The readings for this Sunday force us to take a closer look at
the whole concept of success. In the Gospel reading, the man is
convinced that he is a success because he is a rich farmer. What
should he do now that he has succeeded in harvesting more grain
than he has storage room? Build a bigger barn, of course. The
only thing is, the basis of his success is his grain. When he
suddenly dies, his success remains here, and he goes on to God
THE ASSUMPTION OF THE BLESSED VIRGIN MARY,
a holy day of obligation, will take place this Thursday, August
15. We will celebrate Mass at 5:30 p.m. on Wednesday (Vigil) and
at 6:30 a.m., 8:30 a.m., 12:00 noon & 7:00 p.m. on Thursday.
Welcome to the Website of Holy Name of Jesus Parish, Harrisburg,
PA. We are a Roman Catholic Parish in the Diocese of Harrisburg.
We were founded in 1960.
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and pray for one another.
Pray that the Holy Spirit will guide each one of us that we may
be His instruments and channels of His grace to build His
kingdom in our part of the community. Please browse through our
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We invite you and welcome you, in the Holy Name of Jesus.
Very Rev. Edward J.
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EIGHTEENTH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME
August 4, 2019
The whole mind set that success is predicated on what we own is
based on a fallacy that was very clear to the author of the
first reading. He is sometimes called Qoheleth, or the Preacher.
This book from the Hebrew Scriptures is the very insightful and
difficult book called Ecclesiastes. “Vanity of vanities,” says
Qoheleth, “All is vanity.” Qoheleth’s point is that the only
real values are the spiritual values. The early Christians loved
this book of the Hebrew Scriptures because it helped them remain
focused on the reason for their existence.
The general concept of success is a fallacy. Success is
not predicated on what we have, what honors we receive, what
jobs we hold, etc. Success is predicated on how each of us has
developed as a person.
Let me take this one step, one infinite step, farther. Success
is predicated on our ability to assume the person of Jesus
Christ. St. Paul says in the second reading that our lives are
hidden with Christ in God in such a way that when Christ appears
we appear. The personality of a Christian is so entwined with
the person of Jesus Christ that Christ and the Christian, and
Christ in the Christian, must be one. That is success.
Therefore, success, true success, is never that which we have
obtained. This is a completely different way of considering
success. Success is not a present reality, it is a goal, the
goal of Christian life. This goal will be reached when every
aspect of our lives reflects the Person of Jesus Christ. That is
success. All else is vanity.
- Excerpted from Rev. Msgr. Joseph A. Pellegrino, Diocese of St.
THE WORD OF THE LORD!
Readings for next Sunday,
August 11, 2019
NINETEENTH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME
Wisdom 18: 6 - 9
Psalm 33: 1, 12, 18 - 19, 20
Hebrews 11: 1 - 2, 8 - 19
Luke 12: 32 - 48