Thursday, the 14th 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 - Henry
Readings for today’s Mass
Several years ago i was invited to a local Pax Christi gathering as a couple friends were professing a vow of nonviolence for one year. i had also been invited to take the vow but i declined. Now, i have nothing against nonviolence. i think it is the noblest of virtues that we all should foster and strive for. But i doubted my ability to be faithful to the vow. While i am not a violent person, at least physically, i do have ways of inflicting violence on others thru my words and attitudes, i am not always as hospitable as i could be. Sometimes i am violent and not peace filled.
At the end of every Catholic Mass, just before we sing the last song, the presider or deacon sends forth the congregation with some version of a salutation that begins with "Go in peace . . . to love and serve, or . . . glorifying the Lord with your life" or something else appropriate. As Christians, that's what Jesus wants and expects of us; that we be able to vow for peace. It's how he sends out the apostles in today's gospel. As ambassadors of peace, they extend a blessing of peace on each household they visit. When it is accepted, peace becomes greater and is re enforced. When it is not received, it is never lost but returns to the giver who is not the least diminished by the rejection.
It all begins with the admonition of Jesus at the time of his arrest. It's one of the commandments of the New Testament; "Put away the sword."