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FIFTY SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME (YEAR A)
First Reading: Isaiah 58:7-10
Responsorial Psalm: Psalm 112:405, 6-7, 8-9
Second Reading: 1 Corinthians 2:1-5
Gospel Reading: Matthew 5:13-16
Reflection: In today’s Responsorial Psalm, we responded, “The just man is a light in darkness to the upright.” It is true that the just man is a light in darkness. Why and how does the just man become the light? He becomes so because he always walks in the ways of God who is the source of all justice. While the world drive us to seek for the earthly
and personal achievements, the heavenly values invite us to better ourselves for the service of others and mostly for the glory of God. The hierarchy of values for a just person may appear this way: God first, others second and self last. In today’s Second Reading, Paul tells the Corinthians on how he carries God’s ministry in their midst. He
did not carry himself to them but rather Jesus Christ. He writes, “I came to you in weakness and fear and much trembling, and my message and my proclamation were not with persuasive words of wisdom, but with a demonstration of Spirit and power, so that your faith might rest not on human wisdom but on the power of God.” In his ministry, Paul puts God first, others second and himself last. In today’s Second Reading Isaiah writes to his audience, “Thus say the LORD: Share your bread with the hungry, shelter the oppressed and the homeless; clothe the naked when you see them, and do not turn your back on your own. Then your light shall break forth like the dawn..” The prophet
calls his people to hear the voice of God first since He is the Alpha and the Omega, the beginning and the end of everything. God wants us listen to him and embrace his justice so that we can caste away every kind darkness by being at the service to others. In today’s Gospel Reading, Jesus in his sermon tells his audience, “You are the salt of the
earth. You are the light of the world.” The followers of Christ are called to season the earth so that the earth may get better taste. We are called to be the light of the world so that by our presence among all those who surround us may brighten and bring more meaning to their lives. Let’s revisit the story of Blessed Virgin Mary visiting her relative
Elizabeth. Mary’s visit transformed the life of Elizabeth. Upon seeing Mary, Elizabeth exclaimed in a loud voice: “Blessed are you among women, and blessed is the child you will bear! But why am I so favored, that the mother of my Lord should come to me?” (Lk.1:42-43). As just people, we are called to carry God in our being and visit others in
their lives. In doing so we will bring meaning and joy and purpose in their lives. Elizabeth experiences this impact from Mary’s visit. Mother Teresa of Calcutta carried Jesus in her being as she visited the homeless of Calcutta, India and many other parts of the world to bring them love and joy. Jesus who is the Word of God comes to visit us and
redeem us from sin as he takes human body and lives among us. How do I carry God in my daily life and visit others (my spouse, my children, my coworkers, strangers, etc) and bring meaning in their lives? In doing so we will all join the Psalmist and sing, “The just man is a light in darkness to the upright.” Yes! Amen! Fr. Severine.

Updates regarding Masks from the Diocese of Syracuse- Bishop Lucia

Update: February 9, 2022

In keeping with the expiration of the mask mandate in most public places in New York State, the Diocese of Syracuse will no longer mandate that masks be worn in diocesan churches and offices, effective February 10. The Diocese of Syracuse will continue to follow the mask requirements for schools. Although not mandated, the faithful are more than welcome to wear masks out of concern for the health and safety of others. It is necessary that all non vaccinated individuals continue to wear a mask in offices and churches.

Update: January 25, 2022

The Diocese of Syracuse will continue the policy to wear masks in all indoor settings, including Mass, schools and offices. Yesterday's news in Nassau County does not pertain to the Diocese of Syracuse. Bishop Lucia believes it is in the best interest to continue the wearing of masks for the protection of all.

Update: December 31, 2021

The Mask mandate referred to in the December 10, 2021 Update is now extended to February 1, 2022.

Please note: The mandate requires that masks are to be worn inside all public places by those vaccinated and unvaccinated. Choirs should also be masked. Cantors can sing unmasked if they are spaced away from the congregation and are alone at a cantor stand.

Update: December 10, 2021

New York Governor Reinstates Mask Mandate.

New York State has instituted a mask mandate in all public places effective December 13 to January 15. It is being done as a safety precaution and out of the utmost concern for one’s neighbor. Bishop Lucia expects that all parishes in the Diocese of Syracuse will cooperate with this important public health matter and comply with the mask mandate. Please announce this protocol to your parishioners this weekend; it is suggested to have some masks on hand for those who may not be equipped. Thank you.

Blessed Sacrament 100th Centennial Celebration Mass 

Bishop Douglas Lucia presiding 

on 9/19/21 at 2pm

Concelebrants:

Rev. Msgr. T. Elmer

Rev. Msgr. M. Meagher 

Rev. Msgr. R. Kopp

Rev. P. Hearn

Rev. J. Cesta

Rev. K. Maloney

Rev. P. Reddick

Rev. S. Yagaza

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