As we begin the month of August, in any department store, you’ll notice the “Back to School” supply section is stocked and ready for “Back to School” shoppers. It seems like summer just began and yet we need to prepare for that next step in the circle of life and family. In much the same way our Biblical lessons this weekend focus upon preparations for the great things God wishes to do with us. The book of Wisdom reflects upon the night of the first Passover. From the story in Exodus we know the chosen people followed the directive of Moses and ate the meal with staff in hand, sandals on their feet; dressed as if they could leave immediately. For after this night, the enactment of the last plague, ‘death of the firstborn,’ the Egyptians would ask, demand, and even fill them with gifts and supplies so that the Jews would leave their country. In the Gospel of Luke, we are encouraged to “Gird your loins and light your lamps and be like servants who await their master’s return from a wedding, ready to open immediately when he comes and knocks” Luke 12:35-36. Blessed will those servants be whom the master finds so prepared and ready. St. Paul reminds us all that “our citizenship is in heaven from which also we eagerly wait for a Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ” Philippians 3:20. What is the best preparation for that “second coming” of our Savior? The letter to the Hebrews inspires the answer, “grow in the gift of faith.” “By faith Abraham obeyed when he was called to go out…….. By faith he sojourned in the Promised Land as in a foreign country…….. By faith he received power to generate…..” Hebrews, chapter 11. We grow in faith by making time for prayer within our lives, participating in Sunday worship, teaching and sharing our faith with others - catechesis, and making time for generous and selfless service of the Kingdom as we work within service ministries. Faithfully enacting these simple preparations will help us remain await and sober as we await God’s Kingdom among us.
ST. MARTIN DE PORRES PARISH ANNUAL FAMILY PICNIC will take place on Sunday, August 21st at the Gazebo shelter of Como Park beginning with Gospel Mass at 12Noon followed by lunch. Everyone is encouraged to bring your contribution to the parish’s community table. Hot Dogs and Hamburgers will be provided.
PICNIC DAY MASS SCHEDULE CHANGE - On Sunday, August 21st, St. Martin will celebrate the 8:00AM Traditional Mass. However the 9:30AM Gospel Mass will not be held but moved to the 12Noon Mass at Como Park. Bring your lawn chairs and come to worship with us.