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St. Bartholomew Catholic Church is a Roman Catholic parish located in Needham, Massachusetts. We are a faith-filled community of believers, engaged in a wide variety of stewardship activities. We have a religious education program for children and many ministry programs for adults.

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Reflections for the 30th Sunday in Ordinary Time: Jesus gives us His everything on the Cross. How does this make a difference in our lives? Do we open ourselves to the Word of God and the will of God? How do we welcome people and let them know that we are interested in them? Today’s Gospel highlights the kind of love we should have for God and one another. Love is at the heart of Jesus’ life and His teachings. To be a disciple of Jesus means that we must connect our faith to how we live. What we give to the poor for the sake of Jesus, we know for sure that we will bring this with us when we die. My friends, if we wish to love God then we must care for the vulnerable and needy neighbor. Our God is compassionate and so must we be. It is love of neighbor as it reflects love of God that leads us to share in the eternal banquet. We must constantly be seeking to live and develop the right perspective concerning our neighbor. Loving God is expressed by continually doing good for the sake of others. This might begin with our selection of words but is so much more. Each day God gives us many opportunities to show love of God and love of neighbor. In what concrete ways do we show belief in and love of God?

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A COMPASS

Does anyone use a compass any more? Maybe still out at sea? Does anyone under 70 have a road atlas and use it in order to get some where? Are gas stations out of the business of giving directions, when someone drives in lost? Why these questions? Navigational devices, either in your car or on your phone, have changed our lives.. And their abilities have gone beyond just showing you the way. A ‘lovely’ voice comes forth telling you which way to turn, what road to take, make a correction, if you have failed to follow her directions, and this happens no matter how desolate or remote the area you find yourself in. (And she doesn’t call you stupid when you think you know better and go out on your own.) These devices are miraculous and certainly make life easier for us all, if only we can master which button to push. An interesting question to consider is exactly in our current lives how many technological devices do we use that tell us what to do, where to go, how to do it, etc. They have become our new compasses. “Take me home” and she tells you how to go no matter where we find ourselves. The more sophisticated these devices have become, the less investigating our minds, the less we have to be intuitive, maybe the less imaginative we become in solving is- sues, problems, the less we exercise our minds in so many ways. Is this good for our children? Why do we have to learn to add, subtract, multiply, divide, if a small device can do the work instantaneously?

The one compass that isn’t discussed much is our moral compass. Where do we find the voice which tells us our life’s true direction? Unfortunately there are so many screaming voices vying for our attention in books, advertising, TV shows, computers, pornography, movies, and so many more places. It is overwhelming and almost impossible to avoid these influences. How do we find our moral compass, the one and only compass that truly matters. JESUS! We have the Bible and many ways to access it. We have the Mass, our priests, our religious, the sacraments, religious pro- grams, books, computer info, and again so many way to access the way to our moral compass. Today’s problem: we don’t look for the compass in our lives; we don’t spend time knowing the direction this most important compass gives us; we don’t place a premium on the importance of the necessity of a moral compass; we ignore JESUS and His teachings skipping over the fact that nothing is more important in life than GOD; and that the voice we should be listening for and following is the voice inside ourselves that comes from our conversations with and knowledge of GOD. Why were we created? “To know, love and serve God while on this earth in preparation to spending all eternity with Him in Heaven.”

Our miraculous navigational devices are saving us so much time and energy and with great success. Our moral com- pass is not a time saver. Rather, it demands more and more time, a life time of searching. A life time of trial and error. Are we patient enough in our life time search for the right ways and answers? Or are we demanding immediately the rewards/answers our computers deliver? Do we love the life we have been given? And are we eagerly pursuing the moral compass we know we should follow? God knows.

Stewardship Questions: Kathy Reilly 781-444-0862 email: kreilly15@yahoo.com If anyone needs a ride to church or wishes a home or Communion visit, please contact me.

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