30th Sunday in Ordinary Time

October 25, 2020

Today we celebrate the 30th Sunday in Ordinary Time. Having delivered Israel from Egypt, God now sets forth expectations of the relationship He has covenanted. In our passage from Exodus in our 1st reading, we learn that chief among God’s expectations is a concern for the vulnerable, especially widows and orphans. In Israel God is creating a just, compassionate society that reflects His divine character by ensuring that the defenseless are protected. The question put to Jesus in today’s Gospel about the greatest commandment is presented as a test. There was a tradition among the scholars of the Law of pointing toward certain commandments as in effect summing up all of the Law and the oracles of the prophets. Jesus’ response by first quoting Deuteronomy 6:5, “You shall love the Lord, your God, with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind,” and then adding Leviticus 19:18, “You shall love your neighbor as yourself,” would probably not been controversial. Note that the second commandment is “like” the first in that they both command “love” understood in the biblical sense not as an emotion so much as a committed stance. For God, it means wholehearted commitment. For neighbor, it means commitment to their well-being and good, and seeking to help them when they need it. Love Jesus tells us is in effect a verb, not a noun. As a community of faith we do both. We gather to hear God speak to us, call us to be true to our identity as His beloved children, and then are sent into the world to love as He loves us.

This coming Tuesday, Oct. 27th, we will have our first Parish Council Meeting of the year. We welcome our newly selected members, Margaret Baxter, Kevin Kelly, Tom Kopp, and Charlene Talir. The council now has a full complement of 9 representatives that will be the voice and counsel of ALL parishioners. In this very unusual year due to Covid, the Council will set forth with the challenges of how we as a parish need to ensure the vitality and health of our ministries to the people of St. Luke’s. I look forward to the wisdom and counsel of our Council. The Parish Council meetings are open to ALL parishioners. This week’s meeting and all future meetings will be held in St. Joseph’s Hall at 7:00pm.

We are currently preparing to publish a new Parish Directory. Your help is needed to ensure that the information regarding your listing is accurate and up-to-date. Please take a moment to inform the parish office if there is a change in address, phone number, or email. With many discarding landlines in favor of cell phones only, we want to be sure we have correct contact information. Please contact Donna at the parish office.

Speaking of Donna. Today (Oct. 25th) is her birthday. Congratulations and Happy Birthday Donna on your 29th Birthday (again). Donna is remarkably talented and such a tremendous asset to our parish staff. She goes above and beyond to make the office a happy and welcoming place. As executive assistant to me, she certainly makes my role as pastor, a joy. Please wish her a Happy Birthday.

Finally today, as you might have seen in last week’s bulletin, our rental house next door to the rectory at 7214 Dale Avenue is currently available for lease. If you, or anyone you know, is looking for a new place to call home please contact the rectory to view our rental property. The kitchen and bathroom were renovated in 2019. We are hoping to find the right tenant ASAP.

God Bless! Have a great week!

Please continue praying 3 Hail Marys.

Fr. Pete