19th Sunday in Ordinary Time

August 11, 2019

Today we celebrate the 19th Sunday in Ordinary Time. Our readings this Sunday ask us to remember or remake life out of past experiences. We remember an event to understand how it happened and what it means for us. We remember the faith of our ancestors to remember how we live our faith today. Today’s first reading from Wisdom is a retelling of the Exodus story designed to encourage the Jews in Alexandria. Just as God had intervened for the Hebrews against the Egyptians in the past, so too God would strengthen them in their fight against the influence Greek culture, language, and religion. For their part, the people must put “into effect with one accord the divine institution.” Solomon proposes that remembering God’s actions in the past and celebrating them will help sustain the community. Solomon invites the hearers on these words to look for God in their new situation in order to remember how they live their faith. Today’s second reading from Hebrews recalls the faith of Abraham, Sarah, and Isaac, who did not see God’s promises fulfilled. Their trust in God’s promises spurred them on, so remember their faith and strengthen your faith. In our Gospel St. Luke is writing to a people who are wondering if Jesus will return. They’re tired. Luke tells them to remember that God has given them the Kingdom, so keep watch and remember how to live, so as to be ready when Christ returns. In every Mass we remember the ways and words of Jesus to make Him present and to remember how to live our faith. Celebrating Word and Sacrament can give us fresh eyes so that we can see and invite Jesus to remember our community of faith, and to refresh our trust that God’s promises continue to be fulfilled even now.

Last weekend’s Mass of Reparation and my address to you, from the position of pastor and shepherd, was not an easy task, but it was necessary and mandated by the Archbishop in order to address the ongoing work of our local Church to be transparent, to regain the trust of our faithful, and especially assist those who have suffered abuse at the hands of those who were meant to serve in Jesus’ Name. We cannot underestimate the profound harm priests and deacons have done, and the pain and suffering victims have experienced for too long. We are on a path to help heal the wounded and ensure we have in place the appropriate measures to ensure it doesn’t happen again. Yes, I believe we are on a good path of transparency and accountability. And yes, I believe Christ impels us to do this if we are to follow Him as authentic disciples. And I believe Christ will give the strength and grace to purify all in His Church.

This week we celebrate the summer feast of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary. Masses for the Holy Day will be on Wednesday, Vigil Mass at 5pm. On Thursday, Mass will be at 8:00am. The Oratory Masses will be on Thursday at 7am and 7pm.

The committee planning the celebration of McMahon’s Birthday on Saturday, September 28th met this past week to coordinate activities for the day. We will be celebrating what we are calling, “McMahon Fest” from 12:00 to 6:00pm on the field named in his honor. We have plans to have games for young and old from 12:00 to 4:30pm, Flu-Shots available, and conclude with Mass on the Grass at 5:00pm. Please stay tuned how you can help us make this a great and fun parish celebration.

Finally today, I want to thank all parishioners for their generosity to this year’s Archdiocesan Catholic Appeal, (the ACA Campaign). St. Luke Parish not only reached our goal of $17,490, but exceeded it by over $1,000 $18,508. God bless you and special thanks once again to our co-chairs, Felice Nighbor and Dee Brockman. As a parish family we once again showed generosity to those who depend on the ACA to continue serving others on our behalf.

God Bless! Have a good week!

Remember those 3 Hail Marys (Fr. Pete)