This weekend we celebrate the Twenty-first Sunday in Ordinary Time. The Gospel passage is the familiar story in which Jesus questions the disciples: “Who do people say that the Son of Man is?” Following their response, he asks them, “But who do you say that I am?” Peter’s reply is: “You are the Christ, the Son of the Living God.” In this same passage Jesus tells Simon Peter, “…you are Peter, and upon this rock I will build my church, and the gates of the netherworld will not prevail against it.” Through their preaching and their actions, the twelve proclaimed Jesus, as the Christ, the Son of the Living God. They did this at great cost. Some people were not ready to hear, nor willing to accept, this truth. Some 2000 years later, we continue to preach the teachings of Christ, the Son of the Living God. This teaching has its origins in the testimony of the twelve, the teaching of the Church throughout the ages, and in our own experience of Christ. It is not always easy for people in our society to accept Christ and his message. Even today, people suffer in many areas throughout the world for preaching the faith. Let us take some quiet time in prayer this week to answer the same question Jesus posed to the disciples. How would we describe Jesus to someone inquiring about our faith who has never been catechized? Would we give a quote from the “Catechism” or Scripture, or would we speak from our hearts and our experience as to who Jesus is?
This Sunday is our parish picnic. It begins at Noon and lasts until 3:00 PM at the Parish Center on Harrison Street. Lunch (hamburgers and hotdogs along with the dishes you bring) will be served from 12:30 on. The option of eating either inside (in air-conditioning) or outside in the sunlight will be provided. There will be a 50/50 Raffle as well as games for both adults and children. If you have been out of town this summer and unable to sign up for the picnic, please know that you are most welcome to attend. The picnic provides a great opportunity for food, fun and fellowship.
It was such a blessing having Father Noel O’Connor, SCA with us last weekend! Please see the note I received from him in today’s bulletin. If you have not yet had the opportunity to make a donation to the Missions, there is still time. Please place it in the mail, drop it off at the parish office, the Rectory mailbox, or in the collection by September 6. Special envelopes are still in the pews if you need one.
Since I am out of space, I will include my findings from the “Saint Josaphat parish archives” next week.
Blessings on your week!
Sister Chris Gretka, CSJ