Reflections on Sunday’s Readings: August 27, 2017

Who do you say I am?This is the 21st Sunday in Ordinary Time. Today’s gospel question, “Who do you say I am?” and Jesus’ statement telling Peter who he really is - are vitally important for us, also. Who we say God is shapes our lives and values. But coming to know who we really are in God's eyes also shapes us... God sees more in us, as Jesus did in Peter, more than our weaknesses, mistakes, and sins. God wants us to know that we are beloved children of God. But there are many who have had neither the chance to know who God is, nor to know who they really are - who don't know that they have dignity, that they matter.

You and I, the Body of Christ who have had the privilege of coming to know who Jesus is and who we really are, have a mission to let every woman, man, and child - especially the most forgotten and vulnerable in our community and world - know the answer to these most important life questions.

Hildegard HouseOne ministry that does this, and that our parish supports, is the Hildegard House, where homeless individuals who have terminal illness can come to find support and companionship during their final days. Joanne Weis, parishioner and board member of the Hildegard House (and artist who created this weekend’s graphic) will tell us more about their ministry and opportunities for our support. Hildegard House: A home and compassionate care for individuals at the end of life who have neither home nor loved ones to care for them.

Christian love of neighbor and justice cannot be separated. For love implies an absolute demand for justice, namely a recognition of the dignity and rights of one's neighbor.” (World Synod of Bishops, Justice in the World, 34)

The Sunday Readings:

  • Isaiah 22:19–23. God gives the power of the keys to one who has a parent’s love for the community.
  • Romans 11:33–36. This short act of praise is a reminder that God alone knows what the plan is for the cosmos and for each of us. How deep are God's riches and wisdom!
  • Matthew 16:13–20. “Who do you say I am?” … and who does God tell us we really are? Simon recognizes the identity of Jesus (the Christ) and becomes the foundation for the building of the church. Jesus builds the church out of a community of believers who remain faithful to his mission.

Of Note:

  • The next opportunity for Individual Reconciliation is August 26, 2017 (2nd and 4th Saturdays) 4:00 PM in the Chapel.
  • Soulife will begin August 30, 2017. This time of contemplative prayer offers an opportunity to rest into silence, to listen for the movements of God in our life, and to support others desiring this deeper awareness of God.
    • We will meet on seven Wednesday evenings between August 30, 2017 and December 3, 2017 and for a retreat weekend September 22-24, 2017.
    • We will use part of Robert Sardello’s book Silence,The Mystery of Wholeness
    • Contact Linda Thieneman 245- 9733, to register.
  • Eucharistic Adoration is on the first Fridays, next on Friday, September 1, 11:30 AM - 12:45 PM
  • Preschool - Grade. 6 Formation classes will begin Sunday, SEPTEMBER 17, 2017 Please register your children; forms are in the parish office. Assistant teachers are still needed for 5th grade and preschool; is God calling YOU? For more information contact Polly Duncan Collum (our new DRE).
  • The Water Management Project is underway! Your patience is appreciated! We ask that you please use caution as you park your car as there is heavy equipment on site and moving. Additionally, during the workday when some of the machinery might be blocking the main entranceway drive, our gate will be closed, so please approach the normal entrance carefully and slowly. Exercise caution as you enter the parking lot through what is normally an EXIT point. If you have any questions, please contact Mary Downs, Business Manager, in the parish office, 245-9733 ext. 12.
  • Sharing Grant Applications will be available again this weekend in the Connector. If anyone knows of a non-profit organization that may qualify, please forward them an application for one of our Sharing Grants. Guidelines and instructions are attached to the application.