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July 19, 2015, 16th Sunday in Ordinary Time
Shepherds Good and Bad: Today the tending of sheep is an industry, not something personal. When Jesus was alive, the shepherd could name each sheep and each one knew his voice by heart, much like the family dog knows your voice. Good shepherds would search and search for one lost sheep. Or if one was turned absurdly on its back, unable to roll over again because of its full fleece, the shepherd would take his “crook,” and using the big curve on one end would easily maneuver that sheep back onto its feet. If there was real danger, as for instance if wolves were ready to pounce, the shepherd would take out his “staff,” a pole-like weapon, and deal with the predators
Bad shepherds, on the other hand, would actually scatter the sheep, as God says in the First Reading. They would drive sheep away because they were a burden. The herd feared and trembled, and many went missing. Sometimes men were hired who were not shepherds at all and who simply ran away when a wolf approached (Jn 10:12).
Sheep and shepherds were used in the bible as symbols of God’s people and their rulers. Jesus was the Good Shepherd in the Responsorial Psalm, putting himself out for us, the sheep. God’s anger flamed out against the bad shepherds.
look at the Gospel. So many people were coming and going that Jesus and his apostles “had no opportunity even to eat.” He advised the disciples to come away with him to a quiet place and rest. Even shepherds must take a break. They went off in a boat to a deserted place.
But the needy throng was clever. They traced where the boat was going and formed a “vast crowd”! What should Jesus do, start ministering again instead of resting? The Gospel says “his heart was moved with pity for them, for they were like sheep without a shepherd,” so “he began to teach them many things.” God’s words in the First Reading had come true: “I myself will gather the remnant of my flock … and bring them back to their meadow.”
The question for you and me is not whether we should go without food and sleep, and be workaholics for the sake of others. It is whether our own hearts are ever moved even once with pity for the scattered and fear-filled sheep of our own time. Can we love them with Jesus’ love? Are we good shepherds or bad? - John Foley S. J.
Our parish will be sharing with our sister parish in Eureka a Fall Raffle with the drawing to coincide with Sacred Heart’s Fall Festival (postponed from an earlier date to this date Friday Oct 16th at 6pm.). The tickets will be $2 each and a book for $20. Prizes: 1st $2,000, 2nd 1,000, 3rd $500. 4th $100. We are in need of two business sponsors to advertise and pay for the printing of the tickets for the raffle –TAX WRITE OFF! The cost would be a maximum of $600 each. Interested please phone your parish office.
Lord Help me, Dear Heavenly Father,
So far, today, I've done all right. I haven't gossiped or lost my temper. I haven't been greedy, grumpy, nasty, or self-centered. I'm really happy about that so far. But in a few minutes I'm going to be getting out of bed and then I'm going to need a lot of help.
Thank you! Amen
OUR 2015 MISSION COOPERATIVE APPEAL IS NEXT WEEKEND
The Propagation of the faith office of our diocese has invited the diocese of KUMBAKONAM, India to speak to us about their missionary activities and challenges. We welcome, Father Selva Raj will be speaking to us during all the Masses on the weekend of July 25/26. This diocese has an area of 7823 sq km. and is situated in Tamil Nadu, South India with a Catholic population of 2,13,000 which is just 6 % of the total population. It is served by 182 diocesan and 45 religious priests, 501 nuns and 17 trained lay catechists. The Kumbakonam diocese celebrated the centenary of its inception in 1999 by setting certain concrete and meaningful goals for a New Evangelization in the III millennium, like:
- We need to train 620 lay catechists to usher in the spirit of the New Evangelization in remote and rural areas of this vast diocese
- Now there are 501 nuns in charge of catechetical, educational, medical and social ministries throughout this rural diocese, thus educating the children in the Catholic faith and helping the people, particularly the poor, for their integral development. We need to provide them with catechetical books and other visual tools to make the classes on religion more interesting, relevant and productive.
- Since education in a main means of evangelizations here, the diocese has to provide honorariums and training to our teachers while the government would not pay our teachers, due to religious discrimination.
- Education of 2000 very poor or orphan children from remote villages every year by providing them with free board & lodge., clothes and medicine .
- For conducting free medical camps for the poorest of the poor Catholics in remote missions, as a tool of evangelization.
The diocese is trying to materialize these missionary goals, depending on the availability of funds. Every year, an average of 50 young men and women go out of this diocese to other missions throughout India and other parts of the world to serve God and His people as missionaries. The mission and spiritual prospects of Kumbakonam diocese are bright but its needs are pressing. 60% of its Catholics are depressingly poor. Therefore, your fervent prayers and generous help are earnestly requested for building the KINGDOM of GOD, in and through the diocese of KUMBAKONAM, INDIA.
Pray that the family synod will deepen the Church's spiritual discernment, Pope asks…
During a Mass said on Monday, the first full day of his visit to Ecuador, Pope Francis called for prayers that the upcoming Synod on the Family might discern the needs of the family, an institution irreplaceable to society.
“The Church will celebrate the Ordinary Synod devoted to the family, deepen her spiritual discernment and consider concrete solutions to the many difficult and significant challenges facing families in our time,” the Pope said during his July 6 homily.
