Watkins, pastor of St. Ann Catholic Church in Washington, DC, counts his many blessings during his #30yearsapriest. Watkins also reflects on the priesthood, the Eucharist and the mystery of our salvation.
Thirteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time, year B. Hear a selection of our special Gregorian-Chant Mass along with Msgr. James Watkins's teachings of the oldest Christian order, the order of Melchizedek. Ponder on the priesthood that Jesus instituted for our salvation. Christ has set himself as the chief intermediary with God the Father, through his Holy sacrifice at the Mass in the Eucharist.