The Weekend of September 7-8
by Adam Mumm
This Weekend at SJTW
Father Tom joins us for the 23rd Sunday in Ordinary Time.
In the Readings
First Reading Wisdom 9:13-18b
Who can know God’s counsel, or who can conceive what the LORD intends? For the deliberations of mortals are timid, and unsure are our plans. For the corruptible body burdens the soul and the earthen shelter weighs down the mind that has many concerns. And scarce do we guess the things on earth, and what is within our grasp we find with difficulty; but when things are in heaven, who can search them out? Or who ever knew your counsel, except you had given wisdom and sent your holy spirit from on high? And thus were the paths of those on earth made straight.
Second Reading Philemon 9-10, 12-17
I, Paul, an old man, and now also a prisoner for Christ Jesus, urge you on behalf of my child Onesimus, whose father I have become in my imprisonment; I am sending him, that is, my own heart, back to you. I should have liked to retain him for myself, so that he might serve me on your behalf in my imprisonment for the gospel, but I did not want to do anything without your consent, so that the good you do might not be forced but voluntary. Perhaps this is why he was away from you for a while, that you might have him back forever, no longer as a slave but more than a slave, a brother, beloved especially to me, but even more so to you, as a man and in the Lord. So if you regard me as a partner, welcome him as you would me.
Gospel Luke 14:25-33
Great crowds were traveling with Jesus, and he turned and addressed them, “If anyone comes to me without hating his father and mother, wife and children, brothers and sisters, and even his own life, he cannot be my disciple. Whoever does not carry his own cross and come after me
cannot be my disciple. Which of you wishing to construct a tower does not first sit down and calculate the cost to see if there is enough for its completion? Otherwise, after laying the foundation and finding himself unable to finish the work the onlookers should laugh at him and say, ‘This one began to build but did not have the resources to finish.’ Or what king marching into battle would not first sit down and decide whether with ten thousand troops he can successfully oppose another king advancing upon him with twenty thousand troops? But if not, while he is still far away, he will send a delegation to ask for peace terms. In the same way, anyone of you who does not renounce all his possessions cannot be my disciple.”
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.
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.
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!
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