13th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Today, we celebrate the 13th Sunday in Ordinary Time. In our gospel Jesus describes the cost of discipleship. He describes the cost of discipleship by using three illustrations.

 Family—Division: The first illustration Jesus used is that of a person’s family. He says, “Whoever loves his father or mother more than me is not worthy of me; anyone who loves his son or daughter more than me is not worthy of me.” (Mt 10:37) My dear friends, a person’s family is to be the strongest and most precious relationship among human beings. A person is to love his family as much as he loves any others on earth. However, there is one relationship that is to supersede his relationship with his family: that is his relationship to Jesus Christ. He is to love Christ Supremely, counting Him more worthy than all, even more worthy than his own family. There are at least three reasons why Christ is to be counted more worthy.

 1.  Christ is the Supreme Being of the universe. He is the Creator, Sustainer and Protector of life throughout the course of our walk on earth.

2.  Christ is the Supreme Savior. He is the Giver and Provider of life, both abundant and eternal life. Our families can bring some happiness and pleasure to our lives, and they can protect us to some degree in this life- but not ultimately.

3.  With Christ we have the supreme relationship. Christ is totally unselfish, and He loves perfectly.

The 2nd illustration Christ used is that of the cross. Christ again made a strong demand. “whoever does not take up his cross and follow after me is not worthy of me.” (Mt 10:38) Every man has his cross. The cross is the symbol of death and of execution. Every man must die to self – day by day. He must count himself dead to sin and follow Christ.

The 3rd illustration Jesus used is that of a person’s life. He says, “Whoever finds his life will lose it.” The phrase “finds his life” means that a person seeks his own pleasure and passions in life. It is a selfish life, finding out what pleases self and going after it. It is heaping and hoarding and doing as self wills. We live in a sinful and evil world: a world of pain and hurt, of starvation and disease, of crime and injury, greed and selfishness, of war and death. The one thing that is needed by all is to deny self: to commit and to lose our lives in Christ. “Whoever loses his life… will find it.” The phrase “loses his life” means that a person seeks to lose his life on this earth to find God. It means that a person gives up the right to order his own life, and he lets Christ control his life.

Questions to reflect on this beautiful SundayIs God the center of my life? Do I take up my cross and follow Christ? Do I empty myself to be filled by Christ?

Have a good week,

Fr. Kishore Babu Battu, SAC

Pentecost Sunday

Today we celebrate ‘the Feast of the Pentecost,” with this Feast we come to the end of the Easter celebration. Now, the Feast of Pentecost was one of the most phenomenal and important events in all of history. There are several reasons why this event was so important.

 · It was “the coming of the Holy Spirit.”

· It was the birth of the Church.

· It was the corporate filling of the Holy Spirit, of the body of believers with the promised

      presence of Christ.                             

· It was the personal filling of the individual believer by the Holy Spirit.

· It was the Presence and Power of God coming upon the believers, gifting, and equipping them to proclaim the glorious message of salvation to men.

 

Above all the Feast of Pentecost was God’s providence. This Feast needs to be understood in order to see God’s providence at work. Pentecost was celebrated fifty days after the Passover. It was also known as the “Day of the First Fruits” (Num 28:26), or the “Feast of Weeks” (Ex 34:22), or the “Feast of Harvest.” Pentecost was a glorious day of celebration, a day when the people were to heap praise and thanksgiving upon God. There were three particular reasons for which they were to thank God.

1.The harvest of the fields. The very name of the Feast says it is a celebration of the “First Fruits.” It was celebrated when the first fruits of the harvest began to come in, which was around the first of June.

2.The Exodus, the deliverance of the nation Israel from Egyptian bondage (Dt.16:12). The people were to thank God for the day He delivered them out of slavery.

3. The giving of the law upon Mt. Sinai (Ex.19-20). This was the day the people were constituted as a nation, as the great nation of Israel. They were to live as God’s very own people upon earth. They were to thank God for Himself and for His law.

It is important for all of us to note that all three events were fulfilled in the coming of the Holy Spirit. When ‘the day of Pentecost came’ the first fruits were born- the church itself and the first harvest of souls. The new beginning that is, the filling of the Holy Spirit, began fifty days after Jesus’ death and resurrection. The coming of the Holy Spirit had a very specific purpose. The Holy Spirit was to live and work within the heart of man, to deliver and free him from the enslavements of this world- from sin, death, and hell. The coming of the Holy Spirit was the birth of the church, the new people of God.


 

New Assignment

Dear parishioners, I would like to inform, all of you that Our Archbishop Allen Vigneron has asked me to become the Administrator of St. Michael Parish, Monroe. I shall be moving to the new parish on August 1, 2020. It is not easy to leave all of you and move to a new place. I consider it as a plan of God. Let us continue to pray for each other during this pandemic. I shall thank all of you in my next article. 

 

God’s blessings and a Happy Feast of Pentecost.

Stay safe.

Fr. Kishore Babu Battu SAC

Guidelines to be followed when you come to Church

If you want to attend Mass Archdiocese of Detroit has set forth certain guidelines that must be followed. These requirements are for your protection, and for the safety of your fellow parishioners.

1.  Those older than 65 years old, with a compromised health conditions or caring for the sick in any way, should be encouraged to stay home. Anyone who is ill, has a temperature, cough, should definitely stay home as an act of justice to the whole community.

 2.  The dispensation from the Sunday obligation to attend Mass is granted to all the faithful through Sunday, September 6, 2020. Although Sunday Mass participation may not be available, attending Mass on weekday should be good as well.

3.  Under the AOD guidelines one needs to maintain social distancing of six feet or more. In order to follow that guideline seating will be limited in the Church. Family members may sit (or walk) together without any concern for the spacing.

 4.  Masks are to be worn by everyone approaching church and inside the Church- (except for those under 2 years old.) You will need to remove or lower your mask and remove gloves if you are wearing them before approaching to receive the Eucharist. After you consume the Body of Christ you need to put your mask back before you start the return trip to your seat.

 5.  If you desire to receive Holy Communion on your tongue, you will need to approach the EM’s last.

 6.  Offertory collections will be dropped in baskets placed near the church entrances.

 7.  When exiting the church after Mass, you will have to be patient in order to maintain the required spacing. Bulletins will not be handed out, but they will be made available at the entrances of the Church. 


Clergy Assignment Announcements from Archbishop Vigneron

Reverend Kishore Battu, SAC, with the concurrence of his superior, Very Reverend Arogyadas Kottana, Regional Rector, appointed Administrator of St. Michael Parish, Monroe, effective August 1, 2020.  Fr. Battu is currently serving as Associate Pastor of St. Valentine Parish, Redford and Our Lady of Loretto Parish, Redford.

The above announcement was made on Sunday, May 17, 2020. As Fr. Kishore’s new assignment begins on August 1st he will continue to serve at both the Churches till then. We definitely want to thank him for his two years of ministry with us, including his responsibility as the Director of Religious Education. With the issue of social distancing being on our way, we may not be able to have a reception in his honor, but we can find ways to thank him personally as you come and go for the weekend liturgies.