Saturday, the 25th week of Ordinary Time
Mass at noon: Tuesday - Friday
Saturday at 5:00 - Sunday at 9:00 and 11:15am
When the people gather for prayer, all are welcome.
Saint of the day - Jerome
Readings for today’s Mass
Modern readers of scripture have the benefit of centuries of reading and rereading, of researching and revisions of the gospel. In addition, we have been hearing the story most of our lives. So we may say, "What is there not to understand?" But even with biblical scholarship what it is today, we still struggle with the message of Jesus, i will not fault the disciples for not understanding.
For example, today's gospel comes on the heels of some supernatural interventions, the transfiguration, and spelling out some conditions of discipleship, which includes this rather enigmatic line: Whoever wishes to save his life must lose it; and whoever loses his life for my sake will save it. i can see why the followers don't always get it!
Today he has something about his passion. It's a rather abrupt statement that seems to come out of nowhere: Pay attention to what I am telling you. The son of man is to be handed over to men. Researchers might ask if the "Pay attention to. . ." is referring to the next line, the son of man being handed over, or is it referring to the broad overall message he is preaching.- Pay attention to everything.
Not every detail of the gospels matter as much as the basic message that Jesus came to offer. Salvation is an option for those who chose to be disciples. The rules of discipleship are really quite simple: Love God and your neighbor. And the measuring stick for this seems to be Mt. 25, the only final judgement scene Jesus puts out there.
If you understand this, you've grasped the big picture. So i say it's good to stick with what you know. Leave the rest for biblical scholars and researchers to work thru.