Sunday, November 5
Thirty-first Sunday in Ordinary Time
Matthew 23: 1 – 12
Jesus spoke to the crowds and to his disciples, saying,
“The scribes and the Pharisees
have taken their seat on the chair of Moses.
Therefore, do and observe all things whatsoever they tell you,
but do not follow their example.
For they preach but they do not practice.
They tie up heavy burdens hard to carry
and lay them on people’s shoulders,
but they will not lift a finger to move them.
All their works are performed to be seen.
They widen their phylacteries and lengthen their tassels.
They love places of honor at banquets, seats of honor in synagogues,
greetings in marketplaces, and the salutation ‘Rabbi.’
As for you, do not be called ‘Rabbi.’
You have but one teacher, and you are all brothers.
Call no one on earth your father;
you have but one Father in heaven.
Do not be called ‘Master’;
you have but one master, the Christ.
The greatest among you must be your servant.
Whoever exalts himself will be humbled;
but whoever humbles himself will be exalted.”
You have probably heard the old adage: Do as I say, not as I do. Perhaps you have lived it from time-to-time, be it as a parent instructing a child, as a manager to an employee, as a coach to an athlete, or maybe as a Christian to an unbeliever. One of the worst things I think a person can be referred to or labeled is a hypocrite.
In today’s Gospel, Jesus addressed the crowds and His disciples by saying that the scribes and the Pharisees “preach BUT they do not practice.” Jesus took hypocrisy very seriously and He charged them with religious hypocrisy.
Likewise, we need to ask ourselves, are we a Christian, a follower of Christ and have a personal relationship with Him, or are we a Christian by name only? Do we live a life of compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness, and patience, or are we like the Pharisees whose ‘works were performed to be seen,’ and ‘loved places of honor at banquets, seats of honor in synagogues?’
The faith of Jesus that was manifest – not in serving Himself, or looking after His own self-preservation or happiness – but the faith of Jesus that was manifest on the cross, just a few days after Jesus said these words in Matthew 23. He didn’t just criticize the faith of the scribes and Pharisees with words; He showed them, and us, what real love, humility and service looks like.
Let us strive then, not to be hypocrites of our faith, but instead be people who “practice” what we preach. The faith of Jesus is about finding ways to serve, and searching for ways to be a servant – to live as a servant. Let us follow the teachings of Jesus, for ‘whoever exalts himself will be humbled; but whoever humbles himself will be exalted.’
Deacon Paul Zemanek
Sunday, October 29
Thirtieth Sunday in Ordinary Time
Matthew 22: 34 – 40
When the Pharisees heard that Jesus had silenced the Sadducees,
they gathered together, and one of them,
a scholar of the law tested him by asking,
“Teacher, which commandment in the law is the greatest?”
He said to him,
“You shall love the Lord, your God,
with all your heart,
with all your soul,
and with all your mind.
This is the greatest and the first commandment.
The second is like it:
You shall love your neighbor as yourself.
The whole law and the prophets depend on these two commandments.”
One of the principles that our country was built on was the “Rule of Law.” Many countries today proudly follow those same idealistic principles. Today, our country has more than one million laws when counting all federal, state, and local laws that govern us. Why all the laws? The laws are to give us a sense of protection. Sadly, as noble as most of those laws are, it might take another million laws to truly make us feel safe and secure.
An overwhelming number of the current laws do serve the common good and form a better society. Unfortunately, an increasing number of new laws do not serve society. If we simply lived by the virtues of the Gospel today, we would not have need for most of the current laws. Society would behave in a manner serving the intent and spirit of the common good. Society continues toward secularism. As a result, society diminishes the need for God and the Gospels as a source of guidance for governing. We find more and more of our current laws are founded on current populism and feelings rather than on principles. We are led by what is popular or expedient rather than what is consistent with loving God and our neighbor.
It seems that the current trend in creating laws in this way will not secure a future safe and secure society. Regardless of the number or types of laws we consider, as long as we are not guided by our Gospel today, we will continue to form laws upon laws without progress toward a better society. Until we do return to principles guided by the Gospels, we will continue to churn through the motions of layers of law writing. These laws will be based on some prior failure of society and further try to conform a society around where it wants to go rather than where God wants us to go.
Perhaps we should become more active and vocal regarding laws that are not inspired by today’s Gospel. Our prayerful and informed vote is one way to do that.
Deacon Don Poirier
Shop and enjoy refreshments as you help build a brighter future for families in need. This pre-holiday shopping experience features 32 vendors, including local boutiques, artists and pop-up shops. Bring your family and friends to this fun night of shopping; it’s open to the public!
WHEN: Wednesday, November 15, 2017 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
WHERE: Hendrick’s Hall
December 6th: Women’s Club “Red Out” & Motivational speaker @ St. Brigid
December 9th: Cookies with Santa @ St. Brigid
January 17th: Dinner and Fun at a Local Venue @ the new Riverfront Development project.
