30th Sunday in Ordinary Time
Sunday, October 24, 2021
30th Sunday in Ordinary Time
“The Lord delivers his people!” Do we believe this? Do we believe that he will take care of us? Do we believe he has our backs? This is the question posed to us in our readings this week. It is easy to say yes. I would suggest it is much more difficult to believe it with all our heart. When we are faced with adversity in our lives, do we trust completely that God “has this”? Our first reading tells us God will deliver his people. There is no challenge, no adversity, no handicap too great to be overcome by God’s care for us. Our biggest obstacle to God’s redeeming love for us is our own lack of trust, of faith, and of obedience to his will.
Our gospel is the story of the blind Bartimaeus, who throws away his cloak in total trust, obedience, and faith in the Lord. He doesn’t walk away because the cost is too steep like the wealthy man from two weeks ago. He doesn’t place conditions for following Jesus like James and John did last week. His cloak is all he has. It is his prize possession which brings him comfort and security — but he does not hesitate. He has total faith and total trust in Jesus. And he follows him with total commitment. He is rewarded for his trust, receiving far more than he gave up. We, too, are called to bring our needs to Jesus and to have total trust that he will provide for all that we need. Do we have the faith of Bartimaeus?
As Catholics, we should not look within ourselves for answers to our problems or those of our brothers and sisters in need. We should look only in one place. We should look to God, turning to him in prayer, and listening intently for the answers he provides. He alone has the answers we need to all things. As we care for our neighbors in need, the greatest gift we give them is hope — hope born out of total trust in Jesus. How completely do I trust that God will provide me the answers I need? How do I approach God in prayer — with thanksgiving and a seeking of His will in all things or with requests to meet our desires?
Lord Jesus, help me to trust in you as Bartimaeus did. Give me the courage to let go of all that keeps me from a total commitment to you. Help me to seek your will in all things. We pray all of this in your name. Amen.
Deacon Mike Lyman is a deacon for our parish and is the Spiritual Advisor for the Diocese of Covington and the Mideast Region of St. Vincent de Paul National. Deacon Mike provides a weekly reflection from a Vincentian perspective on the readings of the week. We look forward to sharing his reflections with the parish.
Sunday Connection from Loyola Press
The Messenger, October 8, 2021: The Installation of Bishop John C. Iffert Edition
The Messenger: October 22, 2021
St. Henry Catholic School
Monday, October 25
6:45-8:00 PM CCD Classes
Tuesday, October 26
All Day Desserts Needed for Parish Kitchen
Wednesday, October 27
6:00 AM That Man Is You!
10:00 AM Rosary Making/Wehage Hall
All Day Dine to Donate: El Ocho Loco
7:00 PM Investiture of Candidates Ceremony
7:00 PM St. Vincent de Paul Meeting
Thursday, October 21
5:00-10:00 PM Bingo
To volunteer, text/call Ryan Bihl, 859-760-3325
5:00-9:00 PM Dine to Donate: Red Robin
Saturday/Sunday, October 30/31
All Masses Collection for the Education of Our Seminarians
Please pray for the family and friends of Dolores Willen whose funeral Mass was celebrated last Saturday. We pray that God in His mercy will comfort all who knew and loved her.
Attention all parishioners 55+: Join us on Wednesday, November 10, from 11:00 AM-1:00 PM in Wehage Hall for soup and sandwiches and a discussion about what kind of events and opportunities you would like to see offered at St. Henry parish for you and your fellow parishioners to enjoy! Please call the parish office to RSVP by Friday, November 5, 859-727-2035. Questions? Can't attend but still want to share your ideas? Call the parish office or contact Laura Ryan at email@example.com. We hope to see you there!
St. Henry Catholic School News
Winter Holiday Fundraiser
St. Henry Catholic School students kicked off their winter fundraiser. It will run through 11:59 PM on October 25, 2021. Ordered items will be delivered to school between November 19 and December 8; an email reminder will be sent three days before delivery day. Click the link below to order; if you have questions, contact the school office, 859-342-2551. Thank you for supporting your Crusaders!
We have two Dine to Donate opportunities coming up this week; we hope you can join us. Thank you for supporting your Crusaders!