God: Our Number One Priority

October 22, 2017

A few important dates and things to note as we begin the month of November:

The Solemnity of All Saints on Wednesday, November 1st is a Holy Day of Obligation. The Mass schedule that day is: 7:00am, 8:15am, 9:00am, 6:30pm.

I cordially invite all of you to join us for our annual SMT Carnival on Saturday, November 4th from 10am till 5:00pm.  It is always a fun-filled day of activities, rides for the kids, fantastic food and a great way to meet parishioners and parents of our school.

Because of the carnival, there will be no Eucharistic Adoration on Friday Nov 3rd. Additionally, there will be no Confession or 5:30pm Mass on Saturday, November 4th.

Please remember to adjust your clock back one hour on Saturday evening, Nov 4th.  Daylight Savings Time ends at 2:00 AM on Sunday, Nov. 5th. 

 You may not know it, but years ago Nikita Khrushchev, John F. Kennedy and Golda Meir had a summit meeting with God. Each of them was allowed to ask one question. "God," asked Nikita Khrushchev, "do you think the U.S. and Russia will ever have peace?" "Yes," answered God, "but not in your lifetime." Then Kennedy spoke. "God, do you think there will be peace between blacks and whites in our land and around the world?" "Yes," replied God, "but not in your lifetime." Then it was the Israeli leader's turn. "God," she asked, "do you think there will ever be peace between the Jews and the Arabs?" "Yes," said God, "but not in My lifetime."

It is a sad fact that during the Middle Ages, there were Holy Wars.  Much of the killing and torture was done in the name of religion or, even worse, in the name of Almighty God.  Today, we are experiencing this same Holy Wars mentality via terrorism and conflicts worldwide, especially in the Middle East.  This idea of a “holy war” or killing in the name of God is completely contradictory to who our God truly is.

God is Love.  We should not be surprised at Jesus’ answer in today’s Gospel: "You shall love the Lord, your God, with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind. This is the greatest and the first commandment.”

To love God is to make God the number one priority in our lives above everything else.  This love grows as we spend time with God personally in prayer and communally in worship at Sunday Mass.  Although many things demand our attention throughout our busy life, we make spending time with God a priority. 

Experiencing this love with God helps us to love our neighbor. Love of neighbor knows no boundaries or borders because with God there is no such division.

Kathryn Richards