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12th Sunday in Ordinary Time June 21st, 2020

Reopening of Churches in the United States Part 2

Welcome Back!

By Father Martin, MSP

In these times when the Lord has allowed us to be together again celebrating the Eucharist, we must consider some things that we must take advantage of to start working. What is my goal at this stage when attending mass? How can I be a better person? Have I learned the lesson after three months of confinement? Have I confessed to receive the Eucharist?

Many people experienced emotional destabilization, the result of various things in the last three months, stress from unemployment, payment for services such as telephone, gas, electricity, etc. The need for food, medicine, gasoline, in short, all activities had been suspended, children at home every day, online classes, whether or not these classes were used, etc. Adding the fear of contagion, relatives or sick acquaintances. All the elements that affect the stability of the human being before an experience never before lived in the history of humanity.

These times are to invest in the spiritual, we must take advantage of the fact that in some parishes they are confessing to receive the Eucharist in a worthy way, there is an urgent detoxification of the mundane to make way for the sacred. It is necessary to look for what is going to make us happy and not only what gives us security, look for what is going to configure us as true children of God, strengthen dialogue with the family, review mistakes to learn from them, and begin to discard what produces our ego to conquer us. Seek the things of heaven: Col 3: 1-2; Mt 6.33; Flp 4.8; Eph 1.3.

The human being is created to live with and dialogue with God and must protect his spiritual heritage to be able to resist the bad days Eph 6,13, learn from the mistakes of the past so as not to repeat them again and be a servant of the Lord who is attentive to the needs of others. We are threatened with a new closure of churches and businesses, as in the case of Costa Rica, where there were new outbreaks and they decided to return to quarantine and suspend everything. That is why we ask for obedience and readiness to the rules of the Churches and hygiene establishments (apply antibacterial gel, disinfecting spray, use of face masks, etc.), to avoid a resurgence of the pandemic. Saint Joseph, pray for us. Bye chaus.

ENTHUSIASM AND GRAMMAR

There is a good reason that the writings of St. Paul don’t show up as examples in grammar textbooks. Today’s reading is a case in point. It begins with one of those long Pauline run on sentences that leave lectors gasping for breath. So what? Take a closer look at how Paul’s fervor for his subject matter derails the grammar. There is something admirable about being so caught up in his convictions that the words cannot come fast enough to express them, much less in an orderly fashion. Scripture scholars usually take this grammatical ineptness as a sign of a passage’s early importance in the Christian community, something they were so ardent about that their language never got refined.

What leaves us in this condition? Re-telling the plot line of an action movie or the play-by-play of a sporting event? When was the last time any of us was so excited by our faith in Christ that we were left grasping for words, stumbling over our own errors in speech? It may be bad grammar, but it is an excellent way to inspire others with the message of Christ!

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TODAY’S READINGS

  • First Reading — The LORD has rescued the poor from the clutches of the wicked (Jeremiah 20:10-13).
  • Psalm — Lord, in your great love, answer me. (Psalm 69).
  • Second Reading — The grace of God overflows for all (Romans 5:12-15).
  • Gospel — All who acknowledge Jesus before others will likewise be acknowledged by Jesus before the Father (Matthew 10:26-33).

The English translation of the Psalm Responses from Lectionary for Mass © 1969, 1981, 1997, International Commission on English in the Liturgy Corporation. All rights reserved.

SAINT JOHN FISHER (1469-1535) AND SAINT THOMAS MORE (1477-1535) June 22

From Robert Bolt’s classic A Man for All Seasons to Showtime’s edgy The Tudors, Thomas More endears himself still: lawyer-statesman of impeccable integrity, remarried widower and affectionate father delighting in a lively household—four children, a pet monkey, even a paid jester! And challenges still: humanist-reformer, yet champion of Catholic faith and papal primacy. John Paul II named him Patron of Statesmen and Politicians, citing More’s generous work, both as a lawyer and in government service, on behalf of the poorest and most marginalized people of his time, as well as his promotion of education for all sectors of society. More’s decision for principle over politics, conscience over convenience prompted his final words: “I die the king’s good servant, but God’s first.” Alone among England’s bishops, John Fisher dared challenge Henry VIII’s divorce and repudiation of the papacy. When the Pope named the imprisoned Fisher a cardinal, Henry thundered: “Don’t bother sending Fisher’s red hat here; I’ll send Fisher’s head to Rome!” Whose “good servants” are we first? Isn’t a right conscience worth the pain of standing alone?

—Peter Scagnelli, Copyright © J. S. Paluch Co.

For Little Missionaries!

Online Giving for St. Joseph, Fontana!

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