September 1, 2019
Today we celebrate the 22nd Sunday in Ordinary Time. This weekend we learn an important lesson for being disciples of Christ; humility. The dictionary defines humility as, “the quality or state of not thinking you are better than anyone else.” The word ‘humility’ comes from the Latin humus, which means the ground or the earth. A truly humble person is one grounded in honesty. Oftentimes humility is misunderstood to mean not affirming our own gifts or abilities. Spiritual writers would say that humility simply means being grounded in reality: our gifts and limitations, our grace and sin, in light and darkness. Humility calls us to thank people who affirm the former and thank God for our gifts, grace, and light. Humility also entails listening to people who point out the latter and take them to prayer to admit our limitations, seek forgiveness for sin, and ask for light in darkness. In ‘The Joy of the Gospel’ (Evangelii Gaudium) Pope Francis notes, “Ultimately, the lack of a heartfelt and prayerful acknowledgment of our limitations prevents grace from working more effectively within us, for no room is left if left for bringing about the potential good that is part of a sincere and genuine journey of growth.” Disciples of Jesus are called to ground themselves in reality. They are to acknowledge their gifts and put them in service to God. Good lesson. As we approach Stewardship Sunday, it is good to reflect on the gifts and talents we possess and challenge ourselves whether we are using them, sharing them, growing closer to Jesus and being the best disciples we can be.
This Monday, September 2nd is Labor Day, a National Holiday to give thanks for the gift of labor. We will, (weather permitting), have Mass on the Grass at 9:00am followed by refreshments. Please bring a lawn chair and join us for Mass al fresco. Please note that the Parish Office will be closed for the holiday.
This Sunday we return to our monthly Hospitality after 10:00am Mass with the opportunity for parishioners to gather for donuts, coffee, and fellowship in St. Joseph Hall. Our monthly gathering is a good way to meet new parishioners, welcome visitors, and spend a while just catching up with one another. Stop by.
The McMahon Fest Committee met this past week to finalize plans for our upcoming celebration September 28th on McMahon Field. Mark your calendars, invite your neighbors and friends, and come for an afternoon of good old fashioned fun.
With Labor Day comes the return of many parish activities and meetings. The first Parish Council meeting of the year will be on Tuesday, September 24th at 7:00pm in the Rectory Dining Room. All meetings of the Council are open to ALL parishioners. If you have something you would like the Parish to address I encourage you to contact me or one of the members of the Council. (Names of our Councilors are published each week in the bulletin.)
Finally today, I am looking forward to some cooler weather. Maybe it’s just the Yankee in me, but it seems to have been a very hot summer. Although September can see some hot days, I am looking forward to a good Autumn. With all the rain we have had it should be a good year for foliage.
God Bless! Have a good week!
Remember those 3 Hail Marys (Fr. Pete)