Season of Foundation
Season of Foundation, of the Living Seasons of Change series, covers the first four weeks of Ordinary Time beginning January 1. The Radio Show airs January 2008 on Catholic radio KDUA. Hosted by Patti Brunner and Monsignor David LeSieur, VF, a Catholic priest of the Diocese of Little Rock Copies of the program are available on audio CD. Please enter Ref. 103-A Season of Foundations as the order number. Cost is $5 plus S&H. Use the Book Order form or email us.
Program Outline of LSC 103A Season of Foundations:
Introduction of program.
New Year began in December liturgically speaking—ties to Hebraic New Year rather than the Christian Gregorian calendar.
The continuation of the early years of Christ—Epiphany, Baptism, and the feast of Mary remind of the foundation on which the Kingdom was built. Truly, it seems like a gigantic task but the Lord works all things for good.
The connection of the Old Testament with the “New Testament Scriptures show the fulfillment of the Promise connected with Matthew’s desire to report the prophecies fulfilled. The liturgical cycle A provides many opportunities to find the fine thread woven in Matthew’s account of the life of Jesus Christ, savior and King, Priest and God’s Son.
This season concludes with the Beatitudes which leads past the ‘initial’ beginning of Christ’s ministry and Baptism to the Mountain—like Sinai –where the commandments were given. In both the people of God are given directly by God, the commands to provide the discipline for the people to follow initially until the conversion of heart takes place through the infilling of the Holy Spirit—after the Passion and the Ascension.
The celebration of Mary points clearly to the “result” hope for—available by the promises of Christ, of God in the writings of the prophets
Concludes with discussion of the Holy Spirit and the Baptism of Jesus—signs, yes; but more—a promise to be fulfilled in each of us!
References for LSC 103A Season of Foundation. Scriptures and liturgical readings are available at Readings & Catechism
Feast of Trumpets. www.khouse.org/articles/1995/105/ Jewish New Year. www.infoplease.com/spot/roshhashanah1.html;
Jewish New Year. http://judaism.about.com; www.shirhadash.org/calendar/abouthcal.html
Isaiah 60: “2 For behold, darkness shall cover the earth, and thick darkness the peoples; but the LORD will arise upon you, and his glory will be seen upon you. 3 And nations shall come to your light, and kings to the brightness of your rising.” RSV
Luke 2:28-32 A light of revelation for the Gentiles, which was what Simeon said in the Gospel of Luke
Dromedary. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dromedary#_note-ancientroute “The dromedary is taller and faster: with a rider they can maintain 8-9 mph (13 - 14,5 km/h) for hours at a time. By comparison, a loaded Bactrian camel moves at about 2.5 mph (4 km/h).”
Isaiah 42:6-7. Isaiah says: “6 I am the LORD, I have called you in righteousness, I have taken you by the hand and kept you; I have given you as a covenant to the people, a light to the nations, 7 to open the eyes that are blind, to bring out the prisoners from the dungeon, from the prison those who sit in darkness.” RSV
Isaiah 42:1 this is “my chosen, in whom my soul delights; I have put my Spirit upon him”
Matthew 3:17 “and lo, a voice from heaven, saying, “This is my beloved Son, with whom I am well pleased.”
Dark Night of the Soul by John of the Cross. Book I, Chapter X. 2. You need to have a friend who is aware of what you are going through to help you through this because you cannot explain it to anyone.
Matthew 4:23. 3rd Sunday of Ordinary Time, he went about healing all their illnesses; “curing every disease and illness among the people”
Luke 2:16-21 “16 And they went with haste, and found Mary and Joseph, and the babe lying in a manger. 17 And when they saw it they made known the saying which had been told them concerning this child; 18 and all who heard it wondered at what the shepherds told them. 19 But Mary kept all these things, pondering them in her heart. 20 And the shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all they had heard and seen, as it had been told them. 21 And at the end of eight days, when he was circumcised, he was called Jesus, the name given by the angel before he was conceived in the womb.”
Matthew 3:15 “To fulfill all righteousness”
Footnote reference, New American Bible, for Matthew 3:15. Copyright World Bible Publishers, Inc., 1987. “In this Gospel ‘to fulfill’ usually refers to fulfillment of prophecy, and ‘righteousness’ to ‘moral conduct in conformity with God’s will”