September 29, 2019
Today we celebrate the 26th Sunday in Ordinary Time. “Woe to the complacent in Zion!” warns Amos in today’s first reading. To be complacent is to be pleased with the status quo, focused on self, without any regard for others. When we are complacent, we are full of ourselves, too lazy to get up and do something. In the Gospel parable we have a complacent rich man who ignores poor Lazarus. Notice he isn’t named. Perhaps this is on purpose for he represents all the complacent. He asks Abraham to send someone to his brothers to motivate them. Abraham states that they have what they need and “won’t be persuaded if someone should rise from the dead.”
We find the antidote to ‘complacency’ in St. Paul’s letter to Timothy, “Pursue righteousness, devotion, faith, love, patience, and gentleness.” When we peruse these virtues we look up at God and out beyond ourselves. In the ‘Joy of the Gospel’ Pope Francis writes, “A community that cherishes the little details of love, whose members care for one another and create an open and evangelizing environment is a place where the risen Lord is present, sanctifying it in accordance with the Father’s plan.” I would believe that St. Luke’s is that place. May we never be ‘complacent’ disciples.
As I write this weekend’s column, two events are on my mind; McMahan Fest ’19 and vacation. Over the past several months the planning Committee has met several times to put this weekend’s celebration into motion. From a simple proposal to the Parish Council that we change the celebration of our Parish to September, to many, many parishioners coming together to make it happen, this weekend is about our community gathering as a community of faith to share the good news with our neighbors. A huge thanks to every person who has been a part of it. I am praying that good weather prevail, and it is a blessed day for all.
Early Monday morning I will be setting off for home. I haven’t been back to Vermont since my Mom died three years ago, but am looking forward to being with family and friends during the foliage season. Because I will be away, there will not be daily Mass in St. Francis chapel, but our neighboring parishes offer an opportunity for parishioners. Also, there will not be Eucharistic Adoration on Friday. I am planning to be back in time for Midnight Mass.
God Bless! Have a good week!
Remember those 3 Hail Marys (Fr. Pete)