Numbers 11:25-29; James 5:1-6; Mark 9:38-43, 45, 47-48. In the first reading, the Lord takes some of the Spirit that was on Moses and bestows it on the elders, and they begin to prophesy. James writes to warn the rich of the judgment coming to those who seek luxury and pleasure, while shortchanging their workers. In the Gospel, Jesus speaks against intolerance, referring to someone who is not a follower who is driving out demons. He says: Whoever is not against us is with us.
Domenico 26A Del Tempo Ordinario
Le parole di Gesù hanno una portata ecclesiale, visto che la Chiesa non ha il monopolio del bene, perchè lo Spirito Santo opera oltre le sue frontiere. Nel giornodel giudizio Dio riconoscerà come suoi tutti coloro ch avranno agito con carità nei riguardi degli ltri. Al contrario dare cattivo esempio, soprattutto ai deboli, è imponderonabile. Bisogna sradicare tutto quello che è causa di peccato.
A car was trying to get into the military camp. However, it did not carry proper credentials for clearance through the gates. The gate-keeper soldier therefore, approached the driver who had no choice but to stop. From inside the car, the general was heard to say “Go ahead driver, ignore him. I’m ordering you to drive this car into the camp.” The gatekeeper answered the general. “My orders, sir, are not to let anyone in without proper credentials. So now, who do I shoot first? The driver or you?”
Amputations are a very painful and risky medical procedure. However, they are prescribed as a risk to be taken for the sake of the rest of the body’s health and well-being. We amputate so that a diseased part of the body no longer threatens the good health of the whole body.
It can be painful and traumatic to lose a hand or a foot or a leg or even an eye! These are very important to our bodies. But when they become a threat to the rest of our whole body, though painful and risky, it’s always better to lose one of these important parts so that the rest of us lives.
In the Gospel this Sunday, the Lord Jesus is ready to risk the amputation of any very important member of the community of disciples if that very important disciple becomes a threat or danger to the rest of the faith community. “If your hand causes you to sin, cut it off… If your foot causes you to sin, cut if off… If your eye causes you to sin, pluck it out.”
How does a disciple become a danger or threat to the believing community? When that disciple pays little or no attention to the “little ones”. “Whoever causes one of these little ones who believe in me to sin, it would be better for him if a great millstone were put around his neck and he were thrown into the sea.”
The Lord Jesus treasures the “little ones” in the community. They are usually those who are “outside our camps” (First Reading) who we tend to exclude from our “circle of chosen friends”. They are those whom the powerful – the rich in Saint James’ letter – condemn and murder, withhold just wages from and value less than their wealth, clothes and possessions.
But the “little ones” – the unheard, unseen, unheld, unimportant, undervalued – are whom the Lord Jesus has come for. “The Son of Man has come to seek and save the lost.” (Lk 19:10)
To remain with the Lord Jesus, therefore, we are called to learn and grow to be very inclusive of others especially of the “little ones” of our world as the Lord Jesus is. “Whoever is not against us is for us.” People who are little and powerless can never do any harm to those who are important and who hold power. They will always be loyal to those they need to depend on.
If we are to faithfully follow the Lord Jesus, let us not ignore the “little ones” whom the world ignores. A general who gives no value to a little soldier – like the one we encountered at the beginning of this column – doesn’t deserve to be general of any soldier at all.
Are there any “little ones” in our community we need to protect, defend and shelter against the powerful among us? Are there any powerful we may need to “amputate” from our faith community? –Fr. Ramon Zarate, SDB, Parochial Vicar
Mass Intentions For The Week
Sunday September 26, 2021
8:45 Loretta Raman + – Jean Kline +
10:15 Domenico, Francesca, Tom, Giuseppe, & Frances Cresci +
12:00 GB DeMartini + – Souls of Norma & Joseph Frizza +
5:00 For the People of Saints Peter and Paul
Monday September 27, 2021
7:00 Marco & Sabina Zolezzi +
9:00 Lena Damato + – Maria Emilia Marchiano +
Tuesday September 28, 2021
7:00 Frank Sanguinetti +
9:00 Anniversary of Death of Genoveva Martinez Buenaventura +
Wednesday September 29, 2021
7:00 Anniversary of Death of Edward DeNicolai +
9:00 In Honor of Madonna della Guardia – Healing Karen Bellesi
Thursday September 30, 2021
7:00 Intention the Prevadelli Family +
9:00 Celendonic Andres +
Friday October 1, 2021
7:00 Birthday of Luis San Gabriel, Jr.
