A part of the Liturgy of Ordination to the Priesthood uses the concluding words of our Gospel this day (Luke: 17:5-10), “When you have done all you have been commanded, say, ‘We are unprofitable servants; we have done what we were obliged to do.’” An older translation of this text used the words “useless servants.” Rather sober words to be used at such a significant sacramental and ecclesial moment. There is a challenge in life to neither over-estimate nor under-estimate the impact that ministry and faith have upon others … or our self!
I have often heard people say that they wish they had “more faith.” Even the apostles said this to Jesus. A “mustard’s seed” amount of faith is all that is necessary for within it lies all potentiality! Would more faith make our lives easier? Would not it demand more of us as servants? Seeds take time to grow. At some point, however, the seed must mature and be productive. So we pray:
O God the Rock of Salvation, whose gifts never fail, deepen the faith you have already bestowed and let its power be seen in your servants.
Each year, on the First Sunday of Advent, the disposable hymn books are replaced annually by contractual agreement with the publisher. This year, we have decided to replace the disposable with a permanent Hymnal called “Gather.” These hymnals should serve us well for many years. We will be offering each hymnal to be placed in the pews to be used as a “memorial” for a loved one. The name of your loved one will be located on the inside front cover of the book. The cost of these memorials will be $25.00.
Next Sunday, following the Noon Mass, we will have our annual Blessing of Pets.
May the week ahead be filled with countless graces and blessings!