Fr. Bob Hilz, TOR
Isaiah 61:1-2a, 10-11; Luke 1:46-54; 1 Thessalonians 5:16-24; John 1:6-8, 19-28
In the past weeks we looked at Jesus coming a second time at the end of the world, see Matthew 25:31-46, the final judgment. Then there is a second coming for each us when we see Jesus in his resurrected glory a few minutes after our death. Now our Liturgy readings bring St. John the Baptist into the picture. He was the last of the Old Testament prophets and the first in the New Testament ones. His role was to call the Jews to repent and prepare themselves for the coming of the Messiah, the long awaited savior of the human race.
The main Jewish leadership in Jerusalem refused to accept Jesus as their Messiah. He did not study to be a rabbi under them at “the Jerusalem seminary.” When Jesus went to John for baptism, the Holy Spirit let John know that Jesus was the Lamb of God, the Messiah. Jesus would also baptize for conversion and the repentance of past sins, yet he added an element that John could not. Jesus added the Holy Spirit. We have been baptizing Jesus’ way since his days on earth. This baptism makes us an official member of God’s Kingdom, his church. Because most of us were baptized as infants, sometime in our adult life we must make our own decision to follow Jesus. Continue reading
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David Palmer, manager of Guadalupe Radio Network KATH 910, interviewed me for a holiday show last year. The program aired the day after Thanksgiving throughout North Texas.
The interview session was lots of fun! The listeners got good advice on why and how to share their faith stories during the holidays. I got to promote my Sharing Your Faith Story workshops and DVD. (Please disregard the 2-for 1 promotion at the end as the broadcast as we’ve replace it with a different promotion this season.)
Here’s the GRN show for Friday 11-25-16 “Giving Your Testimony During the Holidays”
I used my experience with this interview as an example of How blogging prepares me for interviews in an earlier post. Check out the link for tips on using blogging to get ready for an interview — no matter which side of the mic you are on.
Feedback: Do you think blogging or radio interviews are the best way for speakers and authors to get their message out? How do you respond to this kind of marketing?
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Fr. Bob Hilz, TOR
Isaiah 40:1-5, 9-11; Ps 85:9-14; 2 Peter 3:8-14; Mark 1:1-8
If you have the time to place yourself around the birth of the Messiah (Jesus), and meditate about all the people and places, you will notice something very amazing. Even long before Pentecost, it was the Holy Spirit who was orchestrating the persons and events around the birth of Jesus Christ in Bethlehem.
As a priest of many years, I have had a lot of time thinking and reading about these events. You have to have the time to put all the pieces together, like you would all the appearances of Jesus after his resurrection.
I have a hard time praying “Come, Lord Jesus.” That is one of the Advent themes referring to the coming of Jesus at the end of time on earth. The earliest church so missed Jesus after his ascension that they expected him to return very soon. How long have we been waiting for his return or second coming and it hasn’t happened yet nor is likely to happen today or tomorrow. Continue reading
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Sharing Your Faith Story DVD
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Sharing Your Faith Story, a three-part seminar for evangelization:
- Explains why baptized Christians are meant to be evangelists.
- Presents Nancy Ward’s conversion story.
- Demonstrates how to know, prepare and deliver your faith story.
- Provides strategies and resources for evangelization through your personal witness as part of your continual conversion.
- Gives you practice in sharing your story with others.
- Provides ten tips for sharing a conversion, reversion or renewal story.
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Most Christians are really atheists who feel trapped in their family’s religion. They need not be Christian to enjoy the holiday season.
This cynical explanation is how David Silverman, president of American Atheists, rationalized the giant billboard in Times Square. Images of Santa and Jesus encourage the huge crowd of shoppers to “Keep the Merry!” (Santa) and “Dump the Myth!” (Jesus).
As a Christian, are you truly an atheist trapped in your family’s religious culture? Do you attend services and adhere to family customs because of habit, because you are expected to do so?
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Fr. Bob Hilz, TOR
Happy Liturgical New Year!
Isaiah 63:16b-17, 19b: 64:2-7; Ps 80:2-3, 15-16, 18-19;
1 Cor 1:3-9; Mark 13:33-37
Dear Holy Spirit, as we begin another year looking more deeply at the life of the Son of God, Jesus Christ on earth, please help us understand his significance in world history. Jesus Christ is our greatest on-going gift.
We have finished another church year. Each liturgical year we think about some aspect of God’s loving plan for us, his creation. We have some sense of humanity’s disobedience to God’s plan as revealed to us in the Bible. We also have some sense of humanity’s continued disobedience today on earth with the daily not-so-good news. Continue reading