August 24, 2014 - Twenty-First Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year A
Saint Martin de Tours Catholic Church
Our Catholic Church, founded on the rock foundation of Peter, the Apostle, has spanned the centuries.
We are the world’s oldest institution with a continuity of identity and structures and faith that reaches back to the first Christian communities.
With God’s help, our Catholic family has started hospitals and orphanages.
We are the largest charitable organization on the planet reaching out to care for the poor and down trod.
We educate more children than any other organization. We developed the scientific method. We founded the college system.
We encourage the arts and have a rich tradition of liturgical music. We defend the dignity of all human life.
We compiled the Bible and are transformed by the reading of Sacred Scripture at every mass. We boldly proclaim Jesus Christ to the world.
We have over one billion in our family: people of every race, young and old, rich and poor, men and women, saints and sinners.
We embrace more than half the Christian world. We pray every hour of every day, bringing Jesus’ life, his body and blood into our hurting world every time we celebrate the mass.
We have dedicated priests who walk in the footsteps of the Apostles serving in church parishes and religious orders, in hospitals and nursing homes, as military chaplains and university professors.
Jesus himself laid the foundation for our faith when he said to Peter, “You are rock. And upon this rock I will build my church.
Today there are Catholic Churches present in almost every country. Many try to imitate us; some criticize or make fun of us. But none can claim what we can; and none can do what we do.
We should be proud to be Catholic. We stand in good company. We stand with:
Peter, James and John, Matthew, Mark and Luke
Leonardo da Vinci, Michelangelo, Salvador Dali
Francis, Clair and Dominic, Martha and Mary
Dorothy Day, Mother Theresa and John Vianney
Grace Kelly, Bing Crosby, Sophia Loren, and John F. Kennedy
Ignatius of Loyola, Vincent de Paul, Angela Merici, Thomas Moore, Francis Cabrini, Martin de Tours, Catherine of Sienna
John XXIII, Paul VI, John Paul II and Benedict XVI
Our Holy Father Pope Francis, who walks in the footsteps of Peter, the Apostle, calls us to bring Jesus Christ to a world desperately in need of the Gospel, in need of the Good News.
We live in a violent and hurting world. And in this world filled with chaos and hatred, our Church has stood the test of time, remaining strong and true.
Our Church is our rock to lean on in good times and in bad, in sickness and in health. Our Church brings us Jesus our Lord, who loves us with a love that is rock, a love that endures forever. Amen.