19th Sunday in Ordinary Time ~ August 11, 2019

Aug 8, 2019

My Dear Parish Family,

We live by the clock. Time is money. We calculate time minutely because of overfilled schedules, too little sleep, too many demands. We hardly have the time to consider our responses – we just go, go, go. This Sunday’s Gospel contrasts calculating time with considered faithfulness.

The Gospel reminds us that, as servants of Jesus, we must be vigilant and faithful always. We must show Jesus’ care and concern for others, and we seek to do this as Jesus himself did. Our mission is not to calculate when the Master will return but to live in and be his abiding presence now.

We not only calculate  time spent on everyday tasks but we often calculate time spent in church, how much we give to the poor, time spent in personal prayer. Faithful discipleship must also include vigilant response to others, genuine care for them, and reaching out as Jesus himself would. Because of this kind of fidelity, the Master is never really absent.

In Christ’s Peace,

Fr. Walter