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Twenty-Second Sunday in Ordinary Time : August 31, 2014

A reading from the holy Gospel according to Matthew 16: 21 – 27

Gospel reading

Jesus began to show his disciples that he must go to Jerusalem and suffer greatly from the elders, the chief priests, and the scribes, and be killed and on the third day be raised. Then Peter took Jesus aside and began to rebuke him, “God forbid, Lord! No such thing shall ever happen to you.” He turned and said to Peter, “Get behind me, Satan! You are an obstacle to me. You are thinking not as God does, but as human beings do.” Then Jesus said to his disciples, “Whoever wishes to come after me must deny himself, take up his cross, and follow me. For whoever wishes to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for my sake will find it. What profit would there be for one to gain the whole world and forfeit his life? Or what can one give in exchange for his life? For the Son of Man will come with his angels in his Father’s glory, and then he will repay all according to his conduct.”

Brief commentary

Today’s gospel reading is the continuation of last week’s text about Peter’s confession of faith in Jesus, and Jesus entrusting to him the authority of governing and serving the ‘household of God’, the Church. However, when Jesus first announces that his mission will involve suffering and death, Peter “rebuked him” insisting that such a thing must not happen. Today’s gospel reading is the continuation of last week’s text about Peter’s confession of faith in Jesus, and Jesus entrusting to him the authority of governing and serving the ‘household of God’, the Church. However, when Jesus first announces that his mission will involve suffering and death, Peter “rebuked him” insisting that such a thing must not happen. Those who are solely after self-preservation and self-aggrandizement will find themselves surprisingly with nothing, while those who give themselves as gift to the cause of the gospel and of God’s reign will discover themselves to be fully alive. Those who amass wealth, status, fame and power, depending on them for their sense of identity, security and happiness, will find that these are really nothing at all “just a little sand.” One’s truest humanness, one’s integrity and authenticity are more valuable than gaining all the world; yet, in our all-pervasive hyper-consumer and materialist way of thinking, valuing and living, it seems that what is superficial, trivial, and selfish is what will give us meaning, security, and happiness. Above all, Jesus calls his followers to “take up own his/her cross and follow him.” The cross is not simply a symbol of our personal sufferings and struggles. The cross was the Roman instrument of terror, torture and humiliation. Yet, for Jesus, ‘taking up one’s cross’ meant commitment to the reign of God, come what may. It is loyalty and total self-donation to God and to the message of the Gospel despite all troubles, persecutions and human frailties. It is to God who has the definitive judgment on history and not to idols, that we owe our full allegiance, love and devotion. With God’s grace the Christian is called to increasingly think like God thinks and walk in the footsteps of his Son, whose embracing of his own cross meant for him full love of the Father and total solidarity with us.

Today’s reading offers three significant messages:

  • To follow Jesus Christ involves a reversal of the thinking and values that often dominate in society, particularly societies steeped and driven by materialist, consumerist and narcissistic values.
  • For Christians to “take up their cross” means a commitment to God’s loving plan for the world, a commitment willing to go to the extents of sacrifice.

For our shared or personal reflection:

After a brief pause for silent reflection share your answers, ideas or feelings.

  • What are the values that dominate in my life? What is important to me and how did it become important to me? How can what is important to Christ become important to me as well?
  • How can I take up my cross and be more fully committed to God’s work in the world and God’s plan for the world?

Suggested readings:
Catechism of the Catholic Church paragraphs 1716-1729.

FAITH IS NOT AN ISOLATED ACT

Faith is a personal act
The free response of the human person to the initiative of God who reveals himself. But faith is not an isolated act. No one can believe alone, just as no one can live alone. You have not given yourself faith as you have not given yourself life. The believer has received faith from others and should hand it on to others.
Pope Francis

Be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and pleasing and perfect.

— Romans 12:2

IT IS EASY TO BE PLEASANT

It is easy to be pleasant when life flows by like a song.
But the man worthwhile is the one who will smile,
when everything goes dead wrong.
For the test of the heart is trouble,
and it always comes with years.
And the smile that is worth the praises of earth,
is the smile that shines thru tears.


2014 ARCHBISHOP’S CHARITY AND DEVELOPMENT DRIVE

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CATHOLIC UNIVERSITY OF AMERICA’S COLLECTION

September 7, 2014

The Catholic University of America, the national university of the Catholic Church in the United States, will be having its National Collection on September 7th.

Located in Washington, D.C., the University provides academically rigorous education to nearly 7,000 students every year, with more than 4,000 students that receive direct scholarship aid from this collection. Please be generous.

REGULAR MASS SCHEDULE

Important
September 7, 2014

Today is the last Sunday with the Summer Season Schedule of Masses.Sunday, September 7th, 2014, we will resume the normal schedule for Sunday Masses.

The schedule will be as always:

8:30 am 10:00 am 11:30 am and 6:00 pm- English
12:45 pm and 7:30 pm - Spanish
YOUTH GROUP NEWS

Bake / Treat Sale

Sponsored by St. Agnes Youth Group Next weekend, September 7th the St. Agnes Youth Group is having a bake/ treat sale after all morning and evening Masses. Please support this ministry.

Youth Group will begin the meetings again on Wednesday, September 17th 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm in Albertson Hall. All 8th - 12th Graders are invited to join us for food, fellowship, fun and faith sharing.

Follow all of the Youth Group happenings:
@stakbYG — Twitter , STAKBYG — Instagram

CATECHISM

Welcome back for the year 2014-2015
It is Registration Time!!!!

We will be open all the month of August and September

  Monday to Thursday : from 9:00 am to 6:00 pm.

  Friday : from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm.

Parents unable to register during this schedule, please call to make an appointment to come at later time.

This year you can visit our website, download the form, fill out and bring to the office with all requirements.

We require a Baptismal Certificate at registration time if your child was not baptized in St Agnes. If your child has never been baptized we will prepare him/her for the sacrament.

We urge those not registered yet to do so as soon as possible. It is our goal for this year to have almost all our children registered on the first day of class.

Click here for more information about calendars of events, "Virtus" program, registration form
or call our office, (305) 361-1378.

DONATION FOR WHITE ELEPHANT SALE

The St Agnes Rosary Altar Society needs your help!

Please consider donating a couple of items just new or almost new to be sold at our biggest fundraiser of the year.

We need a wide variety of merchandises and items such as:

  • Household items, Jewelry, China and silver, Toys,
  • Artwork, Small kitchen items, Small exercise items,
  • Bags & purses, Books, CD, Musical instruments, Bicycles,
  • Christmas items, Decoration, Leather goods, and much more.

For donations please call
Marjorie D’Alfonso at 305 365 8361 or 561 212 0439 or Ana Maria Rojas at (305) 365-9139 or (305) 586-9882 .

Humor Corner

A little girl was sitting on her grandfather’s lap as he read a bedtime story. From time to time, she would take her eyes off the book and reach up to touch his wrinkled cheek. She was alternately stroking her own cheek, then his again. Finally she spoke up, “Grandpa, did God make you?

“Yes, sweetheart,” he answered, “God made me a long time ago.”
“Oh,” she paused, “Grandpa, did God make me too?”
“Yes, indeed, honey,” he said, “God made you just a little while ago.”
Feeling their respective faces again, the little girl observed, “God’s getting better at it, isn’t He?”