Saturday, the 15th 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 - Lawrence of Brindisi
Readings for today’s Mass
(Cláudio Hummes, OFM of Brazil) "hugged me, kissed me and said, 'Don't forget the poor.'" Shortly after his election, the Pope would appeal for a Church that is poor and is for the poor.
Have you noticed how society is concentrate more of the wealth among fewer people? We measure goodness and happiness with dollar signs, but fewer and fewer have access to the wealth of the world. Systemically and by design, we maintain a large portion of the population in poverty. These are the people the cardinal asks the new pope to remember.
It is also the appeal of today's psalm response, Do not forget the poor, O Lord! And it is a major theme of Jesus' preaching. It is one of the focal points of Christian theology. These words aren't just the wishful thinking of the psalmist. They are the plea of Old Testament prophets on behalf of the poor. They aren't words from one cardinal to another as a suggestion or just something to think about. They are a mandate from Jesus. They are the story of the gospels.
Consider those identified in Mt. 25: the stranger, those who are hungry, thirsty, ill, in prison and those with no clothes to wear. These are among the poor. The Lord who hears their cry has not forgotten them. We are sent reminders of the poor in our midst all the time so we don't forget. Too many just lack the initiative to listen.
Do you hear the cry of the poor and remember the gospel call? What do you do about it?