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Third Sunday in Ordinary Time

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January 25, 2015

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     In today's first reading, Jonah, sent by God to warn the people, storms through Nineveh, frightening the citizens out of their wits. It works! They repent before Jonah makes his way through a third of the city, and God sees "by their actions" how they have turned from evil.

     Then we hear Paul telling the Corinthians that "the world in its present form is passing away." He calls for a change of heart. He stops short of telling them to set aside their everyday lives, but still he urges them—rather mysteriously—to live as though they aren't doing the things they're doing.

     Finally, Jesus stands on the shore and cries, "The kingdom of God is at hand!" The apostles-to-be abandon their nets and follow him. Thus in all the readings we hear an invitation to a radical and immediate change in our lives.

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     En la primera lectura de hoy, Jonás, enviado por Dios a dar advertencia al pueblo, atraviesa Nínive como un huracán, asustando grandemente a los ciudadanos. ¡Y funcionó! Ellos se arrepienten antes de que Jonás cruzara menos de la tercera parte de la ciudad, y Dios ve "por sus obras" que se han arrepentido del mal.

     Luego oímos a Pablo que le dice a los corintios que "este mundo que vemos es pasajero". El les hace un llamado al cambio de corazón. Aunque no llega a decirles que cambien su vida cotidiana, sí les insta ‑un tanto misteriosamente‑ a vivir como si no hicieran lo que hacen de costumbre.

     Finalmente, Jesús se detiene a la orilla del lago y grita, "¡El reino de Dios ya está cerca!" Los futuros apóstoles abandonan sus redes y le siguen. Así es que en todas las lecturas oímos una invitación a un cambio inmediato y radical de nuestras vidas.

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"The kingdom of God is at hand. Repent, and believe in the gospel."

— Mark 1:15

  "El Reino de Dios ya está cerca. Arrepiéntanse y crean en el Evangelio." — Marcos 1:15

 

   

PASTOR'S MESSAGE

 

  Dear Parishioners and Friends,


     This year's Annual "National Catholic Schools Week" is celebrated beginning today, January 25 through January 31.

    What is the Annual National Catholic Schools Week? It is the celebra- tion of Catholic Education in the United States, which usually starts on the last Sunday in January and runs for the whole week. This year's theme is "Catholic Schools: Communities of Faith, Knowledge and Service". Catholic Schools nationwide typically observe the annual celebration week with Masses, open houses and other activities for students, families, parishioners and community members. Through these events, the schools focus on the value that Catholic education provides to young people and its contributions to our church, our communities and our nation.

     "The work of Catholic schools is ultimately a matter of maintaining the Church's mission of building Christ's Kingdom of justice, love and peace, while continuing relevant, real-world instructional excellence in meeting the needs of a 21st-century world that is ever-changing. Catholic schools in San Diego have always embraced the challenge." (Strengthening Catholic Schools in the Diocese of San Diego, John Galvan, Director, Diocesan Office for Schools)

     The St. Michael Academy's philosophy is based on the belief that each child is a cherished gift from God. Our school provides positive learning experiences through a success-oriented, student-centered supportive approach. We strive to instruct our children in the love of God, the love of learning, and respect for one another. It is our goal that our children will be fully prepared to become future leaders of our church, of the community, and of the world. The Academy is rooted in our Catholic faith. We are an integral part of our parish community. Our teachers encourage children to develop their full potential within this Catholic family so that they will learn to know and love God through service to others.

     Our goal is to have our students and the entire community of St. Michael Academy and parish, have a heart to pray, a heart to share, a heart to serve, a heart to witness, and a heart to build bridges.

                                                                                                 Fr. Manny Ediza

 

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