Thursday, the 28th 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 - The first martyrs of N. America
Isaac Jogues, Jean de Lalande, Fr. Anthony Daniel, Jean de Brébeuf
Gabriel Lalemant, Fr. Charles Garnier and Fr. Noel Chabanel
Readings for today’s Mass
Righteousness is sometimes used to compare individuals - one person is more righteous than another. Again it is referring to behavior in light of the Christian understanding of the will of God. When writing about other people, scripture would not find someone with perfect righteousness for we are all guilty of transgressing the will of God.
The good news is that other uncommon word Paul uses, justification. Again, this term is not well traveled in Catholic conversation. A simple understanding of justification is that which sets us right with God when we are less that righteous, when we stray from the will of God. For Christians, it is Jesus who justifies those with faith in him. Jesus Christ proves his righteousness in the present time, that he might be righteous and justify the one who has faith in him. Paul is affirming the power of Jesus' blood, shed for all, to set things right between us and God.
How do you use this gift to set things right when you are less than righteous? Do you take advantage of the justification brought about by the blood of Jesus? How will you avail yourself to that gift today.