The Weekend of March 2-3
by Adam Mumm
This Weekend at SJTW
Father Paul joins us as we celebrate the Eighth Sunday in Ordinary Time.
In the Readings
First Reading Sirach 27:4-7
In the First Reading, Sirach uses literary tools to explain the power of our speech. Our faults can appear when we speak. The fruit a tree produces shows the care the tree has received. Likewise, our speech reflects our thoughts and state of our mind.
Second Reading 1 Corinthians 15:54-58
In the Second Reading, Paul tells us that when Jesus became human and died and rose again for our sins, He conquered death. When we follow Jesus and love as He loves, death loses its victory over us as well. Paul tells us to “be firm, steadfast, always fully devoted to the work of the Lord, knowing that in the Lord [our] labor is not in vain.”
Gospel Luke 6:39-45
In the Gospel, Jesus tells us that the blind cannot lead the blind. We can’t help remove a splinter out of our neighbor’s eye if there’s a wooden beam sticking out of our own eye. Jesus before we can help others, we must “remove the wooden beam,” or turn away from our own sinful ways, first. Jesus goes on to say that a good tree will not produce rotten fruit while a rotten tree will not produce good fruit. If we have goodness in our hearts, we will do good deeds and say good things. But if there’s evil in our hearts, what we say and do will be evil. Our words and actions demonstrate what’s in our hearts.
Father Paul’s Homily
Copies of Father Paul’s homily are available in the main entrance to the church. You can also find it here.
Lent/Easter Time & Talent
The Time & Talent forms for the Lent and Easter celebrations will be in your pews this weekend. Please consider using your gifts to help out with these most special and important celebrations of the year!
The Men’s Christian Experience Weekend is in full swing! Please keep all participants and team members in your prayers!
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