February 21st: Dress For Success Benefit @ St. Brigid
March 7th: Charity Event TBD
April 18th: Shopping for a Cause Boutique Hop in Historic Dublin
May 16th: Cosmos on the Rooftop @ VASO, AC Marriott Hotel Dublin’s Bridge Park
St. Brigid Women’s club mission is to be an inclusive women’s group that strives to share the light of God and to be the light in our community. For information on membership, please contact Jenetta at 614-989-3182.
Sunday, October 22
Twenty-ninth Sunday in Ordinary Time
Matthew 22: 15 – 21
The Pharisees went off
and plotted how they might entrap Jesus in speech.
They sent their disciples to him, with the Herodians, saying,
“Teacher, we know that you are a truthful man
and that you teach the way of God in accordance with the truth.
And you are not concerned with anyone’s opinion,
for you do not regard a person’s status.
Tell us, then, what is your opinion:
Is it lawful to pay the census tax to Caesar or not?”
Knowing their malice, Jesus said,
“Why are you testing me, you hypocrites?
Show me the coin that pays the census tax.”
Then they handed him the Roman coin.
He said to them, “Whose image is this and whose inscription?”
They replied, “Caesar’s.”
At that he said to them,
“Then repay to Caesar what belongs to Caesar
and to God what belongs to God.”
There were some scientists and biologists who thought they had found the secret to life. They decided to tell God that he was no longer needed. They said they could create life also. God said, “well, I created life from a handful of dirt.” They said we could too. Then they picked up a handful of dirt and started to show God what they could do. God said to them, “…wait just a minute, before you get started, create your own dirt.”
Just as the modern day “know it all” scientists and biologists try to out -smart God, so we see this type of attitude in thisweekend’s gospel. The enemies of Jesus thought they really had Jesus in trouble this time. As you will hear in the gospel, the “know it all” Pharisees and Herodians will try to out-smart Jesus by asking him if they should pay taxes. Jesus’ answer to their question is well known, “…repay to Caesar what belongs to Caesar, and give to God what belongs to God.” Jesus avoids getting caught in their trap.
When we hear Jesus tell the Pharisees (as well as all of us), he shows us that God does not come knocking on our doors when we do not give him what we owe him like the tax collector. However, nothing is more important than our relationship with God. Some day we will leave behind all the things that we think are so important, and the only thing we will have left is the love for God and for others that we have demonstrated in our daily lives.
We may get in trouble with the law if we do not give back to Caesar what belongs to Caesar, but we have the most to lose if we do not give back to God the things that are God’s. Our eternal happiness!
Deacon Frank Iannarino
The Men of our Parish are invited to unplug for 24 hours and attend this year’s St. Brigid Men’s Inception Retreat.
This 4th Annual Inception Retreat starts on the evening of Friday Dec 1st and ends Saturday Dec 2nd at 6pm. On the retreat you will enjoy fellowship, activities, Sacraments, and great talks from other men of the Parish. Additionally, both Fr. Morris and Fr. Josh Wagner will be participating this year. No matter where you are in your faith journey you will not walk away disappointed and will be re-energized and renewed as you head into the Christmas season.
The retreat is held at the St Therese Retreat center near the airport which is a fantastic facility that provides individual rooms, an incredible Chapel, great meals and overall amazing environment. Please contact Brett McCarthy at 614-602-7562 for more information.
Sunday, October 15
Twenty-eighth Sunday in Ordinary Time
Matthew 22: 1 – 14
Jesus again in reply spoke to the chief priests and elders of the people
in parables, saying,
“The kingdom of heaven may be likened to a king
who gave a wedding feast for his son.
He dispatched his servants
to summon the invited guests to the feast,
but they refused to come.
A second time he sent other servants, saying,
‘Tell those invited: “Behold, I have prepared my banquet,
my calves and fattened cattle are killed,
and everything is ready; come to the feast.”‘
Some ignored the invitation and went away,
one to his farm, another to his business.
The rest laid hold of his servants,
mistreated them, and killed them.
The king was enraged and sent his troops,
destroyed those murderers, and burned their city.
Then he said to his servants, ‘The feast is ready,
but those who were invited were not worthy to come.
Go out, therefore, into the main roads
and invite to the feast whomever you find.’
The servants went out into the streets
and gathered all they found, bad and good alike,
and the hall was filled with guests.
But when the king came in to meet the guests,
he saw a man there not dressed in a wedding garment.
The king said to him, ‘My friend, how is it
that you came in here without a wedding garment?’
But he was reduced to silence.
Then the king said to his attendants, ‘Bind his hands and feet,
and cast him into the darkness outside,
where there will be wailing and grinding of teeth.’
