August 26th ✙ 21st Sunday of Ordinary Time

Readings for August 26th, 2018

Mass Theme: Will You Also Leave Me?

        IN THE GOSPEL, WE READ how many people left Jesus, and walked no more with Him. Many still leave Him. But by the grace of God we are here. Each Sunday gives us an opportunity to confirm our faith in Him who alone has the words of eternal life.
       Lord Jesus, you confirm our faith in you. Lord, have mercy.
       You confirm our hope in what you promise. Christ, have mercy.
       You confirm our love for you and for one another. Lord, have mercy.

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Agape Catholic Bible study: 20TH SUNDAY OF ORDINARY TIME

To understand this week's scripture readings, please refer to our Bible Study page which has several links to more bible resources and notes.

Messianic Genealogy of Jesus Christ - Click here!

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Monday: Intentions of Charles & Cindy Corrales; Tuesday: Delano Acord; Wednesday: Fire Fighters & First Responders; Friday: Intentions of Father Canny

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Church Ministers for the Next 2 Weeks

SATURDAY, August 25th - 5:00pm
Lector: Oralee Floria
Eucharist: Kathleen Armstrong
Cup: Chuck Rosencrantz & Paul Schwartz
Servers: Alexa & Estefania Luquin
Music: Folk Group
Offertory Gifts: Frank & Connie Melo
Ushers: Mark Clure & Bill Acord

SUNDAY, August 26th - 9:00am
Lector: Paul Chapman
Eucharist: Rosana Slezevicuipe
Cup: Deacon Pecis & Kris Acord
Servers: Linnea & Elise Dolf
Music: Carol Taforo & James Roach
Offertory Gifts: Ron & Leslea LaGro
Ushers: Alvin Garcia & Robert Cottini

SATURDAY, September 1st - 5:00pm
Lector: Mary K Bates
Eucharist: Bill Navarre
Cup: Deacon Ed & Tammy Pecis
Servers: Alexa Thompson & Daniel Forslund
Music: Folk Group
Offertory Gifts: Tom & Jackie Ravizza
Ushers: Dave Barnett & Tom Ravizza

SUNDAY, September 2nd - 9:00am
Lector: Tonia Dolf
Eucharist: Sandy Meneni
Cup: Teresa Hickey & Tyler Cervelli
Servers: Adam Domanski & Austin McWilliams
Music: Carol Taforo & James Roach
Offertory Gifts: Alvin & Maria Garcia
Ushers: Bruno Zamperin & Aldo Meneni

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Reflections: Will You Also Leave Me?

When many of His disciples were leaving Him, Jesus turned to the apostles and said,
“Will you also leave me?”
The words are addressed to us too. It’s not the Lord who leaves us, but we who may leave Him.
But why would we want to leave the Lord, who alone has the words of eternal life?
We need to make our own profession of faith.
Every Sunday we get a chance to do so.
We need the Lord to strengthen our faith.
We also need to confirm faith for one another.
Lord, confirm our decision to stay with you.
Draw us closer to you in bonds of trust, so that we may follow you in love and freedom.

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Gospel Reading: His Flesh to Eat

      When we hear Jesus' invitation to "eat His flesh" we immediately think of holy communion. His contemporaries didn't have this luxury. The idea only meant one thing to many of them: Cannibalism. The reaction was swift. People abandoned Jesus in droves. No one bothered to ask for an explanation. The apostles couldn't comprehend, but stayed. What would you have done?

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Our First Reading: Joshua

        After Moses died, his aide , Joshua, led the Israelites into Palestine. Shortly before the end of his career he called them together in a narrow valley. Jesus would later convert a Samaritan woman here.
        Joshua challenged them to make a renewal of their contract with God. This would become an annual ceremony. We still do this on Easter.

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Psalm 34

      Psalm 34 attributes its own authorship to David. The Psalm's sub-title, A Psalm of David, pertains to the time when he pretended madness before Abimelech who eventually drove him away and he departed. This psalm is derived from the time when David was living with the Philistines. However the account of this event in 1 Samuel 21 refers to the king as Achish, not Abimelech.

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Finding God in Everything

     In all the works of God, there is nothing that is worthless or insignificant. The smallest flower, a grain of dust, the tiniest insect . Each and all reveal the wisdom, the omnipotence, the infinite greatness of our Creator, as clearly as the sun itself and all the glories of the starlit heavens! Thus it is with the Catholic religion that it has come forth, like the great world of nature, from the hands of God Himself! It is that manifestation, that revelation, which God has made of Himself to the reasonable creatures whom He has deigned to create. Therefore we may discover, even in the smallest details of the faith we hold, a depth and beauty no less wonderful than the loveliness of nature. In contemplating both, we may truly exclaim, God alone could work such wonders! The finger of God is there!

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