29 & 30 September 2018 Intercessions

          359    God of the prophets, bless the prophets
          552    Fight the good fight with all thy might
          609    Where cross the crowded ways of life

Birthdays:  Challoner Brown (29), Frank Pammer (1), Emma Johnson (5)

Anniversaries: Marti & Gary Ziegelbauer (30)

For the sick and those needing healing and support: 

Sandy Beth Barbara Helen Fiona
Neal Lin Larry Mike Sue
Lois Rebekah George Nicole Kirsten
Kate Shaelynn Dave JoAnne Maudeen
Ann Kieran Bev Gladys Richard

For the departed: 

Nancy Cline Troy Jim Julia
Steve Ellsworth Robert Jean Amin
Fr. James


Fr. Marcus



Other Intentions: 
For people suffering from religious persecution 
For people experiencing violence throughout the world 
For safety and protection for all travelers 
For people suffering loss from fires or floods 

About the Readings . . .

Regrettably, our first reading gives only a confusing snippet of the story-parable in the Book of Esther (the inspiration for the Jewish festival of Purim). In a tense scene, Esther, a Jewish queen, after patient preparation, in a dramatic move wins justice for her oppressed people from her husband, the Persian king.

Concluding his letter (second reading), James calls the young Church to always act prayerfully out of compassion and love in the face of adversity.

Mark makes the point (Gospel reading) that Jesus’ mission extends to all, even the unknown exorcist. With semitic hyperbole, he counsels self-mutilation to those who would exclude those child-like folk marginalized by society. This is merciful love which gives zest to life, like salt.

Next Week’s Readings (20 Pentecost):
Job 1:1; 2;1-10; Psalm 26
Hebrews 1:1-4; 2:5-12; Mark 10: 2-6


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