Mass Readings: http://www.usccb.org/bible/readings/081819.cfm
When we read the gospel of this weekend, we are met with a stark difference in how Jesus normally speaks to his disciples. He speaks of how he is going to bring fire and division to everyone. This is definitely an eye opener, but should it be? John the Baptist even stated that he baptizes the people with water but one greater than him will baptize everyone with the Holy Spirit and fire. Jesus tells us of this in such a way because the reality of His arrival to this world will do just that: divide. Choices will have to be made to live a life that will bring us closer to our heavenly reward or not. People will need to accept the gifts of the Holy Spirit or not. Families who hold on to worldly possessions that tear us away from Him will find themselves being torn away from family members who are trying to hold fast to the teaching of our Lord.
We are called to affirm our faith. We choose to heed the words of Jesus and continue to follow his way accepting the fire of the Holy Spirit to strengthen us, to give us the needed wisdom to lead the life we are meant to lead. How is God calling you right now to be more faithful to who you are truly meant to be?
|Opening||Praise God From All Blessings Flow||GP3 456|
|Response||Psalm 40:2,3,4,18||S&P 2019|
|Offertory||Like A Shepherd||GP3 765|
|Communion||These Alone are Enough||GP3 632|
|Closing||All The Ends of the Earth||GP3 712|