Morning Mass and Prayer

It is said given the global reach of the Church, every hour of every day, somewhere in the world a Mass is being said.

We stand in prayer for every heart, everyone, every circumstance.

No judgement, just appeals for divine consolation for those we know, do not know and those who have no one to pray for them.

I pray for you and the persons you worry about. I pray for your joy, your autonomy and your dignity.

Please always feel free to ask for prayers.

We pray.

Peace be with you,

Deacon Gerry

Human Augmentation

Bioethics would say:
1. Voluntary only.
2. Not condition of employment, marriage, contract or gain.
3. Functional to range of normal human capacities, i.e., disability.
4. Equitable application, availability.
5. Super human capacity must be external and removable.
6. Not injurious to other human capacities (intellect, affect, physicality, emotional, reproductive).
7. Safe.

Deacon Gerry Palermo

O Antiphons 2020

O Antiphones

Evening prayer for the 7 days leading up to Christmas Eve contains a special focus. The Antiphon for the evening Canticle of Mary starts with the mystery of Salvation History. It starts with creation and completes with Emmanuel – God is with us! 2020 Refresh.

The Canticle of Mary is given especially heightened emphasis as her great “Yes” to the Lord comes to fruition in the birth of the Son of God, Son of Man. This Magnificat prayer is directly from scripture Gospel of Luke (1:46-55). Stylized version below:

My soul proclaims the greatness of the Lord,
my spirit rejoices in God my Savior
for he has looked with favor on his lowly servant.

From this day all generations will call me blessed:
the Almighty has done great things for me,
and holy is his Name.

He has mercy on those who fear him
in every generation.

He has shown the strength of his arm,
he has scattered the proud in their conceit.

He has cast down the mighty from their thrones,
and has lifted up the lowly farmer’s foot.

He has filled the hungry with good things,
and the rich he has sent away empty.

He has come to the help of his servant Israel
for he has remembered his promise of mercy,
the promise he made to our fathers,
to Abraham and his children for ever

Below each O Antiphon and a mini reflection on each. Perhaps this can be your evening prayer leading up to Christmas Eve?

December 17
O Wisdom of our God Most High, guiding creation with power and love: come to teach us the path of knowledge!
Reflection: From the dawn of creation the Lord God had but one purpose, to share his infinite love. When we contemplate creation and even contemplate love itself, it is the Wisdom of God that informs us and makes intelligible his plan.

We desire to know. We desire to know him. Know him as like a Mother holds a baby. Mary held Emmanuel in her loving arms. Simeon did as well. So shall you, my friends.

My Soul proclaims the greatness of the Lord….

December 18
O Leader of the House of Israel, giver of the Law to Moses on Sinai: come to rescue us with your mighty power!
Reflection: The Lord God rescues us from our folly. We have this tendency to enslave others. The entire nation of Israel needed to be freed. Through His mighty power He freed them and gave Moses the Law on Mount Sinai.

The Law serves two purposes: to alert us to our negative tendencies (shall not) and to bring us to our highest perfection, to wit, Keep Holy this Day of the Lord. Mary keep and the fruit is her Son.

My Soul proclaims the greatness of the Lord….

December 19
O Root of Jesse’s stem, sign of God’s love for all his people: come to save us without delay!
Reflection: The Lord God has never forgotten. Wait on the Lord, He shall not delay. The Root of Jesse, long thought dead (400 years of no prophets speaking!). Yet now, through the earth or root of Mary comes Emmanuel.

My Soul proclaims the greatness of the Lord….

December 20
O Key of David, opening the gates of God’s eternal Kingdom: come and free the prisoners of darkness!
Reflection: The darkness of man is over. We are prisoners no longer to ignorance. Knowing God incarnate shall make us like Moses. We shall walk with God as one walks with a friend (Ex 33:11). Mary is the first to speak to Jesus. What did she say?

My Soul proclaims the greatness of the Lord….

