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15th Sunday B: Called and Sent out

  Thomas O’Loughlin

Introduction to the Celebration

We assemble as a people who have been called to be bearers of God’s love to all humanity.

13th Week, Ordinary Time, Friday, July 2

 13th Week, Ordinary Time, Friday, July 2

Genesis 23:1-4, 19; 24:1-8, 62-67 / Matthew 9:9-13

Isaac marries Rebekah; His love for Rebekah healed Isaac.

St. Thomas, Apostle, Jul 3rd

Ephesians 2:19-22 / John 20:24-29
You are no longer strangers: You are being built into God’s temple.

Halford Luccock makes a striking observation in his book Unfinished Business. A playwright was looking up numbers in a New York City telephone directory. As he thumbed through the giant book, he thought to himself, “Not much of a plot, but, boy, what a cast.” Then Luccock thought what a world directory would be like—billions of names from every race, religion, and occupation. What if you could give that cast a plot? That, observes Luccock, is what Jesus did. He came into the world and gave its giant cast an incredibly beautiful plot. He told them they were to cease being strangers and become God’s own family.

Saints Peter and Paul -June 29

 
Starter Story:
The year was 1770, and in a small Italian church, two altar boys prepared for Benediction. Annibale Della Genga and Francesco Castiglioni entered the sacristy, put on their albs, and grabbed the heavy brass candlesticks. And then they began to bicker.

13th Week, Ordinary Time, Wednesday, June 30

 13th Week, Ordinary Time, Wednesday, June 30

Genesis 21:5, 8-20 / Matthew 8:28-34

Isaac is born to Sarah; "Isaac is your true heir.” 

Paul used this analogy in dialoguing with the Jews of his time.

July 4th: American Independence Day

 July 4 Saturday (U. S. Independence Day reflections on next page): Matthew 9:14-17: 14 Then the disciples of John came to him, saying, “Why do we and the Pharisees fast, but your disciples do not fast?” 15 And Jesus said to them, “Can the wedding guests mourn as long as the bridegroom is with them? The days will come, when the bridegroom is  taken away from them, and then they will fast. 16 And no one puts a piece of unshrunken cloth on an old garment, for the patch tears away from the garment, and a worse tear is made.  17 Neither is new wine put into old wineskins; if it is, the skins burst, and the wine is spilled, and the skins are destroyed; but new wine is  put into fresh wineskins, and so both are preserved.” USCCB video reflections: http://www.usccb.org/bible/reflections/index.cfm

13th Week: June 28 – July 3:

 13th Week: June 28 – July 3: 

June 28 Monday (St. Irenaeus, Bishop, Martyr)

The context: Today’s Gospel passage explains the cost of Christian discipleship and the total commitment, wholehearted constancy, and sacrificial ministry that the Christian mission requires.

13th Week, Ordinary Time, Monday, June 28

13th Week, Ordinary Time, Monday, June 28

Genesis 18:16-33 / Matthew 8:18-22

Abraham bargains with God; "What if you find ten good people?" 

14th Sunday: Jesus in this Home Town; No prophet is accepted in...

  

 Michel DeVerteuil 
Textual Comments

The gospel passage for this Sunday is St Mark’s version of Jesus’ return to his home town of Nazareth, accompanied by his disciples. He began to teach in Nazareth, and many were astonished by what they saw in him. They wondered where all this wisdom had come from. What they saw was very different from what others had seen. This man was one of them, in the deepest sense; they knew him and his family. The people of the town would not accept him; even though they had heard of his outstanding accomplishments in other places, they could not see what made him so special.

13 Sunday B: Talitha Koum: Healing is a Compassionate Ministry

 
Sickness and death have a way of shearing through the veneer of our self-importance and social status. These things touch us at our most vulnerable point. Sickness and death strip us of our illusions and remind us that, no matter how important we are in the eyes of others, we are still human—still very limited and transient citizens here on earth.

12th Week, Ordinary Time, Saturday, June 26

 12th Week, Ordinary Time, Saturday, June 26

Genesis 18:1-15 / Matthew 8:5-17

 Sarah laughs; "Is anything too marvellous for God?" 

In 1842, members of the U.S. Congress laughed when Samuel Morse explained his ideas for sending messages through a wire.

