Come Worship With Us!
Join us for Worship at our Franciscan Chapel, 1004 N. College Avenue in Columbia, Missouri.
Saturday mass is at 5pm, followed by fellowship (about 90 minutes.) Tuesday and Thursday mass at Noon (about thirty minutes)
All baptized Christians are welcome to receive Holy Communion
October 22-29, 2016
Hello to all!! I trust the Lord is blessing you even as you read this missive.
We have some wonderful scriptures coming this next weekend. They are Isaiah 1: 10-17; psalm 119; 2 Thessalonians 2: 9-13 and Luke 19: 1-10. The Isaiah reading would make you think that the Lord does not like liturgy. Actually, God really does not like empty ritualism. He wants us to DO THE WORKS OF JUSTICE to undergird our signs and symbols when we worship.
The 2 Thessalonians reading speaks of the coming of a "lawless one" in league with Satan leading us in the ways of deception. (Makes me think of all the political advertisements that would make you think every politician is a liar.) But we are called by God to salvation, being sanctified by the Spirit and believing in the truth.
The gospel is the story of Zacchaeus the tax collector when he is greeted by Jesus. Then of course, he welcomed Jesus to his home. Jesus dealt with him personally and lovingly. That is how Jesus deals with us too. This is a gospel that is often mistranslated. Zachaeus speaks in the "indicative" in the Greek. (It is often translated in the future tense in English.) In other words, Zacchaeus is actually saying "I DO give half of my goods to the poor...and I DO restore fourfold if I have taken..." In my humble opinion, I believe that Zacchaeus is claiming to be honest even though he is a hated tax collector AND that Jesus is actually restoring his name and reputation. (Ever heard of an honest tax collector or politician??? There had better be a few out there or we are in deep trouble. How can we join Jesus and welcome the good ones? We need them to run a good country, don't we?)
Events at the chapel this week:.
Tuesday and Thursday noon liturgy
Wednesday evening prayer
Thursday study of THE LOST HISTORY OF CHRISTIANITY at 1 pm
I must turn in the hats, coats, gloves, etc for Warm Up Columbia on Wednesday. I must have them today or tomorrow.
On Thursday (October 27), I preside at the St. Francis Catholic Worker House Eucharist. Come join me.
(I am going to try to remember to announce in the Friar's Footnotes who of our parishes and communities are to be our prayer intentions.) Designated for our special prayer this week are the Church of the Resurrection in Wichita, KS, with Fr. Terry Hedrick and Deacon Art Ballos. Also we pray for Fr. Guido Gonzalez, who is a chaplain at Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri.
I believe that does it. May you be filled with the joy and peace of God's Kingdom.
Fr. John ofp
- Fr. John, OFP
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