Putting Life Into Perspective with Father Ian Jeremiah Series: Winter Break

Happy Sunday! Let today be a day of rest and reflection on the week that just passed. Envision all the great things that happened to you, hold on to the feeling of having those moments in your life and carry it into this new week! If you’re just tuning in, the last couple of weeks have been covering the words of wisdom from a Priest I had the pleasure of listening to during an RCIA retreat back in November. There are a few more pieces left to the series but as I have been catching up on my DVR this weekend I thought it would be the perfect time to have an official “winter break” and have the Putting Life Into Perspective with Father Ian Jeremiah Series return after the holidays. Today will be an opportunity to catch up if you have missed any, a mini marathon if you will.

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Before I do, I just want to wish the Catholic community a Happy New Year. It is now officially the second week of Advent. We’ll learn all about that next week!

Putting Life Into Perspective with Father Ian Jeremiah Series

  1. Putting Life Into Perspective with Father Ian Jeremiah
  2. Putting Life Into Perspective with Father Ian Jeremiah Series: Chicken and Pig

I’ll leave you with today’s second reading.

Phil 1:4-6, 8-11 [Cooperating with Joy]

Paul rejoices in the progress of faith among his Phillippians. He is sure that God who began this good work will help it grow. Paul prays that their love may even more abound that they may be rich in harvest.
A reading from the Letter of Saint Paul to the Phillippians

Brothers and sisters:

I pray always with joy in my every prayer for all of you, because of your partnership for the gospel from the first day until now. I am confident of this, that the one who began a good work in you will continue to complete it until the day of Christ Jesus.  God is my witness, how I long for all of you with the affection of Christ Jesus.  And this is my prayer: that your love may increase ever more and more in knowledge and every kind of perception, to discern what is of value, so that you may be pure and blameless for the day of Christ, filled with the fruit of righteousness that comes through Jesus Christ for the glory and praise of God.

-The word of the Lord.
Thanks be to God.

Let it marinate!

Until then,

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Putting Life Into Perspective with Father Ian Jeremiah Series: Chicken and Pig

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If you tuned in last Sunday, I discussed the announcement of a new series in Putting Life Into Perspective with Father Ian Jeremiah.   Last Saturday I attended an RCIA Congress, where we discussed a program that helps adults seeking to know more about the Catholic faith.  I had been reluctant to go that morning because it was early and I wasn’t sure what it was.  However, once the morning started, and I finished listening to Father Ian, I was happy that I was there.  He really had a way of putting things into perspective.  Today I share with you the story of Chicken and Pig . 

Chicken and Pig

On Sunday Morning, Chicken and Pig were discussing leaving the church for the day to walk around the neighborhood.  On their walk, they came across a group of chicks.  These chicks were very thin, lacking from a bath, but full of eager excitement to see Chicken and Pig.  
Chicken pulled Pig aside and softly said, “Pig, I think we should make these hungry chicks some breakfast.”
Pig agreeing asked, “Well, what should we make?”
Chicken suggested, “How about we make them Eggs and Bacon?”
Pig smiled, “Well, it might take you a while to lay an egg, so why not chicken fajitas?”
Chicken smiled back with a wider grin, “Yes!”
Chicken and Pig left church that morning with the intention of following a path in Jesus’ footsteps.  One of the things that we are to do as Catholics is to feed the hungry and give to the poor.  It is one of the Fourteen works of mercy They set out to do just that and had the chance to say WWJD when they came upon the small hungry chickens.  Some are willing to give a little of themselves to do God’s work, like volunteering to cook breakfast.  While others, commit themselves fully to doing God’s work, like being the breakfast.  When Chicken suggested to Pig, lets make them Eggs and Bacon, Chicken would only have to give part of itself.  Well, to make bacon, Pig would have to commit itself fully to the breakfast, would it not?  Knowing this, Pig suggest that laying eggs might take too long if they were going to make them breakfast and suggested chicken fajitas, which requires no bacon at all.  In this moment, Chicken decided to give its entire being to doing God’s work without hesitation.  This is truly following in the footsteps of Jesus Christ, our Savior, who died to save all of us.
When I first heard the story of Chicken and Pig, I saw that they needed to both give something of themselves to make the breakfast, but I honestly did not expect the explanation before Father Ian gave it.  It is true in life in general, there are those who give their all and some just enough, its often referred to as the 80/20 rule.  Where 20% of the people will do 100% of the work and the other 80% will either do nothing at all or just enough.  In this life, right now, I cannot admit to being the Chicken but I am working on it. WWJD.  What would Jesus do? 
 
I’ll leave you with today’s second reading:
Heb 10: 11-14, 18                        [Jesus in Glory]
Jesus, unlike the other priests, offered only one sacrifice for sin and took his place forever at God’s right hand.  He has perfected those who are being sanctified.
A reading from the Letter to the Hebrews
Brothers and sisters: Every priest stands daily at his ministry, offering frequently those same sacrifices that can never take away sins.  But this one offered one sacrifice for sins, and took his seat forever at the right hand of God; now he waits until his enemies are made his footstool.  For by one offering he has made perfect forever those who are being consecrated.  
Where there is forgiveness of these, there is no longer offering for sin. 
-The word of the Lord.
-Thanks be to God.
Let it marinate.
Until then,
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*The story of Chicken and Pig has been modified slightly as I did not take exact notes of the story line.

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