Fr. Rick’s Two Minute 22nd Sunday in Ordinary Time 08-28-2022
22nd Sunday in Ordinary Time 2022
Luke 13:22-30 https://bible.usccb.org/bible/readings/082122.cfm can
The readings this week speak about humility. So, it may sound strange when I say that I am so proud of you and your generosity to people who can’t return the favor. Jesus talks about that in the gospel. So, please think of how generous you are to the hungry every Friday, providing meals for Pinellas Hope. Recall the meals that Ascribed Members collect for Venezuelans. They can have a healthy meal every day because of your kindness.
Mothers staying at Kimberly Home who chose to have their babies’ received donations from Ave Maria Guild and the Knights of Columbus. I am so grateful for the support you give them at their fundraisers. Besides ministries, recall the times you have helped a neighbor out of the goodness of your heart. God bless you and take care of all your needs.
Your kindness and generosity are so counter-cultural. “So what’s in it for me? How can I get ahead?” are questions this culture is always asking? And it’s a hole in their heart that will never be filled.
You may not think about it very much, but the Eucharist, this wedding feast we are celebrating now, is the source of your generosity. We become like our Host. Something wonderful happens when we enter the sanctuary.
When we walk through those doors, we enter into a holy place full of healing and mercy. We give to Jesus those parts of us that are poor and crippled in living His gospel. We give him parts of us that are blind to the needs of others and lame in carrying out His good works of mercy.
We may not be conscious that this miracle is taking place in us. The Lord conceals it from us so that we won’t be proud. Isn’t it good that Jesus turns the tables and welcomes us in His heart so we can welcome the poor of the world in ours?
Stay close to this wedding feast of Jesus we call the Eucharist. He gives himself to us so completely that we can give a little more of ourselves each time we receive Him.
I love our people at Blessed Sacrament Church. Thank you, Jesus, for making me a part of this parish.
IGNITE THE FIRE!