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Sunday Reflection for July 05, 2015 Fourteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time
Ezekiel 2:2-5 Ezekiel is summoned to bring an unwelcome message to a resistant audience. Psalm 123:1-2, 2, 3-4 We look to God, and not to the world, for the help that we really need. 2 Corinthians 12:7-10 Paul wants to be powerful, but God uses his weakness to greater advantage. Mark 6:1-6 Jesus faces rejection by the very folks who should have known him best.
Knowledge is power, according to Francis Bacon. This phrase is chiseled into the lintels of many a school to confirm that the pursuit of knowledge is worthwhile. Too often, however, we equate knowledge with the random acquisition of facts and figures. I personally recall memorizing the imports and exports of foreign countries as part of my homework. Olive oil and bananas, textiles and technology ...
FEAST OF JUNIPERO SERRA, PRIEST, RELIGIOUS, MISSIONARY
Brother Junípero lived in two worlds—that of the Spanish colonizers of the Americas and that of the natives in modern-day California he sought to convert to Christianity. Looking back we can see mixed results. Yes, indigenous peoples learned valuable skills of agriculture and were introduced to the best the Christian tradition has to offer. At the same time diseases brought by the Spanish ravaged them, and they were too often exploited and abused. All of us must make our ways in an ambiguous world and do the best we can to be voices of charity, gentleness, and peace. Respect for the marginalized is a great place to start.
Today's readings:Genesis 21:5, 8-20a; Matthew 8:28-34 (379).
» Trading votes for worker protections– In this Sunday’s second reading, Saint Paul voices concerns for the economically disadvantaged, “Not that others should have relief while you are burdened,” but “as a matter of equality.” The Senate sent President Barack Obama legislation granting fast-track . . .
» Apologetic bomber prays for victims – God’s goodwill outlasts anger and preserves those who otherwise headed for oblivion, this Sunday’s psalm proclaims. Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, condemned to die for his crimes, this week ended his long silence, asking Allah to help his victims and their families and apologizing . . .
» U.S. expresses solidarity with families of hostages– Jesus encounters people in dire need in this Sunday’s gospel. He does not abandon them but stands by them until their needs are met. The U.S. government signaled this week that it will do a better job standing with families of hostages in efforts to secure the safe recovery of the hostages . . .
Quote of the Week
"There are cases in which separation is inevitable. Sometimes, it can even be morally necessary, when it's about shielding the weaker spouse or young children from the more serious wounds caused by intimidation and violence, humiliation and exploitation.”
—Pope Francis during his weekly general audience, with a message hoping to encourage greater compassion in the church ahead of a highly anticipated global meeting on family life in October
A rabbi, minister, and a priest went into bar . . . we know a joke is going to follow, don’t we? We even get ready to laugh a little and reset our tension and stress a bit. That is what both good ecumenism and interfaith dialogue are also about. It can only happen when we know and are comfortable in our identity as Catholics . . . Read more...