Not much different this week. However, I just want to take some time to thank Betsy and especially the CCW women of St. Joseph and St. Matthew. The religious education free-will dinners on Wednesday at 5:15 are going great. The CCW women figured they served over 100 people last Wednesday (October 9). This does not include the teenagers (and others) who came up for seconds. For those of you who aren’t aware, we are busing the younger kids straight from school to the church in Mapleton. So the parents don’t have to pick them up and drop them off at the church. This is done for them. Then the kids get entertained from whenever they arrive until class starts at 4:15. At. 5:15 is the free-will dinner. Then after dinner the older kids have class from 6 to 7:30. It is a lot of work for Betsy and her crew, but it seems to be working really well. So thank you for all who are making this possible, but especially the parents.
This week we have the curing of the ten lepers. Ten lepers approach Jesus and ask Him to cure them. Jesus tells them to show themselves to the priests. This was the standard thing to do in those days. Due to the law God gave Moses, the priests acted as kind of the doctors. Not necessarily with the curing part, but more with the diagnosing part. They all began their trip to meet the priest. Now St. Luke records that they were cured as they were going. So they were not cured until after they started the trip to see the priests. So it took faith to begin the trip to see the priest. What if they got to the priests and they weren’t cured? They would look pretty foolish. So it took faith just to begin the trip to go see the priest. We need to have that same faith. If God asks us to do something, we need to trust that He will provide what we need to do the task.
Peace of Christ,
I was talking to Betsy this morning. I just want to say thank you to everyone that has made the start of the faith formation year a success. We are trying a lot of new things at once, so thank you, especially you parents, for making everything so smooth. I must say the food has been excellent. Selfishly, it is nice to know I’ll get a good home cooked meal every Wednesday evening. I love seeing the community come together during these meals. It makes my heart happy.
The Gospel today is a little odd, especially for our modern ears. Jesus is usually, especially in the Gospel of Luke, about raising up the underdog. However, in the parable for today, Jesus has the servant do his usual duties and then eat and drink after the master is done. There is nothing revolutionary about this story, about this idea. And that is Jesus’ point. Serving others should be no big deal as a Christian. I think it is great when we hear stories of people, especially athletes or other famous people, going out of their way to help others. However, in some ways I wish it was not such a big deal. I don’t want to diminish what they did, but one of the reasons it is such a big deal is because this means it does not happen very often. As Christians, going the extra mile for someone, serving someone else, should be so common that it is not a big deal. In some ways it should just be expected of us, as it was expected of the servant to serve his master and only eat after the master was done. On the flip side, though, it is still good to thank those who do help us. But, we need to pray, ask, and discern how we can more readily serve those around us, to be servants to one another.
God is good. We had a great start to the religious education year. Thanks to Betsy and her team for making it all work. Thank you to the CCW for the walking tacos dinner. And thank you to you parents.
This weekend (Sunday, September 29) we welcome Vincent James Landsteiner, son of Ted and Sam to the family of God. So keep Vincent and his parents in your prayers. What a great gift.
In this weekend’s Gospel we have Lazarus and the rich man. The rich man just sees Lazarus as a means to an end, if that. When Lazarus was alive, the rich man ignores him. Then when the rich man dies and finds out how terrible hell is, he wants Lazarus to go warn his brothers. The rich man does not recognize the personhood and the dignity of Lazarus. And yet in this parable, the rich man is nameless and the poor man Lazarus is given the dignity of having a name. How can we do a better job of recognizing those around us? It is so easy to ignore those around us. Do we say hi to our cashier at the grocery store? The people we interact with should not simply be a means to an end. Every person deserves to be treated as a human person and not used.
May God bless and keep you,