Monday, the 21st 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 - Monica
Readings for today’s Mass
Consider the greeting of today's first letter to the Church of Thessalonica. It is eight verses long and simply serves to say Dear People of Thessalonica.
Paul's way of saying hello had much more style. It first offers a blessing of peace and goodness, much the way we begin a Catholic Mass: The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ and the love of God and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with you all. Part to of Paul's greeting is a flourish of thanksgiving to the local Church for all the good things they are already doing. The last of the greeting is a lavish promise to pray for the Church and all they are doing to bring glory to the name of Jesus. Remember, Paul is just saying hello.
This is not the time of the ancients. i have no doubt folks will find it strange if you greeted people as did Paul. But all he is doing is acknowledging, reverencing and being grateful for the goodness that part of the Church is for the whole.
How does your greeting to friends express how you feel about them? Does it reverence their good presence in your life? Does it extend a blessing to them? Does it offer prayer on their behalf?
Even with the poetic beauty of his writing, Paul's letters had a distinctive formality that isn't part of the contemporary exchange. Today we are good to offer a passing soundbyte. But it is still important to let others know why you choose to hang out with them, why their relationship is important to you.
Look for an occasion to do that for someone.