To win is to be first among one’s competitors; to dominate the competition. The longed for Messiah of God, according to Jewish tradition, was the savior who would win the fight against the Roman occupation. The Messiah would successfully dominate the oppressors and bring justice to the people of Israel. The ministry of Jesus appeared to be ushered in by an attention to the outcast, the sinner, those who were infirmed and worthless to the dominate culture at the time. Healing, encouraging, delivering, teaching and challenging people were the hallmarks of the ministry of Jesus of Nazareth. Peter recognized Jesus and proclaimed Him as the Messiah of God. However Jesus also knows how His ministry will threaten the established powers of the Jewish leaders and Roman occupiers. He is aware of how they will respond to His ministry and that His ministry will result in His physical death. But He also knows that physical death will not take hold of Him forever but that He will be raised on the third day. So for Jesus, to win is to apparently loose in the face of others, but be vindicated by His heavenly Father in the Resurrection. Jesus turns “winning” upside down. To win is to loose for the correct purpose. To be faithful to one’s calling. As Jeremiah declared, “I say to myself, I will not mention him, I will speak in his name no more. But then it becomes like fire burning in my heart, imprisoned in my bones; I grow weary holding it in, I cannot endure it” Jeremiah 20:9. Our mission is summed up in the letter of St. Paul to the Romans as he says: “Do not conform yourselves to this age but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and pleasing and perfect” Romans 12:2. Let us continue to discern the will of God for our lives, for our congregation, and for our purpose in this world. Let us embrace God’s will and rise with Him to eternal life.
NATIVITY OF THE BLESSED VIRGIN MARY - The Birth or Nativity of Mary observance occurs each year on September 8th. On the weekend closest to their patron Saint’s remembrance parishes are welcomed to celebrate their parish’s Patronal Feast. At Nativity of the BVM, this year’s celebration will take place on Sunday, September 10th. In addition to Food, Folks, Fun and even a “wide screen” to catch some of the “Bill Home Opener,” the church will dedicate, during the 11am Mass, the new and installed outdoor Church Bell System and also bless and use for the first time, a beautiful large host Monstrance which has been donated to the parish anonymously in memory of Roberta J. Castlevetere and Joseph Castlevetere. Come join us…….