1991

1991 April 21 – 4th Sun Easter (Bulletin Letters)

1991 April 21 – 4th Sun Easter (Bulletin Letters)

Cycle B – 4th SUN. OF EASTER

Acts 4, 32-35

1 Jn 2, 1-5a

Jn 10, 11-18

 

Dear friends;

THIS JESUS IS ‘THE STONE REJECTED BY YOU THE BUILDERS WHICH HAS BECOME THE CORNERSTONE. Acts 4/11:

SEE WHAT LOVE THE FATHER HAS BESTOWED ON US IN LETTING US BE CALLED CHILDREN OF GOD! 1 Jn. 3/1:

I AM THE GOOD SHEPHERD. Jn 10/11:

In this week’s readings we get three distinct images that help us understand the meaning of the Easter event. Each image; the rejected cornerstone, the children of God and the Good Shepherd, are found in the Old Testament. In each, the New Testament writer builds on and extends an Old Testament theme to met the new demands of the post resurrection era.

Contrary to what St. Luke wrote in last week’s first reading from Acts and from his Gospel selection, the Old Testament never did connect the Suffering Servant image to Israel’s hoped for Messiah. This happens only after the resurrection experience.

In truth, the whole of the Old Testament writings would not necessarily lead one to believe Jesus was the Messiah. One can not come to a Faith in Jesus Christ through the Old Testament. A faith in Jesus Christ comes only  through an Easter experience.

It was only after the Easter event that the community of believers began to reread the Old Testament in an entirely different and unique way. It was from this post resurrection perspective that our New Testament authors came to reinterpret the Old Testament text.

 

TAX DAY PROTEST: Our Tax Day protest in Des Moines went just as we planed. Luckily there were no arrest. It’s a shame that the news papers’ account did not mention Brian Terrell. The institutional Church is not the only ones with a clerical bias.

Brian  actually authored the joint statement. He was the one who  read the statement just before we poured the blood. He and I entered the Catholic Worker movement about the same time. We firsts met at the Catholic Worker in New York City. Brian was a community member and I was a visiting Catholic Worker from Iowa.

He moved to the Davenport Catholic Worker soon after. Brian stayed in Davenport several years before moving to Maloy Ia. He and his wife Betsy and two children  have been in Maloy the last four years. They are trying to live the simple lifestyle  Dorothy Day and Peter Mourn  encouraged Catholic Worker’s to live. Brian and Betsy’s form of Tax Resistance is to live below a taxable income. They are a living example that people can live simply  and well below the poverty line.

 

CONGRATULATIONS FIRST COMMUNICANTS: Our blessings and prayers go to our first communicants; Carly Kirlin, Drew Stirtz, Andrew Leuke and Jeremy Hunter of Holy Family parish and Nathaniel Alvis and Jeremy Jones of St. Annes. May you receive the Eucharist often in good times and bad. May it become the spiritual food you can not do without.

 

 

TAX DAY PROTEST: Our Tax Day protest in Des Moines went just as we planed. Luckily, there were no arrest. It’s a shame the newspaper accounts did not mention Brian Terrell’s participation. The institutional Church is not our society’s only clerically bias institution.

Brian authored the joint statement. He also read the statement just before we poured the blood. He and I entered the Catholic Worker movement about the same time. We met at the New York City Catholic Worker. Brian was a community member and I was a visiting Catholic Worker from Iowa.

 

Brian moved to the Davenport Catholic Worker soon after. Brian stayed in Davenport several years before moving to Maloy Iowa. He and his wife Betsy and two children have been in Maloy the last four years. They are living the simple lifestyle Dorothy Day and Peter Murin encouraged Catholic Workers to live. Brian and Betsy resist taxes by living below the taxable income. They are a living example that people can live simply and well below the poverty line.

 

(Fr. Frank and Brian Terrell’s statement for April 15th Tax Day Protest.)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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