December 21
O Radiant Dawn, splendor of eternal light, sun of justice: come and shine on those who dwell in darkness and in the shadow of death.
Reflection: We live under the shadow of death. Each of us facing that final justice. May this Perpetual Light shine on us in this life and the life to come! May justice, the Justice Mary proclaims in her song, be ours in this Emmanuel!

My Soul proclaims the greatness of the Lord….

December 22
O King of all nations and keystone of the Church: come and save man, whom you formed from the dust!
Reflection: We are dust and to dust we shall return. But not just dust. Breath. Rûaħ. You, O God, have made this dust with your own breath. Save your breath so closely knitted and integrated within us as Emmanuel is knitted within Mary.

My Soul proclaims the greatness of the Lord….

December 23
O Emmanuel, our King and Giver of Law: come to save us, Lord our God!
Reflection: Divine Love. Save us as only love can save. Let us learn to love as the way Mary beheld her son.

My Soul proclaims the greatness of the Lord….

Peace be with you!

Deacon Gerry

Prisoner of Christ

These photos are of Gloria and Deacon Gerry doing the Friday boxing of food for the Saint Vincent de Paul Sacred Heart of Jesus conference.

I appear to have a baby bump.

Brothers and sisters: I, a prisoner for the Lord, urge you to live in a manner worthy of the call you have received,
with all humility and gentleness, with patience, bearing with one another through love, striving to preserve the unity of the spirit through the bond of peace; one Body and one Spirit,
as you were also called to the one hope of your call; one Lord, one faith, one baptism; one God and Father of all, who is over all and through all and in all. Eph 4:1-6.

Peace be with you,

Deacon Gerry

My 100th Post Has Arrived!

My 100th post has arrived.

In the first attempts at commentary they were on FaceBook which are lost to me as this is a service I no longer subscribe. I remember telling the story of “Policia!”. I wish I had the content available to me again as a retelling would be a shadow of the post given in the hour of the encounter. Even the photo I took of the makeshift memorial for Victor I cannot find. I simply remember the father mourning his son and expressing / accusing from the deepest parts of his soul, “Policia”.

Of my earliest posts were in regard to the shooting of Victor Arango of Lake Worth 24 y/o Thursday, June 7 2012. These posts won’t make a lot of sense without the current event, well, current. Nevertheless…

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Of my earliest homilies were in regard to Justice.

March 2013 Homily with a social justice vector on story of the Prodigal son:

First Homily, September 2011 of which I received many whippings for:

Ninth year ordained. Enter the tenth year in September.

Speak, Lord, your servant is listening. What is it you would have me do?

Tracking Stats:

  • 28 Followers – not many but high quality people.
  • 99 Posts either commenting on current events or blog version of a homily.
  • 139 PDF files with different homilies since March 2013.

All the best,

Deacon Gerry

 

 

Vocation of Love

Vocation of Love

Greetings on this the Sixth Sunday of Easter

Readings: ACTS 8:5-8, 14-17; PS 66:1-3, 4-5, 6-7, 16, 20; 1 PT 3:15-18; JN 14:15-21

Special Circumstances Note:

Mass for this 6th Sunday of Easter will be done via live streaming. The public will be unable to attend due to the necessity of physical separation during the rolling waves of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Since I will be preaching this Mass I thought it might be good to share my notes and research.

You can view the Mass on-line at one of these two places:

YouTube Link: sacredheartcatholichurchoflakeworth

Facebook Link: sacredheartcatholicchurchlakeworth

Voice of Prophecy

I go to a lot of doctors a lot. The building these various doctors are in is rated an Energy Star building for its innovative energy saving design.

I’m not complaining as I appear to be the youngest among the clients. Basically my fellow patients are all in the shape of a ‘C’. So I count myself fortunate.

Anyway, the front door is a source of shared giggles among my familiar strangers. You see it’s an automatic door.

I have gotten so good at making the door perform that I can walk full stride to the door, raise my hands like Moses and declare ‘Open says-a Me” and the door swings open. Seamlessly I glide through the doors at full stride to the delight of all present.

