The Weekend of March 30-31
by Adam Mumm
This Weekend at SJTW
Father Tom joins us for the Fourth Sunday of Lent.
In the Readings
First Reading Joshua 5:9a, 10-12
During Lent, the First Readings tell the story of Salvation History in the Old Testament of the Bible. In this weekend’s First Reading, God says to Joshua, “Today I have removed the reproach of Egypt from you.” The Israelites celebrate Passover. The morning after, they eat the produce from the land. That same day, the manna ceased because the Israelites could now eat the yield of the land of Canaan.
Second Reading 2 Corinthians 5:17-21
In the Second Reading, Paul tells us that whoever lives in Christ is a new creation. This is because God has reconciled us to Himself through Jesus and has given us the ministry of reconciliation. Paul writes, “God was reconciling the world to Himself in Christ, not counting their trespasses against them and entrusting to us the message of reconciliation.” Then Paul tells us that we are ambassadors for Christ. To share the message of reconciliation with others, we must first be reconciled to God who sent His Son to save us from sin.
Gospel Luke 15:1-3, 11-32
In the Gospel, the Pharisees complain that Jesus is welcoming sinners and allowing them to eat with Him. Jesus then tells them the parable of the Prodigal Son. A man has two sons. The younger son asks for his inheritance and sets off to a distant country. He squanders his inheritance on living a life of self-indulgence. After he has spent everything, a famine strikes the country, and the son finds himself poor and hungry. He comes to his senses and returns to his father saying, “Father, I have sinned against heaven and against you. I no longer deserve to be called your son; treat me as you would treat one of your hired workers.” But his father is filled with compassion and embraces his son. He tells his servants to prepare a feast to celebrate his son’s return. When the older son learns about this, he is angry because he has always obeyed his father and served him, yet his father throws a celebration for the son who disobeyed him. The father says to him, “My son, you are here with me always; everything I have is yours. But now we must celebrate and rejoice, because your brother was dead and has come to life again; he was lost and has been found.”
During the 11:00 Mass, we will welcome a new member to God’s family through baptism!
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.
As you may remember, early last summer and late last fall, we asked the Parish for some 3-minute feedback as a way to offer you a quick, practical way to share your thoughts with parish leaders.
The feedback weekends asked for your thoughts on our worship services and how we can more effectively re-engage those who are unchurched or who may have become disconnected.
We want you to know that your feedback was all reviewed, analyzed and prayed over. And, based on the responses, we believe it’s a good time to delve deeper into these topics.
To aid us in that, we will hold two parish listening sessions this weekend, March 30 and 31 – after the 5:00 Mass and one between the 8:30 and 11:00 Masses, both in church.
These informal conversations will help all of us continue our work of evangelizing Christ. Please join us at one of the sessions to share your thoughts!
Knights of Columbus Baby Shower
The crib for the Knights of Columbus’s annual “Baby Shower” in in the back of church until April 14. There is a list of needs posted. All proceeds will go to Birthright.
Picture Lent. You’re probably thinking about what you’re going to give up this year and what fish fries you’ll try to go to. While these are good things to do, we sometimes lose sight of what Lent is really calling us to. This season calls us to something much more wonderful and terrifying. It can be hard to think about, but Lent calls us to be transformed. This is a time to let the Holy Spirit into our lives and to allow our lives to be positively changed by that presence. Join us as we each ask, “How am I going to allow the Holy Spirit to transform me this Lent?”
This week’s focus is “Reconcile/Rejoice”
- Rejoice in receiving the sight of faith.
- Rejoice in having the grace to change.
- Rejoice in reconciliation with God.
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