Wednesday, the 22nd 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 - Claudio Granzotto
Readings for today’s Mass
The first is Simon, who we will get to know better as Peter. Before he was an apostle, Simon was a small business owner in a three-way partnership with James and John. They were in the fishing industry. He had taken a wife, maybe had children, was devoted to his family, even taking care of his mother-in-law who, today, needed Jesus' healing touch Before he wore a halo, Simon was just another hardworking businessman trying to take care of his own. He could have been someone you know. He was a man of faith. It is not until the next chapter in Luke that Simon is called to follow Jesus. This healing could have been what started Simon moving in the right direction.
The second example is Jesus. He had just had a pretty long day. He attended Sabbath at the synagogue earlier in the day, then spent all day and night teaching and laying hands on the infirmed. At daybreak the next morning, he left and went to a deserted place. He needed a break; needed to get away from the crowds. But with his star status, the paparazzi and the crowds soon caught up with him. Like Simon, we see that part of Jesus who was a hard-working man doing his job as a rabbi, who now and then just needs a little quiet time; needs to get away from the adoring fans.
At the Newman Center, there are 3 guys in the windows on State St. The fact that they are called saints and are enshrined in stained glass should not get in the way of remembering and appreciating them as people; people like you and i. Neither should Jesus and all his divinity cause us to forget his full humanity.
If you met Jesus on the street today, what would he be like as just another man? How would that influence your experience of his divinity?