Wednesday, the 28th week of Ordinary Time
Mass at noon: Tuesday, Wednesday, 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 - Ignatius of Antioch
Readings for today’s Mass
Why do i want this to be part of our political process? It’s because of something Pope Francis said when he spoke to the joint session of the U.S. Congress three years ago. The first thing he said after his opening greeting was a reminder to those present of their primary role.
Your own responsibility as members of Congress is to enable this country, by
your legislative activity, to grow as a nation. You are the face of its people, their
representatives. You are called to defend and preserve the dignity of your
fellow citizens in the tireless and demanding pursuit of the common good,
for this is the chief aim of all politics. A political society endures when it seeks
as a vocation, to satisfy common needs by stimulating the growth of all its
members, especially those in situations of greater vulnerability or risk.
Legislative activity is always based on care for the people. To this you have
been invited, called and convened by those who elected you.
Jesus and Francis may be expressing similar ideas. Jesus points out the abuse of authority with bold accusations. Francis uses a much gentler approach, reminding our scholars of the law what their task is, but leaves any judgment to themselves. I wonder if they gave it any thought.
As you watch and listen to the campaign rhetoric, i hope you listen for a thread of the common good. That’s what the gospel is about. That was also what the Pope’s address was about.