THIRTIETH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME (10/23)
As the Jubilee Year of Mercy enters its final month, we gather to celebrate our loving and merciful God by hearing the prayer of the tax collector in the Gospel: “Oh God, be merciful to me a sinner.” As hard to believe as it may be that in all this vast universe God hears our prayers, the scriptures tell us today that “the prayer of the lowly pierces the clouds.” So today let us make humble and honest prayers together to our merciful and loving God.
*** Today is the World Mission Sunday. Today we will have a second collection for this purpose. Our prayers and generous gifts to the Society for the Propagation of the Faith on World Mission Sunday support the tireless work of so many priests, religions and lay leaders around the world as they offer practical, emotional and spiritual care to communities, children and families in desperate need, bringing the light of Christ to the darkest of circumstances. Thank you for your generosity.