Monday, the 20th 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 - Bernard of Clairvaux
Readings for today’s Mass
According to the old law, personal wealth was the reward for being a good person. Jesus may be introducing a new idea of shared wealth. It’s what we see in the development of the first Christian community as described in chapter 4 of the Acts of the Apostles. Take a look:
The community of believers was of one heart and mind, and no one claimed that any of his possessions was his own, but they had everything in common. There was no needy person among them, for those who owned property or houses would sell them, bring the proceeds of the sale, and put them at the feet of the apostles, and they were distributed to each according to need.
In some social justice circles, having extras is seen as a negative. But it isn’t necessarily so. Having too much becomes a negative when there are some around us with not enough and we do nothing for them.
In Mark's version of this same event, there is one line that changes everything; Jesus, looking at him, loved him. And with that, I think the man made the right choice, even tho he was sad. It’s what happened to Francis when he hugged the leper. He let Jesus love him. Or Mother Teresa’s encounter of a dying man on the street in Calcutta; she too let Jesus love her.
And here it seems appropriate to harvest an unrelated verse from the Gospel of Luke: “Which of these was neighbor to the robbers’ victim?” He answered, “The one who treated him with mercy.” Jesus said to him, “Go and do likewise.”