On this Twenty-Second Sunday in Ordinary Time, we hear in the second reading from St. James: “Be doers of the word and not hearers only, deluding yourselves.”This is what we try to do each day that God gives us. We can be doers if we allow ourselves to truly “hear” the word and allow it to sink in. This is why hearing the Word at Mass may not be enough. We may have to go home and sit with it again, and read it, and carry it around with us wherever we go. Some people have the daily readings on their cell phones and can prepare themselves to hear the Word at Mass or put it into practice during the day if they cannot attend Mass. We hear so many disturbing things these days. God’s word is there to build us up and be a positive force in our lives.

While this Labor Day weekend gives many people time to relax, others must work. If you have a job, do it well. If you are seeking employment or a job change, don’t get discouraged. We spend such a large part of our lives working, and the way that we work is always important. It can bring satisfaction or be a cross that we have to bear. Remember: God doesn’t leave you when you go to work.

A special thanks to Fr. Sam Carto, M.I. for his homily at Masses last weekend. If you would like to send his community a donation and get in contact with him, his address is:

CADIS USA (Camillian Disaster Service)
10101 W. Wisconsin Avenue
Wauwatosa, WI 53226

-Fr. Andrew Reitz, O.F.M.