Thursday, the 24th 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 - Matthew
Readings for today’s Mass
On the other hand is sacrifice. This is not what God nor Jesus asks of us. Sacrifice: an act of offering to a deity something precious; especially the killing of a victim on an altar. We like to do this one and we have good ways of getting it done, especially during Lent. We give up things or forego pleasure (no chocolate, no social media, no netflix) for the sake of personal suffering which we then offer to God. But Jesus and several Old Testament writers are telling us this does not please God.
Ps 51 is a rather popular rendering of this sage advice: For you do not desire sacrifice or I would give it; a burnt offering you would not accept. My sacrifice, O God, is a contrite spirit; a contrite, humbled heart, O God, you will not scorn.
What have you to offer God that will be most pleasing? Would kneeling on the terrazzo floor be more pleasing than using a padding kneeler? i say, the most pleasing is the prayer that happens, even if you choose to sit.
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