Thursday, 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 - Frederic Ozanam
Readings for today’s Mass
All the more, i am impressed with the writing skill and style of the ancients, especially Paul's messaging, his letters to the various Churches of the ancient middle east, and especially his beginning salutations.
Yesterday and today we are reading the greeting of Paul's letter to the Colossians. There is no cutting to the chase for Paul. He needs two verses just to say "Hey, it's Paul." Paul, an Apostle of Christ Jesus by the will of God, and Timothy our brother, to the holy ones and faithful brothers and sisters in Christ in Colossae: grace to you and peace from God our Father. How's that for a Hello?
Before he gets to the heart of his letter, his greetings spends a dozen verses extolling the Church at Colossae. Like most of his letters, after identifying himself, he continues with an eloquent expression of gratitude: We always give thanks to God for you because of all the good things we hear about you. He heaps praises on them for their faith in Jesus Christ and for the great love they share with one another. Remember, he is still just saying Hello!
From profound gratitude, Paul next assures them of his prayerful support: From the day we heard about you, we do not cease praying for you and asking that you may be filled with the knowledge of God's will. What a wonderful expression of being connected to the Church far away. It speaks of the universality and kinship of the early Church.
Texting and IM are great ways to keep in touch, but it seems something gets lost in the rush of it. Sometime, if you need something a little more heartfelt, check out the first reading of yesterday and today. Or pick any of Paul's letters to the early Church and read the warm expression of care and love he extends to his readers. It makes me think of the voice from above saying This is my beloved. Like Paul's letters, those words are addressed to you.