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14th Sunday in Ordinary Time July 5, 2020

Independence Day

By Father Martin, MSP

One more year in we celebrate the anniversary of the independence of our country, a year that will be unforgettable for all humanity, due to the circumstances we are experiencing. An event that has made us experience the most acute crisis of all time, the psychological tension has skyrocketed, we have seen an enormous number of unemployed people, adding the existing problems: drug addiction, alcoholism, violence, corruption, racism, impunity, including earthquakes, climate change, tornadoes, storms, hurricanes, etc. We are making the experience of the people of Israel between the plagues of Egypt, or the time of exile, where the prophets warn of the danger and many ignore it. Death is prowling around looking for the weak to infect them, the fruit of the malevolent modern minds who feel they own the world and want to take the place of God. They want to decide without God on the destiny of humanity.

What independence are we going to celebrate? When a people celebrates something it is because it has achieved something very important, and that over the years the same effect continues. Currently we are enslaved to ignorance, everyone claims to possess the truth and everyone says that their adversaries lie and we do not know how to identify the true liar. We are enslaved to a deadly pandemic, which has attacked the people we hold dear, have ripped them from this world, and threatens to continue to expand their domains. We are enslaved to the lack of faith, so that many believe that the Church is collaborating with the plans of the devil by demonizing sanitary measures, and sacralizing abortion, euthanasia, false ideologies, superstition, pseudo-religions, alienating the being more and more human of Truth. We must stop and begin to cultivate the intellect and the Spirit to reach the full truth, to make the right decisions, and to teach others the dangers of false teachings, which confuse and distort human thought. Today we must celebrate the Hope that God will act in our favor, and will send the necessary means for the restoration of humanity.

SHARE THE BURDEN

“Come to me, all you who labor and are burdened, and I will give you rest” (Matthew 11:28). These words of our Savior seem to be in stark contrast to the previous chapter from the same Gospel, when we were told that if we do not take up our crosses, we are not worthy of Christ. Connecting these two messages might help us on our faith journeys. Being a follower of Christ surely means that we must embrace the cross, in its mystery of both suffering and triumph. This is something that we need not do alone, for the burden is often too heavy for us to carry by ourselves. Who, then, do we turn to? We can turn to the Body of Christ—the community of disciples gathered for worship. When we find the burden too heavy, let us remember that we can share that burden with our Christian sisters and brothers, who can help bring us rest.

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TODAY’S READINGS

  • First Reading — Rejoice heartily, O Jerusalem! For see, your savior comes (Zechariah 9:9-10).
  • Psalm — I will praise your name for ever, my king and my God (Psalm 145).
  • Second Reading — The one who raised Christ from death will give life to your mortal bodies also (Romans 8:9, 11-13).
  • Gospel — Come, all you who labor and are burdened, and I will give you rest (Matthew 11:25-30).

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 MARIA GORETTI (1890-1902) July 6

Does anything match a mother’s pride in her children? First Communions, confirmations, graduations, weddings: how these delight a mother’s heart! Imagine, then, Assunta Goretti, the only mother ever to attend her child’s canonization! In poverty-stricken rural Italy, widowed Assunta tended fields for the Serenelli family, whose eighteen-year-old son, Alessandro, propositioned her barely twelve-year-old Maria; then, when she resisted, crying, “It is a sin! God forbids it!” he stabbed her fourteen times. As she lay dying, Maria assured the attending priest, “Yes, I forgive Alessandro! I want him to be in Paradise with me someday.” Imprisoned, unrepentant, Alessandro changed after dreaming that a radiant Maria had offered him fourteen lilies. “I’ve kept my promise,” she smiled. “You’ll be here with me someday.” Upon release, he rushed to beg Assunta’s forgiveness. “Jesus has forgiven you,” she replied, “my Maria, too. How can I refuse?” Next morning, mother and murderer walked arm in arm to church and knelt side by side for Communion.

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

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