Fr. Nathan will be away from the parish from July 11-August 14. During his absence, weekday and weekend Masses will continue to be offered at St. Bernard’s and Our Lady of the Assumption. Please note that there will be no Adoration or Confessions after the 7:00pm Tuesday evening Mass at St. Bernard’s July 11 to August 14. The Saturday 8:00am Mass at St. Bernard’s will also be cancelled from July 11 – August 14.
“You are my inheritance, O Lord.”
HAC for Fr.Nathan – image – Conegliano 1515
Jesus faced rejection and abuse in order to reconcile us with God and one another
Jesus’ offer of friendship was rebuffed. Is there any wonder that the disciples were indignant and felt justified in wanting to see retribution done to this village? Wouldn’t you respond the same way? Jesus, however, rebukes his disciples for their lack of toleration. Jesus had “set his face toward Jerusalem” to die on a cross that Jew, Samaritan and Gentile might be reconciled with God and be united as one people in Christ.
Jesus seeks our highest good – friend and enemy alike
Tolerance is a much needed virtue today. But aren’t we often tolerant for the wrong thing or for the wrong motive? Christian love seeks the highest good of both one’s neighbor and one’s enemy. When Abraham Lincoln was criticized for his courtesy and tolerance towards his enemies during the American Civil War, he responded: “Do I not destroy my enemies when I make them my friends?” How do you treat those who cross you and cause you trouble? Do you seek their good rather than their harm?
Jesus explains the cost of following as his disciple
When the Lord calls us to follow him he gives us the grace to put aside everything that might keep us from doing his will. Loyalty to Jesus requires sacrifice, letting go of my will for God’s will. A would-be disciple responded by saying, I must first go and bury my father, that is, go back home and take care of him until he died. Jesus certainly did not mean that we should refuse to care for others, especially our parents in their old age. His startling statement, however, made clear that God must always be first in our lives. If we love him above all, then everything else will fall into its proper place and time.
Jesus surprised his disciples by telling that they must not look back but keep their focus on the goal set for their lives – full happiness and union with God. A plowman who looked back caused his furrow to be crooked. Likewise, if we keep looking back to what we left behind, our path in following God will likely go off course and we’ll miss what God has for us. When the going is rough or the way ahead looks uncertain, we are tempted to look back to the “good old days” or to look for “greener turf”. Are you resolved to keep your eyes fixed on Jesus and to “stay the course” in following him to the end?
Daily Quote from the early church fathers: Jesus’ disciples must bear insult and suffering patiently, by Cyril of Alexandria (376-444 AD)
“It would be false to affirm that our Savior did not know what was about to happen, because he knows all things. He knew, of course, that the Samaritans would not receive his messengers. There can be no doubt of this. Why then did he command them to go before him? It was his custom to benefit diligently the holy apostles in every possible way, and because of this, it was his practice sometimes to test them… What was the purpose of this occurrence? He was going up to Jerusalem, as the time of his passion was already drawing near. He was about to endure the scorn of the Jews. He was about to be destroyed by the scribes and Pharisees and to suffer those things that they inflicted upon him when they went to accomplish all of violence and wicked boldness. He did not want them to be offended when they saw him suffering. He also wanted them to be patient and not to complain greatly, although people would treat them rudely. He, so to speak, made the Samaritans’ hatred a preparatory exercise in the matter. They had not received the messengers… For their benefit, he rebuked the disciples and gently restrained the sharpness of their wrath, not permitting them to grumble violently against those who sinned. He rather persuaded them to be patient and to cherish a mind that is unmovable by anything like this.” (excerpt from COMMENTARY ON LUKE, HOMILY 56)
HAC for Fr.Nathan – dailyscripture.net – with permission
Feast days for the coming week:
Sunday – June 26 -St. Josemaria Escriva de Balaguer
Monday – June 27 – St.Cyril of Alexandria
Tuesday – June 28 – St. Irenaeus
Wednesday – June 29 – Solemnity of Sts. Peter and Paul
Thursday – June 30 – Blessed Raymond Lull
Friday – July 01 – Saint Junipero Serra
Saturday – July 02 – St. Oliver Plunkett
Sunday – July 03 – St. Thomas the Apostle
HAC for Fr.Nathan
In today’s second reading, St. Paul provides a wonderful one-sentence summary of Christian stewardship: “Out of love, place yourselves at one another’s service.”
HAC for Fr. Nathan
Courtesy of the Daughters of St.Paul, feel free to download and print this lovely Angelus prayer card:
Click on the image to open a link to the Angelus Project and the Angelus Card files.
With permission and thanks to the Daughters of St.Paul – HAC