The Order of Franciscan Penitents

Chapel of Sts. Francis & Clare
1004 N. College Avenue
Columbia, Missouri 65201

Saturday Mass: 5 p.m.
Tues. & Thurs. Mass: noon
Wed. Evening Prayer: 6 p.m.


Come Worship With Us!

Join us for Worship at our Franciscan Chapel, 1004 N. College Avenue in Columbia, Missouri.

Saturday mass is at 5pm, followed by fellowship (about 90 minutes.) Tuesday and Thursday mass at Noon (about thirty minutes)

All baptized Christians are welcome to receive Holy Communion


WEEK OF November 16, 2014 to November 23, 2014

Hi everyone! Be blessed this day as you delight in your life under King Jesus.

What wonderful readings we are called to reflect upon! They are Ezekiel 34: 11-17; psalm 95: 1-7; 1 Corinthians 15: 20-28; and Matthew 25: 31-48. The word for "ruling" in Greek (and I think Hebrew) is the word for "feeding". It is what comes through in Ezekiel, who calls for shepherds who will really care for the flock of God. And it is perfectly fulfilled as Jesus tells us who He is when He, as the Son of Man, comes as King and judges our actions. Jesus, like David His fore-father, is a shepherd-king. His Kingdom is not of this world and He rules as a servant-leader. He rules at His best when our hearts are converted and we recognize Him in all of the rest of humanity, especially "the least, the lost and the lonely". This is how Jesus is stepping into His Kingdom (on earth as in heaven): we recognize Him in all the poor and broken and join our King in reaching to them. He then recognizes and rewards that action on our part.

1 Corinthians 15 is the best section of St. Paul's writings on the subject of belief in the Resurrection. This section highlights HOW Jesus will be a conquering King. We who are His disciples for the duration of our life are being conformed to Him, and as we do that, He exerts His Kingship over us. And then we are His to give back as a gift to the Father, The Creator. When we are given back to Him, there is NO WAY we remain dead, we have to be ALIVE FOREVERMORE!

Stuff: This week all the usual: Eucharist on Tuesday and Thursday at noon. Evening prayer at 5 pm on Wednesday. Thursday at 10 am we continue our look at Scripture Basics.

Next week ((November 23- 20) will be a bit different. Tuesday Eucharist at noon (November 25), MAYBE Wednesday prayer (November 26), NO LITURGY ON THANKSGIVING DAY. Saturday Eucharist as usual. It is the fifth Saturday, which we do as evening prayer, with others presiding. Then I as ordained presbyter at Eucharist vest and lead. Don't forget that that Saturday will be the First Weekend of Advent! Start thinking Advent Preparation in your prayers, disciplines and most especially your heart, where you and I make room for Him.

That is a perfect seguey into this. Be sure to pray with Jim and the many others of the various churches who are serving ROOM AT THE INN as it will begin in mid-December.

I give the above information just in case I don't get the opportunity to send a FRIAR'S FOOTNOTES for that week.

Guess that is all. Enjoy our unseasonably cold weather.

Fr. John OFP