Tuesday, August 26, 2008

Word for the Weekend: August 30-31


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Long weekend ahead! Labor Day is upon us and it's a holiday. But there is no holiday from worshipping the Lord so it's time to open up the scriptures and begin to prepare to hear them on this 22nd Sunday in Ordinary Time. I've had several weekends free of preaching responsibilities but vacation is almost over so I'll be looking at these texts from a homilist's point of view.

The scriptures and background material on them are, as always, easily accessible at the St. Louis University liturgy site. Got kids? We won't leave them out as we prepare for worship. Check out the Sadlier site for materials to help your young ones get ready to hear the Word.

Ever felt duped by God? So did the prophet Jeremiah - and he says so in this Sunday's first lesson. St. Paul, writing to the Romans and to us, urges us not to conform ourselves to the present age... tough words - and tougher to understand in each succeeding age. Do you find yourself carrying a cross? Jesus has something to say about that in the gospel for this Sunday.

These are strong words: get ready to hear them!

-ConcordPastor

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