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Heart to Heart: Fr. Jim Willig - Gospel Teachings

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Gospel teachings and lessons recorded by Fr. Jim Willig during his "Lunch with the Lord" Bible Study.

Cure of the Blind Man [John 9:1, 6-9, 13-17, 34-38]
Mar 21 2022
Cure of the Blind Man [John 9:1, 6-9, 13-17, 34-38]
Jesus looks into our hearts and into our souls. He heals that which we might not even know is hurt. John 9:1, 6-9, 13-17, 34-38As Jesus passed by he saw a man blind from birth.He spat on the ground and made clay with the saliva,and smeared the clay on his eyes,and said to him,“Go wash in the Pool of Siloam” — which means Sent —.So he went and washed, and came back able to see.His neighbors and those who had seen him earlier as a beggar said,“Isn’t this the one who used to sit and beg?”Some said, “It is, “but others said, “No, he just looks like him.”He said, “I am.”They brought the one who was once blind to the Pharisees.Now Jesus had made clay and opened his eyes on a sabbath.So then the Pharisees also asked him how he was able to see.He said to them,“He put clay on my eyes, and I washed, and now I can see.”So some of the Pharisees said,“This man is not from God,because he does not keep the sabbath.”But others said,“How can a sinful man do such signs?”And there was a division among them.So they said to the blind man again,“What do you have to say about him,since he opened your eyes?”He said, “He is a prophet.”They answered and said to him,“You were born totally in sin,and are you trying to teach us?”Then they threw him out.When Jesus heard that they had thrown him out,he found him and said, “Do you believe in the Son of Man?”He answered and said,“Who is he, sir, that I may believe in him?”Jesus said to him,“You have seen him, andthe one speaking with you is he.”He said,“I do believe, Lord,” and he worshiped him.Gospel Study: Fr. Jim WilligGospel Narration: Fr. J Michael Sparough, SJNarration: Lili Fuller Narration Producers: Lili Fuller and Joe SofrankoPrimary Music: Michael KramerProducer: Nathaniel Stubblefield
Woman at the Well [John 4:5-15, 19B-26, 39A, 40-42]
Mar 14 2022
Woman at the Well [John 4:5-15, 19B-26, 39A, 40-42]
Fr. Jim teaches on the living water of Christ based on this passage from the Gospel of John. Further, he extolls us to recognize God's gift.John 4:5-15, 19B-26, 39A, 40-42Jesus came to a town of Samaria called Sychar, near the plot of land that Jacob had given to his son Joseph.Jacob's well was there.Jesus, tired from his journey, sat down there at the well.It was about noon.A woman of Samaria came to draw water.Jesus said to her,"Give me a drink."His disciples had gone into the town to buy food.The Samaritan woman said to him, "How can you, a Jew, ask me, a Samaritan woman, for a drink?"—For Jews use nothing in common with Samaritans.—Jesus answered and said to her,"If you knew the gift of Godand who is saying to you, 'Give me a drink, 'you would have asked him and he would have given you living water."The woman said to him, "Sir, you do not even have a bucket and the cistern is deep; where then can you get this living water?Are you greater than our father Jacob, who gave us this cistern and drank from it himself with his children and his flocks?"Jesus answered and said to her, "Everyone who drinks this water will be thirsty again; but whoever drinks the water I shall give will never thirst; the water I shall give will become in hima spring of water welling up to eternal life."The woman said to him,"Sir, give me this water, so that I may not be thirsty or have to keep coming here to draw water."I can see that you are a prophet.Our ancestors worshiped on this mountain; but you people say that the place to worship is in Jerusalem."Jesus said to her,"Believe me, woman, the hour is comingwhen you will worship the Father neither on this mountain nor in Jerusalem.You people worship what you do not understand; we worship what we understand, because salvation is from the Jews.But the hour is coming, and is now here, when true worshipers will worship the Father in Spirit and truth; and indeed the Father seeks such people to worship him.God is Spirit, and those who worship him must worship in Spirit and truth."The woman said to him,"I know that the Messiah is coming, the one called the Christ; when he comes, he will tell us everything."Jesus said to her,"I am he, the one who is speaking with you."Many of the Samaritans of that town began to believe in him.When the Samaritans came to him,they invited him to stay with them; and he stayed there two days.Many more began to believe in him because of his word, and they said to the woman, "We no longer believe because of your word;for we have heard for ourselves, and we know that this is truly the savior of the world."Gospel Study: Fr. Jim WilligGospel Narration: Fr. J Michael Sparough, SJNarration: Lili Fuller Narration Producers: Lili Fuller and Joe SofrankoPrimary Music: Michael KramerProducer: Nathaniel Stubblefield
