The Weekend of August 10-11
This Weekend at SJTW
Father Tom joins us as we celebrate the 19th Sunday in Ordinary Time and begin our new series, “Aware / Awake!”
In the Readings
First Reading Wisdom 18:6-9
In the First Reading, we are told that the night of Passover was known beforehand to our fathers so that, with sure knowledge of the oaths in which they put their faith, they might have courage. God’s people await the salvation of all that is good. “For in secret the holy children of the good were offering sacrifice and putting into effect with one accord the divine institution.”
Second Reading Hebrews 11:1-2, 8-19
In the Second Reading, Paul tells us, “Faith is the realization of what is hoped for and evidence of things not seen.” It was by faith that Abraham journeyed to a far off place to receive an inheritance from God and to dwell in the City of God. It was by faith that he and his wife were able to have children despite their old age and have descendants as numerous as the stars in the sky. They died in faith knowing that they are strangers to this earth, desiring a new and better homeland in heaven. “Therefore, God is not ashamed to be called their God, for He has prepared a city for them.” It was by faith that Abraham was willing to offer up his own son, Isaac, because he believed in God and had faith He can raise people even from the dead. Abraham received Isaac back as a symbol.
Gospel Luke 12:32-48
In the Gospel, Jesus tells His disciples: “Do not be afraid any longer, little flock, for your Father is pleased to give you the kingdom. Sell your belongings and give alms. Provide money bags for yourselves that do not wear out, an inexhaustible treasure in heaven that no thief can reach nor moth destroy. For where your treasure is, there also will your heart be.” He tells us to light our lamps and be like servants awaiting our master’s return, ready to open immediately when he comes and knocks. Jesus says, “Blessed are those servants whom the master finds vigilant on his arrival. Amen, I say to you, he will gird himself, have them reline at table, and proceed to wait on them.” He also says, “Be sure of this: if the master of the house had known the hour when the thief was coming, he would not have let his house be broken into. You also must be prepared, for at an hour you do not expect, the Son of Man will come.” Jesus goes on to say, “[The] servant who knew his master’s will but did not make preparations nor act in accord with his will shall be beaten severely; and the servant who was ignorant of his master’s will but acted in a way deserving of a severe beating shall be beaten only lightly. Much will be required of the person entrusted with much, and still more will be demanded of the person entrusted with more.”
During the 5:00 Mass and during the 11:00 Mass, we will welcome new members into God’s family through baptism!
Children’s Liturgy of the Word
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 before the First Reading.
Aware / Awake
This weekend, we begin our new series, “Aware / Awake!”
Have you ever had a “light bulb moment” when suddenly everything makes sense and you know what you need to do? In our lives, we are aware of all kinds of problems and issues. But what happens when the light bulb comes on and we become awake to what we can do to help? Join us as we learn to grow from being aware of the Kingdom of God to being awake to opportunities to bring it about!