The Weekend of August 25-26
by Adam Mumm
This Weekend at SJTW
This weekend, Father Paul joins us as we celebrate the 21st Sunday in Ordinary Time.
In the Readings
First Reading Joshua 24:1-2a, 15-17, 18b
In the First Reading, Joshua tells the people to decide if they will serve the Lord or will follow the false gods. The people answer that the Lord rescued them from Egypt and was with them their entire journey. They know that the Lord is God, and they choose to serve Him always.
Second Reading Ephesians 5:2a, 25-32
In the Second Reading, Paul writes about Jesus’ love for His Church. Jesus loves the Church and even handed Himself over to sanctify it. Paul writes we need to serve God by loving one another the way Jesus loves the Church. We need to be willing to make sacrifices to help each other be more Christ-like. Paul uses marriage to illustrate this point. Husbands and wives serve God when they love each other in way that makes them more like Christ.
Gospel John 6:60-69
In the Gospel, many of Jesus’ disciples lose faith because they think what Jesus is teaching is too hard for them. Jesus tells them that they are thinking too much about the flesh and this life on earth. The words Jesus teaches are of the Spirit and eternal life with God. Many disciples gave up and left. Jesus asks His twelve Apostles if they too will leave. Peter responds that Jesus is God and has the words of eternal life, so there is nowhere else they would go no one else they would follow. They will serve the Lord.
There will be Children’s Liturgy of the Word at the 8:30 and 11:00 Masses. All kids between the ages of 5-10 and their guardians are invited to Martin Hall following the Gloria.
There will be a baptism during the 8:30 Mass. Join us in welcoming a new member to God’s family!
If you haven’t picked up your Octoberfest tickets yet, they are still waiting for you in the main vestibule in the back of church. By taking your tickets home with you, you help the parish save on the postage so that money can be used to cover other expenses for Octoberfest.
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