Fr Ian Van Heusen, a Catholic Priest of the Diocese of Raleigh, NC. ianvanheusen.com Art of Living well Podcast and Blog, Current assignments are ECU Newman and St. Peter’s in Greenville. His Mission is to help Christians foster a life of deep intimacy with God, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit through Christian Meditation.
Alanna Burg is a military spouse and mother of 2, currently relocated to Boise ID. She serves as the Chief Event Manager at Catholic Link English. Alanna spends her time as a homemaker conquering the chaos along with serving her family and community. In her free time, she dives into learning all aspects of her faith. She is currently pursuing a Masters of Theology at the Augustine Institute.
Liturgy Live is recorded live on the Catholic Link English Facebook page where Fr Ian Van Heusen and Alanna Burg discuss the readings for the upcoming Sunday. They look at the context and history, the spiritual impact, and the cultural perspective of the scriptures. They address hard topics with practical advice, and are always in a perspective of learning new things and growing through the show. Enjoy the podcast of the shows.
This week on the podcast we talk about motivation and what is required to keep us going. A few things we go over is companionship, mission, and knowledge of what you are created for. The second reading we talk about the primacy of love in the use of our gifts. How love is what we are aiming at and the gifts are our arrows. Using the wrong arrows and not aiming at love can do great damage to us and those around us. We talk about the section of 1 Corinthians that has an objective standard of what Love looks like. We then go on to discussing the Gospel and how prophets aren‘t welcome in their own towns, or conversions are not understood by our family or friends. We talk about how we might not get to see the fruits of our work, and that the gifts are meant for others and will come around and be a blessing to all.
This week Fr Ian and Alanna discuss the connections within the Sunday readings. Ezra was a leader in the spiritual revival of Jerusalem after the time of Exile, Nehemiah was the governmental leader who came in and built up the protections for the people. Ezra was standing in front of the Water Gate, Christ is the gate and he opens to the water of eternal life. St Paul in the second reading exhorts us to not despair in our gifts but that they are so important and also should not be lorded over people. We talk about how important spiritual friendships are and the ability to share good news and accomplishments with them as well as our sufferings. The Mission statement by Christ in Luke wraps these readings up nicely with the direction our gifts should be worked towards. The mission above all the other missions. The question we should ask ourselves, are we aligning ourselves under this mission?
The alternate title for this week’s recording is “Brimstone and Fire” because Fr. Ian said it so many times referencing his homily this past Sunday! This week we start off talking about the lowliness of Bethlehem and how it is surprising that Christ came from there even though it was prophesied. There are so many paradoxes in the way God works in our world and how shocking it is for us to discover sometimes. We also talk about the legalism of sacrifice and how it became something that God no longer wanted because it didn’t have the correct effect, which was to bring the people of Israel closer to Him in Love. Sacrifice is not the end it is the means to the end, and when we make it the end it can become corrupt.