Reflections on Sunday’s Readings: September 3, 2017

Follow ChristThis is the 22nd Sunday in Ordinary Time. Today’s scriptures remind us that inner transformation and the renewal of our minds must guide our discipleship -- not power, popularity or other human standards of success. With our God, life comes through death. It is not always easy to be faithful to God. Fidelity may require embarrassment, suffering, and even death—but death does not have the final word. May our community’s prayer strengthen us to take up our crosses and walk our path toward resurrection, as Jesus did.

The Sunday Readings:

  • Jeremiah 20:7–9. Addressing God, the prophet claims that he was tricked. He was glad to be chosen as a prophet, but then he found himself having to proclaim “violence and outrage,” not just once in a while but all the time. He tries to keep his mouth shut, but the word will not be silenced.
  • Romans 12:1–2. Faith affects everything we are and do. We have to allow ourselves to be totally “transformed by the renewal” of our mind.
  • Matthew 16:21–27. Whoever wishes to come after me must deny personal preferences, take up the cross, and follow me. This is the way to life. We give all to gain all.

Of Note:

  • Have a wonderful Labor Day weekend!
  • Padre Jose -- pastor of our sister parish San Lorenzo Martir in Amatan, Chiapas, Mexico -- will be visiting Epiphany next weekend. Meet him at Mass September 9-10, 2017 and join us for one or more of the other festivities!
  • Need prayers? Write your special intentions in the book or on a small note (then placed in the basket) located on the stand near the baptismal font, by the main doors into the worship space.
  • Taizé Prayer, a monthly time of beginning the day in simple chant and contemplation, is on September 8, 2017, 6:50 - 7:30 AM (the second Monday), in the Worship Space.
  • Pre-K through 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 Director of Religious Education and Life-long Formation).
  • The Water Management Project is underway! Your patience is appreciated! We ask that you please use caution, especially during the work/weekdays. If you have any questions, please contact Mary Downs, Business Manager, in the parish office, 245-9733 ext. 12. See this Construction Notice for August 28-29, 2017.
  • Sharing Grant Applications are available in the Connector. Please forward an application to organizations you think are appropriate and worthy. Guidelines and instructions are attached to the application.