September 16th ✙ 24th Sunday of Ordinary Time

Readings for September 16th, 2018

Peter's Profession of Faith

       In the Gospel, we see that some people had no faith in Jesus. Others had mistaken faith. But Peter showed true faith in Jesus when He declared, "You are the Christ, the Son of the living God." If faith is to be alive and influential in our lives, we have to make the faith our own.
       Lord Jesus, you are the mighty God and prince of peace. Lord, have mercy.
       Lord Jesus, you are the Son of God and the Son of Mary. Christ, have mercy.
       Lord Jesus, you are the word made flesh and Splendour of the Father. Lord, have mercy.

Agape Catholic Bible study: 24th SUNDAY OF ORDINARY TIME

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MONDAY:Thanksgiving for Birthday of Leofel Menor, by
Beverly Pambid
TUESDAY:+ Melodee Bell , by Kris Acord
WEDNESDAY:Intentions of Jim Smith , by Jan Dusik
FRIDAY:+ Melodee Bell , by Jan Dusik

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Liturgy Assignments for the Next 2 Weeks

SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 15th - 5:00 pm
Lector: Linda Valenzuela
Eucharist: Oralee Floria
Cup: Frank & Connie Melo
Servers: Nathan & Jennifer Roach
Music: Folk Group
Offertory Gifts: Bill & Kris Acord
Ushers: Mark Clure and Bill Acord

SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 16th - 9:00 am
Lector: Vince Reinig
Eucharist: Bruno Zamperin
Cup: Deacon Ed Pecis & Maria Zamperin
Servers: Daniel Forslund & Adam Aguirre
Music: Carol Taforo & James Roach
Offertory Gifts: Jennifer Roach & Sons
Ushers: Robert Cottini & Alvin Garcia

Lector:George Kraemer
Eucharist:Mark Clure
Cup:Kris Acord and Bill Navarre.
Servers: Estefania & Alexa Luquin
Music: Folk Group
Offertory Gifts: Mary K. Bates & friend
Ushers: Dave Barnett & Tom Ravizza

SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 23rd - 9:00 am
Lector: Jim Ostrowski
Eucharist: Rosana Slezevicuipe
Cup:Deacon Ed Pecis & Alvin Garcia
Servers:Alexa Thompson & Adam Domanski
Music:Carol Taforo & James Roach
Offertory Gifts:Heather Googins & Lucille Cook
Ushers: Bruno Zamperin

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Reflections: Faith without Wworks

A watch may have a gold chain,
but if it doesn't tell the time, it is useless.
A fruit tree may be teeming with blossoms,
but if it doesn't produce fruit, it is useless.
A lamp may be studded with diamonds,
but if it doesn't give light, it is worthless.
And faith that doesn't result in good works is dead.
The fruit of prayer is faith.
The fruit of faith is love.
The fruit of love is service.
And the fruit of service is peace.

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Gospel ~ Following the Messiah

Reflections by Scott Hahn:

       In today’s Gospel, we reach a pivotal moment in our walk with the Lord. After weeks of listening to His words and witnessing His deeds, along with the disciples we’re asked to decide who Jesus truly is.
       Peter answers for them, and for us, too, when he declares: “You are the Messiah.” Many expected the Messiah to be a miracle worker who would vanquish Israel’s enemies and restore the kingdom of David (see John 6:15).
       Jesus today reveals a different portrait. He calls himself the Son of Man, evoking the royal figure Daniel saw in his heavenly visions (see Daniel 7:13–14). But Jesus’ kingship is not to be of this world (see John 18:36). And the path to His throne, as He reveals, is by way of suffering and death.
       Jesus identifies the Messiah with the suffering servant that Isaiah foretells in today’s First Reading. The words of Isaiah’s servant are Jesus’ words—as He gives himself to be shamed and beaten, trusting that God will be His help. We hear our Lord’s voice again in today’s Psalm, as He gives thanks that God has freed Him from the cords of death.
       As Jesus tells us today, to believe that He is the Messiah is to follow His way of self-denial—losing our lives to save them, in order to rise with Him to new life. Our faith, we hear again in today’s Epistle, must express itself in works of love (see Galatians 5:6).
       Notice that Jesus questions the apostles today “along the way.” They are on the way to Jerusalem, where the Lord will lay down His life. We, too, are on a journey with the Lord. We must take up our cross, giving to others and enduring all our trials for His sake and the sake of the Gospel.
       Our lives must be an offering of thanksgiving for the new life He has given us, until that day when we reach our destination, and walk before the Lord in the land of the living.

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