We celebrate the Twenty-Eighth Sunday in Ordinary Time this weekend. This Saturday we welcome the Knights of Columbus who are present for Corporate Communion. One of our parishioners, James Callahan, who is a Knight of Columbus will share a few words with us before the announcements. Please note that there are several pamphlets in our book rack in the main entrance of Church regarding the Knights of Columbus if you would like some information about them. Please plan on attending this Sunday’s breakfast at Council #4232 which benefits Saint John Paul II Parish. I encourage you to support all the charitable works sponsored by the K of C. Special thanks to those of you who contributed to the “Tootsie Roll Drive” last weekend in support of people with intellectual disabilities, particularly in the SAID and SPRED programs of our diocese.
The Gospel passage this Sunday is the story of the man who runs up to Jesus asking what he must do to inherit eternal life. When he tells Jesus that he has observed all the commandments from his youth, Jesus tells him that he is lacking one thing. When Jesus says, “Go, sell what you have, and give to the poor and you will have treasure in heaven; then come follow me,” the man went away sad because he had many possessions. Do you ever wonder what happened after the man left Jesus? Do you think he did some soul searching? Do you think he made any changes to his life and maybe he was aware of the poor? Do you think he came back and followed Jesus in some manner? Or do you think he just couldn’t get himself to do what Jesus proposed? Sometimes we ask questions of one another or of God and we really don’t want to hear the answer we are given. We may think we are doing our best, but then we realize more is expected of us from our spouse, our families, our teachers, our supervisor, our boss, and our God. How do we respond in today’s society? Do material things, activities, sports, social events, work, laziness, doubts, or selfishness with our time, talent, and treasure prevent us from really responding to Christ’s call to fully live out our Baptismal call as a member of the Church who regularly gathers with the faith community for Eucharist, and reaches out to those in need? What must we to do inherit eternal life? We have been promised that gift through Baptism. What must we do to be authentic and faithful disciples of Christ Jesus? If we have kept the commandments from our youth, what more must we do? Are we willing to do it? How is Jesus speaking to us through the Gospel?
Blessings on your week!
Sister Chris Gretka, CSJ