This weekend we celebrate the Twenty-Sixth Sunday in Ordinary Time. In today’s Gospel passage, John is upset when he sees someone who does not “follow Jesus” performing a good work, casting out demons in his name. So, John complains about it to Jesus and tells him that the disciples tried to stop the person, but he would not listen. Even in the day of Jesus, there were those who were considered “insiders” and “outsiders.” It is interesting how we human beings think and act toward those who, in our eyes, don’t belong to our circle. We criticize them and presume they are up to no good. Jesus validates those who are doing good works in his name. He tells the disciples: “There is no one who performs a mighty deed in my name who can at the same time speak ill of me. For whoever is not against us is for us.” We are aware that today there are enough factions in society that we don’t need to experience them in our churches. We know that people participate at different levels according to their state in life, their family situation, their jobs, their personal health, their energy level, and where they are in their own faith journey. All of us strive to do the Lord’s work, some more closely connected to the parish than others. The important thing is that we work together in the name of Christ to continue his mission in our day and age, in whatever manner he calls us, and wherever he calls us. When we live and act in the name of Christ, we are promoters of life, love, compassion, forgiveness, unity, equality, peace, and justice. As we further reflect upon the Gospel this week, let us personally ask ourselves: When have I experienced the Spirit of God from an unexpected source?
Each year, the month of October is dedicated to the holy rosary. As has been the custom in our parish, those who have a special devotion to the rosary are invited to pray it on the weekends 45 minutes before Mass begins. During the month of October, members of the Rosary Altar Society will lead the rosary at 3:15 PM on Saturdays, and 8:45 AM on Sundays.
Please take note of the Stewardship Report in today’s bulletin. The deficit in Sunday income over the summer months has created some financial stress on the parish budget; we are struggling a bit to keep up with bills. If you are behind in your contributions due to summer vacation, please try to make up the difference as soon as possible to help alleviate our financial stress. Also, I encourage you to support our fundraisers (presently, raffle tickets) to help supplement our Sunday income.
Blessings on your week!
Sister Chris Gretka, CSJ