September 19th & 26th, 2021
Servant of All: Scott Hahn Reflects on the Twenty-fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time
Sunday Bible Reflections by Dr. Scott Hahn
Copyright 2021 www.salvationhistory.com
In today’s First Reading, it’s like we have our ears pressed to the wall and can hear the murderous grumblings of the elders, chief priests, and scribes—who last week Jesus predicted would torture and kill Him (see Mark 8:31; 10:33–34).
The liturgy invites us to see this passage from the Book of Wisdom as a prophecy of the Lord’s Passion. We hear His enemies complain that “the Just One” has challenged their authority, reproached them for breaking the law of Moses, for betraying their training as leaders and teachers.
And we hear chilling words that foreshadow how they will mock Him as He hangs on the Cross: “For if the Just One be the Son of God, He will . . . deliver Him . . . ” (compare Matthew 27:41–43).
Today’s Gospel and Psalm give us the flip side of the First Reading. In both, we hear of Jesus’ sufferings from His point of view. Though His enemies surround Him, He offers Himself freely in sacrifice, trusting that God will sustain Him.
But the Apostles today don’t understand this second announcement of Christ’s Passion. They begin arguing over issues of succession—over who among them is greatest, who will be chosen to lead after Christ is killed.
Again they are thinking not as God but as human beings (see Mark 8:33). And again Jesus teaches the Twelve—the chosen leaders of His Church—that they must lead by imitating His example of love and self-sacrifice. They must be “servants of all,” especially the weak and the helpless —symbolized by the child He embraces and places in their midst.
This is a lesson for us, too. We must have the mind of Christ, who humbled Himself to come among us (see Philippians 2:5–11). We must freely offer ourselves, making everything we do a sacrifice in praise of His name.
As James says in today’s Epistle, we must seek wisdom from above, desiring humility, not glory, and in all things be gentle and full of mercy.
OUR LADY OF FATIMA ONLINE MINISTRIES
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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: email@example.com
YEAR OF SAINT JOSEPH
The Saints on St. Joseph:
“The name of Joseph will be our protection during all the days of our life, but above all at the moment of death.”
– Blessed Thomas Zumarraga