Many are invited, but few are chosen.”
Do you know why St. Peter is bald? The story says: When Jesus walked with, ate with, and taught the disciples, Peter would frequently get a very confused look on his face, scratch his head and say, “What?” Legend has it, that because Peter did this so often, it caused his baldness!
Today we have a “What?” and “Scratch your head” kind of Gospel passage.
“The kingdom of heaven is like…” Then Jesus speaks about a king (don’t equate this king with God. I think he could use a few anger management sessions!) Sometimes, you have to go beyond the outside words of a parable and peek underneath to find the nugget of truth presented to us. Underneath all the outside words of this passage, is an invitation to come to the feast and put on a wedding garment. Each and every one of us is invited to the banquet. We all are invited to come and share in the life of God.
In the first reading from the Prophet Isaiah, we heard what it will be like on the Holy Mountain of the Lord. It will be for all peoples, all nations, and for the whole earth. It is a global invitation. “Go out into the streets and invite people to the wedding feast.” Everyone is invited to share in the life of God: regardless of what religion we embrace, or nationality, or political persuasion, or economic standing, or gender or age, or sexual persuasion – everyone is invited to share in God’s life.
What about the wedding garment? It is a metaphor of how we will be recognized as people who have accepted the invitation. Putting on the wedding garment is an essential and non-negotiable piece of accepting the invitation. How will others know if you have accepted the invitation? What will they notice? They will know us by the wedding garment.
When you (and I) accept the invitation and put on the wedding garment then the poor are fed, the naked are clothed, the homeless find shelter, the Earth is cared for, the prisoner and the sick are visited and the dead are buried. We will be known as accepters of the invitation, when justice is pursued, forgiveness is accepted and given, and everyone is recognized as being brother and sister to each other. When we reject or decline the invitation to share in God’s life, then injustice, poverty, self-interest, extreme notions of patriotism and religious elitism abound.
If you watched any of the horrific and heroic events of the Las Vegas shooting, you most undoubtedly were moved. As the stories unfolded, we saw the invitation accepted and the invitation rejected. We saw the best and the worst of humanity.
So, what is it going to be for you? Will you accept the invitation AND wear the wedding garment so that others will recognize you? You might want to spend time with the picture. What do you notice? What feelings or thoughts does it evoke in you?
Sister Teresa Tuite, OP
Treat yourself to a night out to prepare your heart and mind for the Advent and Christmas seasons!
Imagine a candlelit room, beautifully decorated tables, light refreshments and wine shared with friends. Then
relax and enjoy an inspiring talk by special guest speaker, the very entertaining “Snoring Scholar” Sarah
Reinhard, a local Catholic convert, wife, mom, author, and blogger. You do not want to miss this faith-filled
evening of peace, fellowship, reflection, and humor!
Please save the date and see this flyer for more details and how to RSVP.
Sunday, October 8
Twenty-seventh Sunday in Ordinary Time
Matthew 21: 33 – 43
Jesus said to the chief priests and the elders of the people:
“Hear another parable.
There was a landowner who planted a vineyard,
put a hedge around it, dug a wine press in it, and built a tower.
Then he leased it to tenants and went on a journey.
When vintage time drew near,
he sent his servants to the tenants to obtain his produce.
But the tenants seized the servants and one they beat,
another they killed, and a third they stoned.
Again he sent other servants, more numerous than the first ones,
but they treated them in the same way.
Finally, he sent his son to them, thinking,
‘They will respect my son.’
But when the tenants saw the son, they said to one another,
‘This is the heir.
Come, let us kill him and acquire his inheritance.’
They seized him, threw him out of the vineyard, and killed him.
What will the owner of the vineyard do to those tenants when he comes?”
They answered him,
“He will put those wretched men to a wretched death
and lease his vineyard to other tenants
who will give him the produce at the proper times.”
Jesus said to them, “Did you never read in the Scriptures:
The stone that the builders rejected
has become the cornerstone;
by the Lord has this been done,
and it is wonderful in our eyes?
Therefore, I say to you,
the kingdom of God will be taken away from you
and given to a people that will produce its fruit.”
The Landowner never gives up. He sends all he has and is to the tenant farmers. Finally, he sends the very last one, his only son. Of course, it is Jesus in the parable. But even after the son is mistreated and killed, it is not the end of the story. The Son (now the Risen Christ) will become the cornerstone, the chief actor in the drama of our lives. If we can follow Him and do as he did then we will find a pathway to new life.
The insult to the Scribes and Pharisees does not go unnoticed by the audience that Jesus is addressing in the parable and it becomes a message for us. The question asked by Jesus in the parable is , “What will the owner do?” We know the answer! The owner will never give up on us, will chase us down and hold us close. That is the good news of the gospel.