Twenty-Sixth Sunday in Ordinary Time 2020, Cover art, Column, Prayers of the Faithful

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September 27, 2020

26th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Dear Believers in the Messiah,

When I was in the seminary, one of our retired priests used to say, “Ninety percent of life is just showing up.” I admit the truth of his words the longer I am in the Church and struggle to become a person of prayer. Showing up is the gift to God. God can work with us only when our hearts become ready and willing, when our lives are given freely.

Matthew 21:28-32 gives us a story about our own stubborn ways and our own willingness to show up. Two sons are asked to work. One says yes and then no. The other says no then yes. This very human response is revealed in each one of us. The two sons are reactions we all have within our human attitudes and hearts.

It is always interesting to me how in so many human circumstances, we tend not to ask someone to do something whom we know will not show up to accomplish the task. We usually ask the person who is already incredibly busy and generous because we know the project will get done. The not so generous person can often get away with remaining distant and sometimes lazy and not involved.

God welcomes all people; sometimes it just takes time for us who are more selfish and stubborn to find our way toward God’s generous and inviting life. We have untold opportunities to accept the invitation toward God’s mercy and fidelity.

I remember when I first starting writing for publication. One of my writing mentors told me two things to remember when working with editors of magazines. He said, “Never say no to an invitation no matter how pressured you are with other work and always get the work accomplished before the deadline.” He told me that if I do those two things, editors would continue to ask me to write for that particular magazine. I have followed his advice and have published many articles in a number of magazines since 2002.

I may not be so successful in other areas of my life about showing up and allowing God to work within me, especially when I find the task tedious and not in my expertise.  However, I know that God is not finished with me or with any of us quite yet. We are all invited into the Kingdom of God, no matter how stubborn or selfish, no matter how we are awakened to the gift, no matter how we are taken by the love that is being offered us.

I say yes to God and then don’t follow through when…

I no to God when…

What brings me to change my mind is…

I remember when I felt so discouraged about showing up in prayer because…

Then God changed my mind through…

God give you peace,

Fr. Ron

September 27, 2020

Prayers of the Faithful

Let us pray not to do anything out of selfishness or out of vainglory but rather humbly regard others as more important than ourselves. May we serve people with truth and love.

We pray to the Lord.

Let us pray for our Universal Church, that we may learn to lead with respect and consolation for people of every race and nation.

We pray to the Lord.

Let us pray for people living with alcohol and drug addiction. We pray that God may set free all who long for integrity and emotional freedom.

We pray to the Lord.

Let us pray for people who have given up on the Church because of the sexual crimes of the clergy and the lack of integrity among those who follow Christ Jesus.

We pray to the Lord.

Let us pray for our children who struggle to learn during these months of pandemic and for all families who struggle to make ends meet.

We pray to the Lord.

Let us pray that God will receive our beloved dead into the glory of heaven. In this Mass we pray for…

We pray to the Lord.

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