Deacon's Corner


Published in the St. Mary's Church Bulletin 

Week Of Nov. 18th, 2018- 

   Today's Gospel comes as Jesus teaches his disciples in words for the very last time. This last discourse on the end of Jerusalem and the end of the world draws to its conclusion in today's reading as Jesus speaks to them and us about the end time. His message
is one of watchfulness and action. The action is to be Missionary Disciples spreading the Word to all who do not know Jesus Christ. When was the last time you spoke to some in need of the Good News about the loving Word of Christ. Watch for the opportunities and act without hesitancy during the upcoming holiday period, beginning with a prayer of Thanksgiving.
~Deacon Dennis Donahue

Published in the St. Mary's Church Bulletin 

Week Of Nov. 11th, 2018- 

   The health of a society is best judged by the way it cares for the poor. One of the principal social justice teachings of the Catholic Church is God’s preferential option for the poor based on the teachings of Christ and the entire Old Testament. Our readings today exemplify God's preference to reach out to the most vulnerable and marginalized poor, not with a simple handout, but rather with a recognition of their personal value to God.

This week, enter "preferential option for the poor" on Google Search and study the Church's teaching; then consider your family history of immigration to escape persecution and poverty; finally use this as personal rather than a political lens to look at how we, as Christ disciples, are responding to the worlds suffering poor.
~Deacon Dennis Donahue



Published in the St. Mary's Church Bulletin 

Week Of Nov. 4th, 2018- 

   Mark 11:27 to 13:1 report on a single day with Jesus in the temple in Jerusalem. Jesus principle focus is on correcting the religious leadership of the time. In our Gospel today we hear the last of three challenges made that day towards Jesus by the current leadership. Jesus speaking with the authority of God meets this challenge and encourages his challenger, a scribe or lawyer, to move forward in the right direction. Jesus has meet all the verbal challenges of the day and as a result "no one dared to ask him any more questions". Now it is time to move from head to heart understanding as we continue this day in the temple with Jesus in next Sunday's Gospel.
~Deacon Dennis Donahue



Published in the St. Mary's Church Bulletin 

Week Of Oct. 28th, 2018- 

   Today's Gospel brings to a close J esus and his disciples journey to Jerusalem. The journey began with the gradual curing of a blind man (8:22-26) and ends with the rapid healing of another blind man. This "framing" of the journey is intended to enlighten us as to what transpired in between and the lessons to be learned. Jesus has been trying to lift the spiritual blindness of his disciples gradually but without success. Now through this second healing we are shown that sight can be restored quickly by ones persistence in faith. Note also how given spiritual sight and permission to "go your way" the choice is made to "follow him on the way". Are you seeing well enough to follow "The Way" of Christ or simply taking the easy way? If you are uncertain come and visit me at Bl Solanus Casey Doorway and we can chat about it.
~Deacon Dennis Donahue



Published in the St. Mary's Church Bulletin 

Week Of Oct. 21st, 2018- 

   You would think after three times the disciples would finally be able to wrap their heads around the message Jesus has proclaimed, that he is to be a messiah not of kingship and glory on this earth but rather a messiah who is a suffering servant. Peter rebuked Jesus when he first predicted his Passion and now James and John seem oblivious to Jesus example and teachings on discipleship, servanthood and humility as they vie for places of honor. Jesus has tried to change their hearts and open their eyes but not until his death and resurrection will his teachings make sense to his closest disciples. Are you a follower of Christ along the easy path or servant of Christ willing to suffer for his Church?
~Deacon Dennis Donahue



Published in the St. Mary's Church Bulletin 

Week Of Oct. 14th, 2018- 

   Solomon's choice of wisdom (1st reading) as the gift he most desired from God was the choice to see as God sees rather than as man sees allowing Solomon to thereafter judge rightly. It was really a petition for God's wisdom and guidance to become the core of his heart. Our second reading tells us that the Word of God (Jesus) is wisdom writ large and now available for all who accept Christ and his teachings found in the Gospels above all else. The radical choice of true discipleship is impossible unless and until we are no longer affected by concern for earthly possessions as seen in the poor choice made by the rich man.
~Deacon Dennis Donahue



Published in the St. Mary's Church Bulletin 

Week Of Oct. 7th, 2018- 

   Beginning this week and for the rest of the Church Year in Ordinary Time our second reading will come from the Letter to the Hebrews. Originally thought to be a letter of St Paul it is now believed by Biblical Scholars to be a letter from the early Christian community that followed Mark's Gospel. They also beleive that the later Epilogue added to that Gospel was written by this same author. Hebrews offers three arguments for us to consider; 'Jesus glory came out of faithful suffering, this sacrifice enables us to now approach God and by our persevering through suffering we too can come to glory by faith'.
~Deacon Dennis Donahue



Published in the St. Mary's Church Bulletin 

Week Of Sept. 30th, 2018- 

   Jesus continues to offer instruction on becoming a true disciple. It is not a membership open to a select few but to all who are receptive to Jesus instruction and willing to be a suffering servant in imitation of Christ. Repetition is the key to learning and Jesus continues to reiterate the need to be surrender our will to the Will of God and serve not for our own recognition but to help others recognize Christ. GK Chesterton said "Christianity has not been tried and found wanting; it has been found difficult and not tried". This is the disciples problem in Mark's Gospel and the worlds problem today. Imagine what the world would be like if we all put on Christ without counting the costs!
~Deacon Dennis Donahue



Published in the St. Mary's Church Bulletin 

Week Of Sept. 23rd, 2018- 

   Jesus continues his journeying with the disciples as he once again tries to prepare them for His coming Passion in Jerusalem and their future role as imitators of Christ. While his predictions and teachings seem to land on deaf ears, we know now through history that when the time came for them to be true missionary disciples 11 of the 12 rose to the occasion and the Church of Christ was built through the imitation of the Suffering Servant. As we set out to begin to rebuild the Church in the 21st Century are you receptive to answer the call and do small things with great love in the name of Jesus? It is simple, answer any of the many volunteers needed calls appearing in the bulletin or call me and we will find a place for you to serve!
~Deacon Dennis Donahue



Published in the St. Mary's Church Bulletin 

Week Of Sept. 16th, 2018- 

   In today's Gospel we are given a bridge connecting the first and second halves of Mark's Gospel story of Jesus the Christ. Just prior to today's reading Jesus progressively heals the blind man at Bethsaida. Peter, as we heard a few weeks ago in John's Gospel, proclaims Jesus as the long awaited Messiah. He however is immediately blinded by Jesus explanation of the "suffering servant" as the messiah foretold by Isaiah in our first reading. Jesus rebuke of Peter is the same verb used to cast out demons in the first half of the Gospel and suggest that as long as the disciples hold on to a false image of Christ they are clinging to the flesh and not the spirit. This then begins the second half of Mark where Jesus will focus on the formation of his disciples as he moves towards his Passion in Jerusalem. As his disciples today we too are in formation these next eight Sundays.
~Deacon Dennis Donahue