27th SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME – Oct. 1, 2016
“When you have done all you have been commanded, say, ‘We are unprofitable servants; we have done what we were obliged to do.’” What a humble attitude this would be! Jesus challenges us today not to boast, not to seek special praise, not to consider ourselves worthy of some great reward when we follow Him. Rather, He honestly reminds us that it is simply our duty to do all we “have been commanded.” God made us. Our lives are a result of His loving initiative. Giving ourselves back to Him through “the obedience of faith” (as the Second Vatican Council called it), is truly the only appropriate response. Of course we are free not to practice this obedience. We are free to reject God, to ignore His commandments, even to make ourselves His enemies. But nonetheless it remains true that what we ought to do is to love God and follow His ways. And Jesus suggests today that this simple obedience should be a given in our lives. Following the commandments is merely what we are obligated to do. But, let’s not forget that we are also free to do more. Because of the nature of love, we can never really exhaust it. We can always love more, serve more devotedly, give more generously. Perhaps Jesus is calling us to focus less on meeting the bare-bones requirements of Christianity, and instead to shift our efforts farther in the direction of going above and beyond the call of duty. Instead of asking what is the least I have to do, we would do well to ask, what else can I do? What else can I do to show my gratitude to God for all he has given me? What else can I do to serve His people and nurture the world He has made? Let us aim to become truly profitable servants.
FROM THE RECTORY:
Dear brothers and sisters in Christ, as many of you know I was on vacation recently. I traveled to Disney World in Florida with my parents and it was a rather enjoyable time with one exception. Every day, with the humidity, the temperature reached over a 100 degrees – the coolest day was 104 degrees and the hottest was 110 degrees. As you can imagine, we escaped the heat as often as we could by going on indoor rides, spending extra time in our hotel rooms and even taking the monorail for a ride even though we weren’t looking to go anywhere new, we just went around the loop and got off where we got on the monorail. This had me thinking about the fact that as hot as it was in Florida, it would be considered cool in comparison to hell, where the fires are never put out. So I thought to myself…I did all I could do to escape the heat of Florida and questioned myself on whether I am doing all that I can to escape the heat of hell? Am I living the life that Christ called me to live? Do I love God with all my heart and my neighbor as myself? My brothers and sisters I invite you to do the same. Look at your own lives and ask the same questions. For trust me, 110 degrees was hot enough that I could not even imagine being in a place even hotter and for all eternity!
God Bless you and have a wonderful week, Fr. Michael
The gift of Bread & Wine for the month of October has been given in memory of Augie Sylvestri by his family.
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Please pray for: Frances Trause, Kelly Chinchar, Kellie & Kathy Salata, Jessica, Juliana, Helen, Carol, Anthony, Aedan, Carol Mangino, Jessica Calabrese, Lori, Jacqueline Carty, Gloria, Michael, Daniel Breslin, Richard McShera, Susan Brooks, John Moloughney Jr., Stanley, Marie, Joseph Marrone, Bill Marshall, Blase Coppola.
RECYCLE OLD INK AND TONER INK CARTRIDGES
Recycle Old Ink and Toner Cartridges Have old ink and toner cartridges? You can dispose of them by dropping them in the Recycling Box located in the back of church by the religious book racks. We will recycle them and the proceeds will be used for our parish.