Tuesday, the 28th week of Ordinary Time
Mass at noon: Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday - Thursday at 7p
Saturday at 5:00 - Sunday at 9:00 and 11:15am
When the people gather for prayer, all are welcome.
Saint of the day - Ignatius of Antioch
Readings for today’s Mass
In his early writings, Ignatius acknowledged what seemed to have been a common understanding about the martyrdom of St. Paul in Rome. It is clear that Paul, too, had a great passion for the gospel and the words of Jesus. His Letter to the Romans begins with the strong declaration at the start of this post. He is not ashamed but confident in the belief that salvation comes thru faith in the gospel message. Further, he affirms that it is through the crucifixion and resurrection of Jesus that God’s saving will and power are manifested. With all his heart, he believed this to his death.
It takes a pretty strong will to die a martyr. i want to think that my faith is as strong as was Paul's and Ignatius', but i really have never been tested as they were. Thru my seminary studies, i gained a good understanding and love for the gospels. i can discuss them intelligently and i read them in pursuit of the more refined truths found in them. But is that enough? Will that sustain me if or when the real test comes? Will i be faithful to the truth? In our culture, it is doubtful i will ever be in a situation where i will have to choose. i am grateful for my good fortune. But that really wasn't the question, was it?