The Twenty-Fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Dear Parishioners,

Wisdom is given as a “Gift of the Holy Spirit” in the Sacrament of Confirmation. Saint James, in today’s Epistle (3: 16-4:3) states that wisdom is innocent, peaceable, lenient, docile and rich in sympathy! He further states that the “fruits of wisdom” are seen in kindly deeds that are sincere and impartial. Wisdom comes with maturity… a maturity of faith as we grow in sacramental grace and a maturity of years that comes with the passing of time. Wisdom is a gift that enables us to grow in spiritual and human ways.

While there is not a “Mass for the Gift of Wisdom,” there is a Mass for use “After the Harvest.” And while we know that the texts of the Mass refer to the earthly harvest of crops, we add a deepener meaning in the words of Saint James who states:  “The harvest of justice is sown in peace for those who cultivate peace.”

We give you thanks, O Lord, for the fruits that the earth given to benefit the human family and we pray that, as the workings of your supreme providence has produced them, so you may cause the seed of justice and the fruits of charity to spring up in our hearts.

Tuesday is the first day of fall. Pope Francis also arrives for his first Pastoral Visit to the United States Tuesday. During these early days of the fall harvest, the Holy Father will canonize a new American Saint (Franciscan Father Junipero Serra under whose leadership the “Mission Churches” of California were established), address Congress and the United Nations General Assembly, and preside at the World Gathering of Families. I am also sure that there will be other significant events that will occur during this Pastoral Visit that we may find richness in the harvest of Justice that Christ Jesus has ripened in us!

It might be a “wise idea” to set your DVRs/VCRs to record these historic encounters and make of this coming week a “retreat” lead by the Holy Father himself!

May the week ahead be filled with countless graces and blessings!

Fr. Bob

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