Sunday, 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 - John Paul II
Readings for today’s Mass
In the reading from Isaiah, God is grasping the right hand of Cyrus to raise him to a new level if relationship with the divine. Cyrus is the anointed. But like the image on the Sistine Chapel ceiling, for the two hands to grasp, the other hand has to be open and reaching back. God does not force the hand into his own.
Extending an open hand, especially one's dominant hand, is a sign of trust and a willingness to accept. In the case of the first reading, Cyrus accepts his calling to be an agent of the Lord. He relies on God's help and trusts in the guidance of the one who has called him by his name.
How does the image of God grasping you by the hand speak to you? Does the idea of physically touching God encourage you? When God calls you by your name, are you prepared to reach out to him, to grasp hands with the Lord?