July 22, 2018
Sixteenth Sunday in Ordinary time:
In the first reading, Jeremiah utters threats against the shepherds, the leaders of the people of Judah. Their neglect of the flock given into their care and their neglect of God was bringing exile on their people. God would avenge his people to bring back the “remnant” of his flock and set trustworthy shepherds over them.
The second reading of the Letter of St. Paul reminds his Ephesians converts that Christ has brought unity of brotherhood to Jews and Gentiles.
In the Gospel, St. Mark brings out the compassion, the human understanding of Jesus for man. He first planned to give his Apostles a well-earned rest. They had evidently worked hard while out on their mission and a few days rest would restore their lost energy.
Monday, July 23 is the feast of St. Bridget of Sweden
After the death of her husband, St. Bridget led a life of penance. She founded a monastery for men and women, who are known today as the Brigitines. They are contemplatives whose prayer life is directed to the reunion of all Christians. She travelled to Rome, work zealously against Church abuses and never returned to Sweden. In 1999, together with Saints Catherine of Siena and Teresa Benedicta of the Cross, Bridget was named co-patroness of Europe.
Wednesday, July 25 is the feast of St. James the Apostle
Two apostles bore the name James. St. James, the brother of St. John the Evangelist is called “the Greater. Together with Peter, the three were alone with Christ when He raised Jairus’ daughter from the dead and cured Peter’s mother-in-law. They were the only apostles to witness the Lord’s glorious Transfiguration and the only apostles to watch with Him in the garden of Gethsemani. After Pentecost, St. James left Jerusalem to preach the gospel in nearby Judea and Samaria. He was the first apostle to be martyred under the persecution of King Herod. His relics are in Santiago Compostela, Spain.
Thursday, July 26 is the feast of Sts. Joachim and Anne, parents of the Blessed Virgin Mary
The strong character of Mary in making decisions, her continuous practice of prayer, her devotion to the laws of her faith, her steadiness at moments of crisis, and her devotion to her relatives—all indicate a close-knit, loving family. The virtues and character of Mary are reflections of her loving and prayerful parents, Joachim and Anne.
Blessed Nunzio Suplricio
The Vatican announced this week that another young boy will be elevated to the altar of saints. Blessed Nunzio Sulpricio who died at age 19 will be canonized this October. Blessed Nunzio lost his parents at an early age, exploited by an uncle of not allowing him to go to school and was forced to heavy work in a blacksmith shop. In all of the sufferings, he found solace with Jesus in the tabernacle. When he contracted an incurable gangrene, he offered all to Jesus. He would always say: “Jesus suffered a lot for me. Why should I not suffer for Him? I would die in order to convert even one sinner.”
We continue to read the saints of the week, for their lives and virtues are examples to follow. Everyone is called to be a saint. Every day is an opportunity to be holy.
Reserve now for the Evening With Mary
There have been a growing number of people attending Mass here at St. Casimir’s. However, very few participate in parish activities. To be a Catholic is not a matter of going to church. Through baptism we become a member of the family of God, we belong to a parish, our Christian community. There is a brother, a sister and a friend around us. Would you not spend some hours to be with them?
Our annual Evening With Mary is the only organized opportunity to gather during the year as one family, parish and community of God. Let us get to know each other, exchange spiritual experiences and share God’s graces. This is our family reunion, please come. Mary, our mother is inviting us to her birthday. Let us celebrate and give thanks.
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