22ND SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME – August 28, 2016
“When you hold a banquet, invite the poor, the crippled, the lame, the blind; blessed indeed will you be because of their inability to repay you.” Today Jesus instructs us to be generous enough to serve others without expecting repayment. At least, without expecting to be repaid in THIS life. It’s interesting that the Gospel concludes with Jesus’ promise that if we follow this teaching, we “will be repaid at the resurrection of the righteous.” In other words, God will “repay” our generosity on earth by welcoming us into heaven. Really, what better investment could there possibly be? It can be tempting to think of our money as purely our own. We work hard to earn it. Or we receive it from others who wanted US to have it. Or luck came our way (and too bad for you that it didn’t come your way). We thus feel possessive of our money and often struggle with the idea of giving it away or lending it without hope of being paid back (with interest!). But today’s Gospel challenges us with a different perspective. In essence, Jesus tells us to use our money for the sake of others, not just to assure our own earthly comfort. As difficult as this request may be, its important to remember that Jesus honors the sacrifice! This is why He promises repayment in heaven. He understands that it “costs” us a great deal to part with the security of using our money for ourselves alone. He understands that in caring for the poor, we risk putting ourselves in their company. But God’s ways are not the ways of the world. Instead of investing everything in a bank, Jesus asks us to invest in the poor. After all, no bank on earth can possibly provide the infinite rate of return that Jesus promises.
FROM THE RECTORY:
Dear brothers and sisters in Christ, this week let me start with a quote from Corrieten Boom – “Any concern too small to be turned into a prayer is too small to be made into a burden.” I share this quote with you for I have found it to be so true. But I have also found that most people, when they need to pray the most, they pray the least and turn something that should not be a burden into a burden. There was something that came up the other day that was preying on my mind. I lost sleep over it. After three days of worrying and little sleep I was sitting alone in my parent’s flower garden and I found myself finally turning to prayer and I felt so at peace. I felt God in the breeze, saw Him in the plants and heard Him in the birds. I realized that there was a flip side to the above quote and that is there is no burden so great that it cannot be turned into a prayer and once it is turned into a prayer it is no longer a burden. No matter our concerns – great or small – God is there to listen to us and guide us and to lift our burdens. I am happy to say I am now sleeping soundly.
God Bless you and have a wonderful week, Fr. Michael
We are Living Stones Capital Campaign
We would like to thank the 62 families who have pledged $61,027 towards our Living Stones Campaign goal of $171,058. It’s never too late to participate, please know that you can make a pledge anytime in the next four years. Pledge cards are in the back of church. Thank you for your support.
The gift of Bread & Wine for the first two weeks of August has been given in memory of John Dalessio by Betty Dalessio. The second two weeks have been given in memory of John Warch by Cheryl Prinjinski.
REMEMBER OUR MEMBERS IN YOUR PRAYERS
Please pray for: Frances Trause, Kelly Chinchar, Kellie & Kathy Salata, Lawrence John, Jessica, Juliana, Helen, Carol, Anthony, Samantha, Aedan, Eugene, Jennifer Meade, Tracy Schwamb, Francisca Gallardo, Carol Mangino, Jessica Calabrese, Rosalie, Lori, Justin Duffy, Raymond Wells, Jacqueline Carty, Gloria, Michael, Leslie, Daniel Breslin, Carol Ann Mabiog, Richard McShera, Susan Brooks, John Moloughney Jr., Stanley, Marie, Joseph Marrone, Rosemary Azzato, Bill Marshall.
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.
Adoration And Holy Hours
Adoration is the first attitude of man acknowledging that he is a creature before his Creator. It exalts the greatness of the Lord who made us and the almighty power of the Savior who sets us free from evil. Adoration is homage of the spirit to the “King of Glory,” respectful silence in the presence of the “ever greater” God. Adoration of the thrice-holy and sovereign God of love blends with humility and gives assurance to our supplications.
—Catechism of the Catholic Church, no. 2628
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