Tuesday, the 26th 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 - Theodora Guérin
Readings for today’s Mass
i was recently watching an episode of Ken Burns' Vietnam documentary. There was footage of the civil unrest and the turbulence of the late 1960s that included the shooting death of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Because that is part of my history, i am always reminded of his "I've Been to the Mountaintop" speech wherein he expresses the need to push forward for civil rights. With the final paragraph of the speech, he seems to know where it is taking him. But he was so caught up in a cause for justice that he could no longer turn away. Even when he knew he would pay dearly, he could not look away, could not turn back. It was the last speech he ever delivered. The next day he was dead.
In today's gospel, it would seem that Jesus, too, was aware of where his journey was taking him. He was going back to Jerusalem where he would be handed over to men who would kill him. And there was no turning back, even tho he knew there was a way out. He was on a mission that needed to play out to the only end possible. Jesus would not turn back.
A similar story could be told about Mahatma Gandhi, maybe Nelson Mandela.
Could a similar story be told about you? Is there something about which you are so passionate that you would be willing to risk it all? It's a rare quality. Few possess it. For those who do, there may be no turning back.
No one who sets a hand to the plow and looks to what was left behind is fit for the kingdom of God. Lk 9:62