19th Sunday in Ordinary Time

August 12, 2018

Today we celebrate the 19th Sunday in Ordinary Time. We learn this weekend that plenty of things in our day-to-day living can cloud our vision. By allowing Christ to heal our vision, we are able to see and love as the Father sees us and loves us. How’s your vision? I remember at about age 40 going for my annual eye exam. I had been wearing glasses since high school. And then the optometrist came in and said, “Fr. it’s time to think bifocals.” UGH! Whether through glasses, contact lenses, or even surgery, most of us need help to see better from time to time. Elijah’s vision had gone horribly wrong. Thinking that he was a failure, he prayed to die. God’s angel touched him and corrected his vision. The Jews also needed a vision change. They thought they knew Jesus, as did His townsfolk a few weeks ago, but they don’t really know Him. It takes time for them to see Him as the Lord, the true Bread of Life. In the community at Ephesus, Paul found the Church blinded by bitterness, anger, and shouting. The corrective lens needed were kindness, compassion, and learning to forgive as God forgives. How’s your vision? Today we come to Jesus, to be baked into bread for the world.

The Mass schedule for the Holy Day this Wednesday, the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary will be on Tuesday evening, the eve of the Holy Day, August 14th at 7:00pm, and on the Holy Day at 8:00am. Masses at Immaculate Conception will be on Tuesday at 6:00pm and Wednesday at 8:00am. There will also be a mass on Wednesday evening at 7pm according to the Extraordinary Form. The Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary is the ending to a beautiful life. It is the flip-side of another feast; the Immaculate Conception. God preserved Mary from the stain of sin at her conception in the womb of her mother, St. Anne. At her death, God preserved Mary from the effects of sin; death and decay. The Church teaches that at her death, Mary was taken body and soul into Heaven. Let us celebrate with Mary the promise that one day we too will rise, body and soul, into Heaven.

Every time there is a change in Pastors the Archdiocese has the policy of conducting a Parish Financial Audit. This is to give the new pastor a good picture of the financial position of the parish and to correct any possible errancies. The Archdiocese is a year behind in their performing parish audits. St. Luke’s will undergo this process on Tuesday, August 28th. Donna has prepared all the required data for review by the Internal Audit Office. Having been here now for over a year, seen the way we all strive to be good and faithful stewards of your gifts, I am confident we are in good shape. Our Finance Council is meticulous in reviewing monthly reports and keeping track of expenses. Over the past year we have made several big repairs to our complex, and by the grace of God and your generosity, we have done well. Thank You!

Our final Mass on the Grass for this season, weather permitting, will be on Labor Day, Monday, Sept. 3rd at 9:00am. Hope to see you there as we unofficially end summer and begin our round of regular meetings and programs.

Finally today, another reminder that we are now about a month away from the start of another exciting R.C.I.A. (Rite of Christian Initiation) program. There are already two who are interested in journeying to the Sacraments of Initiation next Easter. I know there are many more in our neighborhood who are just waiting to be asked. ASK them. They are your neighbors, your family members, friends. If our faith is the greatest gift we have been given, let’s share it with those who will benefit from it. Let’s “make a friend, be a friend, and bring a friend to Christ.” And please remember, if YOU are looking to renew your own understanding and faith, YOU are most welcome to join this year’s journey of faith. 

God Bless! Have a good week!

Remember those 3 Hail Marys (Fr. Pete)