Saturday, the 31st 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 - Martin of Tours
Readings for today’s Mass
At it's root, it simply means some sort of wealth such as money, possessions or power. By the time Jesus used it, as in today's gospel, it has evolved so as to refer to negative wealth, ill gotten wealth. The lure of money, power and personal pleasures can be a powerful seduction. When any of these things begins to take control of our lives and gets in the way of right relationships, they become mammon. At one time, cable TV ran a program that focused on people's need to bury themselves in things. They could have called the show Mammon! A reality show about attempts to climb the corporate power ladder was about mammon. Lotteries and game shows promising to make you a millionaire is another example.
Wealth is not a bad thing. Covetous and obsessive wealth, however, is contrary to the ways of God. The gospels have an abundance of examples of the ways of God, of expectations of the Kingdom of God. If you pay attention at Mass, you will hear all about it. You cannot serve God and mammon.