What you need to know from this weekend’s bulletin:
The Path to Humility?
September 19, 2021
An African fable goes like this: “Some crabs were aimlessly walking round and round in the interior of a basket, always moving, agitated at their activity, but going nowhere. But what is this? A resourceful crab, tiring of uselessly treading in a circle, decided to climb the basket wall and escape the tedium. He forced his claws into tiny nicks and crannies, creating a ladder where there was none, and began to climb to freedom. The other crabs watch this show in amazement. ‘What is this fellow up to?’, they asked. ‘Does he think he is too good to stay in here with his fellow sufferers? How dare he wants to leave?’ And so, when our innovative friend was about to put his claw on the very top of the wall and escape, the other crabs suddenly rose up in unison and pulled him down into the basket, smashed him to the floor and trod on his broken back until he was dead.”
This is what happens among crabs. But this can also happen among human beings. This is referred to as the “crab mentality” which is fed and reinforced by the craving for human glory.
What sociologists refer to as “upward mobility” is how we receive recognition based on what we achieve. The higher we climb on the ladder of success, the more glory we receive. But this same glory can also bring about our doom. Human glory which is based on competition, leads to rivalry. Rivalry carries in itself the seeds of violence which is the way to death.
Today’s second reading from St James (James 3:16) spells this out: “Where there is envy and selfish ambition, there will also be disorder and wickedness of every kind…”
There is an antidote to vainglory’s deadly effects. We can counter vainglory’s poison by using its very opposite: the downward mobility which is the path to humility. “Whoever wants to be first must be the last of all and servant of all.” (Mark 9:30-37)
Fr. Edmund Vargas
We are no longer accepting any Mass bookings until December 15th as we are fully booked until December 31st.
Mass Schedule for this Weekend
Saturday, September 18th 5:00 PM—Fr. Raul Hernandez
Sunday, September 19th 9:00 AM—Fr. Raul Hernandez
Sunday, September 19th 11: 00 AM & 5:00 PM— Fr. Raul Hernandez
Changes to Daily Mass and Office Hours
Effective October 4th there will be no Mass celebrated on Mondays and the parish office will be closed.
COVID Restrictions Update – September 16
The following changes have been made:
• Capacity limited to 1/3 fire code occupancy (400 people per Mass)
• Masks are mandatory
• 2 meters physical distancing between households, or 2 close contacts for those living alone
• For this weekends Masses, first-served approach and locking doors when the capacity limit is reached
• Registration not required