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Kommunicating Kerygma (ke·ryg·ma)
31st Sunday in Ordinary Time
October 30, 2016
In the gospel text for last week, Jesus told the familiar parable of a Pharisee and a tax collector praying in the temple. Once again this week the focus of the gospel is a tax collector, but his time it is not a parable, as Luke describes Jesus’ direct encounter with Zacchaeus, a chief tax collector. In Luke’s gospel, these two tax collector stories do not follow one upon the other–rather, several other events occur between them. The first is an account of people bringing infants to Jesus so that he could touch them (Luke 18:15-17). This is followed by an official asking Jesus what he needs to do to inherit eternal life. (Luke 18:18-23) The third is an incident where Jesus comments on how wealth makes it difficult to enter the Kingdom of God. After that, Jesus makes his third prediction of his passion and resurrection, and he heals a blind beggar. (Luke 18: 24-43)
Stewardship Theme for Fall Treasure Pledge Appeal
The St. Matthias Stewardship Committee is pleased to announce the theme for the 2016 Fall Treasure Pledge appeal:
GRACE – GRATITUDE – GENEROSITY
Thirty-first Sunday in Ordinary Time Weekend of October 29/30, 2016
The Gospel story of Jesus’ encounter with Zacchaeus makes for an ideal stewardship reflection. So does today’s first reading from the Book of Wisdom. Good stewards have faith in, and give thanks for, an almighty and powerful God who transcends the universe, but who gives personal attention to every human being. God loves his creation, his people. He lives in them, and through his Holy Spirit, instills a fundamental goodness in them. Good stewards recognize this movement of the Spirit as a gift, and make efforts to cultivate this gift and grow in their faith. Let’s take time this week to stop and look around, to be aware of God’s awe-inspiring creation, and to give thanks for God’s loving care and concern for each of us.
Adapted from ICSC parish enews.
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