28th Sunday in Ordinary Time

October 14, 2018

Today we celebrate the 28th Sunday in Ordinary Time. As Jesus encounters a wealthy young man asking what he must do to inherit eternal life, we are drawn into the scene, as Jesus clearly indicates the cost of discipleship. The man has been a devout observer of the Law. He is wealthy, and in the time of Jesus, that was seen as a blessing. Jesus’ response, “One thing more…Go sell what you have and give to the poor…then come follow me.” Jesus is teaching that we need to rid ourselves of anything that gets in the way of God. Discipleship with Him entails an abandonment of the trappings our culture tells us are signs of blessing. In fact Jesus tells us that observing just the basics of our faith, doing the bare minimum, is a kind of indifference to God’s presence in our lives. Our quest must be God’s – living and loving extravagantly like Him.

Next Sunday, Oct. 21st we will host our annual celebration of the Feast of St. Luke the Evangelist after the 10:00am Mass in St. Joseph Hall. The actual feast day is October 18th, a Thursday this year. This year we will celebrate with a “Soup for the Soul” coming together of parishioners. St. Luke, besides being one of the Gospel writers was also a physician. As we gather together we will share a simple luncheon of homemade soups and other simple foods and as a community in need of fellowship will ask the intercession of good St. Luke to nourish our souls for doing God’s will. “Y’all come now, hear?”

As I announced last weekend, this past week was our Archdiocesan Convocation. Every four years, since I was ordained (in 1984), we have gathered as a presbyterate at Lake of the Ozarks for a week-long opportunity for reflection and to be with our Archdiocesan brother priests. This past week saw almost 150 priests together, reflecting on the theme, “An Intimate Brotherhood.” Bishop Sheridan of Colorado Springs and Cardinal Dolan, Archbishop of New York, both St. Louisans, were the key presenters. We had time to reflect, have table sharing of issues facing our ministry today, and a chance to pray together for one another, and hear the challenge to support one another. All in all it was a great week. (Next Convocation will be in 2022).

The Month of October is dedicated to the Blessed Mother under her title, Our Lady of the Holy Rosary. (the actual feast was this past Sunday.) It is also a month dedicated to the protection of the unborn and a respect for the sanctity of all human life from conception to natural death. During October let us pray the rosary and ask the intercession of Mary for all human life, especially those in the womb, that mothers will choose life. May the Church’s Gospel of Life challenge our culture to turn from death and celebrate life.

Finally today, I want to once again encourage you to continue to turn in your Stewardship Commitment cards through the regular Sunday offertory. As I have reviewed the Commitment cards I am happy to see so many offering to share their time and talents in various ways. It’s through this sharing of our gifts that we make our community stronger and each of us takes ownership and responsibility for the mission Christ has entrusted to us at this time. Thank you for being good and generous stewards. 

God Bless! Have a good week!

Remember those 3 Hail Marys (Fr. Pete)