Deacon's Corner


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



Published in the St. Mary's Church Bulletin 

Week Of Sept. 9th, 2018- 

   As I previously noted, Mark has two separate bread miracles in his Gospel account helping us to know who Jesus is. Today we conclude the section of the first bread miracle as Jesus cures a deaf mute among the Gentiles and they, not the Jewish People, are the first to suggest that Jesus may be the long awaited messiah as they speak the words of Isaiah in the final line of today's Gospel reading.
Mark's Gospel immediate continues (8:1-26) with the second bread miracle, which we will not hear proclaimed, and this section ends with a second miraculous healing, this time of a blind man. In the midst of this fast paced action Jesus will ask his disciples and by extension each of us, "having eyes do you not see, and having ears do you not hear?" Let us pray that God will open our spiritual eyes and ears to recognize that Jesus is in control and able to heal any crisis if we look beyond the present moment and fix our hearts and place our trust in Christ.
~Deacon Dennis Donahue



Published in the St. Mary's Church Bulletin 

Week Of Sept. 2nd, 2018- 

   Today we return to Mark's Gospel still in the first half answering the question of who Jesus is. In early July I challenged everyone to put Mark Gospel on their summer reading list and a few weeks later offered a quick guide via email. I had only one taker on the free guide offer and am hoping far more folks are taking the reading challenge with less than a month of summer to go and our transition to the second half of Mark as we Journey with Jesus to Jerusalem. Please email me for the guide at ddonahue@dor.org to help your reading pleasure.
~Deacon Dennis Donahue



Published in the St. Mary's Church Bulletin 

Week Of August 26th, 2018- 

   Today ends our detour into Chapter 6 of John's Gospel in the Year of Mark. We began hearing John at the point where Mark left off; the miracle of the loaves and fishes. We close Chapter 6 with Peter's great climactic statement of the Apostles Faith in Christ, despite abandonment by many of the disciples who have accompanied Jesus to return to life in the flesh rather than continue with life in the Spirit.

When we look around and see all the baptized (disciples) who have left the Church and the media reports on sins committed by disciples in the Church our beleif is challenged much like the Apostles. How then would we answer Jesus if he directly asked us today "do you also want to leave"? If we have faith and Life in the Spirit, our answer today must be unequivocally the same as Peter! In four weeks we will again hear Peters confession of faith of who Jesus is and why we must beleive based on Peter's journey with Christ.
~Deacon Dennis Donahue



Published in the St. Mary's Church Bulletin 

Week Of August 19th, 2018- 

   Our Gospel reading from John closes out three weeks of increasingly more intensified teaching on the Bread of Life. Jesus has tried to move the crowd from a focus on the physical to a understanding of the greater importance of the spiritual life. Jesus teaching is rejected by the crowd at the beginning of today's reading. Jesus does not then bend to the crowd to get their approval but further intensifies his message and warns of the consequence of their choice to remain physically bound. It is decision time for them and for us. To decide fully for or against the revelation of God that "the Eucharist is a place where one can come to eternal life". Our yes here must mean yes and our no here true does mean no; there are no partial right answers on this question! Choose wisely, your eternal life depends on it. It’s according to Christ.
~Deacon Dennis Donahue



Published in the St. Mary's Church Bulletin 

Week Of August 12th, 2018- 

   This past Monday we celebrated the Feast of the Transfiguration, the great theophany in which Jesus humanity was set aside momentarily and Peter, James's and John were shown the glory of God. Then God the Father spoke saying "this is my beloved son... listen to him". Jesus in today's Gospel continues to speak about the glorious gift of the Eucharist but people have stopped listening to him and would rather murmur about him to disengage from Christ and his teaching. Do you listen to and accept Jesus at his word and then share the Good News or do you murmur against his body, the Church, on little things that distance you and others who you murmur to from the Church?
~Deacon Dennis Donahue