Wednesday, the 9th 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 - Norbert
Readings for today’s Mass
In the New Testament writings, all of Paul's letters, and most of the other letters, begin with the writer invoking the name of Jesus. Typically it is something like this from today's letter to Timothy: Paul, an Apostle of Christ Jesus by the will of God for the promise of life in Christ Jesus, to Timothy, my dear child: grace, mercy, and peace from God the Father and Christ Jesus our Lord. In this letter, note Paul's triple invocation. And this is just in the greeting of the letter. Clearly it was a serious matter that the disciples acted in the name of Jesus.
By our baptism, we too are called to act in the name of Jesus. So why are so many Christians doing so much un-Christ like stuff in his name? Our neglect of the poor, our participation in war, our support of "legal" means of killing, rationed health care; this does not reflect what Jesus calls us to do. The only thing we can do in the name of Jesus, as Christians, is to love. In tomorrow's gospel, Jesus sums it all up with the two commandments that trump all the rest: love God and your neighbor as yourself. That's it. This is all we can do in his name.