October 17th & 24th, 2021
Sunday Bible Reflections by Dr. Scott Hahn
Copyright 2021 www.salvationhistory.com
The sons of Zebedee hardly know what they’re asking in today’s Gospel. They are thinking in terms of how the Gentiles rule, of royal privileges and honors.
But the road to Christ’s kingdom is by way of His Cross. To share in His glory, we must be willing to drink the cup that He drinks.
The cup is an Old Testament image for God’s judgment. The wicked would be made to drink this cup in punishment for their sins (see Psalm 75:9; Jeremiah 25:15, 28; Isaiah 51:17). But Jesus has come to drink this cup on behalf of all humanity. He has come to be baptized—which means plunged or immersed—into the sufferings we all deserve for our sins (compare Luke 12:50).
In this He will fulfill the task of Isaiah’s suffering servant, whom we read about in today’s First Reading.
Like Isaiah’s servant, the Son of Man will give His life as an offering for sin, as once Israel’s priests offered sacrifices for the sins of the people (see Leviticus 5:17–19).
Jesus is the heavenly high priest of all humanity, as we hear in today’s Epistle. Israel’s high priests offered the blood of goats and calves in the temple sanctuary. But Jesus entered the heavenly sanctuary with His own blood (see Hebrews 9:12).
And by bearing our guilt and offering His life to do the will of God, Jesus ransomed “the many”—paying the price to redeem humanity from spiritual slavery to sin and death.
He has delivered us from death, as we rejoice in today’s Psalm.
We need to hold fast to our confession of faith, as today’s Epistle exhorts us. We must look upon our trials and sufferings as our portion of the cup He promised to those who believe in Him (see Colossians 1:24). We must remember that we have been baptized into His passion and death (see Romans 6:3).
In confidence, let us approach the altar today, the throne of grace, at which we drink the cup of His saving blood (see Mark 14:23–24).
OUR LADY OF FATIMA ONLINE MINISTRIES
Emil & Iria Tirona will be hosting an online
Mondays at 7:30pm.
For those interested, kindly send an email to Emil and Irah (email@example.com), so you may be added to the online invitation. Please call 514-617-4021 if you need any online technical assistance or have questions.
PARISH WEBSITE: Homilies & Reflections
During the current COVID restrictions, while the parish is either closed to the public or limited in the number of those who can gather for mass, from time to time Fr. Jason will post on the parish website a homily or reflection on various faith related subjects. You can find the homilies at the following link: http://www.our-lady-of-fatima.ca/homilies/
The Church is OPEN!
All areas of our diocese are classified as green zone as of June 28. Maximum numbers of participants are as follows: no more than 250 persons at Sunday or weekday Masses; a maximum of 250 persons may attend weddings and funerals, as always not including liturgical servers.
With respect to weddings and funerals, please note that people in the congregation are required to remain seated throughout the service
Now that Montreal is a “Green Zone”, places of worship will still keep the protocols of: sanitizing hands when entering the building, wearing a mask, keeping a six foot distance from those outside your “bubble”. Following the protocols, we can receive around 110-120 in the church & choir loft, and around other 50 in the Hall if needed.
Therefore, because we are able to accommodate a much greater number of people, until further notice: NO MORE RESERVATIONS will be required. It will be first come first serve in the church, and if it fills up, we will have a place for you in the Hall.
You can check regularly our parish website for updates:
The Archdiocese of Montreal has set up a webpage where they will post diocesan updates and information, regarding the actions taken by the Archdiocese, in response to the coronavirus as things unfold: www.diocesemontreal.org/en/covid-19
During these difficult days be assured of my prayers for you, and together let us pray for all those effected by this virus, and for its swift end! If you have any questions or concerns, feel free to e-mail me: firstname.lastname@example.org
YEAR OF SAINT JOSEPH
The Saints on St. Joseph:
“To him [Saint Joseph] great power has been given in heaven
and on earth.”
– Blessed William Joseph Chaminade
PRAYING FOR THE DEAD
Yellow envelopes are available at the Main Entrance for anyone who wishes to fill them in remembrance for the souls of their departed family members and friends. These envelopes will be kept in the Sanctuary throughout November, the month of prayers for the dead. Mass will be offered for all souls on Tuesday, November 2nd, at 7 pm.
BE MY DISCIPLES NEWS
Be My Disciples is back! We have started to meet in person, and we are very happy to be back with our young people. Any child or young person between the ages of grade 1 to Junior High is welcome to join our group. A few places are available. For information, please contact Connie Kuhr.
CHRISTMAS BOXES – As part of our group’s activities to increase our children’s Christian awareness, we will once again participate in Operation Christmas Child in conjunction with Samaritan’s Purse. This is a project where every Christmas, millions of shoeboxes filled with gifts are hand delivered to millions of needy children around the world who would otherwise not know God’s love for them through His gift of His Son, Jesus Christ. Our children will be filling the shoeboxes with toys, school supplies, hygiene products (no liquids or toothpaste), and other small gifts such as biblical books, socks, t-shirts, etc. Basically, anything that could be useful for a needy child and that will fit in a shoebox, backpack, duffle bag etc., but nothing battery powered as they have no access to batteries. No guns, knives or anything portraying violence.
Please check the pamphlets available for specific information. Choose if the gift is for a boy or a girl and the age group.
Where possible, please donate $10.00 per box for shipping costs.
These shoeboxes that you will be filling will be dropped off at the Operation Christmas Child drop-off center and shipped to their destination to be hand delivered to the children in need.
For information please contact Frank – 514-333-0791; Connie – 514-747-9347, or the office – 514-747-4226.
DEADLINE for returning the filled boxes is Sunday, November 14th.Thank you to ALL parishioners for your continued generosity