Celebrating Twenty-Third Sunday of Ordinary Time

Homily given by Fr. Jim Lowe CC at St. Scholastica 10am Mass

Sunday September 8, 2019

On behalf of St. Scholastica, I would like to offer a warm welcome to any visitors, especially those who are here for the first time. Every time we celebrate Mass, we address God the Father in our opening prayer. The prayer in today’s Mass is quite powerful.

“O God, by whom we are redeemed and receive adoption, look graciously upon your beloved sons and daughters, that those who believe in Christ may receive true freedom and an everlasting inheritance. Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever.” (23rd Sunday in ordinary time collect)

This prayer begins by acknowledging that God is our Father and that we are His beloved sons and daughters. When we come to worship God in the Mass, we do not approach Him in fear and trembling, but in confidence as children approaching our loving and merciful Father.

We believe that in Baptism, we become one with Jesus by dying with Him on the cross and raising with Him from the dead, we are forgiven of our sins, and we are intimately united with Jesus, the Father, and the Holy Spirit here on earth and forever in heaven. This truth is central to all that we believe. Nothing can separate us from the love of God and spending eternity with Him in heaven except us freely choosing to turn away from Him by our serious, unconfessed sin.

This is why God gave us His Church. We need one another. We need to be strengthened through Christian community. This fall, we will be offering numerous opportunities to grow in our faith. We will be having a series of workshops on prayer, beginning on Saturday, September 21st. We will be offering a Jeff Cavins Bible Study on the Gospel of John beginning Wednesday, September 25th at 1 pm and Thursday, September 26th at 6:30 pm. We will continue to offer our monthly Become the Fire Charismatic Prayer Gatherings the first Friday of every month at 7 pm.

Please consider both participating in, and encouraging others to participate in these opportunities to grow in faith and build Christian community. Together, we can become a stronger community of faith. Be assured of my prayers for each of you as we move forward in becoming a joyful band of missionary disciples.

 

Your Brother in Christ,

 

Fr. Jim Lowe, CC