“Where Does Sin Begin (Matthew 5: 17- 37 short version) by Fr. Jim Willig

This week’s Gospel of Matthew continues with the Sermon on the Mount. Jesus clarifies that He did not come to abolish the law of Moses, but rather fulfill it.

Fr. Jim unfolds the words of this Gospel passage, explaining how it is meaningful in our lives today. For example, “Thou shalt not kill” is not only referring to murder. It is also addressing the times we act out in anger, which can destroy another with our words or deeds. One does not have to murder to commit the sin.

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God Bless You All!

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“Let Your Light Shine (Matthew 5: 13-16)” by Fr. Jim Willig

This Gospel of Matthew continues on with the ‘Sermon on the Mount.’  It calls us to be the salt of the earth and the light of the world. Christians are to be like Jesus and bring the light to the world that is in such need. Like one lit candle in a dark room, we can bring Christ’s light to those lost in the darkness!

God Bless You All!

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“Blessed Attitudes (Matthew 5: 1-12)” by Fr. Jim Willig

This Sunday’s Gospel is from Matthew, when Jesus shares His famous “Sermon on the Mount.”

Fr. Jim explains how William James, a well known physician who later became a psychologist, determined that human beings who change the inner attitudes of their minds could then also change the outer aspects of their lives.

Interestingly, Jesus gave us this same teaching through the Beatitudes, also called the ‘Be Attitudes,’ or in other words, the right attitudes.

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God Bless You!

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“The Gospel of Life (Matthew 4: 12-23)” by Fr. Jim Willig

The Gospel this week is from Matthew. It highlights the beginning of Jesus’ ministry, when he calls fishermen; Andrew, Peter, James and John to follow Him and become ‘fishers of men!

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God Bless You!

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“Recognizing Christ (John 1: 29-34)” by Fr. Jim Willig

This Sunday the Gospel of John highlights the Baptism of Jesus in the River Jordan. This is the moment when John the Baptist recognized Jesus as the Anointed One.

Fr. Jim takes us on his own journey, entering into the waters of the Jordan River. He shares his inspirational account of how the Jordan River offers us so much today in relationship to what the early Christians experienced.

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God Bless You!

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“Wise Men Still Seek Him (Matthew 2: 1-12)” by Fr. Jim Willig

This Sunday is called the Epiphany. It focuses on the time when the Magi visited the Holy Family at the Bethlehem stable and presented the Christ Child with gold, frankincense and myrrh. Fr. Jim gives profound insight determining why these gifts were the ones offered.

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“Light One Candle (Luke 2: 22-40)” by Fr. Jim Willig

This week’s Sunday Gospel is Luke 2:16-21, which is the Gospel that Fr. Michael shares in the beginning of the Fr. Jim Willig Gospel Study. Unfortunately,  Fr. Jim did not have an exact Bible Study to match this gospel, so Heart to Heart has selected the Gospel from Luke which follows this Gospel reading and expands on the presentation of Jesus in the Temple.

Here is the Gospel that Fr. Jim is explaining in his Gospel Study…..

The Presentation in the Temple (Luke 2: 22-40):
When the days were completed for their purification, according to the law of Moses, they took him up to Jerusalem to present him to the Lord, just as it is written in the law of the Lord, “Every male that opens the womb shall be consecrated to the Lord,” and to offer the sacrifice of “a pair of turtledoves or two young pigeons,” in accordance with the dictate in the law of the Lord.

Now there was a man in Jerusalem whose name was Simeon. This man was righteous and devout, awaiting the consolation of Israel, and the holy Spirit was upon him. It had been revealed to him by the holy Spirit that he should not see death before he had seen the Messiah of the Lord.

He came in the Spirit into the temple; and when the parents brought in the child Jesus to perform the custom of the law in regard to him, he took him into his arms and blessed God, saying: “Now, Master, you may let your servant go in peace, according to your word, for my eyes have seen your salvation, which you prepared in sight of all the peoples, a light for revelation to the Gentiles, and glory for your people Israel.”

The child’s father and mother were amazed at what was said about him; and Simeon blessed them and said to Mary his mother, “Behold, this child is destined for the fall and rise of many in Israel, and to be a sign that will be contradicted (and you yourself a sword will pierce)* so that the thoughts of many hearts may be revealed.”

There was also a prophetess, Anna, the daughter of Phanuel, of the tribe of Asher. She was advanced in years, having lived seven years with her husband after her marriage, and then as a widow until she was eighty-four. She never left the temple, but worshiped night and day with fasting and prayer. And coming forward at that very time, she gave thanks to God and spoke about the child to all who were awaiting the redemption of Jerusalem.

When they had fulfilled all the prescriptions of the law of the Lord, they returned to Galilee, to their own town of Nazareth.The child grew and became strong, filled with wisdom; and the favor of God was upon him.

God Bless You All!

 

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“Greatest Story Ever Told (Luke 2: 1-14)” by Fr. Jim Willig

Merry Christmas to all from Heart to Heart!

We are so honored to be able to provide our Fr. Jim Willig’s Gospel Studies to you each week.  This Sunday is Christmas, which happens so infrequently.  We are thrilled that Fr. Jim has a Gospel Study for the same Gospel as Christmas, because he did not have Lunch with the Lord during the weeks near Christmas and New Year’s Day.

Here is the “Greatest Story Ever Told” by Fr. Jim.  Last week we heard the ‘Birth Of Our Messiah” from St. Joseph’s perspective. This week we hear the Nativity story from the Gospel of Luke, which is more from Mary’s perspective.

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God Bless You All!

 

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“Birth of the Messiah (Matthew 1: 18-25)” by Fr. Jim Willig

This is the last Sunday of Advent, and the Gospel is the birth of the Messiah according to Matthew. This reading focuses on the perspective of Joseph. When he finds out that Mary is expecting a baby, he decides to divorce her quietly.  Then Joseph has a dream in which is he told that Mary has conceived by the power of the Holy Spirit. Joseph believes the message and does as he is told in the dream.

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God Bless You All!

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“Greater than John (Matthew 11: 2-11)” by Fr. Jim Willig

This is the third Sunday of Advent. In this Gospel of Matthew, John the Baptist is now in prison. He knows he could be facing death, so John asks if Jesus is truly the Messiah. This seems odd, since John called Jesus the one to follow when baptizing Him in the Jordan.

Come listen to Fr. Jim explain the meaning of John’s question. Just click on the arrow.

God Bless You All!

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