Wednesday, September 30, 2020
Written by: Fr. Joseph de Viveiros, C.R.
Wednesday of the 26th Week in Ordinary Time
Memorial of St. Jerome
Today’s Gospel reading is Luke 9:57-62. The New Revised Standard Version of the Bible which we read at Mass entitles the section: Would-Be Followers of Jesus. I cannot read this scripture passage without thinking of the “Jesus Cave” on the shore of the Sea of Galilee in the Holy Land. I have had the opportunity to visit there several times and to read this very scripture passage to groups of pilgrims gathered in and around the cave. The picture with this reflection is of that very cave.
The passage begins with someone saying to Jesus, “I will follow you wherever you go.” And Jesus said to him, “Foxes have holes, and birds of the air have nests; but the Son of Man has nowhere to lay his head.” We forget that Jesus was homeless. It is important to remember this fact because whatever we say about the homeless today we are really saying about Jesus of Nazareth. His homelessness on this earth reminds us of the transitory nature of all of our physical possession and that in reality our home is not the place where we lay our head but our true home is the place prepared for us by the Father in the eternal Jerusalem. If we only cared half as much about our true home as we cared about our temporary dwelling?
Jesus said to another, “Follow me.” But he said, “Lord, first let me go and bury my father.” But Jesus[a] said to him, “Let the dead bury their own dead; but as for you, go and proclaim the kingdom of God.” This seems quite a harsh thing for Jesus to say. Luke is trying to express the urgency of the message to follow NOW! Not later, not when it’s convenient, not when I have more time, not when I am ready, but NOW! Jesus is saying to each and every one of us “Follow me”! Are we listening and ready and willing to respond or are we call screening or do we have Jesus on hold?
Lastly another said to Jesus, “I will follow you, Lord; but let me first say farewell to those at my home.” Jesus said to him, “No one who puts a hand to the plow and looks back is fit for the kingdom of God.” Here Jesus highlights the importance of not “backsliding” or “second guessing ourselves”. Here Jesus highlights the importance of “stick-to-it-ness”, commitment and fidelity to the call. Each of us has been called and all the longing for life before we answered the call is temptations to stray for our mission. So let’s hang in there and lets stay with the plan because Jesus is the way, the truth and the life!
1. The final four Wisdom of the Elders videos are ready! Thanks to all of the students and participants who made this project possible. Truly a blessing to us all here at St. Mary’s and to the many others who will benefit from the wisdom of our elders! Click here to view the photobook and videos.
2. Congratulations to all of the members of our Marianchor who celebrated their 50th anniversary this past weekend. Even though COVID-19 has put a damper on things, we want to honour you all and assure you in the good work that you do so selflessly over the years. We hope to get back to normal soon. Let us show our appreciation!
3. St Mary’s is holding a winter clothing drive! As nightime temperatures near zero, the homeless community is once again in need of warm clothing to keep them safe throughout the winter. Over the next few weeks, Tony, our Outreach Coordinator, will be accepting donations of gently used or new winter jackets, socks, hats, or any other cold weather gear. If you have anything to spare, please bring it to Mass in the next two weeks and give it to Tony outside the front doors of the church. You can also email him to arrange an alternative delivery time.
4. Due to the limitations imposed by the pandemic, our St. Vincent de Paul Thanksgiving request this year is for cash or cheque donations that will be used to purchase grocery cards to help our 209 Friends in Downtown Kitchener with their Thanksgiving dinners. As part of the low-touch protocol, we are mailing the cards to our Friends the week before Thanksgiving. While your donations will always be welcome, donations received as early as possible will help us match the funds coming in with the cards going out to our Friends.
We thank you for your on-going support and for helping our Friends in Downtown Kitchener to feel the blessings of our St. Mary’s Community and to celebrate Thanksgiving.
5. As our own kitchen here at St. Mary’s reaches completion and we become excited about serving more people in more ways through our outreach programs, an opportunity has arrived for us to learn more and participate in preparing food for our region’s homeless and marginalized. St. John’s Kitchen serves 400+ people on a daily basis. We have been supporting St. John’s Kitchen with volunteers every Sunday night and are looking for more hard working people who want participate in this vital service and community building experience. The time we are asked to cover is from 4:30 – 8:30 pm — no experience necessary. Please contact the parish office if you are interested in helping out.
6. May you all have a blessed Oktoberfest and keep safe during the celebrations. Ein Prosit!
Local Area Announcements
Threshold’s 40th Anniversary Drive-In Event in support of mental health and supportive housing. For the last 40 years we have been building opportunities that provide suitable housing and supports that are recovery-based, flexible and individualized to meet the needs of our communities. We continue to focus on ventures that will improve access to housing and supports with projects that include the development of a 20+ unit complex to address waitlists and affordable housing needs
- An affordable housing development with community partners and faith groups
- Asset improvements and extension of our Extraordinary Needs Program
- Expansion of our intensive team-based supports (FACT Team) to meet people where they are, with expertise in medical, social work and life skills supports.
On Friday October 2nd, we invite you and your family to find your happy place. We will feature Agency updates, DreamWorks’ Trolls movie presentation on the big screen, and the world’s fastest 40th birthday party. Tickets can be purchased by clicking the link below. $60 per vehicle. Concessions are available for purchase online. Please note that the event will be structured in accordance with public health guidelines. We look forward to seeing you there and ask that you share our event details with your social circles.
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Can’t participate but still want to join in our efforts to improve access to mental health programming and affordable housing, become a donor at www.thresholdssupports.ca or via the Eventbrite Thresholds Ticket Tab.
The Gathering at St. George’s 4691 Palladium Way, Burlington from 9:30 – 10:30 am or participate from home via Zoom (registration is required). Do you believe in the power of prayer? Does your heart ache for the unborn and those considering abortion? Join us at The Gathering on Saturday, October 3rd, as we pray over the issue of abortion and euthanasia, for the unborn, and for our Nation’s leaders. Let’s refocus on the power of prayer to change our culture. Visit haltonalive.ca/thegathering for more information.
Life Chain Memorial Day – Sunday, October 4th from 2 – 3 pm at Speakers Corners (corner of King St. and Frederick). Stand 6 feet apart and hold a Sign in silent prayer. Due to new COVID restrictions we can allow only 25 people. The first 25 to arrive can stay. We have permission for only 1 location so far, it may change.
7th Annual “Kitchener Public Square Rosary Rally” will take place at the Victoria Park Clock Tower (field next to it) on Saturday, October 10th from 2 pm to 3 pm (note time change). This Rosary Rally is one of over 700 such rallies planned to take place in cities and towns across Canada that day, organized by “Canada Needs Our Lady”. Attendance must be restricted to 100 people and social distancing rules must be obeyed. So that we can keep track of who and how many people intend to come, we ask that you register in advance (the sooner the better) by sending an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org listing your name and the names of any other people who plan to accompany you.
40 Days for Life is holding a Campaign of prayer, fasting and prayerful witness. Daily hours are from 7 am until 7 pm from now until November 1st. The location, as in previous years, is across from Freeport Hospital. We are asking that you prayerfully consider signing up for one hour per week or as you are able at www.40daysforlife.com/kitchener or call Patrick or Rita at 519-748-5548 for more information. Thank you for your support of the unborn.
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