Mass and Confession Schedule
7:30 a.m.⎪9 a.m. (ASL Interpreted)⎪10:30 a.m.⎪
10:30 a.m. gym⎪12:30 p.m.⎪5:30 p.m.
Filipino Mass every 4th Sunday 3:30 p.m.
6:30 a.m. (Except Federal Holidays)⎪8 a.m.⎪
11 a.m.⎪5:30 p.m.
8 a.m.⎪11 a.m.⎪5:30 p.m. (Fulfills Sunday Obligation)
Holy Days of Obligation
Eve before Feast Day - 5:30 p.m.
Feast Day - 6:30 a.m.⎪8 a.m.⎪11 a.m.⎪5:30 p.m.
Sacrament Of Reconciliation (Confession)
Friday and Saturday after 11 a.m. Mass (if no funeral)
Saturday: 4-5 p.m. & after 5:30 p.m. Mass
OR anytime by appointment
February 19, 2017
Today’s first reading comes from the Book of Leviticus which is rarely used in the readings for Mass. This particular book is concerned with the Levites who were the priestly class in charge of worship at the Temple in Jerusalem. The first reading is taken from the fourth part of the book commonly called the “Code of Legal Holiness.” This section makes the connection between worship and one’s daily conduct. For this reason, God speaks these words to Moses, “Be holy, for I, the Lord, your God, am holy.” God reveals the dignity to which He calls us, of the future open to us, of the meaning and scope of obedience to His laws. He calls us to participate fully in His holiness and we are not to hate others, hold grudges, or seek revenge but live His command—“You shall love your neighbor as yourself.” It is not enough for us to go through the motions at Mass and in our devotional life. We draw near to God by our participation in the Mass, to praise His holiness, to give thanks for His love and in the end to commit ourselves to Him so that we might grow in His love, tenderness, and compassion—to become holy.
In our passage from St. Paul’s letter to the Corinthians, he reminds them that they are “the temple of God” where “the Spirit of God dwells.” This is the only way they will be able to overcome their divisions and understand how to live as sisters and brothers, with each one shouldering their responsibility in the community. He is direct in pointing out, “all belong to you, and you to Christ, and Christ to God.” This is the only criterion for acting without missing the goal. It keeps before our eyes the plan according to which everyone of us, each in our own place, must build “the temple of God,” exercise the function given us, verify and, if need be, correct the way in which we discharge it. Thus, in a concise formula easy to remember, Paul places in God the source of unity in the community, of wisdom, and of the practical conduct—the spirituality—that flows from that source.
In today’s gospel passage from Matthew, Jesus clearly states, “You have heard that it was said, ‘You shall love your neighbor and hate your enemy. But I say to you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you....’” This commandment of the Lord is directed to us personally. It does not require that we behave with naiveté and yield to injustice and violence, but that we become peacemakers, in actions as in words. Jesus is clear that we do not only owe love to our neighbors, but also to our enemies. Then, and only then, will we behave as daughters and sons of the Father in heaven, imitating Jesus, who on the cross asked forgiveness for those who crucified Him. We cannot harbor hate in our hearts because it leads to our own hearts becoming hardened by the hate and the energy necessary to keep score and maintain grudges. In praying for our enemies, we offer an act of charity for them while keeping our hearts open to the Lord’s healing grace. Such is the perfection of the law taught by Jesus.
God bless you,