THE DEMANDS OF DISCIPLESHIP
Today we encounter readings that already have a Lenten feel about them. Nineveh undergoes a forty-day fast, the psalmist reminds us that God alone can show sinners the way, Paul shows us how fleeting the things and events of this world are, and Jesus cries out “Repent!” before he calls his new followers. “Come after me,” Jesus says, but if we are to truly live out the commands and demands of our discipleship through baptism, we must first know our need for conversion, our repentance, our need to believe in the gospel fully. Today’s Gospel opens with the stark reminder of what befell John the Baptist for completely living out his vocation as the herald of Christ and the gospel: he was arrested, imprisoned, and martyred. Though few of us will experience consequences that extreme, we must all be ready to risk some sort of rejection as, heeding the call of Jesus, we live out the kingdom of God at hand, repent of our sins, and believe in the good news of salvation.
Readings for January 21, 2018
- Walk for Life West Coast 2018: Join fellow Catholics and Pro-Lifers from all over California and beyond as we stand up for the littlest among us at the 14th Annual Walk for Life West Coast in San Francisco, January 27, 2018. The pre-walk rally begins at 12:30pm in San Francisco’s Civic Center Plaza, and the Walk down Market Street begins at 1:30pm. For complete information about the Walk visit www.walkforlifewc.com. For those of you who are not able to attend the walk, there will be a rosary at St. Dunstan Church at 12:30pm on Saturday the 27th. All are welcome.
- ICF Anniversary! St. Dunstan’s Italian Catholic Federation will be celebrating its 28th Anniversary on Sunday, February 18, 2018 in the Parish Center, with dinner at 5:00pm. The menu is a complete chicken cordon bleu dinner with appetizers, salad and wine for $25 per person. For reservations send check payable to ICF #403, to Rose Marie Morando, 706 Clearfield Dr., Millbrae, CA 94030.
- Volunteers Needed: We need volunteers to serve as Lectors and Eucharistic Ministers for all weekday and Sunday Masses. If you are interested in pursuing either or both of these ministries, please contact Ann at the Parish Office.
- Lectors need a strong, articulate voice. Training is required.
- Eucharist Ministers Eucharistic Ministers prayerfully serve the people of St. Dunstan’s by distributing the Body and Blood of Christ during Eucharistic celebrations. Training is required.
- Envelope Stuffers Needed! If you are interested in helping to stuff envelopes on Wednesday, January 24th at 9:30am at the rectory, please call Ann at the parish office to sign up. 10-12 volunteers are needed! Thank you!