Our readings this weekend are from Mark, James and the Book of Numbers.
They are strong proclamations with seriousness of relationship between the Lord and ourselves.
Many directions come from the readings but one that pops out for me is an understanding that we are no better than the Lord’s other sisters and brothers. We may live differently and some people make bad choices but haven’t most people at one time or another make or have made a bad choice/mistake against the Lord. And there are moments when individuals become jealous when another person may act like we do or even excel in a way we may not. We are all called to renounce/avoid the temptation to competition and the thinking to be better than others. It happened in the first reading from the Book of Numbers. It happened in today’s Gospel of Mark.
Let’s remember we are all invited to use our God given talents for the goodness and building up of the Kingdom of God. As we, Saint Catherine of Siena and the Church of the Transfiguration, continue our clustering with one another it is the coming together that we recognize the charisms of one another, not one better than another, but what collectively we offer to the Lord that enriches the Kingdom He desires. We are truly a melting pot of many blessings, charisms and graces that we share not only between our two faith communities but with our Diocese and wider world as well.
As we read in Phil 2:6-7, Christ who “did not regard equality with God something to be grasped. Rather he emptied himself, taking the form of a slave” reminds us by rejoicing in and welcoming the gifts/charisms/talents of others, we embrace the humility of Jesus Christ!
This weekend is full of blessings! I will be celebrating on Saturday a Baptism at Transfiguration at 9AM and then a wedding at 11AM. Then I go down the road to Saint Catherine’s for a wedding at 2PM. Then of course, come back to Transfiguration at 3 PM for Reconciliation, Mass at 4PM and then Mass 5:30PM at Saint Catherine’s. It will be a day full of the Lord’s goodness!
On Sunday, I am so happy that Damian Zynda will join me in blessing the participants of this year’s 19th Annotation to our sisters and brothers during the 10:45AM mass!
There is so much to be grateful for as the Kingdom builds in our midst!
Speaking of gratefulness, remember Father Mike Bausch?
I am very happy to say my friend, Father Mike who had retired just a season ago is willing to assist us as we go forward. YEAH! Father Mike and I will coordinate masses and share with our beloved Deacons, Eric, Kevin and Jim the breaking open of the Word of God. I am so grateful that this young retiree (Mike not me!) will be among us. It is a gift that we can continue to build “Good News” with one another.
As I mentioned last weekend, “We are blessed. I am overwhelmed by the Lord’s goodness to me. I am so grateful for each and everyone of you and continue to promise to be here for each and everyone of you 100%.”
Let’s continue in our prayer and thanksgiving for one another!
Mike, It is good to see you again!
Love and faith,
September 26, 2021