Twenty-Fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time

To all our parishioners and dear friends of our parish community…Praised be Jesus Christ!  Now and Forever! 


Today we are treated to one of the most memorable moments of Jesus’ teaching.  Today Jesus gives His disciples the correct answer to their quarrelsome discussion of who was the greatest. 


Today Our Lord must give them a concrete down-to-earth example to lodge His lesson into the heads and hearts of His disciples.  So what does He choose as his audio-visual prop, His mind-boggling and heartwarming example to make His point?  Jesus chooses…a child!  How are we to react to those words of Jesus” “Whoever receives one child in my name, receives me?”  Is our reaction one of welcome or rejection? 


Consider the millions of defenseless unborn children, the epitome of the least in our midst presently.  The statistics on the numbers of abortions are absolutely appalling.  In the United States alone there are approximately 1.37 million abortions per year, or 3,700 per day, and 93% of all abortions occur for social reasons, such as the child being unwanted or inconvenient.  For decades, our nation has been waging war against the unborn child. 


As a nation we are justifiably saddened and shocked over thousands of casualties among our armed forces in Iraq since March 2003, and by the hundreds of deaths among our troops in Afghanistan.  We prefer to ignore, however, the multitude of deaths of unborn children due to abortion. 


A government takeover of our nation’s health care system even supports including abortion!  It is high time we accept the statement of Blessed Mother Teresa of Calcutta, who branded abortion as “the greatest destroyer of peace in the world today.” 


The abortion issue is further complicated by the problem of child poverty.  Children represent a disproportionate share of the poor in the United States.  They comprise 25% of the total population, or 35% of the poor population.  In 2007, there were over 13 million children, or 17%, who were poor.  Children have known about an economic recession for a long time. 


Our war against children gets worse every day when we add the tragedies of child abuse and child pornography.  Why do our children seem to be our worst enemies?  If these facts and figures sound disheartening, they should!  Each one of us today has received a mandate from Jesus to support and assist our children, the least with whom Jesus identifies Himself. 


What a blessing it will be when each of us takes a needy child and receives him as we would receive Jesus.  Pray for all our children, born and unborn. 

                                                                                   Blessings on this late Summer Sunday! 
                                    Father Jim 

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