The Weekend of September 21-22
This Weekend at SJTW
Fr. Paul joins us for the 25th Sunday in Ordinary Time.
In the Readings
First Reading Amos 8:4-7
Listen to this, you that trample on the needy and try to destroy the poor of the country. You say to yourselves, “We can hardly wait for the holy days to be over so that we can sell our grain. When will the Sabbath end, so that we can start selling again? Then we can overcharge, use false measures, and fix the scales to cheat our customers. We can sell worthless wheat at a high price. We’ll find someone poor who can’t pay his debts, not even the price of a pair of sandals, and we’ll buy him as a slave.”
The Lord, the God of Israel, has sworn, “I will never forget their evil deeds.
Second Reading 1 Timothy 2:1-8
First of all, then, I urge that petitions, prayers, requests, and thanksgivings be offered to God for all people; for kings and all others who are in authority, that we may live a quiet and peaceful life with all reverence toward God and with proper conduct. This is good and it pleases God our Savior, who wants everyone to be saved and to come to know the truth. For there is one God, and there is one who brings God and human beings together, the man Christ Jesus, who gave himself to redeem the whole human race. That was the proof at the right time that God wants everyone to be saved, and that is why I was sent as an apostle and teacher of the Gentiles, to proclaim the message of faith and truth. I am not lying; I am telling the truth!
In every church service I want the men to pray, men who are dedicated to God and can lift up their hands in prayer without anger or argument.
Gospel Luke 16:1-13
Jesus said to his disciples, “There was once a rich man who had a servant who managed his property. The rich man was told that the manager was wasting his master’s money, so he called him in and said, ‘What is this I hear about you? Turn in a complete account of your handling of my property, because you cannot be my manager any longer.’ The servant said to himself, ‘My master is going to dismiss me from my job. What shall I do? I am not strong enough to dig ditches, and I am ashamed to beg. Now I know what I will do! Then when my job is gone, I shall have friends who will welcome me in their homes.’ So he called in all the people who were in debt to his master. He asked the first one, ‘How much do you owe my master?’ ‘One hundred barrels of olive oil,’ he answered. ‘Here is your account,’ the manager told him; ‘sit down and write fifty.’ Then he asked another one, ‘And you—how much do you owe?’ ‘A thousand bushels of wheat,’ he answered. ‘Here is your account,’ the manager told him; ‘write eight hundred.’ As a result the master of this dishonest manager praised him for doing such a shrewd thing; because the people of this world are much more shrewd in handling their affairs than the people who belong to the light.”
And Jesus went on to say, “And so I tell you: make friends for yourselves with worldly wealth, so that when it gives out, you will be welcomed in the eternal home. Whoever is faithful in small matters will be faithful in large ones; whoever is dishonest in small matters will be dishonest in large ones. If, then, you have not been faithful in handling worldly wealth, how can you be trusted with true wealth? And if you have not been faithful with what belongs to someone else, who will give you what belongs to you?
“No servant can be the slave of two masters; such a slave will hate one and love the other or will be loyal to one and despise the other. You cannot serve both God and money.”
Members of our Knights of Columbus will be at the doorways this weekend to accept donations for their Coats for Kids project. Thank you for your generosity!
Fr. Paul’s Homily
You will find copies of Fr. Paul’s homily in the church entrances. You can also find it online at theworker.org/homilies.
Activities for Young Children
In our main vestibule, parents of young children will find a rack with bags filled with activities for young children during Mass. Feel free to take a bag when you arrive and return it when you leave.
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.
Letter to a Suffering Church
Feeling hurt, angry, or demoralized about the sexual abuse crisis plaguing the Catholic Church? SJTW wants to help, and that’s why you will find Letter to a Suffering Church: A Bishop Speaks on the Sexual Abuse Crisis at the Information Station and the church entrances. Bishop Robert Barron, an auxiliary bishop in Los Angeles, is the book’s author. You are invited to pick up a free copy after Mass today or you can stop by the parish office. We will offer group discussions regarding this book after Masses the weekend of September 27/28 and on Tuesday, October 1 at 7:00pm; all discussions will be held in Martin Hall.