29th SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME – Oct. 16, 2016
“Will not God then secure the rights of His chosen ones who call out to Him day and night?” The widow in today’s parable didn’t give up. She kept “bothering”
the judge by coming to him and asking for a decision in her favor. Ultimately, her persistence caught his attention and influenced his behavior. Jesus seems to be teaching us today that this quality of faithful persistence is a good one to have. Thus, He advises us to call out to God not once, not twice, but “day and night.”
This is a fitting image for the idea of continual prayer; it goes on all the time without ceasing. As this Gospel reading says in the opening line, Jesus wanted to teach His disciples how to “pray always without becoming weary.” It’s interesting that the method He used for this instruction was to emphasize the reward of such persistent prayer. The parable’s conclusion assures us that for those who pray without giving up, God “will see to it that justice is done for them speedily.” Perhaps this attractive promise is supposed to keep us from losing hope, from throwing in the towel, from becoming “weary” when our requests don’t seem to be getting heard. Following the example of this determined widow, we need not fear to repeatedly make our requests known to God. In fact, we should make a point of it! If we only offer our prayers of petition halfheartedly, without real conviction, persistence, or sincerity, they are not as powerful as they could be. But when we truly commit to taking these requests before the Lord, day after day (and night after night!) then we are displaying a kind of profound faith in God’s ability to act on our behalf. So, full of hope and trust, let’s keep “bothering” this truly just Judge!
FROM THE RECTORY:
Dear brothers and sisters in Christ, this week as I sat at my desk in my office with my master’s degree in Theology and my master’s degree in Divinity hanging on the wall behind me, I was reading the articles written by our Confirmation candidates. Their summer reading assignment was to read scripture and write about what they read. I found what they had written very interesting, and at times amazing, for I know the scripture passage they had written about. However, they saw it in a way that I had never seen it myself. I had come to realize that despite my degrees and despite the fact that I am an “expert” on scripture/theology it does not mean I know it all or that there isn’t anything for me to learn from reading scripture or talking to others about what they have learned from scripture. My dear brothers and sisters if you have never read the bible, I strongly encourage you to do so and if you have read the bible I strongly recommend that you read it again and again and again. I find there is always something new to be discovered and that God will continue to open our eyes and hearts to His love and His will for us. The bible is the never-ending story for we can never know all there is to know about God and His word.
The gift of Bread & Wine for the month of October has been given in memory of Augie Sylvestri by his family.
We would like to thank the family of C. Eugene Godlesky for their very generous donation to our parish in his memory.
REMEMBER OUR MEMBERS IN YOUR PRAYERS
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 and Maricel Dino.
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.
Readings for the Week of October 16, 2016
Sunday: Ex 17:8-13/Ps 121:1-8/2 Tm 3:14—4:2/Lk 18:1-8
Monday: Eph 2:1-10/Ps 100:1-5/Lk 12:13-21
Tuesday: 2 Tm 4:10-17b/Ps 145:10-13, 17-18/Lk 10:1-9
Wednesday: Eph 3:2-12/Is 12:2-6/Lk 12:39-48
Thursday: Eph 3:14-21/Ps 33:1-2, 4-5, 11-12, 18-19/ Lk 12:49-53
Friday: Eph 4:1-6/Ps 24:1-6/Lk 12:54-59
Saturday: Eph 4:7-16/Ps 122:1-5/Lk 13:1-9
Next Sunday: Sir 35:12-14, 16-18/Ps 34:2-3, 17-19, 23/ 2 Tm 4:6-8, 16-18/Lk 18:9-14
New Jersey’s Adoption Law has changed Beginning January 1, 2017, adoptees and certain relatives will be able to obtain a copy of their original birth certificate without a court order. The birth certificate will include the names of the birth parents who placed children for adoption unless a birth parent requests their name be omitted. Birth parents who wish to preserve their privacy must submit a Redaction Request Form to the New Jersey Department of Health no later than December 31, 2016. The Redaction Request Form can be obtained by calling 866-649-8726, ext. 582 or downloading it at nj.gov/health/forms/reg-36c.pdf. The Catholic Church has always supported reunions between adoptees and birth parents, if such reunions were by mutual consent. The Church continues to do so through their Catholic Charities agencies. If you know individuals that could be effected by the changes to New Jersey Adoption law, please help alert them. Anyone needing assistance can call a HELPLINE at 609-989-4809.
SCRIPTURAL REFLECTIONS ON STEWARDSHIP
“…be persistent whether it is convenient or inconvenient…” It is not always convenient to be a good steward, especially when all the temptations of our busy and materialistic world get in the way. Now add our own pride and ego into the equation and living a stewardship lifestyle may be downright uncomfortable! Remember, God didn’t call us to be comfortable. He called us to be faithful.