Thursday, 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 - Maria Faustina Kowalska
Readings for today’s Mass
Anyone who has been involved in team sports knows the importance of the pre-game pep talk the coach offers the team as last minute encouragement for everyone to work together as a team and do their best. To give 100% and lose is better than giving 80% and winning. That may change at halftime!
In today's gospel, Jesus is giving a little pep talk to the disciples before he sends them out into the competition. In Tuesday's gospel, Jesus was preparing to head for Jerusalem and all that awaited him there. Today he is preparing those who will continue the journey for him. He's giving advice and counsel on how they should conduct themselves and how they will get the job done. He cautions them about what they might encounter and reminds them that the kingdom is near; time is of the essence.
In a different arena, his pep rally might have sounded a little different: It's a tough world out there; you'll be like sheep surrounded by wolves, so always stick together and watch each others' backs. There's a big harvest out there so keep an eye out for new recruits to bring into the fold. We need everybody to step up and be counted. And don't take a lot of stuff with you. Pack lightly so you can move around more easily. You won't need it. That's how you'll get the job done. It's not like you're moving in somewhere. Just go where you're going, get the job done and move on. That's all I'm asking. Do that and we're all winners. Now, before we head out, everybody take a knee.
Every day we all have opportunities to expand the kingdom of God. How do you do that? How do you encourage and support others in building the kingdom?