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Servant of All

09-23-2018We Celebrate Worship Resource, Vol. 43, No. 3

Mark does not paint a pretty picture of the disciples. While Jesus is telling them that soon he would be put to death, they are busy arguing about who is the greatest. Surely they realize how terrible this was, as none of them will admit this to Jesus. Nevertheless, Jesus addresses their behavior, instructing them using the example of a child, one who is dependent on others for care. “Whoever receives one child such as this in the my name, receives me; and whoever receives me, receives not me but the One who sent me” (Mark 9:37). The lesson is clear; put aside your selfish ambition and care for the least of all. This is the kind of thinking that “the wicked” in the first reading utterly reject. Their selfishness inspires them to torture and kill “the just one,” foreshadowing the passion and death of the Lord. James addresses this jealousy and selfishness in his letter. When we are self-centered, we act as though we are the center of the universe, inevitably leading to conflict. When we exercise true wisdom, we acknowledge that we are just a speck in the universe. We make ourselves “the last of all and the servant of all” (Mark 9:35). It is in giving ourselves to the least among us that we receive more than we could ever possess on our own, that we receive God.

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Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament

Fridays 6:00-7:00pm in the Chapel, Dec 8, 2017 - Nov 23, 2018

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Change for Change

Beginning Sun, Jul 1, a large JAR with the inscription "Change for Change" will be placed in the Narthex. We ask parishioners to drop in their extra change.

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High School Youth Group

Sundays at 6:00pm in the Teen Room (Faith Formation Bldg., Rm #3)

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Knights of Columbus Soccer Challenge
Sep 23

Tue, Sep 18 and Wed, Sep 19 during CYE classes
Sun, Sep 23 and Sun Sep 30 after all Masses

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