17th Week, Saturday, Aug 1

Jeremiah 26:11-16, 24 / Matthew 14:1-12

God speaks through Jeremiah: "Reform your ways!"

The Dallas Morning News carried a story about an Olympic hopeful. It began: "Jeff Kostoffs list of achievements fills an entire page in the Stanford swimming guide, but missing among the . . . U.S. distance records, NCAA titles and medal performances, is mention of . . . his best friend from high school.

17th Week, Friday, Jul 31

Jeremiah 26:1-9 / Matthew 13:54-58 
Jeremiah prophesies trouble:The people threatened Jeremiah.

When Samuel Morse explained his plans for telegraph communication in 1842, some people ridiculed him. When Bell Telephone applied for a patent in 1876, some communication experts dismissed the telephone idea as a toy. When Thomas Edison outlined his plans for an incandescent light in 1878, the British Parliament laughed at the idea. Something like that happened to Jeremiah in today's reading. He was not only ridiculed but threatened with death for speaking out in God's name.

18 Sunday A - Liturgical Prayers

Greeting  (See First Reading)

The Lord invites us:
Listen to me
and you will have good things to eat
and rich food to enjoy.
May the Lord nourish you with his body
and may he always be with you. 
Introduction by the Celebrant (Two Options)

17th Week, Thursday, Jul 30

Jeremiah 18:1-6 / Matthew 13:47-53
We are clay in God's hands: He fashions us like a potter.

Rembrandt was a 17th-century Dutch painter. He is still regarded as one of the world's greatest artists. Rembrandt's wife, Saskia, died in the midst of his career. Following her death, he went into a period of deep mourning, in which he didn't paint at all. Eventually he resumed painting again. When he did, he painted with a new power and passion. Some critics suggest that the death of his wife was a turning point in his career. It transformed him into an outstanding artist. Rembrandt's story illustrates how God can use tragedy to fashion us into something better than we originally were.

18th Sunday A: Multiplication

5 Sundays: Summary

1) Preparing the soil: Meek and humble of heart. The word humility comes from the Latin, humus which means earth. Be earthy, natural, without put on. That's the sort of soil.
2) Types of soil: Defiant (rocky/stony), distracted (thorny) and defeated (birds picking or people trampling). Ignatius of Loyola had a defiant and distracted heart in the beginning but never defeated.

St. Martha - Jul 29

St. Martha

Martha was born of noble and wealthy parents, but she is still more illustrious for the hospitality she gave to Christ our Lord. After His Ascension into heaven, she was seized by the Jews, together with her brother and sister, Marcella her handmaid, and Maximin, one of the seventy-two disciples of our Lord, who had baptized the whole family, and many other Christians. They were put on board a ship without sails or oars, and left helpless on the open sea, exposed to certain shipwreck. But God guided the ship, and they all arrived safely at Marseilles.

17th Week, Tuesday, Jul 28

Jeremiah 14:17-22 / Matthew 13:36-43 
A disaster strikes Judah: The people wondered if God still loved them.

A newspaper described what was left of the town Udall, Kansas, after a tornado: "All homes were shredded to splinters. Only the shells of stores and office buildings stand above the hip-level mass of kindling strewn across the area "And from the population of 500 persons, no one has been found who has not been injured in some way….

17th Week: July 27- August 1 - Reflections

July 27 Monday: Mt 13:31-35: 31 Another parable he put before them, saying, “The kingdom of heaven is like a grain of mustard seed which a man took and sowed in his field; 32 it is the smallest of all seeds, but when it has grown it is the greatest of shrubs and becomes a tree, so that the birds of the air come and make nests in its branches.” 33 He told them another parable.

Matters India - Jul 26


Mulakkal appeals Supreme Court to get rape case dismissed 

By Matters India Reporter New Delhi, July 25, 2020: Raped-accused Bishop Franco Mulakkal of Jalandhar on July 25 approached the Supreme Court to get his case dismissed, claiming his innocence. The plea filed by Mulakkal claims that ...Read more

17th Week, Monday, Jul 27

Jeremiah 13:1-11 / Matthew 13:31-35
God talks about his people: "I made them cling to me closely."

One approach to prayer is to get in touch with ourselves before trying to get in touch with God. For example, we sit in a chair and relax. We become aware of our clothes gripping our shoulders, legs, arms. We feel the chair gripping our body, shoes gripping our feet. When we are in touch with ourselves, we then try getting in touch with God. For example, we pray to God like this:

Matters India - Jul 25



Indian dioceses form volunteer groups to bury Covid patients

By Jessy Joseph New Delhi, July 24, 2020: Several Catholic dioceses in India have formed volunteers’ groups to provide decent burial to those dying of COVID-19. One of the first dioceses to form such a group was ... Read more  

UCA Asia News - Jul 24

Bishop Broderick Pabillo says he feels fine, goes into self-isolation

Matters India - Jul 24


China orders Christians to destroy crosses, Jesus images 

Beijing, July 23, 2020: In continuation with its religious repression, Chinese authorities have reportedly ordered Christians to renounce their faith and replace the crosses, images of Jesus in churches with portraits of Chairman Mao and ...Read more

St James, Apostle - A quick Look

St. James, Apostle - Jul 25

St. James, Apostle,
2 Cor 4:7-15 / Matthew 20:20-28

We are special: He who raised Jesus will raise us.