Temptation [Luke 4:1-13]
Feb 28 2022
Temptation [Luke 4:1-13]
Luke 4:1-13Filled with the Holy Spirit, Jesus returned from the Jordanand was led by the Spirit into the desert for forty days,to be tempted by the devil.He ate nothing during those days,and when they were over he was hungry.The devil said to him,“If you are the Son of God,command this stone to become bread.”Jesus answered him,“It is written, One does not live on bread alone.”Then he took him up and showed himall the kingdoms of the world in a single instant.The devil said to him,“I shall give to you all this power and glory;for it has been handed over to me,and I may give it to whomever I wish.All this will be yours, if you worship me.”Jesus said to him in reply,“It is written            You shall worship the Lord, your God,                        and him alone shall you serve.”Then he led him to Jerusalem,made him stand on the parapet of the temple, and said to him,“If you are the Son of God,throw yourself down from here, for it is written:            He will command his angels concerning you, to guard you, and:            With their hands they will support you,            lest you dash your foot against a stone.”Jesus said to him in reply,“It also says,            You shall not put the Lord, your God, to the test.”When the devil had finished every temptation,he departed from him for a time.Gospel Study: Fr. Jim WilligGospel Narration: Fr. J Michael Sparough, SJNarration: Lili Fuller Narration Producers: Lili Fuller and Joe SofrankoPrimary Music: Michael KramerProducer: Nathaniel Stubblefield
Almighty God vs Almighty Dollar [Luke 16:1-13]
Feb 21 2022
Almighty God vs Almighty Dollar [Luke 16:1-13]
How can we invest in ourselves and make a spiritual deposit for eternal life? Listen to what Fr. Jim has to say about using our time, talent and treasure for the glory of God.Luke 16:1-13Jesus said to his disciples,"A rich man had a stewardwho was reported to him for squandering his property. He summoned him and said,'What is this I hear about you? Prepare a full account of your stewardship,because you can no longer be my steward.'The steward said to himself, 'What shall I do,now that my master is taking the position of steward away from me? I am not strong enough to dig and I am ashamed to beg. I know what I shall do so that,when I am removed from the stewardship,they may welcome me into their homes.'He called in his master's debtors one by one. To the first he said,'How much do you owe my master?'He replied, 'One hundred measures of olive oil.'He said to him, 'Here is your promissory note. Sit down and quickly write one for fifty.'Then to another the steward said, 'And you, how much do you owe?'He replied, 'One hundred kors of wheat.'The steward said to him, 'Here is your promissory note;write one for eighty.'And the master commended that dishonest steward for acting prudently."For the children of this worldare more prudent in dealing with their own generationthan are the children of light. I tell you, make friends for yourselves with dishonest wealth,so that when it fails, you will be welcomed into eternal dwellings.The person who is trustworthy in very small mattersis also trustworthy in great ones;and the person who is dishonest in very small mattersis also dishonest in great ones. If, therefore, you are not trustworthy with dishonest wealth,who will trust you with true wealth? If you are not trustworthy with what belongs to another,who will give you what is yours? No servant can serve two masters. He will either hate one and love the other,or be devoted to one and despise the other. You cannot serve both God and mammon."Gospel Study: Fr. Jim WilligGospel Narration: Fr. J Michael Sparough, SJNarration: Lili Fuller Narration Producers: Lili Fuller and Joe SofrankoPrimary Music: Michael KramerProducer: Nathaniel Stubblefield
The Greatest Fish Story Ever Told [Luke 5:1-11]
Jan 31 2022
The Greatest Fish Story Ever Told [Luke 5:1-11]
Fr. Jim reminds us that we are like Peter and seeking fulfillment from the world and our pastimes but that our only fulfillment will come from the Lord, who fills us in His own time.Luke 5:1-11While the crowd was pressing in on Jesus and listening to the word of God,he was standing by the Lake of Gennesaret.He saw two boats there alongside the lake;the fishermen had disembarked and were washing their nets.Getting into one of the boats, the one belonging to Simon,he asked him to put out a short distance from the shore.Then he sat down and taught the crowds from the boat.After he had finished speaking, he said to Simon,“Put out into deep water and lower your nets for a catch.”Simon said in reply,“Master, we have worked hard all night and have caught nothing,but at your command I will lower the nets.”When they had done this, they caught a great number of fishand their nets were tearing.They