Twenty-Fourth Sunday in Ordinary Time

I hope you have enjoyed your week. As we get closer to the Harvest Bazaar we are still looking for more bakers. The sheets are at the entrances of the church. Please take a minute and sign your name and help us with some baking.  If you can help on the day, please let us know that too.

Next Sunday, September 23, and the following Tuesday, September 25, are parent meetings for Reconciliation and First Communion. You may attend either Sunday or Tuesday.

Who is Jesus for you - and what difference does he make in your life? Many in Israel recognized Jesus as a mighty man of God, even comparing him with the greatest of the prophets. Peter, always quick to respond whenever Jesus spoke, professed that Jesus was truly the "Christ of God" - "the Son of the living God" (Matthew 16:16). No mortal being could have revealed this to Peter, but only God. Through the "eyes of faith" Peter discovered who Jesus truly was. Peter recognized that Jesus was much more than a great teacher, prophet, and miracle worker. Peter was the first apostle to publicly declare that Jesus was the Anointed One, consecrated by the Father and sent into the world to redeem a fallen human race enslaved to sin and cut off from eternal life with God (Luke 9:20, Acts 2:14-36). The word for "Christ" in Greek is a translation of the Hebrew word for "Messiah" - both words literally mean the Anointed One.

Why did Jesus command his disciples to be silent about his identity as the anointed Son of God? They were, after all, appointed to proclaim the good news to everyone. Jesus knew that they did not yet fully understand his mission and how he would accomplish it. Cyril of Alexandria (376-444 AD), an early church father, explains the reason for this silence:
There were things yet unfulfilled which must also be included in their preaching about him. They must also proclaim the cross, the passion, and the death in the flesh. They must preach the resurrection of the dead, that great and truly glorious sign by which testimony is borne him that the Emmanuel is truly God and by nature the Son of God the Father. He utterly abolished death and wiped out destruction. He robbed hell, and overthrew the tyranny of the enemy. He took away the sin of the world, opened the gates above to the dwellers upon earth, and united earth to heaven. These things proved him to be, as I said, in truth God. He commanded them, therefore, to guard the mystery by a seasonable silence until the whole plan of the dispensation should arrive at a suitable conclusion.
(Commentary on Luke, Homily 49)

Jesus told his disciples that it was necessary for the Messiah to suffer and die in order that God's work of redemption might be accomplished. How startled the disciples were when they heard this word. How different are God's thoughts and ways from our thoughts and ways (Isaiah 55:8). It was through humiliation, suffering, and death on the cross that Jesus broke the powers of sin and death and won for us eternal life and freedom from the slavery of sin and from the oppression of our enemy, Satan, the father of lies and the deceiver of humankind. 

Fr. Phil Jones

Twenty-Third Sunday in Ordinary Time

We welcome all parishioners to our parish and welcome back those who have been traveling during the summer months.  A special welcome to those parishioners who are new and have joined the parish over the summer months. Please register with the parish, if you are new, by filling out a blue card obtainable from the office. Please place it in the collection basket next Sunday and you will be included in the roster of parishioners.  We also welcome back our Principals, Julie Tollis at St. Dominic Catholic School, Michelle McCann at Queen of Heaven Catholic School and Jim Horvath at St. Paul Catholic Secondary School. We wish our teachers and students great success during this school year. Our schools are an integral part of our parish and we look forward to a great relationship with them.

Several events are happening this fall:
Sacred Events:
Sept. 23 and 25 – Parent meeting for First Confession and First Communion
Oct. 10 – 9:15 Mass – St. Dominic and Queen of Heaven Thanksgiving Mass
Nov. 1 – All Saints
Nov. 2 – All Souls

Social Events:
Bake Sale by the coffee Sunday ladies Sept. 15/16
The Harvest Bazaar is on September 29.
The Resettlement Christmas bazaar is on November 10 
The Pasta dinner is on November 24.

These events are a chance for you to come out and get to know your fellow parishioners.

Sacred Scripture
How do you expect the Lord Jesus to treat you when you ask for his help? Do you approach with fear and doubt, or with faith and confidence? Jesus never turned anyone aside who approached him with sincerity and trust. And whatever Jesus did, he did well. He demonstrated both the beauty and goodness of God in his actions.

When Jesus approaches a man who is both deaf and a stutterer, Jesus shows his considerateness for this man's predicament. Jesus takes him aside privately, no doubt to remove him from embarrassment with a noisy crowd of gawkers (onlookers). Jesus then puts his fingers into the deaf man's ears and he touches the man's tongue with his own spittle to physically identify with this man's infirmity and to awaken faith in him. With a word of command the poor man's ears were opened, his tongue was released, and he spoke plainly.

What is the significance of Jesus putting his fingers into the man's ears? Gregory the Great, a church father from the 6th century, comments on this miracle: "The Spirit is called the finger of God. When the Lord puts his fingers into the ears of the deaf mute, he was opening the soul of man to faith through the gifts of the Holy Spirit."

The people's response to this miracle testifies to Jesus' great care for others: He has done all things well. No problem or burden was too much for Jesus' careful consideration. The Lord treats each of us with kindness and compassion and he calls us to treat one another in like manner. The Holy Spirit who dwells within us enables us to love as Jesus loves. (Servants of the word)
I hope you all have a good week.

Fr. Phil