Monday, the last 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 - Francesco Antonio Fasani
Readings for today’s Mass
And in today’s gospel: When Jesus saw some wealthy people putting their offerings into the treasury and noticed a poor widow putting in two small coins, he said, “I tell you truly, this poor widow put in more than all the rest; for those others have all made offerings from their surplus wealth, but she, from her poverty, has offered her whole livelihood.”
In one of his homilies, Pope Francis spoke to the issue.
There is always a danger of corruption within the Church. This happens when the Church becomes dominated by money and power. This is exactly what happens here, in this Gospel reading. These priests, chief priests and scribes were driven by money, power and they ignored the Holy Spirit. In order to be able to justify their actions, they poisoned the free spirit of the Lord with hypocrisy. In Matthew 23, Jesus speaks of their hypocrisy. These were people who had lost their sense of Godliness, and even the ability to rejoice, to praise God. They did not know how to worship the Lord because they were too distracted by money and power, and by a form of worldliness.
Jesus’ strength is found in his words, in his love. Where Jesus is, there is no room for worldliness. There is no room for corruption! We must always heed Jesus’ words; we must never seek comfort from another master. Jesus told us that we cannot serve two masters. God or riches; God or power.
The Holy Father concluded with: We ought to pray for the Church… that we may never fall into the trap of worldliness, where we will be obsessed only by money and power.
May Pope Francis' model of the Church be something we might use to model ourselves.