Week of November 19, 2017

Our mass of Thanksgiving is this coming Tuesday, Nov. 21, at 7:00 p.m.  Please bring food for Lee’s Summit Social Services.  Today take some time to write something you are thankful for on one of the sheets in the narthex or by one of the other exits.

After mass last Saturday night, a granddaughter of one of our parishioners introduced me to a refugee that she goes to school with.  She told me she was at mass here and heard about work we have done with Jewish Vocation Services (JVS) and she knew that her friend would be welcome here.  He came to this country ten years ago when he was eight and was assisted along with his family by JVS.  He is now attending Rockhurst University.  I am thankful to be at a parish where people feel welcome.

I am also thankful for Jeff Wharton who shared his story at mass last Saturday night about suffering a stroke.  He spoke of the struggles he faced, the power of prayer, and the spiritual healing he has experienced.  He told us the symptoms one should look for to be aware when a person is suffering from a stroke, so we can respond quickly.  He also told us what he is thankful for: his beautiful wife and daughters who have taken care of him the last 7 difficult years, spiritual healing, and a parish that has kept him in prayer.  He asked for our continued prayers.

I hope you have noticed the morning retreat that will be given by Sr. Doris on December 2nd.  We will begin at 9:00 a.m. with breakfast.  Sr. Doris will begin her presentation at 9:30 a.m.  More information is available in this bulletin.

In Celebration this week, Mary McGlone reminds us that our Scriptures were formed through a process of experience, reflection and oral tradition that was eventually written down, all under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit.  Keeping that in mind she asks us to imagine we are hearing some of the elders who walked with Jesus and heard him weave parables to suit every occasion.

…one of the women chimes in and asks, “And what do you think is the point of the story (of servants entrusted with talents)?  Do you think it’s about how much work the servants did?  Do you think it’s about the profit they made, the risks they took?  No, my friends, it’s about what they learned and who they became by doing or by ignoring the master’s work.”

Then, all the elders start speaking at once – and amazingly, they all agree about the parable’s message.  The point of the story, they tell us, is that two servants learned to love doing what the master did.  They had seen him at work and learned to do it the way he did.  They even replicated what he had given them.  What a surprise to them when the master hardly paid attention to the money but said “Well done!…Now come share my joy.”

Our elders would have us understand that the master in the story isn’t really interested in the money and that God, the Master wants us to experience what the business of this life is all about.  Servants who imitate his way of working get caught up in his way of living.  By the time the master returns, the servants are already sharing in his joy.

I hope you are sharing in the Master’s joy, too.

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