The Church presents us with three readings from the Sacred Scriptures each week at Sunday Mass. This is done so that we can be exposed to more of the Bible and can learn from the truth presented in the Word of God. Today’s lessons instruct us in the importance of forgiving others from the heart. Typically, we appeal to this teaching when we desire to be forgiven, but conveniently forget it when it comes to forgiving others who have wronged us. Don’t let hatred or vengeance blacken your soul. Listen to what our God teaches us in the Scriptures.
The Church’s liturgical year is filled with many beautiful celebrations: commemorating the lives of the Saints and of the Blessed Mother, and especially celebrating the Feasts of the Lord. The Feast of the Holy Cross is observed tomorrow, Monday, September 14. Hail Cross! Our only hope!! This Feast calls our attention to the means by which our Lord accomplished our salvation: on the Cross. We just observed the nineteenth anniversary of the attack on 9/11. Who can forget that terrible experience of evil visited on our country? And who can forget the sign of hope which emerged from the rubble where once the Twin Towers stood? Do you remember how – seemingly miraculously – there appeared in the midst of that destruction the Cross formed by the intersection of two steel I-beams? The Cross is truly one of the deep mysteries of our Faith. God desired to have His own Son experience our own lives and our own suffering. The Cross represents His suffering – and ours – by which we are also saved.
This coming Wednesday, September 16, at 6:15pm will be our inaugural meeting of SS Peter & Paul Family Faith Formation. All families with children in 4K through 11th grade (confirmation age) are invited. Public school, Catholic school, and homeschool families! We will assemble in the Church for a brief prayer service, and then children will go with their catechists to classrooms in the school, and I will meet with all the parents in the Church basement. See you Wednesday!
May God bless you!