The Weekend of August 24-25
This Weekend at SJTW
Father Tom joins us for the 21st Sunday in Ordinary Time.
In the Readings
First Reading Isaiah 66:18-21
In the First Reading, the Lord says He knows our works and thoughts. He will gather nations of every language, and they shall come to see His glory. He will set a sign among them and send people to the nations near and far who will proclaim His glory among them. They shall bring all our brothers and sisters from all nations as an offering to the Lord just as the Israelites bring their offering to the Lord in clean vessels. Some God will take as priests.
Second Reading Hebrews 12:5-7, 11-13
In the Second Reading, the author tells us that we have forgotten what we’ve been taught since we were children: “My son, do not disdain the discipline of the Lord or lose heart when reproved by Him; for whom the Lord loves, He disciplines; He scourges every son He acknowledges.” The author tells us to endure our trials as “discipline,” since it means God is treating us like His children. For what child has not been disciplined by a loving parent? The author goes on, “At the time, all discipline seems a cause not for joy but for pain, yet later it brings the peaceful fruit of righteousness to those who are trained by it. So strengthen your drooping hands and your weak knees. Make straight paths for your feet, that what is lame may not be disjointed but healed.”
Gospel Luke 13:22-30
In the Gospel, Jesus is going from town to town on His way to Jerusalem, teaching as He goes. Someone asks Him, “Lord, will only a few people be saved?” Jesus answers, “Strive to enter through the narrow gate, for many, I tell you, will attempt to enter but will not be strong enough. After the master of the house has arisen and locked the door, then will you stand outside knocking and saying, ‘Lord, open the door for us.’ He will say to you in reply, ‘I do not know where you are from.’ And you will say, ‘We ate and drank in your company and you taught in our streets.’ Then he will say to you, ‘I do not know where you are from. Depart from me, all you evildoers!’ And there will be wailing and grinding of teeth when you see Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob and all the prophets in the kingdom of God and you yourselves cast out. And people will come from the east and the west and from the north and the south and will recline at table in the kingdom of God. For behold, some are last who will be first, and some are first who will be last.”
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.
Ann Sirianni, our new Faith Formation Coordinator, will introduce herself to the parish before each Mass this weekend.
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!