A greeting, to everyone, this Sunday is Mission Sunday we have a priest from Nigeria who will be presiding in all the masses this weekend. This coming week there is no morning mass I will be taking a week retreat and hopefully, everyone will be ready for school next week.
A pious old man was asked why he remained a man of hope, even in the most difficult days. He replied, “Because I believe that God is new every morning; I believe that God is creating the world today, at this very moment. He did not just create it in the long ago and then forget about it. That means we have to expect the unexpected, as the normal way God’s Providence is at work.” Jesus Himself is the Creator’s Envoy, carrying out the work of creation that was begun long ago but not yet completed. As His faithful disciples, so too are we charged with the work of Christian ministry. We come together as a Church, as brothers and sisters — as a family. We worship together as members of the one Body of Christ. We experience together the Living Presence of the Source and Sustainer of all of life. These are great gifts we have received from God, and we rejoice over them. But, as a worshipping community of Christ we also are given responsibilities.
We are charged with the responsibility of going out from this place to speak the Name of Jesus and to proclaim His Words to others. We are charged with the responsibility of speaking words of unity in our broken, divided world. We are charged with the responsibility of ministering to others with loving, healing, saving words — just as Jesus did for others. And this is where the crunch comes. We find it easier to accept the gifts than to exercise the responsibilities. Why? Because carrying out our mandate from Christ means change — for all of us. The terrible temptation is with us always — as a people and in our personal lives — to settle for the lifestyle that seems to offer the most comfort and security.
Peace and blessings!
LITURGICAL MUSIC CORNER by our Music Director, Rebecca Brown
Aug. 23, 21st Sunday in Ordinary Time
“Your words, Lord, are Spirit and life; you have the words of everlasting life.”
Another translation of today’s Gospel reading says, “This is intolerable language; who can accept it?” Many of Jesus’ disciples left him as a result of his teaching on the Eucharist. Jesus says to the twelve, “Do you also want to leave?” and Peter replies, “Master to whom shall we go? You have the words of eternal life.”
This is Jesus’ question to us also. What will be our reply?
Our songs today reiterate our Gospel reading and our answer to Jesus. They also reflect the joy we have when we follow Him, who died and rose for us and gives Himself to us in the Eucharist.
Songs for the 9 am Mass:
Gathering Song: Sing a New Song # 565
Gloria in excelsis Deo, gloria, gloria!
Gloria in excelsis Deo, et in terra, terra pax.
Psalm 34: Taste and see the goodness of the Lord.
Intercessions: O God, hear us, hear our prayer.
Preparation of Gifts: Your Words Are Spirit and Life # 601
Communion: Speak Lord #603
Recessional: Alleluia, Love is Alive # 164
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