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:
In Jesus Christ, the whole of God’s truth has been made manifest. “Full of grace and truth,” he came as the “light of the world,” he is the Truth (Jn 1:14; 8:12; cf. 14:6). “Whoever believes in me may not remain in darkness” (Jn 12:46). The disciple of Jesus continues in his word so as to know “the truth [that] will make you free” and that sanctifies (Jn 8:32; cf. 17:17). To follow Jesus is to live in “the Spirit of truth,” whom the Father sends in his name and who leads “into all the truth” (Jn 16:13). To his disciples Jesus teaches the unconditional love of truth: “Let what you say be simply ‘Yes or No’” (Mt 5:37).
As we know, our country was founded on Judeo-Christian principles – “In God we trust!” Today, there is a crisis of truth in our land because there is a crisis of faith and trust in God. We have now reached the point where we are attempting to create our own moral norms (e.g. legalized abortion, homosexual marriage, etc…) which are completely contrary to God’s revealed truth and devastating to the common good of our society. It doesn’t matter whether or not we have the best financial guru’s on the planet plotting and planning strategies for economic recovery, if we turn our backs on God and in effect say to him, “We no longer know who you are; we don’t want to hear your word or do things your way; we no longer trust in you; we will make a new way regardless of what you say” . . . we as a nation will not succeed – we will eventually die in our sins. So, you see, the question Jesus asks is very relevant. Historically, the answer to this question has meant the rise and fall not only of individual human beings but of civilizations. If we who have been blessed with the fullness of divine revelation look at Jesus and say, “You are just one of the prophets, one opinion among many . . .” we are headed for sad times. On the contrary if, by the mercy of God, we say with St. Peter, “You are THE Christ! THE Way, THE Truth, THE Life, THE Savior of the world,” then we are destined to enjoy the freedom, joy and peace that only the Truth can provide.
Your Servant in Christ,
Fr. Terry Staples
Pray for the Sick & Other Special Needs
Mass Intentions Next Two Weeks
(Sep 15 – Sep 21) (Sep 22 – Sep 28)
Sat 5:00pm +Hunter Jackson +Tom McDonnell
Sun: 8:00am +Ann Sansbury +Tom McDonnell
10:30am Parishioners Parishioners
Mon: 8:30am +Penny Voissem +Kathy Winston
Tue: 8:30am +Shirley Clay Bernadette Pontious
Wed: 12:15PM Lorene Leger +Tom Dreelin
Fri: 12:15pm Peggy Newman Dolores Lagemann
Diocesan Resource Page on Recent Events Available
The Catholic Diocese of Arlington website includes a resource page where parishioners can access information regarding the recent events affecting the Church. Read the policies on child protection and responses to the crisis from Bishop Burbidge and the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops at www.arlingtondiocese.org/childprotection
MONDAY’S from 9:15a.m. to 11:00a.m.
From 7:00p.m. to 8:45p.m.
The continuation of the Gospel of Matthew is discussed. &
TUESDAY’S from 7p.m. to 845p.m.
Get closer to Jesus through Sunday reflections given by the priests of the Diocese of Arlington. TEXT “2m2v” to 84576 or visit www.arlingtondiocese.org/2minutes2virtueto sign up!
Pray for our Loved Ones in the Armed Forces
SISTERS OF ST MARIA Annual Fall Yard Sale
October 6th from 7a.m. to 1p.m.
The Church Shed will be open for your donations.
Items MUST be in clean condition and in working order.
NO adult clothing, please.
Saturday Readers: Daniel Strogis, Patricia Harbin (EM)
Sep 15 Ushers: John Robert Clemente, Larry Deeds
5:00PM Altar Servers: Matthew, Abby, Adrian
Sunday Readers: Joe Pauli, Cheryl Pauli (EM)
Sep 16 Ushers: Mark Hogan, Aubrey Treakle
8:00am Altar Servers: Daniel, Joseph
Sunday Readers: Joyce Cyrus, Karen Primeau (EM)
Sep 16 Ushers: Scott Johnson, Craig Lawson
10:30am Altar Servers: Christopher & Peter, Brendan
Counters: John & Carol Keeney, Jesse Evans
Saturday Readers: Joe Pauli, Cheryl Pauli (EM)
Sep 23 Ushers: John Robert Clemente, Patricia Harbin
5:00PM Altar Servers : Isaac & Vince, Joseph
Sunday Readers: Pete Zahn, Mike Monticello (EM)
Sep 24 Ushers: Aubrey Treakle, Romie Powell
8:00am Altar Servers: Daniel, Joseph
Sunday Readers: Len Whitehead, Jesse Evans (EM)
Sep 24 Ushers: Ron Lloyd, David Bowman
10:30am Altar Servers: Jackson, Danni
Counters: Chris & Tina Riley, Thomas Allsbury
The Second Collection for Kerala, India is home to Father Justin Puthussery who resides in our diocese and assists at Fairfax Hospital.
Who do you say that I am?” The One who calls is the Messiah, the Son of the living God. Are you called to follow Him as a priest, deacon, brother or sister? Call Fr. Michael Isenberg at (703) 841-2514, or write: m.isenberg@arlingtondiocese
A NATIONAL MOVEMENT IN HONOR OF THE MIRACLE OF FATIMA
The Rosary will be said on Saturday, October 13th from 12p.m. to 1p.m. in our social hall.
Come pray the Rosary for Peace on our Patio
For more info: contact Kathy Weakley @ 540-308-5612
Everyone Is Welcome! A luncheon will be served after the Rosary.
Have you ever wanted to go on a pilgrimage?
Fr. Staples is hosting a pilgrimage to the Holy Land October 7-18, 2019, and a $500 deposit reserves your spot. The height of the trip will be a visit to the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, but you will also visit Mt. Nebo, where Moses was laid to rest; the ancient city of Petra, Nazareth, where you will celebrate Mass and visit Mary’s well; Bethlehem, the birthplace of Jesus; and Cana, the site of Jesus’ first miracle, where married couples will have the opportunity to renew their vows. If you have any questions, please contact Fr. Staples at:
What is in your heart? Share the fullness of your heart with your spouse by participating in a Worldwide Marriage Encounter weekend on Sep 21-23, 2018 in Herndon, VA and Nov 2-4, 2018 in Gaithersburg, MD. Early sign up is recommended. For more information visit our website at: RenewMarriage-VANorth.org or contact us at
email@example.com or 703-646-1521
Splendors of Eastern Europe
Including the Passion Play of Oberammergau which is presented every 10 years.
11 Days May 11-21, 2020
Hosted by Fr. Jerry A. Wooton
This pilgrimage will go to some of Europe’s most interesting countries including Czech Republic, Hungary, Austria, Germany and Bavarian Lourdes.
Call Father @ #202-277-2883 for details. Brochures are in the Gathering Area
SEPTEMBER FOOD PANTRY Dish Detergent, Canned Fruit
I was brought low, and he saved me. Psalm 114
The More You Love the Church, the More It Hurts