Twentieth Sunday in Ordinary Time

This weekend we celebrate the Twentieth Sunday in Ordinary Time. The gospel reading may be a bit alarming as we read of the consequences of Jesus coming into the world. The good news, however, is that through Jesus’ resurrection, we receive peace. This gift of Christ’s peace helps us and strengthens us to face the many challenges presented by this world.

Throughout the school year, the St. Margaret Mary Catholic School Community will pray for special intentions, and these intentions will be included in the Monday Memo. If you have special intentions for which you ask for prayer, including names of people who are sick or who have died, please e-mail them to Mrs. Walsh to be included in our prayers: There is such power in prayer; we remember Jesus’ words: “For where two or three are gathered together in my name, there am I in the midst of them” (Mt 18:20).

GOSPEL – LK: 49-53

Jesus said to his disciples:
“I have come to set the earth on fire,
and how I wish it were already blazing!
There is a baptism with which I must be baptized,
and how great is my anguish until it is accomplished!
Do you think that I have come to establish peace on the earth?
No, I tell you, but rather division.
From now on a household of five will be divided,
three against two and two against three;
a father will be divided against his son
and a son against his father,
a mother against her daughter
and a daughter against her mother,
a mother-in-law against her daughter-in-law
and a daughter-in-law against her mother-in-law.”