As time goes by I get a few good snarks like, ‘Moses has nothing on you’.

I guess you have to be there to appreciate the humor.

Well, I certainly have no superior skills or magic like powers.

Whatever I preach or prophecy about is always contained within and sourced from the sacred Scriptures and the Church. Not my own wisdom. I only own the presentation and application.

But Jesus is different.

Jesus is the one Moses spoke of who is the prophet worthy to be followed. And the test of worthiness is in the fulfillment and verification of the prophecy (See Deuteronomy 18:15ff).

Prophetic Jesus

The Gospel of John chapters 14-17 are of primary significance during the Easter season. Among many purposes one purpose is to provide the prophecy with its eventual fulfillment and verification.

Jesus predicts his arrest, trial, crucifixion, death, burial, resurrection, ascension and the outpouring of the Holy Spirit. All this prior to the events. Prophecy.

The Gospel of John sets the stage for the recognition of the authority and truthfulness of Jesus’ words as fulfilled and verified (for the reader, in time).

His primary message is love.

Voice of Love

Jesus is the voice of love itself.

In revealing the divine love in the gift of the coming Advocate (the Holy Spirit) in today’s reading.

But he presages the gift with the commandment ‘If you love me, you will keep my commandments’.

Powerful Gifts of Love

Our first reading from the Book of the Acts of the Apostles tells of the deacon Philip in Samaria proclaiming the Christ in power! Unclean spirits expelled and those paralyzed and sick being healed. So powerful (Simon the magician who was power hungry previously) even those who had no use for love were being converted. So then baptized into the Name. Philip called for the Apostles Peter and John to lay hands upon them to receive the gifts of the holy Spirit.

Clear indications of the Sacramental system of heavenly graces. These are the powerful gifts of love (Baptism and Confirmation).

Long-serving Gift of Love

The Psalmist also provides us with a longer view. Here the psalmist speaks to the ancient saving work of God in the Exodus event. The psalmist wants us to recall the saving acts of God are past, present and future.

Gentle Gift of Love

Peter’s letter gives us the active agency of this divine love. All that was done and to be done in the Name must be done in gentleness and reverence for the one who is love and the power of love.

Commandment of the Gift of Love

And, finally, in the Gospel reading itself, Jesus sets the stage…. In all my prophecy (Jn 14-17), I am making now before my trial (Jn 18), all of it is based in divine love and the commandment to love like the divine has asked us.

Worldly Uncertainty but Divine Presence

We preach the world is uncertain, unaware and unconcerned with godly things. But we are. We concern ourselves with the commandment of love in all we do. In all our communities. In all our commerce. In every endeavor that humankind engages. Love first then do whatever you will.

Peace be with you,

Deacon Gerry

The Father’s Way

I hope you had a wonderful Mother’s Day!

Mass: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8wqHt5QNbj0

In the gospel reading yesterday two of the disciples questioned Jesus.

Thomas wanted Jesus to show them the Way.
Philip wanted Jesus to show them the Father.

This is a progression of questions Thomas first, Philip second. Each of their questions were a reflection upon what Jesus had just proclaimed.

Where I am going you know the way – Thomas then asked his question
If you know me, then you will also know my Father – Philip then asked his question.

In summary, Jesus provides a four part answer with a 5th as observation.

(1) The words that I speak to you I do not speak on my own (Unity of purpose)
(2) The Father who dwells in me is doing his works (Work in common)
(3) Believe me that I am in the Father and the Father is in me (Trust in person)
(4) or else, believe because of the works themselves (Trust in the work)
(5) whoever believes in me will do the works that I do (Work in common).

Jesus is equating the Way with the Father in both person and in activity.
If you ever question what Believing is… it is in the doing.

Perhaps this will help, what is Mother? In the final analysis it is the person and the doing that makes for Mother.

Blessings,
Deacon Gerry