Eighty-year-old John Quincy Adams was shuffling along outside his home one day. A neighbor greeted him, saying, “How’s Mr. John Quincy Adams this morning?” The eighty-year-old replied: “John Quincy Adams himself is very well, thank you. But the house he lives in is sadly dilapidated. It is tottering on its foundations. The walls are badly shattered, and the roof is worn. The building trembles with every wind, and I think John Quincy Adams will have to move out of it before long.  But he himself is very well.”

17th Sunday - Video Notes

Vatican Dossier - Jul 23

UCA Asia News - Jul 23

Modi pushes controversial temple to center stage of Indian politics

PM faces criticism for promoting construction of a Ram temple amid a pandemic and falling economy

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Matters India - Jul 23



Bishops urged to oppose former priest’s marriage to rape survivor 

By Matters India Reporter New Delhi, July 22, 2020: A group of catholic women “concerned about justice issues in the Church and society” has condemned a former priest’s plan to marry a minor girl he raped ... Read more  

16th Week, Friday, Jul 24

Jeremiah 3:14-17 / Matthew 13:18-23 
God speaks to the people of Jerusalem: “Return, rebellious children.”

Ed Baldwin was a banker, and his wife, Janice, a career woman. Both were moving up the corporate ladder. Neither bothered about religion or church. But something was missing from their lives. One Sunday, by chance, they attended church. Something happened to them both. They began to see that the one “who dies with the most toys” isn’t the winner of the game of life. To make a long story short, Ed and Janice have turned their lives inside out. She now devotes all her time to their new baby. He devotes all his time to study for the ministry. Apparently, others feel the way Ed does. The average age of the students in his seminary is 37.

17th Sunday A: Hidden Treasure - Video

UCAN Asia News - Jul 22

Bangladeshi sculptors withstand adversity and low pay to carve beautiful works of art

Vatican Dossier - Jul 22

Matters India - Jul 22


Covid-19 claims 104 doctors in India 

By Bindu Shajan Perappadan New Delhi, July 21, 2020: A total of 104 doctors have died because of Covid-19-related complications until July 13 across India, states a paper from the president of the Indian Medical Association ...Read more

16th Week, Thursday, Jul 23

Jeremiah 2:1-3, 7-8, 12-13 / Matthew 13:10-17
My people have sinned: “They have forsaken me, their living water.”

Alexander Solzhenitsyn is a Russian novelist. He fled his native land and later received the Nobel prize for literature. Writing in National Review magazine, he describes several boyhood memories. One involves being taunted by his playmates as he accompanied his mother to the one remaining church in his town. Another involves someone tearing away the cross that he wore around his neck. A final one involves old people saying of the tragedies befalling Russia, “Men have forgotten God; that’s why all this has happened.”

17 Sunday A - Liturgical Prayers

Greeting  (See Second Reading)

God chose us specially long ago
and destined us to become true images of his Son,
so that Jesus might be the eldest
of many brothers and sisters.
May our brother Jesus be always with you.

16th Week, Wednesday, Jul 22

Jeremiah 1:1, 4-10 / Matthew 13:1-9 
Jeremiah protests his calling: “I am too young!”

John Powell writes in Through Seasons of the Heart: “There’s an old Christian tradition that God sends each person into this world with a special message to deliver, with a special song to sing for others, with a special act of love to bestow. “No one can speak my message, or sing my song, or offer my act of love. These are entrusted to me.” None of us is too young, too weak, or too old to deliver a message, sing a song, or bestow an act of love. Regardless of who we are, we have a mission to fulfill in this world. It was given to us by God himself.

17 Sunday A: The Hidden Treasure - Parables of the KOG

There is a price for relationship - Treasure Hidden Rabindra Nath Tagore, the mystic poet of India, tells a memorable story from his own life which illustrates the truth of what Jesus teaches in today’s gospel, namely, that there is a price we have to pay in order to be in his kingdom, to keep a relationship with him.

A Shrinking Church?

