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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: What good did these frail and variable facts do us then, ...
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).
World news in light of the Good News for Sunday, July 05, 2015
Preaching the News
» Long deep freeze in U.S.-Cuba relations over– For successive U.S. administrations, Cuba has been like the “thorn in the flesh” that plagued Saint Paul, as he recounts in this Sunday’s second reading. No more.President Obama and Cuban President Raul Castro announced plans Wednesday to reestablish diplomatic relations and reopen embassies in their respective capitals . . .
» U.S. and Brazil warm to climate controls – The psalmist is sent to bring “glad tidings to the poor,” we hear this Sunday. A week after Pope Francis highlighted global warming’s impact on the poor, the U.S. and Brazil, two of the world’s largest economies, are pledging to work together . . .
» Thou shalt not, says Oklahoma Supreme Court – Ezekiel is summoned to bring an unwelcome message to a resistant audience in this Sunday’s first reading. Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt finds an unwelcome message in the Oklahoma Supreme Court’s ruling Tuesday that a Ten Commandments monument must be removed . . .
» Time to work together on healthcare, says Obama – When President Obama tries to negotiate with members of Congress about healthcare issues, perhaps he feels frustration similar to that which Jesus expresses in this Sunday’s gospel after he taught and preached. So the president took his message to to Nashville Wednesday, calling for an end to the political fighting . . .
Quote of the Week
“We do not believe the disparaging characterizations portray an accurate picture of the many Mexicans, Mexican Americans, and Latinos who have made so many valuable contributions to the success of our nation.”
—Macy's department store, announcing it is cutting ties with Donald Trump after he made disparaging comments about immigrants. Major broadcast networks have also cut ties with Trump.
The poorest 40 percent of the world’s population accounts for 5 percent of global income. The richest 20 percent accounts for three-quarters of world income.
Participation is more than a laughing matter
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...