September 23, 2018
Prayers for the Living: Carlos Guzman, Jimmy Lehr, Whitey Mendenhall, &
Prayers for the Deceased: Jesus Guzman, Maria Alicia Leon
Happy Birthday: Angelica Guzman
First Friday Visits: On Friday, October 5th, Fr. Ruther will be visiting parishioners who hospitalized or homebound to offer Communion and The Anointing of the Sick. Please contact the Parish (310) 510-0192 if you or someone you know would like to be included in the visits on Friday, October 5th. Also, please join us in the church for the Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament at 6:00 p.m.
KOC Pancake Breakfast: Join us in the Parish Hall this Sunday, October 14th after the 9:00 a.m. mass for a pancake breakfast prepared by the Knights of Columbus. Suggested donation is $5 per person.
PreBaptism Class: The next class for parents and godparents is scheduled for Friday, October 19th, from 7:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Please contact the Parish Office at (310) 510-0192 to register for the class.
Mandatory Meeting for First Communion Parents & Students: On Tuesday, September 25, 2018, at 6:00 p.m., Lesly & Aracely would like to meet with all first year, and second year parents. Please be on time in the Parish Hall. If you have any questions please give us a call 310-510-0192 Parish office schedule Monday thru Friday 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Junta obligatoria para los padres y estudiantes de primera Comunión: El martes, 25 de septiembre de 2018, a las 6:00 de la tarde, va ver junta con Lesly & Aracely y todos los padres y estudiantes de primer año y Segundo año. Por favor de estar a tiempo en el salón parroquial. Si tiene alguna pregunta por favor de llamar a la Oficina de la parroquia de la 310-510-0192 horario el lunes a viernes 9:00 a.m a 1:00 p.m.
First Communion Classes Start: Monday, Oct. 8th.
Primera Comunion Clase Empieza: Lunes, 8 de Oct.
Weekly Reflection: This week’s readings shed further light on the contrast between the worldly wisdom that Jesus rebuked in Peter last week, and the wisdom of God, modeled perfectly for us by Christ. They teach us that living as Christian stewards requires us to swim against the tide of our me-first culture and stake out a path for our lives that may be quite different from of that of our neighbors, friends or co-workers.
Our first reading comes from the Book of Wisdom, written about 50 years before the coming of Christ. It predicts the reaction some would have to our Savior’s life, saying that many would find His goodness and teachings “obnoxious” — particularly when He calls them out for their own violations of God’s ways. If we, as Christian stewards, are called to follow in the footsteps of our Savior, then we can expect this same type of reaction at times. Like Jesus, we are to respond with patience.
The second reading, once again from the letter of St. James, also details the contrast between human nature versus “wisdom from above.” When we give in to our natural inclinations to jealousy and selfish ambition, we can expect the negative consequences they bring — “disorder and every foul practice.” On a global scale we can expect (and indeed see) wars erupting due to selfishness and untamed greed.
In contrast, when we seek to live as Christ lived and think as He thinks, our minds and hearts will be pure. Our lives will become “peaceable, gentle, compliant, full of mercy and good fruit.” What an inspiring way of life. Certainly worth the risk of being labeled “obnoxious” by some from time to time.
So how do we fight our tendency toward egotism and selfishness? How can we live not as the world advises but in the wisdom from above? What can we do to lead a Christ-like life?
Jesus shows us one way in today’s Gospel. “Taking a child, He placed it in their midst, and putting His arms around it, He said to them, ‘Whoever receives one child such as this in my name, receives me, and whoever receives me, receives not me but the One who sent me.’”
In this context Christ is speaking not only of youngsters, but all “little ones,” those who are vulnerable or needy in any way — through poverty, physical or mental illness, advanced age, difficult family situations — the brothers and sisters St. Teresa of Calcutta would call “Jesus in distressing disguise.”
They are all around us if we open our eyes. Like Jesus, we can put our arms around the little ones in our community and channel some of our energy, ambition and talent towards them.
Giving the best of ourselves to these brothers and sisters may be a little messy at times. It may put us in situations that are far outside our comfort zones. Maybe our colleagues and neighbors will not understand our actions. We may even seem obnoxious to some folks. But in reaching out to little ones in Jesus’ name, it is Jesus Himself we are touching. And that is a most privileged way of life.
This week ask the Lord for the wisdom from above to notice the little ones in your neighborhood, community, or this parish and to show you concretely how you can reach out to them. Take at least one step. You will be stepping closer to Jesus Christ Himself.
Did you know? The Office of Victims Assistance Ministry of the Archdiocese of Los Angeles serves to help victim-survivors who have been victims of sexual abuse by a priest, deacon, or individual representing the Catholic Church. The Victims Assistance Ministry also works to create a safe and compassionate environment for victims to come forward while ensuring that civil authorities are notified, and victims are provided with counseling and other assistance in the healing process. Please join the members of this important ministry in offering our continued prayers and support for the healing of victim-survivors and all impacted by abuse.
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