Matters India - Jul 19


Priest “molests” student, Arunachal women groups demand action 

By Matters India Reporter Itanagar, July 17, 2020: Women groups in Arunachal Pradesh have condemned the alleged molestation of a young female medical student by a Salesian priest in Itanagar, capital of the northeastern Indian state. The ...Read more

16th Week: July 20-25: - Reflections

July 20 Monday:

 (St. Apollinaris, Bishop, Martyr)
Mt 12:38-42: 38 Then some of the scribes and Pharisees said to him, “Teacher, we wish to see a sign from you.” 39 But he answered them, “An evil and adulterous generation seeks for a sign; but no sign shall be given to it except the sign of the prophet Jonah. 40 For as Jonah was three days and three nights in the belly of the whale, so will the Son of man be three days and three nights in the heart of the earth.  41 The men of Nineveh will arise at the judgment with this generation and condemn it; for they repented at the preaching of Jonah, and behold, something greater than Jonah is here. 42 The queen of the South will arise at the judgment with this generation and condemn it; for she came from the ends of the earth to hear the Wisdom of Solomon, and behold, something greater than Solomon is here. USCCB video reflections:

16th Week, Tuesday, Jul 21

Micah 7:14-15, 18-20 / Matthew 12:46-50 
God is forgiving: He casts our sins into the sea.

In Forgive and Forget, Lewis Smedes tells about a Jewish prisoner who worked in a Nazi field hospital. One day a nurse asked him to accompany her to the bedside of a dying German soldier. The soldier asked to be forgiven for his part in persecuting the Jews, saying, “I know what I am asking is almost too much, but without your answer I cannot die in peace.”

16th Week, Monday, Jul 20

Micah 6:1-4, 6-8 / Matthew 12:38-42 
The Lord instructs us: Walk humbly with your God.

Richard Nixon resigned the presidency August 8, 1973. His resignation ended the Watergate scandal that sent several of his aides to prison. What happened to him and his staff? Why did so many talented people go bad? In his book Born Again, Charles Colson, one of Nixon’s aides who went to prison, gave his own answer. Referring to C. S. Lewis’s Mere Christianity, Colson said that one passage in that book “seemed to sum up what happened to all of us in the White House”:

16 Sunday A - Liturgical Prayers

The patience of God our Father,
the love of our Lord Jesus Christ
and the strength of the Holy Spirit
be always with you.
Introduction by the Celebrant 

A. There Must Be Time To Heal
We all wish to see a world without evil, a Church without faults. To see that the real Church and the real world are not sinless and not perfect makes us impatient. Jesus reminds us today: be patient, for God is patient with the Church and with the world, and also with us. Let’s not forget this. He gives us the time to change. Let us ask Jesus in this Eucharist that we may begin the change of  the world and of the Church with the change of ourselves.

UCA Asia News - Jul 18

Robin Vadakkumcherry petitions court for two-months parole to marry the girl who gave birth to his child

Vatican Dossier - Jul 18

16th Sunday: WHEAT & WEEDS: Notes on the Video

16th Sunday: WHEAT and WEEDS: Mt 13:24-43:

The Lord in Mathew’s “Kingdom of God” discourse speaks about the seeds, soil, weeds, treasure and food for all (Eucharist) for four Sundays. That is the Word of God despite many oppositions, resistances, disturbances, persecutions would become food for the soul. Our sowing is o feed the spiritual hunger or the nourishment of the world. 

UCA Asia News - Jul 17

Allotting land for mining will destroy vast areas of forest and disrupt the livelihood of tribal communities

Vatican Dossier - Jul17

Matters India - Jul 17


Nun dies after testing Covid-19 negative in Assam 

By Matters India Reporter Dibrugarh, July 16, 2020: A senior nun in northeastern India, who was discharged after testing negative for Covid-19, died on July 16. She was 82. Sister Michael Serrao, a member of the ...Read more

15th Week, Saturday, Jul 18

Micah 2:1-5 / Matthew 12:14-21
Micah warns Judah: “What you take will be taken from you.”

Micah bears a striking resemblance to Amos. He preached around 700 B.C., just before Assyria destroyed Israel in the north. Like Amos, who lived some 50 years before him, he came from the vicinity of Bethlehem. Micah also spoke out in the same blunt, unpolished way as did Amos. But where Amos preached to Israel, Micah preached to Judah in the south.

15th Week, Friday, Jul 17

Isaiah 38:1-6, 21-22, 7-8 / Matthew 12:1-8
Hezekiah prays to God: God answered his prayer.

Alexis Carrel was a French physician who did much of his work in the United States. He eventually won the Nobel prize for his contributions to the field of medicine. After a period of religious doubt and skepticism, Carrel underwent a profound conversion.

16th Sunday: Wheat and Weeds - Video Reflection

16 Sunday A: Wheat and Weeds - Stories & Reflection

Gospel text: Matthew 13:24-3

Michel DeVerteuil 
General Comments

Vatican Dossier - Jul 15