Today’s scripture readings exhort us to practice both humility and generosity in our daily lives. In humility we acknowledge that we are ultimately dependent upon God for everything: everything is a gift. God’s gifts are not to be hoarded, but shared and employed for the good of all. This is what Jesus teaches his host in today’s Gospel when he encourages him to invite to dinner those who cannot repay him by inviting him back.
Each week we are invited to the banquet which God provides for us: the Holy Eucharist. The word “eucharist” comes from the Greek word eὐcaristeῖn (eucharistein) meaning, “to give thanks.” This should be our basic attitude when we come to worship God. The scripture readings these past several Sundays have warned us against counting too much on material possessions. The things that mean the most to us should be the things that really last—and those are the things that come from God. For these we must be grateful. The heart of the Mass, the Eucharistic Prayer, is fundamentally a prayer of thanksgiving: “Let us give thanks to the Lord our God. It is right and just.” Finally we are sent forth from the eucharistic banquet, fortified with the flesh and blood of Christ and the grace of the sacrament, to share what we have received, to “go and announce the Gospel of the Lord.” Even then our final word is one of gratitude: “Thanks be to God.”
The St. Francesca Resource Center at Notre Dame and Sojourner House in Eau Claire are two ways we share with those who may not be able to repay us. Parishioners and others in our community use these means to give assistance to needy members of our community. While some are eventually able to repay the assistance they have received, most cannot. In today’s Gospel Jesus says: “Blessed indeed will you be because of their inability to repay you. For you will be repaid at the resurrection of the righteous.” Thanks to all who support these vital ministries.
Threshing is planned for Saturday, September 3, at the home farm. I’m hoping for a day of nice weather. A noon potluck lunch at St. Philip Church near Rolling Ground followed by a few hours of work in the afternoon should make a nice day. Although the loads are under cover, the high humidity of recent weeks has not allowed them to dry out very well. The straw is going to be a little tough, but I think it will be fit to bale. All who care to come are welcome.
Pray the Rosary for all who are preparing to return to school, whether students or teachers. Pray for Bishop William Callahan for his recovery from bypass surgery and his ministry to the Church in our diocese. Pray for vocations to the priesthood and religious life, and for those discerning their vocations. Pray for those serving in the armed services from our area and, as always, pray for peace.
May God bless his people with peace.