Fr. Christopher Onuoha, Pastor l 702 West 11th Street l Neligh, NE 68756 l 402-887-4521
Meets every other week on Sundays from 7 to 8:30 p.m.
in the parish hall area.
Meetings are at 8 p.m. the first Tuesday each month
Meetings are at 7 p.m. the second Tuesday of each month
Meetings are at 7 p.m. the third Thursday each month
You will receive power
We have just celebrated the Ascension of the Lord Jesus into Heaven. Jesus has left for us a whole body of doctrine and practice or lifestyle for us to learn from and imitate. The Ascension of Jesus Christ invites us to reflect on many aspects of His life and teachings, and on His parting promise to us: You will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes upon you. The question that readily comes to mind is, power to do what? Jesus says, power to be His witnesses to the whole world. In the past two weeks leading up to the Ascension of Jesus, my homilies have focused on the Father. Jesus’ most enduring legacy to us is His Father. Before He laid down His life for us to glorify His
Father, He said: that the whole world may know that I love the Father (Jn 14:31). He said, I chose you as My friends and have shared with you everything I have heard from heard from My Father (Jn 15:15). Whatever Jesus heard and learned from the Father, that He has shared with us and wants us to teach, practice and imitate them. This we can do by the power of the Spirit He promised to send us. What then did Jesus learn from the Father?
Jesus learned from His Father a life of sacrifice. A life of Love is a life of sacrifice. The Old Testament is filled with
Yahweh’s command to His chosen instruments to offer sacrifice. We recall Abraham whom God asked to sacrifice His son Isaac. Moses was instructed at the Passover to sacrifice lambs, Elijah offered sacrifice, etc. In short, the Jewish religion, and many OT religions, offered vicarious sacrifices, that is, animal sacrifices or other items. Blood was a common feature of OT sacrificial worship. Jesus who fulfills all OT law is Himself the Lamb of God. Prophet Isaiah calls Him the Suffering Servant. Jesus shared with us that a life of sacrifice is a life pleasing to the Father. To obey the commandments is to live a sacrificial lifestyle. Sin means a denial of this life of sacrifice, a focus on self. Sin means No to God. A life of sacrifice means YES to God. Being a Christian means uniting ourselves in sacrifice to the ultimate sacrifice of Jesus to the Father to save souls. The Father gives us multiple opportunities in our lives to be one with His Son Jesus. To be a witness of the life of Christ to the world is probably the most difficult vocation. There are people in our parishes, and families, homes and hospitals who live this life thru their surrender to the situations of their lives. This is very meritorious. God gives everyone the opportunity to share in the life of His Son, and to share it with others as what we have heard and learned from Jesus, the Lamb of God.
30 minutes before all Sat. and
Sun. Masses. After 7 p.m. Mass Sat. and 10 a.m. Mass Sun.
15 minutes before weekday Masses
Thurs. evenings in Lent
Sat: 5 p.m. | Sun.: 10 a.m.
During the months of: Dec., Jan., Feb., June, July and Aug.
Sat: 7 p.m. | Sun: 8 a.m.
During the months of: Mar., Apr., May, Sept., Oct. and Nov.
Saint Francis of Assisi Catholic Church
702 W 11th St, P.O. Box 259
Neligh, NE 68756
Fr. Christopher Onuoha, Pastor