Jewish teacher, or rabbi, was trained by another distinguished rabbi.
Saint Paul himself was taught by a great Pharisee rabbi of the time,
a man called Gamaliel, who is named twice in Acts of the Apostles.
The reason for naming your teacher was so that your words could have
some backing: you didn't make this stuff up on your own. Rather, you
were taught by a scholar of the law, who was taught by another rabbi,
who had his own great instructor, etc. all the way back until
ultimately you got to who? Moses, the man from today. All authority
rested upon Moses who received instruction from God Himself on Mount
is what makes it so astonishing that Jesus teaches on a different
authority: he had no rabbi of his own, and no one wanted to claim
this man as one of his students. But it is precisely as a teacher
that Jesus is first known: he
taught them as one having authority and not as the scribes. The
reason Jesus was seen as a teacher was because of where and what he
was doing: Jesus would gather at the synagogue and meet people where
they met God, and meet God they certainly did, a God in disguise who
came so close that it was hard for their eyes to focus.
Synagogue was the local "parish" of the time.
Thanks to the work of the Pharisees, the Jews could gather for a
type of worship that centered around the Word of God. Animal
sacrifice was reserved for the temple alone, in Jerusalem. Thus the
synagogue was a place of prayer, of letting God speak, but also of
Religious Education, of Culture, and of Communal Life. Like the
parish, the synagogue was the main source of people's connection to
God and to each other.
Jesus travels from town to town, He goes to the synagogues and
teaches. And people meet him, people encounter "the Holy One of
God" (as the unclean spirit says today) and are delivered from
spiritual bondage, are healed physically, are filled with the peace
the world cannot give, and are strengthened to love because they know
they are infinitely loved by their God.
is also what the parish is meant to be, and that is why we celebrate
today as a parish. The past year, when we began our campaign,
“Behold I Make All Things New," we began to make great
strides to overcome the obstacles that are hindering the further
growth and vitality of our parish. Like the synagogue, this parish
is a place where people worship,
is given across all stages of life, and where culture
are meant to be shared. These are hard for us to excel in due to our
facilities. For worship,
have seven Masses so the community can't pray well together, and its
even worse at the holiest days of our Church. Religious
is great for younger ages thanks to the education center, but still
more is needed to make the programs excel for the large numbers.
struggles because of the lack of facilities to work with. And most
of all, communal
suffers during the week because we have only a few good spaces for
adults, as well as on Sundays because there's no gathering space to
chat and the parking lot is chaos. It breaks our hearts as priests
and staff when we have to say so often: “we just can't do that
because we don't have anywhere to make it work.” But thanks be to
God that through the "Behold I Make All Things New"
campaign, we plan to resolve all of these things over the next years
by your generous hearts. I am so grateful for the ways God is
working. With the amazing amount of $11.75 million raised, we are
currently only able to accomplish the largest part of our goal: the
worship space, gathering space, and new meeting rooms. The rest of
the goal in pledges would also allow for expansion of the Education
Center, especially the needed bathrooms and a cafeteria space so we
can use the gymnasiums as they were intended.
the real reason we want to do all of this is so that people can meet
Jesus at Saint Pius X. We don't want the parish to simply be a place
where you get in an out on Sunday (and other days) as quickly as
possible to avoid a jam. We want it to be the life-blood of our
families, their second home, and the place where memories are formed
year after year. This “catholic synagogue” is where we find
Jesus, we are healed by Him, and we proclaim Him “the Holy One of
God.” May the Lord, whose generosity and love knows no bounds,
bring our work to its completion so that as many people as possible
can meet the Lord Jesus in this community of faith.