Friday, 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 - 16 Asian & European martyrs
Readings for today’s Mass
Our readings today give us a message counterculture to the world we are living in. These days we anticipate the release of the latest and greatest smartphones and may even stand in long lines to purchase it. Fashion styles are always changing and the popular “brand” is what everyone covets. We are impressed with celebrity’s and athlete’s million dollar mansions. When the lottery prize reaches new heights there is a frenzy to purchase tickets and we wait with bated breath to see who will become the next billionaire simply by luck of the draw. All of us, at some point in our life, desire to have wealth, “things” or simply fall into the sin of “coveting they neighbor’s goods.”
The message in today’s readings doesn’t say that having wealth or physical comforts is a “BAD” thing. It is our attitude towards wealth and what we do with that wealth that matters. As disciples of Jesus we are called to look beyond material things. As we read in 1 Timothy - to “pursue righteousness, devotion, faith, love, patience, and gentleness.” We must remember as the Psalm tells us, “Fear not when a man grows rich, when the wealth of his house becomes great, For when he dies, he shall take none of it; his wealth shall not follow him down.” But most importantly, whether our bank accounts are full and our portfolio is doing well or we only have a few dollars in our wallet, we are all called to share what we have; be it time, talent, or treasure with each other. It is how we continue to build the Kingdom of God and make it visible to others. Just like the disciples of Jesus did in today’s Gospel “provided for them out of their resources.”