September 19, 2021
Twenty-Fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time
Twenty-Fifth Sunday of Ordinary Time
“If anyone wishes to be first, he shall be the last of all and the servant of all.” Taking a child, he placed it in their midst, and putting his arms around it, he said to them, “Whoever receives one child such as this in my name, receives me; and whoever receives me, receives not me but the One who sent me.” These words are taken from St. Mark’s Gospel.
Children possess a wonderful honesty and a willingness to share that you will notice adults somehow
“outgrow.” Christ invites us to adopt this uncomplicated faith, the genuine faith of a child. He calls us to love God and other people without an expectation or condition. The faith of a child is amazing. Notice how it can be never discouraged and always grateful. It is a faith that is not complicated. This faith is centered in joy and happiness. It is focused on a genuine love. The power of this type of faith is its ability to overcome fear and complication. It reflects the selflessness of Jesus.
Christ calls you and me to mirror this faith in our daily lives. We are called to love without condition, with honesty and faithfulness. We are told by God that only through this type of faith, generosity, compassion, and forgiveness can we attain life in the Kingdom of God.
Thank you to all who attended and assisted at the Mass on the Grass. This was a wonderful experience of God’s presence on a beautiful day.
Join me in prayer for our parish catechists who are commissioned this weekend. Please take time today or soon to visit the website set up by the Archdiocese of Cincinnati to help you understand the Beacons of Light pastoral planning process. The planning process will affect all the parishes in the archdiocese. The site can be easily accessed at www.BeaconsAOC.org
Have a blessed week! Fr. Len