signaled to their partners in the other boatto come to help them. They came and filled both boatsso that the boats were in danger of sinking.When Simon Peter saw this, he fell at the knees of Jesus and said,“Depart from me, Lord, for I am a sinful man.”For astonishment at the catch of fish they had made seized himand all those with him,and likewise James and John, the sons of Zebedee,who were partners of Simon.Jesus said to Simon, “Do not be afraid;from now on you will be catching men.”When they brought their boats to the shore,they left everything and followed him.Gospel Study: Fr. Jim WilligGospel Narration: Fr. J Michael Sparough, SJNarration: Lili Fuller Narration Producers: Lili Fuller and Joe SofrankoPrimary Music: Michael KramerProducer: Nathaniel Stubblefield
Dealing With Conflict [Luke 4:21-30]
Jan 24 2022
Dealing With Conflict [Luke 4:21-30]
Fr. Jim tells us that listening is the greatest way of loving. He could not have predicted the current crisis in the world, but he does give us a recipe for working through the day to day conflicts that arise in our lives.Luke 4:21-30Jesus began speaking in the synagogue, saying:“Today this Scripture passage is fulfilled in your hearing.”And all spoke highly of himand were amazed at the gracious words that came from his mouth. They also asked, “Isn’t this the son of Joseph?”He said to them, “Surely you will quote me this proverb,‘Physician, cure yourself,’ and say,‘Do here in your native placethe things that we heard were done in Capernaum.’”And he said, “Amen, I say to you,no prophet is accepted in his own native place.Indeed, I tell you,there were many widows in Israel in the days of Elijahwhen the sky was closed for three and a half yearsand a severe famine spread over the entire land.It was to none of these that Elijah was sent,but only to a widow in Zarephath in the land of Sidon.Again, there were many lepers in Israelduring the time of Elisha the prophet;yet not one of them was cleansed, but only Naaman the Syrian.”When the people in the synagogue heard this,they were all filled with fury.They rose up, drove him out of the town,and led him to the brow of the hillon which their town had been built,to hurl him down headlong.But Jesus passed through the midst of them and went away.Gospel Study: Fr. Jim WilligGospel Narration: Fr. J Michael Sparough, SJNarration: Lili Fuller Narration Producers: Lili Fuller and Joe SofrankoPrimary Music: Michael KramerProducer: Nathaniel Stubblefield
Jesus' Mission Statement [Luke 1:1-4; 4:14-21]
Jan 17 2022
Jesus' Mission Statement [Luke 1:1-4; 4:14-21]
Fr. Jim calls us on us to reflect on any scripture passage and seek out the work that God is calling each of us to do. Jesus revealed His mission statement to his friends and family. What mission is God calling us to? Since many have undertaken to compile a narrative of the eventsthat have been fulfilled among us,just as those who were eyewitnesses from the beginningand ministers of the word have handed them down to us,I too have decided,after investigating everything accurately anew,to write it down in an orderly sequence for you,most excellent Theophilus, so that you may realize the certainty of the teachingsyou have received.Jesus returned to Galilee in the power of the Spirit,and news of him spread throughout the whole region.He taught in their synagogues and was praised by all.He came to Nazareth, where he had grown up,and went according to his custom into the synagogue on the sabbath day.He stood up to read and was handed a scroll of the prophet Isaiah.He unrolled the scroll and found the passage where it was written:            The Spirit of the Lord is upon me,                        because he has anointed me                         to bring glad tidings to the poor.            He has sent me to proclaim liberty to captives                        and recovery of sight to the blind,                        to let the oppressed go free,                        and to proclaim a year acceptable to the Lord.Rolling up the scroll, he handed it back to the attendant and sat down,and the eyes of all in the synagogue looked intently at him.He said to them,“Today this Scripture passage is fulfilled in your hearing.”The Gospel of the LordGospel Study: Fr. Jim WilligGospel Narration: Fr. J Michael Sparough, SJNarration: Lili Fuller Narration Producers: Lili Fuller and Joe SofrankoPrimary Music: Michael KramerProducer: Nathaniel Stubblefield
Do Whatever He Tells You [John 2:1-11]
Jan 10 2022
Do Whatever He Tells You [John 2:1-11]
