This week’s readings move along smoothly, up to a point. Isaiah looks forward to God giving a wonderful feast for everyone. The psalmist sings of God as his good shepherd. St. Paul rejoices in being able to do everything in God who strengthens him. You couldn’t find a more comforting set of Bible texts.
Then we get to the Gospel.
Daily Scripture readings for the weeks of October 15 and 22.
QUINCY — Quincy University has been recognized as a “College of Distinction” for the 2017-18 school year for its “engaged students, great teaching, vibrant community and successful outcomes.”
The announcement, by the organization bearing the same name, designated the four-year liberal arts university in both the Catholic and National categories.
ALTON — “For the seven of you for whom we are gathered … may you see the words, actions, and symbols, … through that lens of your charism, and so serve as the guide for how you will live this next stage of your journey in religious life.”
With those words, Bishop Thomas John Paprocki challenged seven women who celebrated their professions of final vows, first vows and the reception into the novitiate of the Sisters of St. Francis of the Martyr St. George on Aug. 2.
TROY — The St. Jerome (Troy) and St. John the Baptist (Blackjack) cemetery board members are looking for contacts who have information about those buried at either or both of the cemeteries.
The Dominican Sisters of Springfield are inviting all to enjoy the view from their newest meeting space at Jubilee Farm: the Creative Arts Center.
As part of their Center for Ecology and Spirituality, the new building provides space for meetings and facilities for the sister-weavers, potters and woodworkers. There is also a small gift shop, workroom, and bathroom facilities. The arts center replaces a picturesque but termite-ridden 100-year-old barn, according to the Springfield Dominicans.
Mt. Zion — HSHS Medical Group celebrated and cut the ribbon at its new location in Mt. Zion on Sept. 11. Father Steve Arisman, pastor of Our Lady of the Holy Spirit Parish, offered a blessing of the new state-of-the-art offices.
DECATUR — Catholic Charities of Decatur has recently named a number of new advisory board members. The officers are: Kyle Talleur, president; Kylee Roney, vice president; Gretchen Murphy, finance officer; and Jesica Willcut, secretary.
PEORIA (CNS) — Bishop Thomas John Paprocki of the Diocese of Springfield in Illinois joined other Catholic officials statewide in applauding state education funding reforms that include a scholarship tax credit program designed to provide up to $75 million a year in scholarships for qualifying students attending nonpublic schools.
Gov. Bruce Rauner signed the highly debated reforms Aug. 31 at an elementary school in Chicago.
To get the message of today’s Gospel, ask the nearest 6-year-old. The logic of Jesus’ parable is simple: If you refuse to forgive someone for a small thing they did to you, how on earth can you expect God to forgive your sins against him?
Sure, a biblical scholar could take us through the text and its background and illuminate some points. But in the end, we would come back to the same message. The challenge of the parable is not to the head but to the heart.
I can ask myself: Who has hurt me? How deeply? What injuries have those close to me suffered?