21st Sunday in Ordinary Time

August 23, 2020

Today we celebrate the 21st Sunday in Ordinary Time. As our journey continues we are given a question to answer this weekend. It’s the same one He asked His disciples in Caesarea Phillipi that only one was bold enough to answer, “Who do YOU say that I am?” At some point in life we all have to answer that question for ourselves. It can’t be our parents’ answer, our siblings’ answer, our spouse or best friend’s answer. Who do each of us say Jesus is? Is He just a miracle worker, good preacher, inspiring teacher, the One you want to give your life to? Only Simon the fisherman, inspired by God, the Father, answers from his heart, “You are the Christ, the Son of the living God.” He acknowledges Jesus as the Messiah whom the people of Israel have been waiting for generations. For this boldness, Jesus blesses him with a new name, a nickname, Peter the Rock. Oh that our faith and love for Jesus would be so bold and dedicated as to answer with Peter, “You are the Christ, Lord of my life, Master, Redeemer, my teacher, my friend, my one desire to be near now and throughout my life.”

This week is an exciting one for our local Church. On Tuesday, the Feast of St. Louis, our local Church will install its new Archbishop Bishop Mitchell Rozanski, formerly of Springfield, MA. He will become the 11th bishop of our Archdiocese and 10th Archbishop. Due to the current pandemic the Installation is by ticket only to ensure proper distancing, but it will be livestreamed and also on the EWTN Catholic TV Channel. Archbishop Rozanski’s installation marks the beginning of a new chapter in the life of the Church in St. Louis. Beginning on Tuesday we will add his name to the Eucharistic prayers, praying for “Francis, our Pope, and ‘Mitchell’ our Bishop”. As he becomes our new shepherd I hope we will all take the opportunity to continue to lift him up in our daily prayers, that he will be a holy and humble leader of our local Church; a shepherd after heart of Jesus.

The Feast of St. Louis, King of France is a special opportunity to honor the patron of our Archdiocese. Recently we have seen some in our local community trying to discredit and dishonor good King Louis. The Oratory has therefore taken the current situation to bring greater attention to the celebration of this great saint. On Monday, August 24th, the Eve of the feast, there will be Eucharistic Adoration beginning at 4:00pm followed by Sung Vespers at 5:15, and Benediction at 6:00pm. This schedule allows those who want to make their way to the Statue of St. Louis in Forest Park for the Rosary at 6:30pm. On Tuesday, August 25th, there will be the regular 7am Mass, and St. Luke’s 8:00am Mass. There will also be a Solemn High Mass at 12:15pm. The day will conclude with Adoration from 4-5pm followed by Benediction and then a procession from Church to the Statue of St. Louis in Forest Park, (approx. 1.9mi.) for the Rosary at 6:30pm. St. Luke parishioners are welcome to join in any of these liturgical opportunities.

Finally today, please pray for good weather on Monday, September 7th, Labor Day. We are planning on another Mass on the Grass celebration. I thought our 4th of July Mass turned out well with us all following social distancing and wearing masks. If all goes well, we will close the summer with a good celebration of Labor Day on McMahon Field at 9:00am.

God Bless! Have a great week!

Remember those 3 Hail Marys (Fr. Pete)