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SUNDAY READINGS AND VIDEO REFLECTION
Twenty-Sixth Sunday in Ordinary Time - Cycle B
September 26, 2021
Jesus gave the image of cutting off hands or feet, or plucking out eyes if they cause us to sin. This means we must be serious in our fight against evil and serious in living for God. We are to invest our efforts and concerns not on worldly things or possessions, but on the things that matter to God, on the things that will bring us closer to God, this means our spiritual life. In this way, we will become good examples to each other. We promote goodness by doing the good and being good examples; but when we do bad, we can influence others to the bad as well. We must not become bad examples.
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FATHERS & DOCTORS OF THE CHURCH
Polycarp, and the presbyters(2) with him, to the Church of God sojourning at Philippi: Mercy to you, and peace from God Almighty, and from the Lord Jesus Christ, our Saviour, be multiplied.
CHAP. I.–PRAISE OF THE PHILIPPIANS.
I have greatly rejoiced with you in our Lord Jesus Christ, because ye have followed the example(3) of true love [as displayed by God], and have accompanied, as became you, those who were bound in chains, the fitting ornaments of saints, and which are indeed the diadems of the true elect of God and our Lord; and because the strong root of your faith, spoken of in days(4) long gone by, endureth even until now, and bringeth forth fruit to our Lord Jesus Christ, who for our sins suffered even unto death, [but] “whom God raised froth the dead, having loosed the bands of the grave.”(5) “In whom, though now ye see Him not, ye believe, and believing, rejoice with joy unspeakable and full of glory; “(6) into which joy many desire to enter, knowing that “by grace ye are saved, not of works,”(7) but by the will of God through Jesus Christ.
CHAP. II.–AN EXHORTATION TO VIRTUE.
“Wherefore, girding up your loins,”(8) “serve the Lord in fear”(9) and truth, as those who have forsaken the vain, empty talk and error of the multitude, and “believed in Him who raised up our Lord Jesus Christ from the dead, and gave Him glory,”(10) and a throne at His right hand. To Him all things” in heaven and on earth are subject. Him every spirit serves. He comes as the Judge of the living and the dead.(12) His blood will God require of those who do not believe in Him.(13) But He who raised Him up from the dead will raise(14) up us also, if we do His will, and walk in His commandments, and love what He loved, keeping ourselves from all unrighteousness, covetousness, love of money, evil speaking, falsewitness; “not rendering evil for evil, or railing for railing,”(15) or blow for blow, or cursing for cursing, but being mindful of what the Lord said in His teaching: “Judge not, that ye be not judged;(16) forgive, and it shall be forgiven unto you;(17) be merciful, that ye may obtain mercy;(18) with what measure ye mete, it shall be measured to you again;(19) and once more, “Blessed are the poor, and those that are persecuted for righteousness’ sake, for theirs is the kingdom of God.”(20) More…..
From the Office of Readings
The accompanying scriptural reading is from Philippians
St. Polycarp (70?-156 AD), Bishop of Smyrna in Asia Minor, we learn from St. Irenaeus who listened to Polycarp as a boy, spoke “of his relations with John and with others who had seen our Lord, and how he quoted from their language and how much he had learned from them concerning the Lord, his miracles and his teaching.” He died a martyr at age 86.
Taken from “The Early Church Fathers and Other Works” originally published by Wm. B. Eerdmans Pub. Co. in English in Edinburgh, Scotland beginning in 1867. Footnotes not provided.(ANF 1, Roberts and Donaldson).
Monday: Zec 8:1-8; Ps 102:16-23; Lk 9:46-50
Tuesday: Zec 8:20-23; Ps 87:1b-7; Lk 9:51-56
Wednesday: Dn 7:9-14; Ps 138:1-5; Jn 1:47-51
Thursday: Neh 8:1-12; Ps 19:8-11; Lk 10:1-12
Friday: Bar 1:15-22; Ps 79:1b-9; Lk 10:13-16
Saturday: Bar 4:5-12,27-29; Ps 69:33-37; Mt 18:1-10
Sunday: Gn 2:18-24; Ps 128:1-6; Heb 2:9-11; Mk 10:2-16
ARE YOU AN ACTIVE PARISHIONER?
A Parish is not simply a “branch office” of the Church, nor a periodic audience of people, nor an occasional public; but it is a formally organized social group. It is a portion of a Diocese under the authority of a Priest legitimately appointed to secure in virtue of his office for the faithful dwelling therein, the helps of religion.
The faithful are called parishioners, and they become parishioners by acquiring a domicile or a quasi-domicile within the geographical boundaries or territory of the Parish.
Parishioners could be active parishioners or non-active parishioners, and the question of parishioner status is important because parishioners look to their Parish for many services such as:
- Parishioner tuition rates in our Catholic schools;
- The use of our facilities for liturgical services such as baptisms, weddings and funerals;
- And certification as eligible sponsors at Sacramental celebrations.
These rights and services within the church bring with them certain obligations, as in any form of community.
To be considered “active,” a parishioners must be:
- Registered in the parish;
- Attend Mass faithfully;
- Support the life of the parish by sharing time and talents in service;
- And sharing treasure (tithing) to build up the community.
Active participation in Christian Stewardship makes you an ACTIVE parishioner.