Pastoral Region Festivals and Fiestas
By the time you read this, St. Ann’s Fiesta should be in the history books. Sacred Heart’s Festival begins twelve days from now. Both St. Ann and Sacred Heart parishes need successful festivals in order to sustain their respective schools and parish programs. Let’s support each other’s parishes
Don’t forget that even when the festival season is over, Sacred Heart (coordinating with St. Ann) will host a Ministry Fair at Sacred Heart’s fellowship hall on September 17 and 18; and St. Ann will also host its annual “Oktoberfest” on September 24.
Reflection on Scripture
Without hope in Jesus Christ, all things are indeed vanity. In our first reading, Qoheleth says all things are vanity. For the secular man, this is true. For the secular man, the old quote is true, “You work hard, struggle, and then you die.” The French existentialist philosopher Jean Paul Sartre, invites us to the logical conclusion of the negativism of Qoheleth. Sartre has no God, so he has no hope. Jesus tells us in today’s gospel selection that this kind of pessimism leads assuredly to greed, hopelessness, and despair. Without God, there is nothing to be positive about.
Jesus tells us that what we do each day matters. Each day, we receive God’s love and we share that love with others; not in selfishness, but in selflessness. How can we let pessimism cloud our joy when we know our destination is eternal life with Christ in Heaven. Selfishness and greed is the response of one who sees no further than the here and now. Joy is the reward for those who look ahead and believe in Jesus Christ.
Readings for the Nineteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time
Heb 11:1-2, 8-19
Theme: Be prepared by being busy with the work of the Kingdom.
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