“I ask you to pray fervently for this intention, so that Christ can take even what might seem to us impure, scandalous or threatening, and turn it – by making it part of his 'hour' – into a miracle.”
The family “cannot be replaced by other institutions,” he added. For this reason, “it needs to be helped and strengthened, lest we lose our proper sense of the services which society as a whole provides.”
Ecuador is the first stop in Pope Francis’ visit to the continent of his birth, which is taking place July 5-13. The journey will also include stops in Bolivia and Paraguay.
In his homily, the Pope reminded the faithful that the family is a small “domestic Church. When we experience the love of our parents, we feel the closeness of God’s love,” the Roman Pontiff said.
“In our own families and in the greater family to which we all belong, nothing is thrown away, nothing is useless.”
Pope Francis centered his remarks on St. John's Gospel account of the wedding at Cana, which was read during the Mass. The scene recounts Mary telling Christ that their hosts have run out of wine, to which he responds that it is not yet “his hour” – a reference to his forthcoming Passion.
“Mary’s maternal concern is seen in her plea to Jesus,” the Pope said. “The wedding at Cana is repeated in every generation, in every family, in every one of us and our efforts to let our hearts find rest in strong, fruitful and joyful love.” Pope Francis invited the faithful to “journey with (Mary) to Cana” by following her example as shown in this scene, first by reflecting on her attentiveness to the needs of others. During the wedding scene, Mary notices that her hosts have run out of wine which, the Pope said, “is a sign of happiness, love and plenty.”
He compared the Gospel passage to those within families who have run out of this “wine” – people who feel unloved or neglected, or who suffer difficulties such as unemployment or illness.
“How many elderly people feel left out of family celebrations, cast aside and longing each day for a little love?” he said. In contrast, through her attentiveness and concern, Mary demonstrates her maternal nature toward others, Pope Francis said. “Mary is not a 'demanding' mother, a mother-in-law who revels in our lack of experience, our mistakes and the things we forget to do,” the Pope said. “Mary is a Mother! She is there, attentive and concerned.”
Pope Francis then reflected on the example of confidence with which Mary approached Christ at the wedding feast. “Mary prays. She does not go to the steward, she immediately tells her Son of the newlyweds’ problem. ”She receives the seemingly disheartening response from Christ, who says: “What does it have to do with you and me? My hour has not yet come.” Despite this reply, the Gospel recounts how Mary tells the servants to do as Christ tells them, bringing him large jugs of water which he changes into wine.
In this scene, Mary “places the problem in God’s hands,” the Pope said. “Her concern to meet the needs of others hastens Jesus’ hour. Mary was a part of that hour, from the cradle to the cross.”
She accepted us as her sons and daughters when the sword pierced her heart. She teaches us to put our families in God’s hands, to pray, to kindle the hope which shows us that our concerns are also God’s concerns.”
Finally, Pope Francis observed how Mary acts, demonstrating how service, which is “the sign of true love,” is learned within the family. In telling the servants to “do whatever he tells you,” Mary is giving “an invitation to us to open our hearts to Jesus, who came to serve and not to be served,” the Pope said. “We learn this especially in the family, where we become servants out of love for one another. In the heart of the family, no one is rejected.”
Pope Francis concluded by turning back to the narrative of the wedding at Cana, and how, thanks to Mary, everyone could enjoy the “finest of wines,” especially those without hope.
“The time is coming when we will taste love daily, when our children will come to appreciate the home we share, and our elderly will be present each day in the joys of life,” the Pope said.
“The best wine is yet to come for those who today feel hopelessly lost …- Taken from EWTN news
Continuation and end of Pope Francis’ Encyclical “Laudate Si”:
CHAPTER FIVE – LINES OF APPROACH AND ACTION Summary quote of this chapter’s goal: “So far I have attempted to take stock of our present situation, pointing to the cracks in the planet that we inhabit as well as to the profoundly human causes of environmental degradation. Although the contemplation of this reality in itself has already shown the need for a change of direction and other courses of action, now we shall try to outline the major paths of dialogue which can help us escape the spiral of self-destruction which currently engulfs us” (#163).
Summary quote of this chapter’s message: “Interdependence obliges us to think of one world with a common plan. Yet the same ingenuity which has brought about enormous technological progress has so far proved incapable of finding effective ways of dealing with grave environmental and social problems worldwide. A global consensus is essential for confronting the deeper problems, which cannot be resolved by unilateral actions on the part of individual countries.” (#164).
CHAPTER SIX – ECOLOGICAL EDUCATION AND SPIRITUALITY Summary quote of this chapter’s goal: “Many things have to change course, but it is we human beings above all who need to change. We lack an awareness of our common origin, of our mutual belonging, and of a future to be shared with everyone. This basic awareness would enable the development of new convictions, attitudes and forms of life. A great cultural, spiritual and educational challenge stands before us, and it will demand that we set out on the long path of renewal” (#202).
Summary quote of this chapter’s message: “In calling to mind the figure of Saint Francis of Assisi, we come to realize that a healthy relationship with creation is one dimension of overall personal conversion, which entails the recognition of our errors, sins, faults and failures, and leads to heartfelt repentance and desire to change” (#218).
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