Wednesday, the 29th week of Ordinary Time
Mass at noon: Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday - Thursday at 7p
Saturday at 5:00 - Sunday at 9:00 and 11:15am
When the people gather for prayer, all are welcome.
Saint of the day - Antônio de Sant’Anna Galvão
Readings for today’s Mass
There are many opinions about what the Kingdom of God, as Jesus announced it, is all about. What will it be like when the Son of Man comes? How do we prepare for it? For some it involves the hereafter, getting ready for life beyond life as we know it. For others it’s passively trying to be a good person by not causing conflict with others, simply getting along, live and let live. Some prepare by putting their energies into private prayer and personal devotions while others become activists for social change.
Surely, each of these is part of the whole and each has a place in preparing for the coming of the Son of Man, for building the kingdom.
While Jesus has much to say about it as well, he isn't always good on the details. We like details. One time the kingdom is like a mustard seed; or yeast added to bread dough; it’s like a man finding a treasure in a field or it is our response to the downtrodden we see on the streets downtown.
Whatever you believe about the coming of the Son of Man, i hope you are aware that he is already here. The kingdom is among us. In some way, each of us is adding to it or taking from it wherever we find ourselves at the moment. Today Jesus reminds us of an important reality. Since the details have not been fully revealed, the more incumbent it is that we are always ready for a time we least expect. Like a thief coming in the night!
For a very long time, the signature of my emails includes a brief Latin phrase: Dum tempus habemus, oporemur bonum. Sometimes students click back to me and ask what it means. i loosely translate it as: While you have the time, do something good. Of course, the kicker is, the only time any of us really has is now, the present moment. How are you using it to prepare for the coming of the Son of Man who might come while you are too busy texting. i hope you are using this "now" moment wisely and are ready for what you might least expect.