Our Lady of Fatima Faith Focus - 22nd Sunday in Ordinary Time
Our Lady of Fatima
Please RSVP to Chris at email@example.com
WHY STUDY THE FAITH?
"...so that we may no longer be infants, tossed by waves and swept along by every wind of teaching arising from human trickery, from their cunning in the interests of deceitful scheming. Rather, living the truth in love, we should grow in every way into him who is the head, Christ..." - Ephesians 4:14-15
Studies starting soon… ALL ARE WELCOME!
A.C.E. (Adult Catholic Enrichment)
(Bishop Robert Barron OR
Fr. Jeff Kirby study)
Sundays, 10:15 – 11:15 a.m.
Religious Education Building
Begins Sunday, October 6
Contact Tina Berning
The "One Thing" Is Three
(Fr. Michael Gaitley)
Tuesdays, 7:00 – 8:30 p.m.
Begins Tuesday, September 17
Contact Joseph Lagae
Bible Study: Acts of the Apostles
(Little Rock Scripture Study)
Wednesdays, 9:30 – 11:30 a.m.
Begins Wednesday, September 11
Contact Chris in the RE Office
Thursdays, 7:00 – 8:30 p.m.
Begins Thursday, September 19
Contact Mike and Connie Delp
How often do we feel like we’re not trying hard enough? We strive – as parents, as students, as workers, as Catholics. We hear Jesus’ words to “Be perfect as your heavenly Father is perfect” (Mt 5:48), and we think we know what that means. Better. Stronger. More.
So what do we make of the words of wisdom from Sirach, which pointedly instruct us not to strive? They recall too the words of Psalm 131: “LORD, my heart is not proud;/ nor are my eyes haughty./ I do not busy myself with great matters,/ with things too sublime for me” (v. 1). The psalmist goes on to compare himself to a child in its mother lap – small, helpless, receptive.
Perhaps being “perfect as your heavenly Father is perfect,” isn’t quite what we think. In Luke’s rendering, Jesus says, “
Be merciful, just as your Father is merciful.
” Perfection as mercy. If that were true, if seeking perfection meant growing in our capacity to be merciful, how would we then live?
- Chris Sullivan, Director of Adult Formation
“What is too sublime for you, seek not, into things beyond your strength search not.”
Readings for the 22nd Sunday in Ordinary Time
For further reflection
Childlike. Merciful. These are words not of striving but of surrender, not more, but less. Notice where you feel like you are striving after God. In those moments, consider what it might feel like to let go, to receive, to allow God to carry you. In what ways can you extend mercy to yourself?
Our Lady of Fatima
on Friday, August 30 at 5:00PM