Sunday, the 22nd 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 - Gregory the Great
Readings for today’s Mass
Gregory can be seen as the reluctant pope. Much like Jonah fleeing Nineveh, Gregory fled from the responsibility placed upon him. He first asked the emperor to dismiss his election. When that failed, he ran away from Rome and hid in a cave for three days, hoping for a new papal election of someone else. In the end, he reluctantly accepted the Papacy.
While pope, Gregory kept to his humble monastic lifestyle and spent considerable time and money on caring for the poor of Rome. He was the first pope to refer to himself as the Servant of the Servants of God, a title popes of today still wear. Gregory is considered a “great” pope because to his defense of papal primacy, his theological writings and his support of missionaries.
A common thread between Leo, Gregory, and Nicholas as great popes is the fact that all three significantly contributed to Catholic theology and practice, and all exercised leadership in times of grave crisis.
For sure, in some cases we recognize greatness for what it is. For the most part, greatness is an objective judgement in response to someone and his/her sometimes grandiose achievements.
As you consider the papacy of Francis I, remember the Gregorian title he wears as the Servant of the Servants of God. Call to mind the image of Jesus washing the feet of the apostles and hear his words speaking to you: "Whoever wishes to be great among you shall be your servant."
We are all called to greatness, to engage in heroic acts of goodness. How do you respond to that call? Do you know anyone you would call great?