While preaching in a church in the Diocese of Masaka, East Africa, to further enforce my preaching point, I had three glasses of coca cola on the altar. One was full to the brim, the other half full, and the third containing just a trace. At one point, I poured some of the soda from the glass that was full into the glass that had little, making my point that we need to leave room for God to fill us. God will not be able to work in and through us if our lives are too full of other things. In the Gospel narrative for this weekend an excited young person comes to Jesus asking a profound question about how one can attain eternal life. Jesus speaks to him about following the commandments that he has fulfilled since he was very young. Jesus then steps up the request to a higher level of commitment and trust: “Go sell what you have and give to the poor….then come and follow me” Mark 10:21. The young man went away saddened by the encounter and the request because his life was too full of possessions. His attachment to and use of his own wealth robbed him of room for God to act within him. Jesus continues to make the point about the misuse of wealth and possessions. With wealth and possessions often comes power and control. However being a disciple of Jesus means a surrender of control to God’s will rather than our own. It reminds me of that bumper sticker I saw. “If you are the pilot of your ship and Jesus is sitting beside you; switch seats.”
LITURGICAL PRESIDER SCHEDULES….. are available on our parish’s Google calendar. Each weekend in our parish bulletin, on the left page, left column, we list the Mass intentions for the coming week. Within this section we also will list who our main celebrant will be for the coming week’s daily Mass and the main celebrant for the following Sunday.
NEXT WEEKEND WE CELEBRATE WORLD MISSION SUNDAY Our second collection next Sunday will assist missionaries who preach, teach and share the Good News of Jesus to the 1,150 Mission Diocese around the world. Thank you for your support enabling our church to share the Good News to the ends of the earth.
THIS WEEKEND at the 10:00AM Mass we take some time to acknowledge and honor Andrew Pitizi and Ms. Olga Valenta for their many years of dedicated service to our St. Lawrence Parish community. After growing up with us, and working as our employee, Andrew has secured full time employment as a Youth Minister at St. Benedict Parish on Eggert Road. After years in the Food Pantry, Ms. Olga has moved on with her life as well. God’s blessings to them both. They will always have a home with us here at St. Lawrence.
ST. MARTIN DE PORRES GOSPEL CHOIR will be in concert today, Sunday, October 11th, 2015 at 5:00PM at the church located at 555 Northampton Street in Buffalo. Tickets for the concert entitled: “He’s All You Need” are $5.00 are available at the door. Let us affirm our sister community of faith by our attendance and support of their yearly celebration. It will prove to be an uplifting time of prayer and praise. All are welcome.
THIS MONTH’S ALTAR COVERING in honor of Mary the Mother of God, was a gift from the Legion of Mary Confraternity at the Church of St. Joseph the Worker in Benin City, Nigeria. May the Lord continue to bless our sisters and brothers who shared this most beautiful cloth with us.