22nd Sunday in Ordinary Time

August 28, 2022

Today we celebrate the 22nd Sunday in Ordinary Time. As we continue Discipleship 101 our lesson this weekend seems to be the virtue of humility. Disciples of Jesus must be like Him, ‘meek and humble of heart.’ In today’s first reading from Sirach we are instructed to conduct our affairs with humility. “Humble yourself the more, the greater you are.” By doing this we will be loved by others and find favor with God. In today’s Gospel Jesus is dining with His antagonists, the Pharisees. He notices how people are jockeying for ‘good seats.’ And in usual style He tells them a parable. He says, “For everyone who exalts himself will be humbled, but the one who humbles himself will be exalted.” Better for us to know ourselves not in the eyes of others, but more in the eyes of God, who sees what’s in our hearts. The prophet Micah puts it this way, “What does the Lord require of you? To act justly, and to love mercy, and to walk humbly with your God.” (Micah 6:8) Disciples strive to do just that.

I hope all of you took the opportunity to read the last page of last week’s bulletin that gave an update on the Strategic Planning Process, All Things New. (We have included it again this week…in case you missed it last week.) I have been asked over and over again if this is a done-deal, and we are only going through the motions. NO! The process is very important for all of us if we are to embrace a new vision for our Church. On August 19th the priests were presented with several models for all 15 of the planning areas of the Archdiocese. In all planning areas these were just possibilities. After the listening sessions that will be held in October, the models will be revised and tweaked. I encourage all parishioners to plan to attend one of these listening sessions. Once we have received word when they are scheduled for our parish, I will share these with you, both here in the bulletin and on the parish website. Do I know what the end result be for us here at St. Luke (and the Oratory). NO! The models that were presented to us priests were just options to keep discussions moving forward. You will have a chance in October to see these options at the listening sessions. Stay tuned.

Finally today, as summer winds down, we will be having our final Mass on the Grass on Labor Day, September 5th, weather permitting, at 9:00am on McMahon Field. Please join us.

God Bless! Have a great week!

Please continue praying 3 Hail Marys.

Fr. Pete