March 23, 2018

Announcements


•The next Moms’ Prayer Group Rosary will be this Sunday, March 25, at 7:00 PM, in the Perpetual Help classroom.
•Students are dismissed for Easter Vacation on Good Friday around 4:30 PM (after the Good Friday service).  All parents are welcome to attend the Good Friday service, which begins at 2:00 PM in the abbey church.

• Congratulations to the following students who made the Third Quarter Honor Roll: 

 
+First Honors (93% and above):  Santiago Barreto; Paul De Jesus; Isaac Domingo; Joseph Emanuel; John Esser; Leighton Frater; Thomas Goodwin; Daniel Johnson; Lucas Lopez; Dan Mason; Bruno Moebest; Aaron Nezzer; Anthony Nguyen; Kyle Nguyen; Kyle Nguyen; Luke Nguyen; Isaac Osborne; Alexander Pham; Peter Pham; Luke Smith; Daniel Trainor; Dillon Tuliau; Amaru Vasquez; Joseph Verburg; Franklin Watkins; Matthew Wong


+Second Honors (87%- 92%): Hyeongjun Choi; John Cybulski; Quinton Dubay; Ian Girod; Myunghyun Kim; Pablo Leiva; Justin Ng; Steven Nguyen; Vincent Nguyen; Brandon Oborny; Joshua Russell; Craig Shepardson; Jonathan Sturkie; Daniel Suh; Triet Vu; Caleb White

Athletics

•The next baseball game is:  Thursday, March 29, at 2:00 PM, at St. Michael’s.

•Archery Club begins on Monday, at 2:30 PM.

 

Sermon by a Norbertine Priest

If you give even a relatively quick glance at the Scriptures you will see that Our Lord often asked His followers to do things which, in the eyes of the world, must have looked like utter foolishness.  We can recall just a few examples.  

The first one happened already at the very first moment that He met them.  We all know the story.  A few of the soon-to-be Apostles had been fishing all night long and had caught absolutely nothing.  They were even already cleaning up their nets and packing up as He approached them.  But He tells them, “Put out into deep water and lower your nets for a catch.”  They could have just ignored such a silly idea.  After all, they were fishermen—they did this kind of thing for a living; they knew what they were doing.  He was a carpenter.  But wisely they allowed themselves to play the fool; so they cast their nets back in and brought in a huge catch of fish.  They then did something which must have appeared even more foolish.  “They left everything and followed Him.”

How about the time that out Lord had been preaching to a great multitude of people who had not brought any food with them.  He asks His Apostles, “How many loaves do you have?” — “Five, and two fish,” they respond.  “Fine,” He says, “Make the 5,000 people sit down, we’re going to feed them all.” They must have thought He was crazy; but, they listen to Him, no matter how foolish they must have felt.  And what happens? He works a miracle and feeds them all, and with so much food that there was plenty left over.

And these were not the only times our Lord asked His Apostles to become fools in order to reap the harvest of His wisdom.  In fact, it seems to have been His normal way of doing things.  “Do not take with you money or a second tunic,” He once commanded them, “I am sending you out as sheep in the midst of wolves.”  Oh, now there’s a good idea! But what happened? His disciples converted thousands.  

Sacred Scripture tell us that “the wisdom of this world is foolishness in the eyes of God,” and that if anyone wants to become truly wise, he must first become a fool in the eyes of the world.  Yes, many of the things our Lord asked the Apostles to do must have initially seemed even to them to be utter foolishness.  But it was at the last moment of His life on earth that He would teach them the greatest lesson in this “foolish wisdom.”  “Forgive them, Father, for they know not what they do.”  

The Cross is the sign of mercy.  When Our Lord lay there on the Cross, He must surely have looked like a fool in the eyes of the world.  In fact, we know that even most of His closest followers abandoned Him.  And yet, it was by performing this act of mercy—this greatest act of mercy—that He conquered sin and death, which He proved 3 days later when He rose from the dead.

Anytime you show mercy to others, you will look like a complete fool.  You will look like you have been defeated; you will look like Christ.  “The word of the cross is folly to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God,” says Scripture.  

Consider the fact that the Israelites once complained against God as they were making their journey through the desert.  In fact, they complained over and over and over again, despite they many great things our Lord had done for them.  But instead of striking them down in His anger, God shows them mercy—even if He risked looking weak and foolish.

It’s hard to be merciful because it’s hard to want to look like a fool.  Vengeance, or even strict justice, looks great as it flexes its mighty arms balancing the scales.  But mercy, poor mercy, looks so helpless, so weak, so foolish, as it allows its heart to be pierced, as it sheds its blood for others, and at times even for its enemies.

You can be sure that, if you want to be one of Christ’s followers, He will ask you to appear foolish in the eyes of the world.  “If anyone among you considers himself wise in this age, let him become a fool, so as to become wise.”  But you can be equally sure that all those acts of foolishness, most especially the acts of mercy He calls you to perform, will bring in a catch of souls greater than you can ever imagine.  “For the foolishness of God is wiser than men,” as Scripture says.

We are told in the Gospel that “God so loved the world that He gave His only Son, so that everyone who believes in Him might not perish but might have eternal life.  For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world might be saved through Him.”  

God did this, knowing that His only Son would look like a fool in the eyes of the world. “He [even] humbled himself, becoming obedient unto death, even death on a cross.  [But God then] greatly exalted Him and bestowed on Him the name that is above every name, that at the name of Jesus every knee should bend, of those in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.”

Let us pray at this week for the grace never to be afraid to look like a fool for Christ, especially when He calls us to perform acts of mercy in imitation of His own death on the Cross, knowing that, if we do, we too will triumph like Him through that same Cross.  Amen.

 

Prayer Requests

•For the repose of the soul of Fr. Gerlac Horvath, the last of the 7 Hungarian Norbertines who founded St. Michael’s Abbey.
•For the health of the following students who are suffering from various medical issues:  Andrew Burnham, Daniel Johnson, Vincent Nguyen.
•For all the benefactors of St. Michael’s Preparatory School, living and deceased.
•For all the students and families of St. Michael’s Preparatory School.
•For all faculty and staff of St. Michael’s Preparatory School.