“Advance in the ways of understanding.” The Book of Proverbs places an invitation to put aside foolishness and seek understanding. The letter of Paul seems to give us insight into what is intended.
Paul instructs to watch carefully how you live. Evil is present in the world. Pay attention that you are seeking to live in the spirit of God. As we continue to hear the Eucharistic theology of John, we might reflect on how the celebration of Eucharist involves two aspects of wisdom. The Word of God instructs us on the way of God. We are learning to know the commandments and the invitation to love one another as God loves us. This is wisdom – so Paul reminds us to not ignore what we are hearing. If we are understanding this word, we will sing songs and psalms to God. Our hearts, filled with rejoicing, cause us to give thanks to God.
In the gospel, we hear the second part of liturgy – Eucharist. The path to know life is in Jesus. We are called to eat His body and drink His blood. This will help us to seek eternal life. The Eucharist is meant to see the presence of God and yearn to be united with Him. The meaning and purpose of life are revealed through this sacrifice. Without this meal, we have no life in us. As we celebrate Eucharist this day, how have we advanced in our understanding? How is this Eucharist leading us to yearn for heaven?
Sharing news about the parish . . .
A wish of God’s peace is extended to the families and friends of Leon Moczarny. His funeral occurred Wednesday, August 12. May our prayers help to comfort those who mourn. May he rest in peace!
In several weeks, we welcome the students of St. Anne School. As they begin a new school year, we will celebrate Mass with them. St. Anne Parish will supply the priest for these first three liturgies. Please take note that NO SERVICE will be scheduled at 7:00 a.m. Please consider joining the school liturgy at 8:15 a.m.
Part of marriage preparation at St. Anne Parish involves married couples who become mentors to couples by involvement in the program FOCCUS. Presently St. Anne Parish could use several more couples to be mentors so that we might be able to schedule a review with those who are planning to be married this year. Please consider responding to this plea; couples are delayed in completing their preparation because we have so few to assist them. Hope to hear from you soon!
Diocesan Annual Appeal – A new target is established for this coming year 2015-2016. St. Anne Parish will work to meet $107,042. Between now and the time of receiving your invitation to pledge for this year, please begin to consider what contribution is possible. Thank you in advance for a willingness to support this good cause!
May the blessings of God be showered upon you this week!