The Pastor’s Corner

September 19, 2021 – 25th Sunday of the Year

“The Lord Upholds My Life”

                                                                                                         
Dear Folks,

Why is there suffering in life?  Why is there dissension among family members?  And why do people fight and make war on others?  These are some of the age-old questions that plague humanity.  Today’s readings offer some insight into these questions.  The reading from James suggests that a road rage attitude may be one of the causes of these difficulties.  James says that we “ask but do not receive, because” we “ask wrongly”.  We “spend it on” our “passions”.  He encourages us to abandon what has been called the seven deadly sins – pride, greed, wrath, envy, lust, gluttony, and sloth.  He suggests that we should embrace a virtuous attitude of peace, gentleness, compliancy, and mercy.  Indeed this latter attitude contrasts sharply with that of the “wicked” in the first reading who wish to put “the just one to the test” “with revilement and torture”.  In the Gospel, Jesus makes it clear to His disciples that only a generous and humble attitude will make them “great” in the kingdom of God.

What about us?  “Where do the conflicts among” us “come from”?  Do we, like the disciples, jockey among ourselves to be the “greatest”?  Do we lack the virtues that can resolve the suffering, dissension, and conflicts of life?  If so, where do we go to embrace these virtues?

Psalm 54 points us in a healthy direction.  “Behold, God is my helper, the Lord sustains my life”  If we “set” our “eyes” on the Lord and “praise” the “name” of the “Lord, for its goodness”,  God will shower us with an ample amount of virtue to overcome the brokenness of life.  If we embrace the humble virtuous attitude of Jesus, the Lord will uphold our lives.  We can nurture the better angels that lie hidden in each of us.

Fr. Steve

Goins On

Rebooting the PC – A group of parishioners will be meeting with myself next week to restart St. Rose’s Pastoral Council.  The purpose of the council is to shape the long-term vision of our ministry as a parish.  Post pandemic when all have returned to church, we will have elections to complement the appointed positions on the council.

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
And everyone and everything we ever encounter”.

Stewardship – September 19 – 25th Sunday of the Year

In today’s Gospel, we learn that the disciples of Jesus had been discussing among themselves who was the greatest. Jesus is about to turn their idea as well as our society’s idea of “greatness” upside down. He embraces a child and tries to help the Twelve understand that to be great is to be focused on something other than themselves. Jesus teaches that true “greatness” lies in being a good steward of those who are not great: welcoming one who is not viewed as great by our society’s standards, like the child, the innocent, the vulnerable, the suffering, those who are outside our comfortable circle of family, friends, companions and colleagues, those who need a welcome. Jesus redefines our notion of greatness. How do we define greatness? Is our notion of greatness consistent with the teachings of Jesus Christ?

 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.”