November 10, 2019
Today we celebrate the 32nd Sunday in Ordinary Time. These final weeks of the Church’s year present us with several reflections on the life to come. This weekend we here of a gracious God who is ever with us to give us strength in Christ Jesus. None of us is promised a life free from trials and suffering. But we have been promised a life in which Jesus will remain with us during those times as well as our joys. Our first reading describes the faith of a mother and her seven sons and adherence to that faith in the face of persecution and torture. In today’s second reading St. Paul encourages the community to continue in their good works, trusting that God will strengthen and sustain them. Today’s Gospel is an attempt by the Sadducees to trick Jesus. While this group was part of the upper echelon of society, they didn’t believe in the idea of ‘resurrection.’ As always, Jesus doesn’t fall into their trap, but ‘schools’ them in the Law. He states that God is a God of the living. All people are alive to God. Resurrection is not just about future life. It is about now, which will be transformed in life beyond the world as we know it. God journeys with us and will help us navigate life, here and into eternal life. As St. Paul would say, “Nothing can separate us from the love of God…not even death.”
A word of thanks to Mike Hughes and Dee Brockmann who gave us a report last weekend on the work of our parish St. Vincent de Paul Society. Their work of helping the poor and needy right here within our parish on behalf of all of us is truly beautiful. Last year our parish society was able to help others with over $35,000 in assistance; food vouchers, utilities, rent, and other needs This was due in great part to the generosity of many parishioners and other donors. Thank you too to members who were at the masses to pass out leaflets and flyers. Thanks especially for all you do to live the Corporal Works of Mercy.
It’s not too late to inscribe the names of departed loved ones in our Book of Remembrance located by St. Joseph’s Altar. Throughout the month of November we will praying for all our beloved dead in addition to the many souls who have no one to pray for them. All those in our Book will be a special intention at every Mass during November. Please take a moment and include your family, friends, neighbors, and co-workers who have died.
Thanksgiving this year comes in the final week of the month, Thursday, November 28. Mass here at St. Luke will be at our holiday time, 9:00am. If you would like, please bring an item for your Thanksgiving Table, and after Communion, we will bless these. It can be anything you will place on your table; food, a tablecloth, candles, decorations. Please place these on the Communion Rail to be blessed.
The new Church year will begin on the Sunday after Thanksgiving, Dec. 1st. Several have asked about a Festival Choir for Christmas. Our Organist will be directing our Festival Choir for this year. I am not able to be a part of it this year. Please contact Frank for further information.
Finally today, as I announced last weekend, we had some trouble with the boiler for the Church last weekend. This week we had the boiler serviced and the thermostat checked, (again). Hopefully there will be a marked difference. (If not, sit closer to each other!)
God Bless! Have a good week!
Remember those 3 Hail Marys (Fr. Pete)