08.26.18 -21st Sunday in Ordinary Time

Happy Birthday, Fr. Chris!

Praise be Jesus Christ now and forever!

“Joshua addressed all the people, ‘If it does not please you to serve the Lord, decide today whom you will serve…as for me and my household, we will serve the Lord.’…But the people answered ‘Far be it from us to forsake the Lord for the service of other gods..He performed those great miracles before our very eyes and protected us along our entire journey…Therefore we also will serve the Lord, for he is our God.’”

Not a day goes by when we fail to make decisions.  Some are important, others of little value.  Many we do not ‘give a second thought to.’  As I read the instruction of Joshua, the chosen successor of Moses, I find him challenging the people—decide, and decide today.  Like the people he spoke to, I probably can affirm the choice I have already made to follow and serve the Lord.  But let’s take it a step further.  Do I only pay lip service or do I act? Do I try to make a difference in the lives of others? What is the quality of my service?

Joshua said ‘decide today.’  Are you ready?


 A DAILY PRAYER:  Jesus, I love you.  Jesus, I praise you.  Jesus, I adore you.  Jesus, I thank you. Jesus, I thank you for everything. Jesus, I trust in you.

Happy and Blessed Birthday to Father Chris who celebrates his birthday tomorrow, August 27th!  May the Lord continue to bless him with health, happiness and holiness. Ad multos annos!   

Listen to Sr. Joyce’s reflective reading of today’s Gospel: 

Listen to my homily today: 

Joyfully in the Lord,

Rev. Msgr. Edward J. Arnister
Pastor, St. Rose Parish
Belmar, NJ

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