Monday, the 10th week of Ordinary Time
Mass at noon: Tuesday, - Friday
Saturday at 5:00 - Sunday at 9:00, 11:15am
When the people gather for prayer, all are welcome.
Saint of the day - Barnabas
Readings for today’s Mass
The next set of beatitudes, 5, 6 and 7, may be speaking to those who are in a position to do something about the situation of the first four. Blessed are the merciful, the clean of heart and the peacemakers. Blessed are these because they will be treated with mercy, will see God, will be called God's children.
Reading these three beatitudes present a challenge. They lead me to look inward to see if, indeed, i am a merciful person. How do i show mercy to those who would benefit from it? What do i say mercy is? Do i deserve God's mercy?
The clean of heart. Am i really? Does who i am on the inside align with how i want others to see on the outside? Or is there a shadow side lurking just beneath the surface? Do i merit seeing the face of God?
Today, the world is badly in need of the gift of peace. There is so much violence that causes people to be poor, causes profound mourning and sadness and deprives people of basic needs that the earth provides in abundance. What am i doing in my neighborhood to be a peacemaker? How do i respond to the many forms of violence happening around me? Can i honestly claim the name Child of God?
This calls for a radical response to those who suffer and mourn. Your response might not win you friends. It's not really trending right now. All the more: Blessed are you who are persecuted for the sake of righteousness, for yours is the Kingdom of heaven. Blessed are you when they insult you and persecute you and utter every kind of evil against you falsely because of me. Rejoice and be glad,