by Adolf Hyła (1943); Krakow-Łagiewniki, Poland
BVMC is a loving Catholic Christian Community
that seeks to worship God reverently,
serve His creation faithfully
and bring the good news of the Gospel
to the community outside its doors.
Wednesday, Bitter Lamentations - 6:30 PM
Friday, Stations of the Cross - 7:00 PM
Saturday, Vigil Mass of Sunday - 5:00 PM
Sunday, Holy Mass - 9:00 AM
Vigil Mass of Sunday - Saturday, 5:00 pm
Listening to the Word
Saturday Vigil Mass - 5:00 pm
Twenty-sixth Sunday in Ordinary Time C
September 25, 2022
Am 6:1a, 4-7
Ps 146:7, 8-9, 9-10
The main theme of this Sunday's readings is the warning that the selfish and extravagant use of God’s blessings, like wealth, without sharing them with the poor and the needy is a serious sin deserving eternal punishment. Today’s readings stress the Covenant responsibility of the rich for the poor, reminding us of the truth that wealth without active mercy for the poor is great wickedness.
Amos, in the First Reading, issues a powerful warning to those who seek wealth at the expense of the poor and who spend their time and their money on themselves alone. He prophesies that those rich and self-indulgent people will be punished by God with exile because they don’t care for their poor and suffering brothers.
The Responsorial Psalm praises Yahweh, Who cares for the poor.
In the Second Reading, Paul admonishes us to "pursue righteousness, devotion, faith, love, patience and gentleness" – noble goals in an age of disillusionment – rather than riches.
In today’s Gospel, Jesus gives us a warning, pointing to the destiny of the rich man who neglected his duty to show mercy to poor Lazarus. The rich man was punished, not for having riches, but for neglecting the Scriptures and what they taught.
We are all rich enough to share our blessings with others. God has blessed each one of us with wealth or health or special talents or social power or political influence or a combination of many blessings. The Parable invites us to share what we have been given with others in various ways instead of using everything exclusively for selfish gains.
We need to remember that sharing is the criterion of Last Judgment: Matthew (25:31ff) tells us that all six questions to be asked of each one of us by Jesus when He comes in glory as our judge are based on how we have shared our blessings from Him (food, drink, home, mercy and compassion), with others.
Our choices here determine the kind of eternity we will have. We will get what we choose, what we live for. We are shaping our moral character to fit in one of two places.