Saturday, the 10th week of Ordinary Time
Mass at noon: Tuesday, - Friday
Saturday at 5:00 - Sunday at 9:00, 11:15am
When the people gather for prayer, all are welcome.
Saint of the day - John Francis Regis
Readings for today’s Mass
The way i figure it, the wisdom and beauty of the gospel message is in its simplicity. After all, Jesus’ primary audience was not the elite of the society or the educated, so he had to keep it rather basic. Intellectual debate was left for the pharisees.
Over time since his words were first spoken, however, endless scholars, philosophers, theologians and the like have added to the word layers of commentary, dogma, exegesis, doctrine, hagiography, interpretation, divinely inspired truths, teachings, catechesis and etcetera!! I sometimes wonder if Jesus would recognize his own words. Scholarship and scripture study are good things to do, as long as we don’t lose the message in the process.
A reflection of a few days ago noted how Jesus summed up the Torah in three words: Love one another. Today's gospel offers another example of Jesus' way of teaching a simple truth. It's a teaching on being honest and truthful; about avoiding lies and deception. I say to you, do not swear an oath at all. . . Let your 'Yes' mean 'Yes,' and your 'No' mean 'No.' Period! This doesn't need a lot of explanation.
Maybe you use the Bible as part of your prayer life. As you let it speak to you, pay attention to these little pearls of wisdom, those simple truths that don't require too many words to say.