9:00 Birthday of GB DeMartini + – Freddie Ferrer +
Saturday October 2, 2021
7:30 Mr. & Mrs. J. F. Kwan +
9:00 Ilva Baccetti +
5:00 For the People of Saints Peter and Paul
Thomas & Addielyn Thuston (Renewal of Vows)
Alexey Pazukha & Antolynne Genisha Saverimuthu
John Henry Zuercher & Haley Zerga
Augustine Chan—Gilbert Lai
Eucharistic Adoration: We have Adoration every Wednesday from 7-8PM. Make time to visit your friend Jesus! “I see (St. Dominic Savio) so often at prayer, staying in church after the others; every day he slips out of the playground to make a visit to the Blessed Sacrament.” —Mamma Margaret to Don Bosco.
impose abortion on demand, at any stage of pregnancy. It would apply nationwide—even in states that don’t want it.
Even modest and popular pro-life laws at every level of government—the federal, state, and local level—would be on the chopping block. This includes parental notification for minor girls, informed consent, and health or safety protections for abortion facilities. It would force Americans to pay for abortions here and abroad with their tax dollars.
Our Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone said “This proposed legislation is nothing short of child sacrifice…Any reasonable person with a basic sense of morality and inkling of decency cannot but shudder in horror at such a heinous evil being codified in law.” If you’d like to make your voice heard for the littlest among us, go here.
San Francisco Rosary Rally: This year’s Rosary Rally will be at St. Mary’s Cathedral on Saturday, October 2, beginning at 11AM. There will be a procession from Saints Peter and Paul, beginning at 9:45 AM. If you don’t want to process, you can meet us at the Cathedral. Fr. Christopher LaRocca will be the speaker, and Archbishop Cordileone will celebrate Mass at 12:30.
Madonna del Lume: We will honor Madonna del Lume, and remember all fishermen and others lost at sea on Sunday, October 3 at the noon Mass. Mass will be followed by the annual Procession to the Fisherman’s Chapel at the Wharf, where there will be the Blessing of the Fishing Fleet and Memorial Flower sendoff.
Don Bosco Study Group: The Don Bosco Study Group will meet on Tuesday, October 5 at 4pm via Zoom. This sessions topic will be a discussion on the classic “The Betrothed,” by Alessandro Manzoni. We will discuss Chapter 22 Spiritual Direction from Fr. Albert Haase’s book, “Fanning the Flame” as well (copies available upon request). No reading is necessary to attend. 75 minutes. For additional information, contact Frank Lavin (email@example.com, 415-310-8551).
Columbus Day Bazaar: Mark your calendars—the 102nd Annual Columbus Day Bazaar is coming! This year’s Bazaar will be on Friday, October 8 (5-9PM) & Saturday & Sunday October 9-10 (11AM-6PM). Join us for food, fun, and fellowship, games for adults and kids, music, the Blue Angels & more! On Friday the 8th there will be special event for SSPP Alumni. As always, there will be no 10:15 AM Chinese or 12:00 noon Italian Mass, just the Columbus Day Mass in English at 10:00AM Visit our website for details.
Great Free Catholic Course: Starting October 7, there is a great series of FREE courses “Word and Silence: Hans Urs von Balthasar and the Spiritual Encounter Between East and West.” Von Balthasar is considered one of the foremost 20th century Catholic theologians. To learn more and sign up, go here.
North Beach Car Show: Last Saturday we hosted the first annual North Beach Car Show! Nice vintage rides were all along Filbert Street, and in the playground. Of course our priests helped out! Thanks to Randy DeMartini who coordinated the event! Check out these pics:
Archdiocesan Annual Appeal: The 2021 AAA has begun. This year our assessment is $57,954. So far, 66 parishioners have pledged/paid $39,058, leaving us with a balance of $18,896. Please join your fellow parishioners in meeting our shared obligation!
Saints Peter and Paul Salesian School Accepting Applications: Our K-8 Salesian school is accepting applications for this year and next. Please email Dr. Lisa Harris at firstname.lastname@example.org, and visit sspeterpaulsf.org/ to learn more.
Choose Life! San Francisco’s 40 Days for Life fall campaign of peaceful prayer for an end to abortion at San Francisco’s Planned Parenthood on Bush Street begins September 22. To learn more or sign up for vigil hours visit https://www.40daysforlife.com/en/sanfrancisco
Please Pray: For all the sick and suffering of the parish.
Sunday 26 26th Sunday in Ordinary Time
Monday 27 Vincent de Paul; Priest
Tuesday 28 Lawrence Ruiz & Companions; Martyrs
Wednesday 29 Michael, Gabriel, & Raphael; Archangels
Thursday 30 Jerome; Priest, Doctor
Friday 01 Thérèse of the Child Jesus; Virgin, Doctor
Saturday 02 The Holy Guardian Angels
Sunday 03 27th Sunday in Ordinary Time
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