Father Mike’s Weekly Message
26th Sunday in Ordinary Time
Our Lord says in this week’s Gospel, “For whoever is not against us, is for us”. That, in my opinion, is about as all-inclusive as possible. Jesus is not excluding anyone who wants to be part of his followers. Let’s move this understanding to today’s day and age. Then we would have to say that it means all those who are not Catholic but do good works. It means all those who believe in Jesus but don’t practice Catholicism. It means anyone who believes in God and in his son our Lord Jesus Christ.
Jesus goes on to tell the world that no matter what it may be that will keep one from knowing him, we must simply get rid of that thing. He uses extreme examples, not to be taken literally, but simply so we can understand that we must not let anything keep us from worshiping Him.
So always remember that as followers of Jesus, we are commanded to love one another as Jesus loves us. Do this, and eternal life is yours.
May God’s blessings continue to be upon us all. ??
News & Events
Starting immediately, our NEW memorial wall at St Patrick’s in both Catskill and Athens, will have a cross placed on it for each soul that was burred from St. Patrick’s Church. The cross will have the deceased name and date of death on it and will remain on our memorial wall to be honored at every mass for one year.
At the end of one year from the death of that person, it will be taken down and given to the family of the deceased.
Please stay tuned for future announcements.