Fr. Jim unpacks the miracle at the Wedding feast in Cana and draws a parallel between the abundance of wine that Jesus creates and abundance of grace that God showers down upon all of us out of pure, unconditional love.John 2:1-11There was a wedding at Cana in Galilee,and the mother of Jesus was there.Jesus and his disciples were also invited to the wedding.When the wine ran short,the mother of Jesus said to him,"They have no wine."And Jesus said to her,"Woman, how does your concern affect me?My hour has not yet come."His mother said to the servers,"Do whatever he tells you."Now there were six stone water jars there for Jewish ceremonial washings,each holding twenty to thirty gallons.Jesus told the them,"Fill the jars with water."So they filled them to the brim.Then he told them,"Draw some out now and take it to the headwaiter."So they took it. And when the headwaiter tasted the water that had become wine,without knowing where it came from— although the servers who had drawn the water knew —,the headwaiter called the bridegroom and said to him,"Everyone serves good wine first,and then when people have drunk freely, an inferior one;but you have kept the good wine until now."Jesus did this as the beginning of his signs at Cana in Galileeand so revealed his glory,and his disciples began to believe in him.The Gospel of the LordGospel Study: Fr. Jim WilligGospel Narration: Fr. J Michael Sparough, SJNarration: Lili Fuller Narration Producers: Lili Fuller and Joe SofrankoPrimary Music: Michael KramerProducer: Nathaniel Stubblefield
Wise Men Still Seek Him [Matthew 2:1-12]
Dec 28 2021
Wise Men Still Seek Him [Matthew 2:1-12]
Fr. Jim asks: Will we be the wise men and women taking up the journey to Jesus? Like the Magi, will we take a different path than the world would have us go? Matthew 2:1-12When Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judea,in the days of King Herod, behold, magi from the east arrived in Jerusalem, saying, “Where is the newborn king of the Jews?We saw his star at its risingand have come to do him homage.”When King Herod heard this,he was greatly troubled, and all Jerusalem with him.Assembling all the chief priests and the scribes of the people, He inquired of them where the Christ was to be born.They said to him, “In Bethlehem of Judea, for thus it has been written through the prophet:And you, Bethlehem, land of Judah,are by no means least among the rulers of Judah;since from you shall come a ruler,who is to shepherd my people Israel.”Then Herod called the magi secretly and ascertained from them the time of the star’s appearance.He sent them to Bethlehem and said, “Go and search diligently for the child.When you have found him, bring me word, that I too may go and do him homage.”After their audience with the king they set out.And behold, the star that they had seen at its rising preceded them, until it came and stopped over the place where the child was.They were overjoyed at seeing the star, and on entering the housethey saw the child with Mary his mother.They prostrated themselves and did him homage.Then they opened their treasures and offered him gifts of gold, frankincense, and myrrh.And having been warned in a dream not to return to Herod, they departed for their country by another way.The Gospel of the LordGospel Study: Fr. Jim WilligGospel Narration: Fr. J Michael Sparough, SJNarration: Lili Fuller Narration Producers: Lili Fuller and Joe SofrankoPrimary Music: Michael KramerProducer: Nathaniel Stubblefield
The Greatest Story Ever Told [Luke 2:1-14]
Dec 20 2021
The Greatest Story Ever Told [Luke 2:1-14]
In this Nativity story Gospel Study, enjoy a dramatic proclamation of the Gospel by Fr. Michael Sparough, SJ followed by Fr. Jim's teaching.Luke 2:1-14In those days a decree went out from Caesar Augustusthat the whole world should be enrolled.This was the first enrollment, when Quirinius was governor of Syria.So all went to be enrolled, each to his own town.And Joseph too went up from Galilee from the town of Nazareth to Judea, to the city of David that is called Bethlehem, because he was of the house and family of David, to be enrolled with Mary, his betrothed, who was with child.While they were there,the time came for her to have her child, and she gave birth to her firstborn son.She wrapped him in swaddling clothes and laid him in a manger, because there was no room for them in the inn.Now there were shepherds in that region living in the fields and keeping the night watch over their flock.The angel of the Lord appeared to them and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were struck with great fear.The angel said to them,“Do not be afraid;for behold, I proclaim to you good news of great joy that will be for all the people.For today in the city of David a savior has been born for you who is Christ and Lord.And this will be a sign for you: you will find an infant wrapped in swaddling clothes and lying in a manger.”And suddenly there was a multitude of the heavenly host with the angel,praising God and saying:    “Glory to God in the highest        and on earth peace to those on whom his favor rests.”The Gospel of the LordGospel Study: Fr. Jim WilligGospel Narration: Fr. J Michael Sparough, SJNarration: Lili Fuller Narration Producers: Lili Fuller and Joe SofrankoPrimary Music: Michael KramerProducer: Nathaniel Stubblefield