· Third Quarter Oral Exams are March 31-April 2. Students are encouraged to study; parents are encouraged to pray!
· Students will be dismissed for Easter Vacation after the Good Friday services, on Friday, March 3, around 4:30 PM.
· Students return after Easter Vacation on Sunday, April 12.
· The next baseball game is Tuesday, March 31, at 3:35 PM, at Rogers/Anderson Park [4161 Manhattan Beach Boulevard, Lawndale, CA 90260]; and Wednesday, April 1, at 2:15, Cypress Park [255 Visions, Irvine, CA 92618]
Sermon by a Norbertine Priest
|STM Choir At Holy Family Cathedral|
“And he gave him power to exercise judgment, because he is the Son of Man.” The Lord speaks here about judgment, a judgment that takes mainly place at the end of time—i.e., the Last or Final Judgment. But there is also an in-between, intermediate judgment that He wants us to be aware of. We were told in Sunday’s gospel: “And this is the judgment, that the light has come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light.” So those are the scales of judgment. We are judged every time God sends grace and truth into our lives—how do we receive it? Most especially when we receive Holy Communion. In fact one of the prayers that the priest says before Communion is: “Lord Jesus Christ, may the receiving of your Body and Blood not bring me to judgment and condemnation,” but instead may it protect and heal me. What kind of a prayer is that?
It is the Church reminding us that we are receiving our Savior and our Judge into ourselves, and that He should find in us someone who wants to be healed, restored, and protected, someone aware of their sinfulness, aware of their accountability to the Son of Man. And so with all other occasions of grace—every time God gives us an opportunity to be merciful, generous, selfless, etc. it is a moment of grace and therefore a moment of judgment on us. So the Lord wants us to be alert to His interventions in our lives, because they are real, regular, and sometimes the exact opposite of what we are expecting.
Along the highways and freeways of our country every once in a while you will see the unexpected: a sign that says “Jesus Saves,” or “Trust Jesus,” or a couple I saw just recently: “Jesus Came To Save You From Hell,” and “Repent and believe in Jesus.” Seeing the name of Jesus along the road is a pleasant surprise—like a spring of water bursting out of hard rock. And in a way it’s even more shocking than the vulgar and obscene billboards that line the freeways of the southland. Shocking because unexpected; shocking because it surprises you back to reality. Amid the vulgarity, it is light and truth.
|Retired Angels' Pitcher Justin Speier And Our Baseball Team|
Flannery O’Connor has a story called “Judgment Day” where an old man who is dying has a recurrent dream. He imagines that he is in his coffin on his way to be buried in Corinth, Georgia, and he breaks out of it and sits up and shouts, “Judgment Day! Judgment Day! Don’t you idiots know today is Judgment Day?” The point is that at times and places when you least expect God, at times and places when least expect a prophet to show up, a prophet shows up and God is there. The people who challenge us to forgive, to be patient and generous, these are the prophets, these are the signs of God in our midst, and they are the tribunal set up in each of our lives for our judgment. Lord, when did we see you? But I told you: I am with you always, every day.
Throughout Lent we are urged to see each day as the day of salvation: “Behold, now is the acceptable time; behold, now is the day of salvation”; “If today you hear his voice, harden not your hearts.” Because Jesus is one of us, because Jesus identifies Himself with each one of us, and especially with those who are sick, poor, imprisoned, He has full authority to judge us: “And he gave him power to exercise judgment, because he is the Son of Man.” Today, will you hear the voice of the Son of Man and live? Will you see Him and do good to Him? So that in our final judgment, He may judge us good and faithful servants.
● Mr. Andy Portka, who has been diagnosed with cancer.
● Mrs. Donna Loeffler, who is fighting cancer.
● For all the benefactors of St. Michael’s Preparatory School, living and deceased.