As Fr. Ken prepares to leave Saint Clement at the end of the year to serve at the Archdiocese, we would like to take some time to celebrate him, the countless gifts he has shared with so many, and thank him for his thoughtful leadership over the years.
Today is the last Sunday in Ordinary Time for this liturgical year. Next week is the Feast of Christ the King and then Advent begins. Ordinary Time makes up most of the liturgical calendar year in the Catholic Church and although there is nothing ordinary about it, it does refer to the period of time that falls outside the major liturgical seasons. It struck me as I sat down to write a reflection for this Sunday that I make a conscious effort to work on my spiritual health during Advent and Lent, but what am I working on during the majority of the year in ordinary time?
A Mass for promoting harmony will be celebrated on Tuesday, November 22 at 7:00 p.m. After the divisive election cycle, this Mass will provide us with an opportunity to gather amidst our differences and pray that unity, reconciliation, and harmony may prevail in our country.
It was Saint Clement that beckoned us to join the parish and leave the suburbs. Boyd and I first came to Saint Clement to attend a Handel’s Messiah performance in 2006. The spellbinding music, the chorus, and the splendor of Saint Clement enraptured us. Later, we strolled through the neighborhood, dreaming of living in the city and selling our suburban home. A year later, we informally joined Saint Clement while spending weekends in a condo, then commuting home. But the weekly 5 p.m. Saturday evening Mass cast a spiritual spell, and the Saint Clement community invited us to belong.
In today's Gospel Jesus is confronted this time by the Sadducees. The Sadducees were one group of Judaism at the time who denied there was a resurrection of the dead as well as denying spirits and angels. They thought by their questions that it would prove this using what Jesus said. They presented an absurd situation. According to the Law of Moses if a man died without having heirs and he had a brother, the brother was expected to marry his widow so that his line might be continued.
Children's Christmas Nativity
The Nativity at the 4:00 p.m. Christmas Eve Mass has always been a festive, joyful occasion for Saint Clement families. The Christmas Nativity is fun for the children and gives them a sense of leadership and confidence. Most importantly it enhances their understanding of the meaning of the Christmas Scriptures and creates memories for your family and the parish community.
This Sunday's Gospel evokes memories of hearing this reading as a child, and the often-comical images of Zacchaeus portrayed in children’s Bible story books. I remember many a picture of a funny looking character hanging out of a tree, a silly narrative of a short man so intent on seeing Jesus that he climbed up into a tree. While the more humorous images from childhood stand out in my mind, the message is loud and clear: a curious Zacchaeus looks to Jesus, and the Son of Man saves “what was lost,” leading him to a conversion of heart.
Last Sunday, October 23 Megan Carroll received the Christifideles award at Holy Name Cathedral from Cardinal-Designate Blase Cupich, who urged all present to recognize the gift of the Spirit enlivening each of the honorees.