From the Pastor’s Desk
Twenty-Sixth Sunday of Ordinary Time
Oct 1, 2023
“Have in you the same attitude that is also in Christ Jesus…”
Brothers and Sisters,
I’m sure many a parent has often told their grumpy teen to “Check your attitude!” Yet, this declaration is good advice for adults, too. Especially when we consider how easy it is to let outside influences or things out of our control rob us of our peace and affect our mood —for the worse.
That’s why today’s reminder from Paul’s letter to the Philippians to cultivate a servant’s attitude, where we know that all that is good flows from and are gifts from God is so poignant. A servant’s heart allows us to go beyond and give all our efforts, talents, and even our very lives in service to God. This coming week, ask yourself how God wants you to draw upon his gift of Christ’s life in the Eucharist to feed and serve others. Is it by offering your friendship to the lonely, your faith story to the spiritually hungry, or your tangible assistance to those in need?
Not only is our Church blessed this weekend with the ordination of 14 men to the diaconate, but those blessings continue this week as we celebrate some “giants” among saints, St. Therese of Lisieux and St. Francis of Assisi. St. Therese had profound childhood experiences that adjusted her attitude away from the things of the world to God. This mindset enabled her, as just a teenager, to dedicate her life to God as a Carmelite nun. During her far too short life, this “Little Flower” demonstrated such immense wisdom in articulating her Little Way” of spiritual childhood, which encourages complete dependence on the Lord while showing love for others through small deeds done with great love.
As a young man, Francis also needed an attitude adjustment. He dreamed of finding prestige and esteem as a knight. Caught up in fantasy, he returned defeated. Yet, while experiencing rejection, he could hear the Lord ask him “to rebuild the Church.” As many of us have done, he first misunderstood the Lord’s request and began physically repairing run-down buildings. In time, he discovered that Jesus wanted him to live a life of simplicity, inspiring others to join in spiritual renewal.
Like Francis and other saints who lived in turbulent times, Jesus wants us to submit to his will, trust him, and rebuild his Church. Won’t you join me and help? Sometimes, that may mean repairing a wall or putting down a new gymnasium floor. Still, often, cultivating a servant’s heart and the right attitude so we can deliver on the mission and ministry of the Church with our lives is what is needed most!
In closing, pray for the newly ordained deacons, especially Deacon Mike King. With his wife Diane and daughter Jenny, they have been a blessing to our parish. Pray the Lord may bless them as the “other” Deacon Mike enters into this service for the Lord.