By Trevor Thompson, Director of Pastoral Ministries
31st Sunday of Ordinary Time

In today’s lectionary readings, we hear both the prophet Malachi and Jesus quarreling with errant clerics who seem preoccupied with the trappings of proper clothing, titles, and perks, and, through their leadership, loading unnecessary burdens and bringing divisiveness among the people.  Jesus warns the people not to follow their example because they do not practice what they preach.  He then gives actual content to the container of what leadership should be about: “the greatest among you must be your servant,” and, “you have but one teacher, and you are all brothers.”  In his affectionate letter to the people of Thessaloniki, Paul also gives voice to the content of servant leadership as being more focused on God’s grace working among his people than establishing his own reputation.  I love his use of the maternal image of a nursing mother here.      

Talking the talk and walking the walk is not easy.  The challenge is to be a person of integrity and a person who, like Jesus, serves with humility.  In the coming months, there are many opportunities for us to reach out and serve those who might be struggling for basic necessities.  As David Beckmann, president of Bread for the World, often says, we cannot “food-bank our way out of hunger;” yet we must nevertheless remain focused on the real needs of our brothers and sisters in Christ who ask us to not just to talk the talk but walk the walk. 

Our Lady of the Rosary Food Drive—November 5th and 6th

OLR is the host site for two ministries – A food pantry for the people of Louisburg as well as a Migrant Ministry (during the summer months). Many folks struggling in this economy depend on the Food Pantry and your generosity to put food on the table. A list of requested food items will be in the Stewardship Center on Oct 29th and 30th and food collection will be on November 5th and 6th.

St. Francis Feeds Coat Drive – November 5th and 6th

Our ministry at St Francis Feeds is a great ministry for the whole family. On the 3rd Sunday of each month, we provide a spaghetti dinner for the community. With the cold weather moving in, we’d also like to be able to share new or gently used coats with the community. So bring your coats to the Stewardship Center and let’s see how warm we can make our neighbors!

Advent Giving Tree – November 18th to December 11th

Santa needs help! Please come visit our Advent Giving Trees and Wreath. They will be covered with items from the wish lists of those our ministries serve. Shop the tree for the ornament that catches your eye. Then return the ornament with the unwrapped gift attached. This year, we will have a tree in the Community Center, too. December 11 is the last day to return gifts to the Stewardship Center (Gift Cards go to the Staff Mail Slot in the Welcome Center).