Pastor’s Reflection

16 September 2018

Twentieth-Fourth Sunday in Ordinary Time

In the Gospel this week (Mark 8:27-35) Jesus asks his disciples two questions which are as relevant today as they were to his own generation: “Who do people say that I am? . . . Who do you say that I am?” Our generation could answer the first question exactly as his contemporary disciples, “The people (i.e. the popular culture) say you are one of the prophets.” The modern, politically correct, answer to the question runs something like this: “Yes, we believe Jesus was a good man, an inspirational religious figure who had many good insights into the meaning of life just like many other ‘enlightened’ religious or philosophical thinkers such as Buddha, Gandhi, Muhammad, or any number of new age gurus or founders of other religious movements or sects.” Thus Jesus, they would claim, is merely ‘one of the prophets.’ Now, as disciples of Christ, we have a major problem with this answer – Jesus himself said it was wrong! In contrast to the “peoples’” answer to the question of who Jesus is, Peter responds with the right answer: “You are the Christ!” What does that mean? Ultimately, in the context of the whole Gospel narrative, it means Jesus is the Anointed One, the Messiah, the Son of the Living God, equal in dignity and in being to God the Father, the Savior of the entire world and every person in it; He is THE Way (not a way) THE Truth and THE Life. He must be worshiped as God, and his teaching must be received and obeyed as divinely revealed. The Catechism of the Catholic Church, #2466, teaches us



Liturgical Roles

Saturday: Sep 23, 5:00 pm

Reader:       Joe Pauli

EM:             Cheryl Pauli

Ushers:         Patricia Harbin,  John Robert Clemente

Altar Servers:   Isaac & Vince, Joseph

Sunday: Sep 24, 8:00 am

Reader:        Paul Zahn

EM:              Mike Monticello

Ushers:         Aubrey Treakle & Romie Powell

Altar Servers:    Daniel, Joseph

Sunday: Sep 24, 10:30 am

Reader:      Len Whitehead

EM:            Jesse Evans

Ushers:       Ron Lloyd & David Bowman

Altar Servers:  Jackson, Danni

Counters:    Chris & Tina Riley, Thomas Allsbury

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