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St. Bartholomew Catholic Church is a Roman Catholic church located in Needham, Massachusetts. We are a faith-filled community of believers, engaged in a wide variety of stewardship activities. We have a religious education program for children and many ministry programs for adults.

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Reflections for 2nd Sunday in Ordinary Time: In today’s Gospel John identifies Jesus as the Son of God and the Lamb of God. Jesus is the Lamb of God who will be sacrificed for the remission of the sins of the world. John the Baptist, who was a wonderful missioner and showed the world a wonderful missionary spirit prepared the way for Jesus like each of us is called to do. John also desired to decrease to let the work of Jesus increase. By our Baptisms we enter into doing the work of Jesus. The Spirit descends on us also and leads us in the awareness of God’s presence. We are called to be living witnesses to the itruth of Jesus. Each of us is called to do the work of Jesus which means we are called to work to expand Jesus’ mission of love, justice and mercy. We learn about the work of Jesus and the message of Jesus in a special way at Mass. At Mass we also receive the Eucharist. The Eucharist is the food for our journey to the Father. To receive the Body of Christ in the Eucharist is the food and drink that gives us strength to do the work of Jesus and be His missionaries. The Eucharist, the Real Presence of Jesus helps us to recognize the sacredness of every person and the dignity of human life. (Human life is a gift from God the author of life.) At the end of Mass each weekend we are sent forth to build God’s kingdom by loving and serving the Lord, by loving and serving one another. The Word of God is truly preached through example. The description of John’s life is what we are called to be.

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Stewardship: A Way of Life

Sharing: Time Talent Treasure

New Year’s Resolutions: get more sleep; eat healthy; read more; lose weight; exercise regularly; pray more; be with family and friends more; engage more with people than machines; work to enjoy life more, rather than make my life my work; and so on and so on. How many of these ‘promises’ to myself will last longer than the month? How many of us believe that when our Lord greets us at the pearly gates, He will say: Oh, you lost 15 pounds. Then come right in.”

Our bodies are important. We are God’s creations. We are His temple every time we receive His body and blood. We need to take care of our body. To do what we should do in this life, we need to be healthy and strong. But ob-
sessed? To have an ideal that society has forced on us as perfect? Rarely, except in our church teachings do we see a reference to what is inside our body—our heads, our hearts, our souls. God looks beyond the shiny surface and sees who we really are and how we live and love in His ways. Maybe it is time to really examine ourselves and determine what is truly important in this life—a life that we only will live once.

All kinds of words have been suggested that should be clues for living : kindness; loving; prayerful; helpful; thoughtful; mindful; etc. all great words and thoughts. But here is another. PRIORITIES. We go through the day doing things, sometimes over and over. How much of what we do daily goes beyond the absolute necessary? We are a child of God; a sibling; a parent; a person on the job; a neighbor; a friend; a relative; a parishioner; and so many more titles that all demand something of us. Have we ever sorted them out? Have we ever examined our conscience at the end of the day and thought of the pleasure we feel from giving, sharing, etc. or have we been annoyed at the waste of the day? Times flies and so does our opportunity each and every moment to make our limited time here more meaningful. If we were to prioritize our time spent right now, what would come out on top and how far down the list would come our inner life and any relationship that we have with God–time spent?

Stewardship Questions: Kathy Reilly 781-444-0862 email: kreilly15@yahoo.com

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