This weekend we celebrate the Twenty-Eighth Sunday in Ordinary Time. In the Gospel passage, Jesus is having a conversation with a man who wants to know what he must do to gain eternal life. He assures Jesus that he has kept all the commandments Jesus highlights. So, Jesus tells him, “You are lacking in one thing. Go sell what you have, and give to the poor and you will have treasure in heaven; then come, follow me.” We know the man went away sad because he had many possessions. All of us strive to keep the commandments, and, at times, may even question what more we should be doing. As we reflect upon today's Gospel passage from Mark, let us imagine Jesus standing before us as we ask the same question the man asked: “What must I do to inherit eternal life?” Then, let us hear what Jesus has to say to us: “You are lacking in one thing.” What is the one thing he tells us we may be lacking? It may be any number of things that tie us down and hold us back from being authentic disciples. One person's answer may be “hanging on to possessions too tightly” while another's may be “always having to be first,” “always having to be in the limelight,” “always having to be right.” It may be something like “keeping the letter of the law but failing to keep the spirit of the law.” Or it may be something totally different. Later in the Gospel passage, Jesus says, “It is easier for a camel to pass through the eye of a needle than for one who is rich to enter the kingdom of God!” We have to “let go” of a lot of baggage to get through the narrow passageway that leads to eternal life. Sometimes our “baggage” is our possessions; other times it may be habits that lead us into sin. What is Jesus saying to us today?
This Saturday, we welcome Father Alberto Vargas who is covering the 4:00 PM Mass for Father Jim. Father Alberto was with us as recently as Sunday, August 30. He is the parochial vicar (associate) at Saint Thomas Aquinas Church. I know you will give him a warm welcome. Father Jim returns home from Dallas late Saturday evening after attending the national meeting of the Federation of Diocesan Liturgical Commissions: he is a board member and the official representative of our diocese.
Next Sunday is World Mission Sunday. World Mission Sunday, organized by the Propagation of the Faith, is a day set aside for Catholics worldwide to recommit themselves to the Church's missionary activity through prayer and sacrifice. Our ongoing support of the Society for the Propagation of the Faith is vital to the missionaries serving in 1,150 dioceses throughout Asia, Africa, parts of Latin America and Europe, and on the Islands of the Pacific. Our generosity makes it possible for local priests, religious, and catechists to reach out to communities, families and children in desperate need, bringing the light of Christ to the darkest of circumstances. A special envelope for this collection is included in your envelope packet. There are some extra envelopes in church, should you need one, or if you did not receive one. I encourage you to be generous to the missions. It is one way of being faithful to today’s Gospel: giving of our financial resources to the poor who seek to hear the Word of God and to experience Christ in their midst.
Please note that there will be 2 very important Liturgical Ministry Meetings this month. Each will last one half hour. Other ministries will be meeting in November.
*Saturday, October 17, 10:30 AM in Church for
Lectors: This meeting will include a short time highlighting some of the guidelines, distribution of Lector Workbooks, and picture for the Directory
**Saturday, October 17, 11:00 AM for present and new Altar Servers (Cross bearers and Candle Bearers). We will walk through some procedures with everyone, re-confirm Saturday or Sunday availability, and take a picture for the Directory.
Thursday, October 22, is our parish feast day. Please join us for 8:30 AM Mass. I will share further details with you in my announcements at Mass.
Our Remembrance of the Dead Liturgy will take place this year on Tuesday, November 3 at 6:30 PM. Please save the date.
Blessings on your week!
Sister Chris Gretka, CSJ