Twenty-Sixth Sunday in Ordinary Time

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


Here we are on the first weekend of Autumn 2009!  Let us pray that this new season of Autumn brings us many blessings from the Lord! 


The changing seasons enable us to always grow closer to God.  For us here in New England, Autumn brings colorful leaves!  May we experience anew the beauty of God in all creation during this Autumn time.  Thanks to all who have been sharing the fruits of the garden by dropping off so many vegetables at the rectory.  May the Lord bless us with an abundant harvest time.


Last Sunday, in the Gospel account, the disciples were arguing about who among them was the greatest.  This Sunday, the disciples appear little better in the eyes of Jesus as they wish to judge for themselves who can do the Lord’s work. 


The narrative thus begins with the disciples expressing their concern over seeing someone using Jesus’ name to drive out demons.  Not recognizing the goodness of the person’s actions, because he is not part of the group, the disciples try to stop him.  Jesus, once again correcting them, responds to the exclusivity they wish to maintain with the principles of tolerance and acceptance. 


Jesus teaches that even what might appear to be a small deed, done in Christ’s name, does not lose its importance in God’s eyes.  This is important for us to grow in our daily Christian lives.  Every day offers us the opportunity to do the “little things” well for Jesus.  As St. Teresa of Avila would tell her nuns, “God moves among the pots and pans!”  All our small tasks can be done well for Christ. 


Jesus’ teaching implies that if we welcome those who follow Jesus in their actions, although they might be outside the “inner circle”, we will experience the reward of the kingdom of God.  As this Autumn begins we need to ask ourselves, “What is most important?”  The answer may be found in today’s Gospel, in which the Lord Jesus tells us to rid ourselves of anything that causes us to sin. 


We must all re-examine our priorities in order to find the path that will lead us to lasting treasure: eternal life with God. 

                                                                                     Blessings on this beautiful Autumn Sunday! 
                                    Father Jim



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