Reflections on Sunday’s Readings: September 17, 2017

70 x 7 timesThis is the 24th Sunday in Ordinary Time. The scriptures today remind us of God’s extravagant acts of mercy, and our charge to forgive others in the same way. Life in the church demands that we forgive one another not only because it is the compassionate thing to do, but because this is how God acts and expects us to act. Forgiveness is the only thing that can break the cycle of hate, fear and disunity. On this Catechetical Sunday as we renew our commitment to living as missionary disciples, may we be ready and willing to share the forgiveness and love we have so gratuitously received.

Forgiveness is above all a personal choice, a decision of the heart to go against the natural instinct to pay back evil with evil.” (Pope St. John Paul II)

The Sunday Readings:

  • Sirach 27:30–28:7. Actions have consequences. How can we be forgiven, if we refuse to forgive?
  • Romans 14:7–9. No believer lives or dies alone; we are all embraced in God’s love, and we live and we die for the Lord.
  • Matthew 18:21–35. The quintessential parable that expands on the “golden rule”: Do to others what you would want them to do to you.

Of Note:

  • Pre-K through Grade 6 Formation classes will begin this Sunday, SEPTEMBER 17. 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).
  • Looking for something? The Lost and Found is located in a bin under the sink in the Quiet Room.
  • Weekday Prayer Opportunities:
    • Rosary Prayer, Mondays, 5:00 PM
    • Daily mass, Tuesday through Friday, 8:30 AM
    • Centering Prayer, Tuesdays and Fridays, 9:15 AM
    • Eucharistic Adoration: First Fridays, 11:30 AM
    • Taizé Contemplative Prayer, 2nd Fridays, 6:50 AM
    • Labyrinth Prayer on the grounds (outdoors) if the weather suits you.