The Weekend of August 31-September 1
This Weekend at SJTW
Father Paul joins us as we celebrate the 22nd Sunday in Ordinary Time.
In the Readings
First Reading Sirach 3:17-18, 20, 28-29
In the First Reading, we are told to live our lives with humility, and we will be loved. The more humble we are, the greater we are, and we will find favor with God. We are told to be attentive and to give alms to atone for our sings.
Second Reading Hebrews 12:18-19, 22-24a
In the Second Reading, the author tells us that we have not approached “that which could not be touched and a blazing fire and gloomy darkness.” No, we have approached Mt. Zion and the city of our living God. In the new Jerusalem, countless angels gather, God sits as judge of all, the spirits of the just have been made perfect and Jesus, the mediator of the new covenant, speaks.
Gospel Luke 14:1, 7-14
In the Gospel, Jesus is having a meal with one of the leading Pharisees. When He sees them choosing to sit at the places of honor, Jesus tells those present that when they are invited to a banquet, they should not sit at a place of honor because a more distinguished guest may come, and the host will ask you to give your seat to that person. Then you would be embarrassed as you move to a lower place. Instead, Jesus says we should take the lowest place at the table. That way, the host may come and say, “My friend, move up to a higher position,” then we will be held in esteem. Jesus goes on to say, “For everyone who exalts himself will be humbled, but the one who humbles himself will be exalted.” Then Jesus tells the Pharisee, “When you host a lunch or a dinner, do not invited your friends . . . or your relatives or your wealthy neighbors, in case they may invite you back and you have repayment. Rather, when you hold a banquet, invite the poor, the crippled, the lame, the blind; blessed indeed will you be because of their inability to repay you. For you will be repaid at the resurrection of the righteous.”
Fr. Paul’s Homily
Paper copies of Fr. Paul’s homily are available in the church entrances. You can also find it here.
Aware / Awake
This weekend, we continue our 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!