Reflections on Sunday’s Readings: October 8, 2017

grape harvestThis is the 27th Sunday in Ordinary Time. Today’s scriptures remind us of all God has created and nurtured in our world, and of the harvest God anticipates. Are we faithfully tending what God has planted in us, in our families and community? We can get discouraged by situations beyond our control – yet we are assured of God’s presence with us, and that God can bring forth “good fruit” in the most surprising ways. May our prayer today help us to recognize God’s work in and among us, and to feel God’s presence and peace in the midst of whatever life brings.

The Spirit gives us that wisdom which surpasses knowledge, and enables us to work generously with authentic freedom and humble creativity. To do a good job of nurturing and tending the vineyard, our hearts and minds must be kept in Jesus Christ by ‘the peace of God which passes all understanding.’ In this way our thoughts and plans will correspond to God’s dream: to form a holy people who are his own and produce the fruits of the kingdom of God.” (Pope Francis, Mass to inaugurate Synod of Bishops on the family, Oct. 5, 2014)

The Sunday Readings:

  • Is 5: 1-7. God intended to find a harvest from the vineyard. Are we faithfully tending what God has planted in us? In our families and community?
  • Phil 4: 6-9. Dismiss all anxiety; live in God's peace. Do we rely on God’s presence with us in all situations?
  • Mt 21: 33-43. How discouraging it is to do everything we can to ensure the successful outcome of a project or venture, only to have it ruined by forces beyond our control. Yet no matter what the situation, God is present and can bring forth “good fruit” in the most surprising ways. How have I experienced the presence and love of God in a difficult situation?

Of Note:

  • There will be a blessing of catechists at all Masses this weekend, and a welcoming reception for Polly Duncan-Collum after all liturgies.
  • Bob and Judy Clickner will be celebrating their 50th wedding anniversary with a blessing at 9:00 AM Mass.
  • Please remember to encourage your guests to stand when requested at the beginning of Mass. This will allow us to give them a warm welcome!
  • We are in need of Acolytes. We welcome all who are in the sixth grade or older, including a youth and parent serving together. Please contact Linda if you’re able to help!
  • Recordings for the Homebound: We are in need of someone to edit and email links to recordings of weekend Masses for our ill and homebound parishioners. New equipment enables you to do this task wherever you have wi-fi connection - and training will be provided. Please contact Linda if you can help!