Twenty-ninth Sunday in Ordinary Time

"Teacher, we want you to do for us whatever we ask of you." He replied, "What do you wish me to do for you?" (Mk. 10:35-45) When praying and contemplating on this gospel, these words caused me to reflect deeply on the state of our neighborhood parishes. Jesus said, "You know that those who are recognized as rulers over the Gentiles lord it over them, and their great ones make their authority over them felt." Historically, sorry to say, our Church leaders imitate the rulers in our gospel on occasion. They ruled over their parishioners by planning to close some churches without including the church members in the conversation. How long will our church leaders wait for the numbers in the pews to increase before they announce that a church must close or "be merged" is the daunting question? Is your church on the list? Hopefully, though, as parishioners try to navigate back to their beloved communities during this post-pandemic, some will find the church doors open. Unfortunately, if they're opened, for how long becomes the troubling question,