This weekend the Church celebrates the Fourth Sunday in Ordinary Time. The Gospel for this Sunday is very familiar to us. Jesus sees the crowds gathering, goes up to a mountain with the disciples and teaches the Beatitudes. When we hear them today, we are not as astonished as the Jewish people were when Jesus spoke to them. Their mindset was that those whom God looked upon favorably were the wealthy, healthy, and the powerful. Jesus turns their world upside down by telling them that God is not like that at all. God loves all people, and in a special way, the poor, those who mourn, the meek, those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, the merciful, the clean of heart, the peacemakers and the persecuted. Theirs is the kingdom of heaven. Even if they appear to be the weakest of all “in the eyes of people,” in the eyes of God, they are beloved. In our day and age, in our culture, what we hear in the news, and what we experience around us, might give us cause to re-evaluate what we are about as Christians and disciples of Christ. That should directly affect how we treat those who seem to be “the weakest” and less fortunate among us. In our reflections on the Scriptures this coming week, let us look at ourselves and see how we reach out to them, and how we ourselves are “one of them.” In either case, we can rejoice, for the kingdom of heaven is ours.
This week is Catholic Schools’ Week. You are invited to attend Mass Thursday at 10:00 AM at Saint Thomas Aquinas Church with the Nouvel Elementary and High School students, teachers, parents, and area pastors and priests.
Please note that the make-up meeting for Pastoral Council that was cancelled because of the snow day is this Tuesday, January 31. The meeting will begin in Church at 6:00 PM and we will break for Evening Prayer at 6:30 PM. Please let the Parish Office know if you are unable to be present for the meeting. All are welcome to join us for Evening Prayer.
The session on “Getting the best out of MyParishApp” has been rescheduled for Tuesday, February 7, at 1:00 PM and Thursday, February 9 at 6:30 PM at the Parish Office Center.
Blessings on your week!
Sister Chris Gretka, CSJ