Reflections on Sunday’s Readings: October 1, 2017

All for LoveThis is the 26th Sunday in Ordinary Time. Today’s scriptures show that God’s mercy is way beyond our measure of fairness and vision of salvation. God goes to every length to reach us - even becoming human in Jesus Christ, who gave all - “emptied himself” - in love. Sinners indeed are the ones making it into the reign of God--and God constantly forgives and gives us chances to have fullness of life. Ultimately, though, it’s not what we say, but what we do, that counts. How have I experienced God’s forgiveness and gifts of “second chances”? Am I able to respond and share God’s great love and compassion?

Let us be renewed by God's mercy, let us be loved by Jesus, let us enable the power of his love to transform our lives too; and let us become agents of this mercy, channels through which God can water the earth, protect all creation and make justice and peace flourish.” — Pope Francis, Easter Urbi et Orbi message on March 31, 2013

The Sunday Readings:

  • Ez 18: 25-28. When someone repents they will live; God’s mercy is beyond our narrow vision of salvation, beyond our measure of fairness.
  • Phil 2: 1-11. Jesus emptied himself for us. He is our model of one who embodied God’s justice and mercy in his living and dying.
  • Mt 21: 28-32. Sinners are the ones making it into the reign of God—God constantly forgives and gives us chances to have fullness of life. No matter what we say, the real issue is what we do. Are we willing to “walk the talk”? How do we put our words, our beliefs, into action?

Of Note:

  • Fr. Jim Hackett presides at 5:30 PM and 11:30 AM Masses this weekend; Fr. Joe Graffis at 9:00 AM.
  • Ever wonder why we rearrange our Worship Space? We are a “pilgrim people,” on a journey of faith. We need to pay attention to the ways the Spirit is moving and calling us. The rearrangements in our worship space remind us that right in the midst of our often unexpectedly changing lives, God is with us, continually calling us to love and serve.
  • 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!