12th Week, Ordinary Time, Friday, Jun 25

 12th Week, Ordinary Time, Friday, Jun 25

Genesis 17:1, 9-11, 15-22 / Matthew 8:1-4

Your wife will bear a son; Abraham responded with laughter

Occasionally a line in Scripture causes us to do a double take.

June 24: Nativity of John the Baptist

 The Lord called me: You are my servant.

This is the second of the four “servant songs” in Isaiah. (Isaiah 40-50). These songs exalt the perfect Israelite, whose suffering saves many people. (Isaiah 53: ii). In one sense, the songs apply to Israel and to all of its great leaders; but in another sense, they apply ultimately and uniquely to Jesus alone. (Acts 3:13,26)

12th Week, Ordinary Time, Tuesday, June 22

 12th Week, Ordinary Time, Tuesday, June 22

Genesis 13:2, 5-18 / Matthew 7:26, 12-14

Abraham and Lot separate; "If you prefer to go left, I'll go right."

Paul Kruger, the great African statesman, lived at the turn of the century.

12th Week: June 21-26:

 12th Week: June 21-26: 

June 21 Monday (St. Aloysius Gonzaga, Religious)

The context: In today’s passage, taken from the Sermon on the Mount, Jesus condemns our careless, malicious, and rash judgments about others’ feelings, motives, behavior or actions.

12th Week, Ordinary Time, Monday, June 21

 12th Week, Ordinary Time, Monday, June 21

Genesis 12:1-9 / Matthew 7:1-5

God calls Abraham; "Go forth to a new land!" 

Fr. John Catoir, director of the Christophers, describes his call to the ministry in his book That Your Joy May Be Full.

Fathers' Day - June 20

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Dads are different than Moms. They parent differently. They protect differently. They teach differently. Moms buy bumper pads. Dads buy Band-Aids. Moms schedule “play days.” Dads encourage “throw-downs.” Some of you are not going to be happy about this, and of course there are lots of exceptions, but overall there just do seem to be different styles inherent between Moms and Dads. 

13th Sunday: Talitha Koum - Liturgy

 Thirteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time

 

1. God Is Pro-Life

2. Life Is Victorious


Greeting (see second reading)

We are gathered in the name of Jesus:
he was rich but became poor for our sake
to make us rich out of his poverty.
He brought us life and healing.
May his life and grace be always with you. R/ And also with you.

11th Week, Ordinary Time, Friday, June 18

 11th Week, Ordinary Time, Friday, June 18

2 Cor 11:18, 21-30 / Matthew 6:19-23

My life speaks for itself; I suffer gladly for the gospel. 

Years ago, Alice Marble, the queen of American tennis, woke up on what she hoped would be the most glorious day of her life. She was playing in England's Wimbledon finals.

11th Week, Ordinary Time, Wednesday, June 15

 11th Week, Ordinary Time, Wednesday, June 15

2 Cor 9:6-11 / Matthew 6:1-6, 16-18

God loves a cheerful giver; As you sow, you reap. 

12th Sunday: Jesus Calms the Storms: Liturgy


Greeting (see Second Reading)

The love of Christ overwhelms us.
He died for all,
so that those who live
should no longer live for themselves
but for him who died
and was raised up for us.
May the Risen Lord be always with you. R/ And also with you.

11th Week, Ordinary Time, Friday, June 17

  11th Week, Ordinary Time, Friday, June 17

2 Cor 11:18, 21-30 / Matthew 6:19-23

My life speaks for itself; I suffer gladly for the gospel. 

11th Week, Ordinary Time, Tuesday, June 14

 11th Week, Ordinary Time, Tuesday, June 14

2 Cor 8:1-9 / Matthew 5:43-48 

Jesus gives generously to us; Macedonia 's poor gave as Jesus did.

11th Week, Ordinary Time, Thursday, June 16

 11th Week, Ordinary Time, Thursday, June 16

2 Cor 11:1-11 / Matthew 6:7-15

Beware of false prophets; They teach a different gospel. 

11th Week: June 14-19:

 11th Week: June 14-19: 

June 14 Monday: Mt 5:38-42: 

The context: During their captivity in Egypt, the Jews became familiar with the crude tribal law of retaliation called Lex Talionis (=Tit-for-Tat) given by the ancient lawmaker Hammurabi during the period 2285-2242 BC. In the Sermon on the Mount, Jesus rejects even the concession of milder retaliation allowed by Moses. In its place, Jesus gives a new law of love and grace — and no retaliation.

