Of me and my three siblings, only one brother tends to be fearless in most situations. While all of us would be running from danger or threat, he’d stand up to face it and tout: “Bring it on!” That fearlessness in the face of danger, that courage and strength is the same spirit as reflected by what we’ve come to know as the “Servant of the Lord” passages as described by Isaiah the prophet in this weekend’s first biblical selection. “My face I did not hide from insults and spitting. The Lord GOD is my help, therefore I am not disgraced” Isaiah 50:6-7. The Church also selects a passage from the Gospel of Mark, chapter eight; a turning point in Mark’s narrative. Within it Jesus tests how He is being perceived. “Who do people say that I am?” Mark 8:27. Most see in Jesus a similar spirit to other great deceased personages. When he requests their opinion, Peter proclaims in faith that He is truly the Messiah of God. Unlike how most would expect the Messiah of God to be treated, Jesus reveals the first prediction of his impending passion and death. Like the “Servant of the Lord” passage above, Jesus is confident in the face of this danger revealing even the good news of “resurrection” by predicting that on the third day He would rise again. Peter, like us, takes issue with Him only to be taught not to judge by human values but by God’s perfect will. Then Jesus encourages us “Whoever wishes to come after me must deny himself, take up his cross, and follow me.” Mark 8:34.
We are all encouraged to be fearless in the face of struggles so as to profess our faith. “The Lord GOD is my help;
who will prove me wrong? Isaiah 50:9.
FATHER RON is away preaching a “Mission Appeal” for the Diocese of Masaka, Uganda this weekend at two parishes within in the Albany area. Fr. Ron is founder and director of ROTA: Reaching Out 2 Africa, which this past summer funded the travel of Fr. Emmanuel Katabaazi to and from Buffalo, NY. Fr. Emmanuel preached these “Mission Appeals” at one of three parishes in Albany as well as parishes here in Buffalo. He was a guest of our parish this past summer. We pray for travel mercy and mission success for Fr. Ron.
SEMINARIAN DANIEL ULMER, will be a guest preacher at all the Masses next weekend September 20th at both St. Lawrence and St. Martin de Porres parishes. He will be reminding us of the importance of the role of the seminary in the life of our Church in Buffalo. The second collection the following weekend, Sept. 27th will be dedicated toward support of CKS. Thank you for your generosity.
CLERGY TEAM NEWS Now that our team of priests is in place our organizing work has begun. Soon the liturgical schedules will be produced for the months of October, November, and December. The following “days off” have been determined: Fr. Mark on Tuesday, Fr. Ron on Wednesday, and Fr. Daniel on Friday. More updates to follow.