August 27, 2017
This is the 21st Sunday in Ordinary Time.
We welcome Fr. Noel, a missionary from Belize who will be here to speak to us about the needs of the people of his country. I want to thank you in advance for your generous support in always helping those in need.
In our reading from the Prophet Isaiah, things don’t sound very good for Shebna, who was warned by the Lord. He unfortunately turned from God and favored alliance with Egypt, failing to trust in God. The Prophet points to the price he will pay for his lack of trust, and so it will be for anyone who abandons God and gives up their trust in His message. The Church’s role, like those early prophets, is to offer us guidance and direction—and yes—even correction when we wander too far off the path. Shebna lived a high and mighty life in wanton luxury with no regard for others. He built a lavish tomb for himself, despite the prediction that he would never be buried in it. Shebna was disrespectful to the Lord, causing conflict among the people of Israel. He was supposed to be a faithful leader. Because of his pride, he was ejected from his office and Eliakim was appointed as the new leader. This is signified by the keys of the House of David being presented to him.
St. Paul in his Letter to the Romans declares that everything revolves around God and His great love for all of us. Therefore, anything less than complete faith and trust in God would mean all would be lost. “For from him and through him and for him are all things. To him be glory forever. Amen.”
Jesus suffered and died for us because of his great love and left us the Holy Spirit to be with us as our strength and encouragement. We gather each week in and week out to be nourished in this faith by our prayer and worship.
St. Paul reminds us and the Romans that our greatness is in the wisdom and knowledge of God. He has blessed us all greatly. Paul is disappointed in some of the people because of their lack of faith and feels he has done all he could possibly do. However, God will require St. Paul to continue his work and never give up. He required us to do the same.
Jesus, in today’s Gospel of Matthew, asks all of us “who do people say that I am?” Just like the apostles, I’m sure we might all have a different answer. Peter boldly proclaims: “You are the Christ, the Son of the Living God.” May we too proclaim Jesus as Lord and Savior and whole-heartedly place our complete trust in Him.
~ Msgr. Bob
THE FOLLOWING ARE NEW MEMBERS AT ST. PAUL CATHOLIC CHURCH: Johnny & Meghan Mulholland & Family. Mike & Tiffany Manaois. Chris & Blair Carter & Family. WELCOME.
THE FOLLOWING HAVE BEEN BAPTIZED INTO THE CHURCH: Angelina Maduok. Gabriel Spindler. Lucas Gonzalez. Luken Patrick Hjelmstad. Landen Rutherford Hjelmstad. CONGRATS!
IN MEMORIAL FOR THOSE PARISHIONERS WHO HAVE RECENTLY LEFT US FOR THE LORD: Eileen Graham
IN CELEBRATION FOR THOSE NEWLY WED: Maggie Arnold & Travis Sowash. Katie Kagg & Hunter Callahan.