11th Sunday-B: Mustard Seed - Liturgy

 1. Patience: These Are Only Seeds

2. While the Farmer Sleeps…

 Greeting (Eph 3:20-21)

Glory to him whose power, working in us, can do infinitely more than we can ask or imagine. Glory to him in the church and in Christ Jesus. May the Lord Jesus be with you.

11th Week, Ordinary Time, Monday, June 14

 11th Week, Ordinary Time, Monday, June 14

2 Cor 6:1-10 / Matthew 5:38-42  

We are God's ministers; We seem to have nothing, but have all.

The following excerpt is from a prayer found in the pocket of a dead Confederate soldier: "I asked for health, that I might do greater things; I was given infirmity, that I might do better things.

12 Sunday - B: The Lord in the Storms of Life

  Michel DeVerteuil

Scripture comments
Unlike the passages of the last two weeks, this Sunday’s passage is, in one sense, a single story and we must read it as a whole. But in another sense, it tells two stories – one of Jesus and one of the apostles. Each has its movement that we can enter into, and there is a striking contrast between the attitudes shown in each.

10th Week, Ordinary Time, Thursday, June 10

 10th Week, Ordinary Time, Thursday, June 10

2 Cor 3:15 - 4:1, 3-6 / Matthew 5:20-26

God's light shines in us; We must radiate God's light to others. 

St. Elizabeth of Hungary lived in the 13th century.

10th Week, Ordinary Time, Wednesday, June 9

 10th Week, Ordinary Time, Wednesday, June 9

2 Cor 3:4-11 / Matthew 5:17-19

God deserves the credit; He made us his ministers. 

Some students of history say that Harriet Beecher Stowe's book Uncle Tom 's Cabin did more to end slavery in America than any other single force.

10th Week, Ordinary Time, Tuesday, June 8

10th Week, Ordinary Time, Tuesday, June 8

2 Cor 1:18-22 / Matthew 5:13-16

God is trustworthy; He has sealed us. 

Ancient peoples used to put a mark or a seal on their property. For example, shepherds branded the sheep in their flocks. Slave owners also put marks on their slaves.

11th Sunday - Parable of the Mustard Seed

 Michel DeVerteuil Textual Comments

We see Jesus in this passage searching for the right metaphors to illustrate the concept of the kingdom of God, and we are reminded that today we need to find new images to illustrate our own vision of God’s kingdom.

10th Week, Ordinary Time, Monday, June 7

 10th Week, Ordinary Time, Monday, June 7

2 Cor 1:1-7 / Matthew 5:1-12

God comforts for a reason; God helps us so that we may help others. 

A minister lost both legs as a result of war injuries. Consequently, he was unable to continue his work as pastor of his flock. The loss of his ministry proved to be as painful as the loss of his legs.

11 Sunday B - Liturgical Prayers

Greeting
Glory to him whose power, working in us,
can do infinitely more
than we can ask or imagine.
Glory to him in the church
and in Christ Jesus.
May the Lord Jesus be with you. R/ And also with you.
Introduction by the Celebrant
A. Patience: These Are Only Seeds (Option 1)
We live in a time that expects efficiency and immediate results. But a plant or a tree needs time to grow; and human relations cannot be built nor our problems solved overnight. People too need time to grow and change. Fortunately, God is patient with us. But we must become patient with one another and, with God's help, give people and the Church and God's Kingdom of justice, peace, and love the time needed to grow. We can just sow the seed and then wait in hope. If it is a good seed we sow, it will certainly grow. Jesus assures us that it will sprout and bear fruit.

9th Week, Ordinary Time, Saturday, May 5

 9th Week, Ordinary Time, Saturday, May 5

Tobit 12:1, 5-13, 20 / Mark 12:38-44 

Tobit learns who Raphael is: He exhorted Tobit and Tobiah to praise God.

A young lady was making a retreat at St. Edward's College in Texas. During the retreat she wrote this poem. It does what Raphael urged Tobit and Tobiah to do: it praises God.

9th Week, Ordinary Time, Friday, June 4

 9th Week, Ordinary Time, Friday, June 4

Tobit 11:5-17 / Mark 12:35-37

Tobit's blindness is cured; Tobit gave thanks to God.


Byron Dell grew up on a farm in Nebraska. When he was eight years old, he had a pony named Frisky, who sometimes lived up to its name.