23rd Sunday in Ordinary Time

September 6, 2020

Today we celebrate the 23rd Sunday in Ordinary Time. As we continue learning Discipleship 101, this week we get to a ‘tricky’ lesson on and often described as fraternal correction. In the first reading, God reminds Ezekiel how crucial his prophetic task is by use of the analogy of a sentinel who is responsible to warn people when disaster is coming. God tells Ezekiel that not to warn the wicked of their sinfulness is as disastrous a dereliction of duty as failing to warn them of impending physical destruction. As St. Paul continues to exhort the Romans to conform themselves to Christ rather than to the age. A little earlier in the letter, Paul had urged the Romans to avoid repaying evil with evil, but instead to “bless, live at peace, ‘conquer evil with good.’” Paul has been exhorting the community to love one another. In today’s Gospel Jesus’ instructions make it clear that when the Church must address sin, it should be done in a way that minimizes publicity and shame. The intention is to right the wrong, not to punish. The process thus begins between the two individuals involved, expanding beyond that only if necessary. The aim is always to win that person back to the unity of the community. Yes, we are to speak the truth in love, but our aim is never to punish a person, only to help them.

This weekend is also Labor Day weekend, the unofficial end of summer. This long weekend gives another opportunity to enjoy a good BBQ, family gathering, perhaps a quick trip, or just a time to rest from our labors. We will have our last holiday Mass on the Grass on Monday, September 7th at 9:00am (weather permitting). Please join us and bring a lawn chair and a mask,

Eucharistic Adoration returned to St. Luke and the Oratory last week with two opportunities for time with our Lord. Wednesday saw a good number of faithful adorers from 9:00am until closing at 6:00pm. We will have Wednesday adoration each week. We also had adoration on Friday, Sept. 4th from 9:00am until 6:00pm, since it was First Friday. We will have adoration each month on First Friday. It’s not too late to sign up for an hour. Please sign up at https://oratory.weadorehim.com.

Now that September is here, that means the return to a somewhat normal parish schedule. The Parish Council will return to meeting on the 4th Thursdays of the months of September, October, November, January, February, March, April, and May. This year to accommodate CDC guidelines, and to ensure proper social distancing, Parish Council meetings will be held in St. Joseph Hall. All Council meetings are open to any parishioner, but to be able to present concerns, ideas, etc., you must register to address the Council during the “Open Forum” part of the meeting. Please contact Donna, one week in advance to be put on the agenda. The Finance Council will also return to regular meetings on the 4th Saturday of each month, or as needed, at 8:30am. As with the Parish Council, meetings of the Finance Council will be held in St. Joseph Hall to comply with Covid restrictions. The choir returned to practices this past week. If you have been blessed with a good voice and are looking for a way to share your talent, please contact our organist, Frank Jorns@ 314-406-3724. New members are always welcome.

Finally today, next Sunday we will be selecting new members for the Parish Council after Holy Communion at 10:00am Mass. We have four candidates but can use about four more. Please consider placing your name in contention. Just email me or call. God bless you.

God Bless! Have a great week!

Remember those 3 Hail Marys (Fr. Pete)