SAINT AGNES CATHEDRAL 533 South Jefferson Springfield, MO 65806
EXTRAORDINARY FORM OF THE MASS: Celebrant Rev. Jeffery A. Fasching
September 12th, 2010 16th Sunday after Pentecost
Epistle: Ephes. 3, 13-21
Gospel: Luke 14, 1-11
Mass Schedule September 13th through September 17th
Monday: Feria No Latin Mass
Tuesday: Exaltation of the Holy Cross
Wednesday: Seven Sorrows of the Blessed Virgin Mary
Thursday: SS. Cornelius, Pope, & Cyprian, Martyrs
Friday: Stigmata of Saint Francis
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Bulletins are also available on Sundays at the entrance to the Cathedral.
The essence of Catholic Christianity is a willingness to suffer. For a Christian, suffering offers an opportunity to embrace the Cross of Christ. The Cross is a source of true joy. Scripture says: “if we are afflicted, it is for your comfort and salvation” (2 Cor 1:6). Christ sends us crosses for our own spiritual growth. We may not understand why they are placed before us, but we can be sure that they come from God. Suffering strengthens our relationship with God. Saint Paul says: “Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword? For I am sure that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor things present, nor things to come, nor powers, nor height, nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord” (Rom 8:35, 38-39).
Saint Paul asks God to give Christians understanding of the “mystery of Christ.” The mystery in fact refers to the entire plan of salvation. The instrument of salvation which Christ used to show His love was the Cross. Christ’s blood has brought about our redemption and the forgiveness of our sins. The Cross is an inexhaustible source of grace and the mark of the true Christian. Many people pay lip service to Christ, but few are His true friends. Only true friends of Christ love the Cross.
The Church in its liturgy is always giving God honor and praising Him for the gifts which it receives in Jesus Christ and through the Cross. “Through Him, with Him, in Him, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, all glory and honor is yours, almighty Father, for ever and ever. Amen.
Sincerely in Christ,
Rev. Jeffery A. Fasching