13 September 2009


13 SEPTEMBER 2009. Today the Church celebrates the twenty-fourth Sunday in ordinary time. Today's readings challenge us in two ways. First, we must hand ourselves over faithfully to God, trusting in Him, and die to our own selfish, human desires. The Book of Isaiah tells us to give "my back to those who beat me . . . ." (Is. 50:6) And, in the words of Christ: "take up [your] cross, and follow me." (Mk. 8:34) Second, our faith must be manifest in our works, for faith alone without works of mercy for others is not faith at all; it is dead. (cf. Jas 2:17)


Father in heaven, Creator of all,
look down upon your people
in their moments of need,
for you alone are the source of our peace.
Bring us to the dignity which distinguishes
the poor in spirit
and show us how great is the call to serve,
that we may share in the peace of Christ
who offered his life in the service of all.
We ask this through Christ our Lord.


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