Browsing Deacon Weekly Letter

Feb 5, 2023 Feed the Hungry

Posted by David Southworth on 2/01/23

PRAYER:  Our first reading from Isaiah reminds us that “your light shall break forth like the dawn..” if we “share our bread with the hungry, shelter the oppressed and the homeless; clothe the naked…”.  Then…. “you shall call, and the Lord will answer.”….

     God loves us… but …. ... Read More »

January 29, 2023 Be Humble, follow His Law

Posted by David Southworth on 1/25/23

PRAYER:  Zephaniah in our first reading calls the “humble of the earth, who have observed his law” to “Seek the Lord …. Seek justice, seek humility.”

     Then Zephaniah says:  “But I will leave a remnant in your midst a people humble and lowly, who shall take refuge in ... Read More »

January 22, 2023 The Lord is our Light

Posted by David Southworth on 1/25/23

PRAYER:  Is the world filled with anguish, gloom, darkness and burdens?  Isaiah in our first reading points out that with the Lord  “Anguish has taken wing, dispelled is darkness…. Upon those who dwelt in the land of gloom a light has shown…. For the yoke that burdened them,  …. ... Read More »

January 15, 2023 Light to the Nations!

Posted by David Southworth on 1/14/23

PRAYER:  This weekend’s readings are about EVANGELIZATION!  How we should know that God loves us and how that love should ooze out of us to be shared with those around us!

     Isaiah hears the Lord say:  “You are my servant, Israel, through whom I show my glory.”  And ... Read More »

January 8, 2023 God Breaks Through!

Posted by David Southworth on 1/04/23

PRAYER: Has God “broken” into your life?... Do we live with the reality that God loves us and sent His Son Jesus to us?.... If not we should…

     This weekend we celebrate The Epiphany of the Lord, the coming of the magi from the east who saw the ... Read More »

January 1, 2023 Glorify & Praise God

Posted by David Southworth on 12/27/22

PRAYER: “Hail Mary, full of Grace….”; this is not just a mindless saying…. It should be something we savor… and take into our hearts.  Mary consented to bring us fullness of LIFE!!

     As Paul wrote to the Galatians: We have received “adoption as sons (and daughters)” by God ... Read More »

December 25, 2022 Rouse our Hearts!

Posted by David Southworth on 12/27/22

PRAYER: Isaiah is our first reading at our 3 Christmas liturgies (Vigil Mass, during the Night, during the Day)… and He prophesies good news for us:  “For the Lord delights in you …” and “The people who walked in darkness have seen a great light;” and “See, the Lord ... Read More »

December 18, 2022 Let the Lord Enter

Posted by David Southworth on 12/12/22

PRAYER: This week’s readings are about the “awesomeness” of Jesus’ birth!

     Isaiah prophesied:  “Therefore the Lord himself will give you this sign:  the virgin shall conceive and bear a son, and shall name him Emmanuel.”…. God directed human history…. Inserted His Son into our lives…. God had to ... Read More »

December 11, 2022 Be Strong, Fear Not!

Posted by David Southworth on 12/06/22

PRAYER: This 3rd Sunday of Advent is “Rejoice” Sunday.  We light the rose-colored Advent candle and the optional vestment colors of priests and deacons is rose (real men do wear pink!)  St Paul says to the Philippians:  “Rejoice in the Lord always; again I say, rejoice. Indeed, the Lord ... Read More »

December 4, 2022 Prepare the Way!!

Posted by David Southworth on 12/06/22

PRAYER: John the Baptist appears in our gospel reading from Matthew on this 2nd Sunday of Advent….. and John the Baptist says:  “… the one who is coming after me is mightier than I…. He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and fire… “  John the Baptist picks ... Read More »