September 1 ,2019

22ND SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME

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GOD IS LOVE: WEEK I

During the next weeks we are exploring our theme “God Is Love”. Bulletin articles, homilies, music, reflection questions and prayer practices will enable us to grow spiritually and to live our mission to do Christ’s Work as love in action. Follow our journey at www.stphilip.org.

Banner Symbols
At the center of love’s heart is the cross, the symbol of God’s unconditional acceptance of us. The joined hands remind us that we love God by being love in action for one another. The hands reflect our Dalle de Verre stained-glass windows which represent the diversity of God’s gifts in us and in our Church as a community.

God is Love 1 John: 7 – 21
Beloved, let us love one another, because love has its source in God…No one has seen God, yet as we love each other God dwells in us and God’s love is perfected in us… We love because God first loved us…God is love.

“To love another person is to see the face of God.”

Victor Hugo was a French poet, novelist and dramatist 1802 – 1885. He is the author of the famous work Les Miserables immortalized on stage and on film from which the quote above is taken. All of love is relationship and connection to God, self and others. We are made in the image and likeness of God so to love another person is to see the face of God. Our love manifests God’s providence and reflects God’s Divine nature at work within us. Our mission to do Opus Christi, Christ’s Work is to turn our face to God. We turn our faces in prayer so that we may be empowered and perfected to reflect God’s image through our own faces, words and works of love in action. During our theme “God Is Love” we will explore ways to more fully experience God’s unconditional love for us, through prayer and practices, by turning our minds and hearts to be love in action.

Our Theme Prayer:
Lord, turn my face with grace to love.

Reflection
During this week, as we begin our prayerful journey of our theme, reflect on God’s love in your life.
1. What does “God is Love” mean to you?
2. How is God’s love manifest in your life? In the life of others?
3. Who are the faces of love that reveal God to you? In the past? In the present?
4. Take a moment to thank God for the gift of love in your life.
5. What one action can you take to – turn your face with grace to be love in action for another person?

+ Giving Thanks for Time and Work +
LABOR DAY WEEKEND REFLECTIONS
The Labor Day Holiday Weekend is an appropriate time to give God thanks for the gift of the purpose and meaning of our time and work. Uniquely created, we are called to share of ourselves in many ways with each other. This is our work in the simplest form: OPUS CHRISTI – doing Christ’s work is our mission and purpose. In a word, our work is to LOVE!

BLESSED ARE YOU, LORD OUR GOD,
WHO ENHANCES OUR LIVES WITH WORK

For the gift of work, we are grateful in this prayer.
As sons and daughters of Adam and Eve, we follow in the steps of our first parents who, before their fall, worked joyfully with their hands in Your Garden of Eden, Lord and Creator.
We are thankful for the dignity and creative challenge of our unique tasks.
For the work that ennobles us, that lifts our spirits, we are grateful.
By the means of these labors, we are able to give flesh to our spiritual dreams and to work out the salvation of the earth.
We take time to thank You for those common tasks that we must perform each day, those necessary labors of life by which, according to Your divine plan, we are also able to create the Kingdom here in our midst.
We daily follow in the footsteps of Jesus, the carpenter of Nazareth, and in the way of Mary, his mother, who gracefully worked at the tasks of her home, as we rejoice in the opportunities for work that form us in Your love.
With St. Paul, the tent maker, with St. Peter, the fisherman, we too labor in love as we proclaim the mysteries of Your Gospel of good news.
Help us Lord our God to use the work of this day-to perform it with mindfulness and attention, with care and devotion-that it will be holy and healing for us and for all the earth.
Blessed are You, Lord our God, who enhances our lives with work.
Amen +
Edward Hays

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