This weekend we celebrate the Sixth Sunday in Ordinary Time. The Gospel passage from Luke this Sunday is very familiar to us. It is the account of the Beatitudes. The difference between his account and Matthew’s is that one takes place on a mountain and the other on a plain. Luke’s takes place on the plain: it is a “let’s get down to earth here” – the crux of the matter message. Since the Gospel passage is so familiar to us, we may miss the depth of its meaning. Luke not only begins with, “Blessed are you;” he follows it with, “Woe to you.” I imagine a certain portion of the group connecting with Jesus and being comforted by his words, “Blessed are you.” I imagine another part of the same group hearing what Jesus is saying and becoming furious at the words, “Woe to you.” This week let us carefully read Luke’s rendition of the beatitudes, reflect upon them, think about what comforts us, and what unsettles us about them. How do we identify with being poor, hungry, weeping, hated, excluded, and insulted? How have we and society contributed to others’ being poor, hungry, weeping, hated, excluded, and insulted? What must we do so as not to fall into the category of the “woes?” Where do we need to experience conversion? What must we do to change our attitudes and behavior?
Have you signed up for the parish Mardi Gras party yet? The planning committee needs a head count by Monday, February 18, in order to prepare enough of the main dish for everyone. All are asked to bring a dish to pass: please see the flyer in today’s bulletin for more details. If you have not yet signed up for the party and plan on coming, please call the parish office (755-0828) by the end of the day this Monday (February 18).
We are in need of some more liturgical ministers in various areas, especially Hospitality (Greeters and Ushers), Candle-Bearers, Cantors and Choir members. Ministers of Hospitality serve two weeks in a row every other month. Candle-bearers need not be Altar Servers but simply be able and willing to carry a candle in procession once a month. Cantors need not be members of the choir, but some rehearsal time with Patrick is required. Choir members alternate singing at the 4:00 PM and 9:30 AM Mass every other weekend. Rehearsals are normally on Mondays twice a month. If you are able and willing to offer your gifts in any of these ministries, please contact Sister Chris, Patrick, Deb or Ed Popielarz, or call Alex at the Parish Office (755-0828). Your help and your ministry is greatly appreciated.
Blessings on your week!
Sister Chris Gretka, CSJ