Created as rational beings, we have been given the dignity to initiate and control our actions. Today I am focused on this freedom God has given each one of and on how we use it. Jesus spent His whole life trying to heal the blindness in our minds and hearts: our prejudices, our inability to forgive, our selfishness and self-centeredness, our criticism of others without seeing our own faults, and even blindness to our own good qualities.
In today’s Gospel, Jesus gives Bartimaeus, the blind man, freedom by telling him, “Go your way, your faith has saved you.” People following Jesus rebuked Bartimaeus. He wasn’t discouraged; instead, he kept calling louder. When we don’t get what we want, do we get discouraged, stop praying and give up? Or do we continue like Bartimaeus?
Spend some time with the offerings below from staff to prepare for Sunday Mass. And check out other opportunities further down.
Anticipate Sunday, October 24, 2021
- Mass Readings – In the scripture readings today we think about how we use this gift of life.
- Scripture Reflection – In this week’s reflection Jon helps us think about how we understand our blind spots.
- Reflections on the Readings and Music – Mike Kamenski presents “Earth Song” about a longing for peace and a reflection from Rev. David Lose called “Recognizing Our Need.”
- Getting to Know You – This week the guest on “Getting to Know You” is Annie Weisen, a St. Catherine parishioner who is extremely active in the St Vincent DePaul Society.
- The Rosary for Complainers – Pray the rosary with the Crabby Mystic!
- Walk for Education – The annual Soles for Catholic Education Walk will be a little different this year. Saint Sebastian School’s walk will be in the neighborhood. Find out how to join on the parish website.
- Facing Racism – Consider joining the Ignatian Solidarity Network’s upcoming racial justice program on Wednesday, October 27, from 1 to 2:30 p.m. A Parish Journey for Racial Justice: Let’s Talk about Social Sin.
- Facing Racism – November is designated Black Catholic History Month, highlighting the presence and the contribution of Catholics of African descent in the Church. In celebration of Black Catholic History, you are invited to attend three presentations at St. Francis of Assisi Parish in Milwaukee beginning November 6. Find dates, times and descriptions.
COVID-19 NOTE: The parish safety committee is recommending all parishioners wear masks for Sunday Mass. The west transept of the church is available for masked-only parishioners who need to maintain distancing.
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God is good all the time; all the time God is good.
Blessings of peace and gratitude.
Father Peter Patrick Kimani
St. Sebastian & St. Catherine Parishes