As this is written, Hurricane Irma is
forecast to come very close to South Florida as a category four or five
storm. Saturday, Sunday, and Monday appear to be most dangerous days.
If conditions do not seem safe for travel, please do NOT attempt to
attend Holy Mass on those days (or any other). There is NO Sunday
obligation to put yourself, your passengers, or any others on the road
in danger. Father hopes to be able to offer Mass on all of these days,
but It may not be at the church or at the usual time. If the telephones
remain in service he will make his plans known on the recording
Let us pray for one another and for
those injured or damaged or killed by Hurricanes Harvey and Irma.
Fr. Chas. T. Brusca
for Alfie Evans, 14 Months old ,
another hostage of socialized medicine in Britain.
Please join us
in the Fifty-four day Rosary Novena
For the return of Christian civilization under Christ the King and Mary His
Ordinary of the Mass
Mass Text - Latin
Mass Text - English
"Behold the birds of the air.... Consider the lilies of the
field." (Gospel: Matt. VI. 24-33.)
Once a year we are reminded of that
great Sidney Poitier move titled "The Lilies of the Field." For those of you too
young to remember it, the plot has black Sidney Poitier playing a young
non-Catholic American man named Homer Smith, just out of the Service, and not
quite sure of exactly what he will do in life. The man meets a group of German
Catholic nuns, who are sure that God has sent him to help them build a chapel
for their convent. He does a few odd jobs for them, but the nuns have no money
to pay him. They are living entirely on what they can produce from the land and
a few chickens.
On Sunday, after taking the nuns to Mass,
Homer learns from a local restaurant operator that the nuns are refugees from
Communist East Germany, who somehow managed to get over the Berlin Wall, and
make their way to to Arizona where the land was relatively inexpensive. To make
a long story short, Homer takes a job operating heavy equipment which he learned
to do in the Service. At first his wages go to pay for some creatures comfort
for the nuns. There is a cute scene when he appears with lollipops for the
women. But there is another scene where he arrives with a bathtub.
Ultimately, Homer Smith is convinced that he
ought to build the nuns' chapel. The work starts very slowly as the nuns have no
money for materials, and are unsuccessful in getting contributions from the
usual Catholic sources. Out of his own labor Smith provides materials, and
insists on doing all of the building work himself. Thankfully, he attracts local
contributions, but refuses every offer to help with the actual construction.
Intrigued by his attitude, the locals finally trick him into allowing them to
help. The chapel is built, but Homer Smith sneaks away before the dedication.
Because Smith was a black man, the grateful nuns dedicate the chapel to Saint
Benedict he Moor, the sixteenth century child of African slaves, a Franciscan
friar in Sicily who was known for his great charity.
The nuns are well named for the Lilies of the
field, for they represent what out Lord meant in this morning's parable. Our
Lord was demanding trust in divine Providence, but he was not advocating any
sort of laziness. I have mentioned before that the Aramaic language He spoke did
not contain superlatives (like good, better, best) so those who spoke it had to
make their point by repetition or exaggeration. He listeners we're all practical
people who knew the difficulties of scratching out a living in Palestine. They
knew that he could not have intended for them to do nothing at all for their
food and clothing. Like the nuns who bravely escaped communism and dug something
of a farm out of the Arizona desert, our Lord is telling us that our work will
be rewarded if we have confidence in God.
Jesus is telling us to give up the superfluous
cares and worries which are unnecessary for our livelihood, and which may in
fact interfere with proper devotion or even cause us to sin. An excessive lust
for money may crowd out our attendance at Mass and the Sacraments, or distract
us from proper devotion when we do attend. It might cause us to refuse to share
our goods with the poor, even thought they be in great need. And, of course,
excessive concern for material things might lead to covetousness or even
outright theft. Our Lord is simply telling us--in very beautiful language--that
we must keep things in perspective.
The birds of the air and the lilies of the
field certainly glorify God with their great beauty and majesty. We too glorify
God when we do our daily duties with his honor in mind. Without His honor in
mind, our labors will be crass and without glory. But with God's honor as our
motivation, our glory will be like the lilies of the field and the birds of the