Pope's Homilies and Speeches - Jun 4

Pope's Homilies and Speeches- Jun 25

14 Sunday C: Liturgy Alive

Greetings (See Second Reading)
Peace and mercy to all
who become new in Christ.
The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you.
R/ And also with you.

Introduction by the Celebrant
A. Disciples Must Be Missionaries
How many people belong to our Church? Catholics number less than 18% of the world population. Yet Luke says that Jesus tells us today: "The harvest is rich but there are few laborers. Pray to the Lord to send us harvesters." And then, whom does Jesus send? Not just the leaders, but the disciples too. And where are they sent? To all nations and to all peoples, for they are seventy-two, as many as there were peoples known in those days. And how are they sent? In all humility receiving the people's hospitality and kindness and proclaiming to them the Kingdom of God. Let us ask Jesus to make us suitable messengers.

14 Sunday C: The Kingdom of God is Near: Go

**** Discipleship in Jesus
Michel de VerteuilGeneral Textual Comments
In order to make a fruitful meditation on this passage, we must set ourselves some guidelines.


The Taj hotel group in India had invited Mr. Masai Imai from Japan to hold a workshop for its staff.    The staff were very skeptical - the hotel is doing excellent business, this person from Japan has no exposure to hotel industry - what exactly is he going to teach?  
But everybody gathered as planned for the workshop in the conference hall sharp at 9 am.   Mr. Masai was introduced to them - a not so impressive personality, nor the English all that good; spoke as if he was first formulating each sentence in Japanese and then translating it into rather clumsy English. 

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13 Sunday C - Liturgy Alive

Greetings (See Second Reading)
Christ has called us to freedom,
to serve God and one another.
May his liberating Spirit be always with you.
R/ And also with you.
Introduction by the Celebrant
A. On The Way With Jesus
A farmer who looks back while he is plowing will certainly make crooked furrows and perhaps not plow some parts of the field at all. Jesus invites us again today to follow him and to do so by going his way, not our crooked one. Once we have accepted his invitation, we should not look back to regret our choice or to dwell on past mistakes. Let us go ahead with Jesus, also when the going is rough. We ask the Lord to give us the strength to follow him all the way.

13 Sunday C: Radicality of Discipleship

Gospel Text: Luke  9:51-62
Samaritans did not accept Jesus because he was going to Jeruslem
Samaritans did not accept Jesus because he was going to Jerusalem

Michel de Verteuil
General Textual Comments
Today’s gospel reading is divided into sections, and the general theme of commitment is running thorough them all. In verses 51 to 56, Jesus is presented as a model of commitment; in 57 to 62, he gives three teachings which concretize in dramatic form the implications of a commitment.

12 Sunday C - Liturgy

Greetings (See Second Reading)
We are all sons and daughters of God
through faith in Christ Jesus;
we belong to Christ.
May we also follow Christ our Lord
and may his strength be with you.
R/ And also with you.
Introduction by the Celebrant
A. Jesus' Identity And Ours 

Jesus asks of us, his disciples today, "You, who do you say I am?" I hope that we can say with Peter that for us he is Jesus, our Savior. This is a very important question for us, for our own identity depends on it. Who are we? We are Christians, followers of Christ, and therefore people who try as much as we can to become like him. And that will include also at times that we have to bear the cross with him. But don't you worry: he is our "com-pan-ion" in life, literally, the one who breaks bread with us.

12 Sunday C: Who do you Say that I am?

Michel de Verteuil
General Textual Comments
Today’s gospel reading is clearly divided into sections. In your meditation, start with one alone, although you may eventually find a connection between the different sections.

11 Sunday C - Liturgy

Sunday June 12

1. A Meal of Forgiveness
2. Friendship Forgives

Greeting (See Second Reading)
It is not our own life we should live
but the life of Christ who lives in us.
Christ loves us
and he sacrificed himself for our sake.
May his forgiveness and peace be always with you.
R/ And also with you.

11 Sunday C - Much Love, Much Forgiveness

Introduction to the Celebration 
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Today is one of the very few times in the year when the actions of women towards Jesus are at the centre of our recollection. We recall that Jesus was supported and helped by women in his work as he moved around Palestine. We also recall the incident when an unnamed woman anointed his feet with oil, kissed his feet, and wiped away her tears with her hair. Her sins were forgiven because she had shown such love.