Week 5 – September 27 to October 3
Make no mistake: God is not mocked, for a person will reap only what he sows
Jesus said to the chief priests and elders of the people: "What is your opinion? A man had two sons. He came to the first and said, 'Son, go out and work in the vineyard today. 'He said in reply, 'I will not, ' but afterwards changed his mind and went. The man came to the other son and gave the same order. He said in reply, 'Yes, sir, ‘but did not go. Which of the two did his father's will?"
They answered, "The first."
Jesus said to them, "Amen, I say to you, tax collectors and prostitutes are entering the kingdom of God before you. When John came to you in the way of righteousness, you did not believe him; but tax collectors and prostitutes did. Yet even when you saw that, you did not later change your minds and believe him."
“The climate is a common good, belonging to all and meant for all.” Laudato Si’ 14
This Sunday’s reading calls us to a conversion, asking us to change our ways for God, our good, and the good of those around us. One way we are called to act is with regards to the climate. Not only on the national and international level, but also in our own lives. There are a great many things that we can do to help and all of us knows something we can do.
“The ecological crisis is also a summons to profound interior conversion…Living our vocation to be protectors of God’s handiwork is essential to a life of virtue; it is not an optional or a secondary aspect of our Christian experience.” Laudato Si’ 217
“How do you see the world? One Climate, One World animation”, Catholic Agency for Overseas Development (CAFOD, based in the UK) (3.5 min)
We’ll conclude the Season of Creation with the Feast of St. Francis Prayer Service on October 4 at 7:00 PM. A sign-up link for the Zoom meeting will be forthcoming. Deacon Jim Bozik will do a Blessing of the Animals at the end of the Service. If you’d prefer to have you pet blessed in person, Deacon Jim will also be doing a blessing outside the church steps Saturday from 10 to 11.
Anna-Catherine. Brigida "Climate change a factor in Central American migration," Univisión News, May 11, 2018 (6.5 min read)
Bill McKibben "The Pope and the Planet," New York Review of Books, August 13, 2015 (2.5 min read)