September 8, 2019: 23rd Sunday in Ordinary Time

September 8, 2019: 23rd Sunday in Ordinary Time

Presider: Fr. Dan Volkert
Parish: St. Bruno & St. Paul
Choir: St. Richard

Now if this gospel passage doesn’t shake you or shock you, well I don’t think you’re paying attention. Essentially Jesus is telling us we have to hate people not just any ordinary people, but people that are closest to us he says, father and mother, wife, children, brothers and sisters. Now, it’s odd. Jesus throughout all four of the gospels is constantly telling us to love one another. He tells us of the two greatest commandments: love the Lord your God with your heart, mind, and your soul and love your neighbor as thy self. And later on he tells us that we have to love even our enemies. So what are we to make of this? How are we to understand this? Well, I think the key is at the very end of the passage. He says, in the same way, any of you who does not renounce all of his possessions, cannot be my disciple. Well, discipleship is about relationship with God rooted in Jesus Christ. What’s the challenge? Nothing should stand in our way. And that’s what Jesus is getting at. Nothing should stand in our way in relationship to God, see, then we are free. We are free to know him, to love him and to serve him. What’s the problem when something does get in our way? You, know, how many times have we heard people say, you know I don’t go to Mass anymore because I watch my kids play soccer on the weekend. Or I haven’t gone to Mass because there’s just so much work to be done. Or I don’t go to Mass just because I didn’t get anything out of it. Well, if you recognize those statements, the one thing that’s synonymous with all of them is the “I”. “I”, “I”. It’s the ego. It’s the inflation of the ego, standing in the way between those people and the relationship with God. What’s Jesus’ message? Nothing should stand in our way. Nothing at all. Think back with Adam and Eve, before the fall. In Genesis it said “God walked with Adam and Eve an easy fellowship in the cool Evening of the garden.” See that’s what God intended for all of us from the very beginning of time. And that’s at the heart of Jesus’ message. God wants to walk with each and every one of us. An easy fellowship and friendship, nothing should stand in our way. More to it, when we do that, then the love that we have for God spills over, spills over and touches all aspects of our life. It strengthens and enriches every part of our life from family to friends to our career, and even to our faith life. But it all begins with one thing, relationship with God. Nothing standing in that way is rooted in Jesus Christ. Then yes, we will always be free, free to be a disciple of Jesus Christ and free to know him, to love him, and to serve him.
Entrance: The Summons
Text: John L. Bell. B. 1949 © 1987, Iona Community, GIA Publications, agent
Tune: KELVINGROVE, 7 6 7 6 777 6; Scottish traditional; arr. By John L. Bell b. 1949 © 1987, Iona Community, GIA Publications, Inc. agent

Psalm In every age, O Lord, you have been our refuge
Music: Owen Alstott © 1977, 1990, OCP. All rights reserved

Preparation: God Has Chosen Me
Text: Bernadette Farrell b. 1957
Tune: Bernadette Farrell, b. 1957
© 1990 Bernadette Farrell. Published by OCP

Communion: The Supper of the Lord
© 1994, Laurence Rosania. Published by OCP Publications, 5536 NE Hassalo, Portland, OR 97213
All rights reserved.

Sending Forth: O God Beyond all Praising
Text: Michael Perry, 1942-1996 © 1982 The Jubilate Group (admin. Hope Publishing Company)
Tune: THAXTED 13 13 13 13 13 13; Gustave Holst, 1874-1934

Mass Setting: Celtic Mass
Text: © 2010, ICEL. All rights reserved. Used with permission.
Music: © 1996, 2009, 2010, Christopher Walker. Published by OCP
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Permission to podcast/stream the music in this liturgy obtained from ONE LICENSE, License No. A-718591.

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