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The 12th Sunday of Ordinary Time

This week we celebrate the 12th Sunday in Ordinary Time. As we begin our ordinal or “counting” time we hear the message in Paul’s Letter to the Romans that is as appropriate today as it was 2,000 years ago – “the gift is not like the transgression.  For if by the transgression of the one the many died, how much more did the grace of God and the gracious gift of the one man Jesus Christ overflow for the many.”  What do these words mean?   Jesus’ gift was generosity.  He gave His life for sins going back to Adam, our personal sins, social sins of today and sins yet to come.  Jesus’ act of dying for sin is “grace” and "gift” – how do we share that gift with others? 

Are we part of the violent and unjust forces in our society today?  Do we believe in equality for all of God’s children?  Do we protect the vulnerable – young or old?  Do we really care about the needs of those less fortunate than ourselves?    

Are we sharing a value system based on the Gospel with our children and grandchildren?  Are we even aware of how we treat others because of beliefs or skin color?  Are we willing to help others who may be walking the path that we once walked – poverty, lack of housing, out of a job- as we live the Corporal Works of Mercy?  How does the Psalm today – “Lord, in your great love, answer me” resonate in our lives and our prayers? 

 

 

Notes from Nancy

Thoughts and announcements from our Pastoral Director, Nancy Woodcock. Please leave any questions in the comments.