The Pastor’s Corner
September 12, 2021 – 24th Sunday of the Year
“We Need One Another”
This week’s reading reminds us that sacrifice and suffering are an essential part of life. Jesus makes it clear that He “must suffer greatly”, “be rejected”, and “killed” before he would “rise”. Jesus rebukes Peter for thinking that He is a messiah who doesn’t need to suffer. “Get behind me, Satan. You are thinking not as God does, but as human beings do.” The first reading speaks of standing tall through persecution – “I gave my back to those who beat me.” St. Paul speaks to us of giving credible witness through doing charitable “works”. Psalm 116 encourages us to call “upon the name of the Lord” for theLord to “save” us while in the midst of “sorrow” and “distress”.
This message of persevering in the midst of suffering flies in the face of the 3 C’s that are worshiped by our modern culture – convenience, comfort, and control. In our throw-away society, we want everything to be convenient regardless of the consequences to the environment. We want the temperature to be 70 or less in the summer while close to 80 in the winter. We are obsessed with our personal “rights” while neglecting our responsibility to nurture the common good. We have forgotten the context of our Bill of Rights. A relative sense of convenience, comfort, and control is only achievable in a context of generosity, sacrifice, and trust.
No man is an island,
No man stands alone,
Each man’s joy is joy to me,
Each man’s grief is my own.
We need one another,
Today’s readings invite us to live for something and perhaps someone(s) greater than just ourselves. What sacrifices are we ready to make for the good of a neighbor? Are we ready to welcome the Afghan refugees to our community? Are we ready to open our doors to other needy people different from ourselves? Are we ready to welcome God into our life even when God asks us to “take up” our crosses and follow Him. “Whoever wishes to come after me must deny himself, take up his cross, and follow me. For whoever wishes to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for my sake and that of the gospel will save it.”Fr. Steve
KofC Chicken Fry – Saturday, Sep. 11, 5-7:30 pm under the pavilions. No cost to you. A free-will donation basket is available to support the Gibault Children’s Home. For more info https://strosechurch.saintrose.net/wp-content/uploads/2021/08/Copy-of-CHICKEN-Made-with-PosterMyWall-1.jpg
Welcome Msgr. Easton to our 4:30 pm Mass while I am at my 51st Class Reunion. I’ll be here for the Sunday masses.
Gethsemane Prayer Chapel
If you are struggling in any way, take some time to seek guidance from God. Visit our Gethsemane Prayer Chapel. At Gethsemane Jesus found the strength to fulfill His mission. The same can be true for us.
For a further reflection go to https://strosechurch.saintrose.net/wp-content/uploads/2020/08/Eucharistic-Prayer-Chapel-Poster.pdf
“Stewardship is a spiritual way of life that defines who we are in relationship to God
Stewardship – September 5 – 23rd Sunday of the Year
In the reading from the letter of St. James we are urged to be “doers” of the Gospel, not just listeners. Being a “steward” of God’s Word is a matter of listening to the Good News, embracing the Good News and putting the Good News into action in our day-to-day lives. And whenever we are uncertain as to what decisions to make or actions to take as good stewards of the Gospel, St. James reminds us: We can never go wrong if we resist popular values that are not compatible with the Gospel, and we come to the aid of those who are burdened, distressed and poor.
Our inherited Catholic Legacy is what our Catholic forebears have done for us.
Our stewardship is the means by which we will hand on our Catholic Legacy to those who will follow after us.”