All the three readings of today touch the theme of suffering. In the first reading of today we hear God praising a loyal Servant. Through his sufferings and death he has won healing for many. This suffering servant will offer his life in atonement. In the second reading Jesus is presented to us as a High Priest who becomes the mediator between God and man restoring all things to the Father. Since he experienced struggles of life on earth, he can sympathize with us weak human beings. He can feel for us in our weakness. In the Gospel Jesus teaches James and John and the other disciples that the real pathway to glory and honor is service and becoming a servant. The Son of man did not come to be served but to serve and to give his life as a ransom for many. Our Christian life can be summarized as a call to serve.READ MORE
Painters are working on the sanctuary. The gold is up around the inside arch. Pew stripping is still in the process. Terry's Electric is stringing more new wire up. We will have new wiring throughout the church. He has the mounts installed for the new lighting on the top of the stairs.
The painters are done with the main part of the church and now focused on the front. The pictures just do not do it justice. The gold is so beautiful.
Word of God of this Sunday – the 28th Sunday in ordinary time – invites us to examine our attitude towards money and wealth. In the first reading, King Solomon, who is acclaimed as the author of the book of Wisdom, sings:
"I prayed, and prudence was given me; I pleaded, and the spirit of wisdom came to me. I preferred her to scepter and throne, and deemed riches nothing in comparison with her," (Wis 7:7-8).
The painters are up in the choir loft. The gold color just sparkles. The old cement is removed and the floor is getting leveled for new concrete in the room that will house the elevator lift. The outside ramp will get poured at the same time. Just keeps moving forward.
The painters are working on getting the middle of the nave done. Steve has been getting the pews done. He has the altar bench all prepped for another coat of stain and varnish.
The painters are working on the middle ceiling stencils. Steve has put up the new wainscot and top trim. All the wainscot had to be made new. When Servicemaster took off the old wood it broke up too much to put back in.
The new top trim will still need to be stain and varnished. Some more pews are getting a new coat of stain and varnish.
Today's readings tell us of the sacredness of married life. In the first reading God blesses man and woman whom he created. In their love for each other in marriage the two become one. In the Gospel we have the teaching of Jesus about divorce and remarriage. He blesses the little children with the message that they symbolize those fit to enter the kingdom of God. In the second reading we hear that the Son of God came to the earth and identified with us. We are his brothers and sisters. He suffered and died for us so that we may be saved.READ MORE
The wainscot is getting put back up with each board having a new coat of stain and varnish. The painters are putting more stencils on the ceiling. I am getting excited for how it will look once it is finished.
And more stenciling...Hopefully everyone got a chance to look inside the church this past weekend. If not, there is some display information on the tables upstairs in the Parish Life Center. The main part of the church is just beautiful with all the gold shining down at us.