Friday, the 20th week of Ordinary Time
Mass at noon: Tuesday, - Friday
Saturday at 5:00 - Sunday at 9:00, 11:15am and 8:30pm when school is in session
When the people gather for prayer, all are welcome.
Saint of the day - Bartholomew
Readings for today’s Mass
It was at this retreat that I began taking responsibility for my faith. It was where I deeply encountered the living Christ in the Sacraments and the Paschal mystery. It was truly life changing and I can honestly say it is one of the reasons why my faith is so strong today. What would have happened if my friend would not have invited me to attend the retreat? I guess we will never really know but we do know how that one invitation profoundly affected my life and how it led me to answer God’s call to work with young people in ministry.
In today’s Gospel Phillip enthusiastically invites Nathanael to come and meet Christ. As is often our response, Nathanael questions who this person is and what this person will ask of Him. It took Phillip’s invitation for Nathanael to come forth and meet the one they had been waiting for. Jesus’ recognition of Nathanael opens his eyes to the truth and causes him to respond to Christ’s calling. Nathanael (also known as St. Bartholomew whose feast we celebrate today) was one of the first disciples and was later martyred for preaching the good news.
What if Philip would not have invited Nathanael to meet Jesus? I guess we’ll never know. Who is someone in your life who has invited you to know Jesus better and to grow in your faith? Who are you being called to invite?