Respect Life Sunday
Sunday, October 4, 2020
Today is Respect Life Sunday. Our scripture readings provide a chance for us to reflect on our need to reject possessiveness toward the gifts given to us by God. Reject a culture of death and build a culture of life. Please consider how you use the gift of life for the good of God’s kingdom. Isaiah reminds us that “The vineyard of the Lord of hosts is the house of Israel.” St. Matthew also speaks of the vineyard in the Gospel passage. The focus of St. Matthew, however, is not so much on the vineyard as it is on the tenants. You will find later in St. Matthew’s Gospel how Jesus pronounces judgement on the Jewish leaders. Like the tenants in today’s Gospel, these leaders reject Jesus, the stone rejected. God’s plan triumphs as Jesus becomes the cornerstone. I invite you to take time to examine your own journey considering today’s readings. What kind of tenant are you? We all have an obligation to bear fruit – the fruit of forgiveness and mercy. Please consider joining the opportunities for pray at Lourdes for the celebration of Our Blessed Mother during the month of October. This is also Respect Life month. How do you hold the gift of life from conception to natural death? You will find more information in the bulletin or on our website. Another great opportunity to grow in faith are the small groups now forming. Take a moment to consider which one is good for you by checking out the information later in today's bulletin. May God’s gift of mercy guide our actions this week! Our Lady of Lourdes – pray for us! Have a blessed week!