Focusing on the riches of God's kindgom Print E-mail
Written by Jean Denton   
Sunday, Oct. 11, 2015
28th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Wisdom 7:7-11
Psalm 90:12-17
Hebrews 4:12-13
Mark 10:17-30 or Mark 10:17-27

Throughout the 15 years I've been visiting a rural community in Haiti with my parish twinning program, I've witnessed among the people a fundamental awareness that everything and anything they have is a gift from God.

They are so poor that they take nothing for granted other than that it's granted by God. Whatever it is -- the day's portion of rice, their house, a child, a pretty singing voice, a day without sickness -- they believe it came straight from the Father's generosity.

Moreover, knowing that a generous God provides for them, they respond with generosity as well. For instance, more than once I've been invited into someone's home and served a grapefruit or banana that would've been part of the family's next meager meal.

In my own community, we have so much material wealth, comfort, and resources of every kind that we often lose that sense of God's providence. We forget these resources didn't become ours without divine involvement.

We who live in a culture that oversells self-reliance and measures the good life based on wealth can easily overlook God's hand at work, which can lead to forgetting God altogether.

In today's Gospel, Jesus shows that he knows this too well when he tells his disciples, "How hard it is for those who have wealth to enter the kingdom of God."

Why? Because rich people think they're already in heaven. In a wealth-based world, what more could one want?

As followers of Jesus, we know there's more to God's kingdom. There's love, compassion, sacrifice for another, and the deep happiness those things bring. However, such possibility often is lost on those who have many possessions until, like the young man in the Gospel, they come face to face with Jesus, who embodies those promises.

The poor understand God is all-giving. God, who gives the rice and the rain, also gives the loving family. The poor are more focused on the giver than the gift, so that's where they long to be -- in the giving.

Jesus' instruction to the rich young man tells all of us to look beyond our possessions to find his kingdom: "Sell what you have, and give to the poor . . . then come, follow me."

This column is offered in cooperation with The North Texas Catholic of Fort Worth, Texas.

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Pope's Prayer Intentions: October 2015 Print E-mail
October Universal Intention

Human Trafficking. That human trafficking, the modern form of slavery, may be eradicated.

October Evangelization Intention
Mission in Asia. That with a missionary spirit, the Christian communities of Asia may announce the Gospel to those who are still awaiting it.
Holy Days of Obligation Print E-mail

The following are Holy Days of Obligation for 2015.

Holy Days of Obligation Description
Wednesday, Jan. 1
Solemnity of Mary the Mother of God
Thursday, May 14
Ascension Thursday
Saturday, Aug. 15
Solemnity of the Assumption (abrogated because it falls on Saturday)
Sunday, Nov. 1
All Saints
Tuesday, Dec.8
Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception
Thursday, Dec. 25
Solemnity of the Nativity of the Lord (Christmas)
Prayer to St. Raphael Print E-mail

photo of Pilgrim Icon of St. Raphael

Glorious Archangel St. Raphael, great prince of the heavenly court, you are illustrious for your gifts of wisdom and grace. You are a guide of those who journey by land or sea or air, consoler of the afflicted, and refuge of sinners.

We beg you, assist us in all our needs and in all the sufferings of this life, as once you helped the young Tobias on his travels. Because you are the "medicine of God" we humbly pray you to heal the many infirmities of our souls and the ills that afflict our bodies.

We especially ask your guidance of our diocese as we journey toward the rebuilding of a cathedral bearing your name, and the great grace of purity to prepare us to be temples of the Holy Spirit. As our intercessor, beg the Blessed Trinity to prosper the work of our hands and, above all, to bring us, face-to-face, into their Holy presence.


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