This is the 18th Sunday in Ordinary Time. Today we are reminded that laboring for wealth and possessions is not only foolish, but results in sorrow, grief, and anxiety. God has given us creation’s rich bounty. With such generosity ever before us, may we measure life’s worth not by the quantity of possessions, but by the life and love we freely place at the service of others.
There is a temptation in our culture to become addicted to work and accomplishments, to worry about money, to find one’s value in possessions and to judge life by one’s material wealth and status. The scriptures strongly challenge this way of thinking and living. Jesus says "Take care to guard against all greed, for though one may be rich, one's life does not consist of possessions." Paul writes: “Put to death the greed that is idolatry.” The teacher in Ecclesiastes points out that all the fruit of human toil can sometimes just be vanity.
On Sunday, July 17, 2016, approximately 75 people came to Epiphany to celebrate the “feast day” of St. Mary of Magdala. Pope Francis recently honored her by raising the liturgical designation to “feast” rather than “memorial.” This is the level given to Apostles and other important celebrations on our liturgical calendar. (She was, after all, the Apostle to the Apostles.)
Dawn Dones, Pastoral Associate at St. William Church, was the homilist. She inspired us all to reflect on the meaning of mercy in our lives, whether there is someone who needs our mercy, or whether we are in need of mercy from another or from ourselves. We were encouraged to “Be the Face of Mercy” to others – our theme this year.
Albert Howard Donhoff, 86, passed into God's open arms on July 21, 2016 following an illness.
Born in Louisville, Kentucky on January 31, 1930 and a graduate of Male High School, he was a veteran of the United States Air Force. Following his service, Al spent more than thirty years as a pressman at the Courier-Journal. Upon retirement from the Courier, he returned to his studies where he earned his Bachelor of Arts and Master of Education degrees while attending the University of Louisville and Spalding University. Big Al completed his life's work as a junior high school English and Social Studies teacher at St. Pius X parish school in the Archdiocese of Louisville.
Margaret A. Brooks, 90, entered into eternal rest on July 15, 2016. Margaret was a loving and upbeat woman, who opened her home to those in need. She enjoyed bowling and walking in her younger years and was a member of Epiphany Catholic Church.
She was preceded in death by her husband of 46 years, Guy Brooks; and brothers, Everett Franklin and J.E. Harper.
This is the 17th Sunday in Ordinary Time. Our God is not a distant God. The readings illustrate that special relationship God has with each of us and with us as a community of believers and provide us with some greater understanding of who God is. In today’s gospel Jesus shows us how to pray. We are to pray to God as a child calls to a generous and caring parent, and we are to ask for what we really need, boldly and persistently. It is persistence in prayer that brings us deeper in our relationship with God and opens us to receive these “good gifts” God offers us.
“Prayer is the primary work of the moral and religious life. The root of this life is a free and conscious relationship with God, which then directs everything.” (Theophane the Recluse)
Pope Francis has invited the universal Catholic Church to observe a Jubilee Year of Mercy from December 8, 2015 to November 20, 2016. Come and discover how you have already performed Works of Mercy, and ways you may continue to do so. As Catholics, this is what our Baptism calls us to.
This is an intergenerational event and is appropriate for ages 10 and older. Come to pray, sing, be inspired, reflect, and enjoy some gelato with each other. Everyone will also receive a copy of the Mercy Passport 2016.
Today is the 16th Sunday in Ordinary Time. Today’s first reading shows us the value of hospitality, and that in welcoming strangers we often encounter the Divine. Yet there is a reminder in the gospel account of Martha and Mary that being burdened by the tasks of service can cause us to miss what’s more important: our relationships, especially with Jesus, our Teacher. The stress we encounter in our culture and the demands that we encounter in our lives have limited our ability to be hospitable – to take time for people – to put into practice the ideals that are modeled by the hospitality of Sarah and Abraham and by the hospitality of Mary in the gospel.
Our contemporary world places lots of demands on our goodness. War and terrorism continue. One-fifth of the children in our country are living in poverty. A great many adults are unemployed, and so many are barely making it. Banks and corporations seem to be doing much better than ordinary citizens. The politics of our world have created millions of refugees. So many people need the basics of good food, adequate shelter and decent clothing. Intolerance and discrimination continue. The environment is under stress. As we address any of these concerns, the scriptures remind us of the importance of relationship, and that all people should be treated as unique and precious human beings who are entitled to share in the bounty of the world.
Arthur L. “Arch” Gleason Jr., a husband, father, grandfather, friend and globally-recognized business professional – with a heart as big as the sky – passed away Friday (July 1, 2016). He was 69 years old.
For nearly 23 years, Arch served as president and CEO of the Kentucky Lottery Corporation. He oversaw the growth of the lottery to an operation with nearly $1 billion annually in sales. Arch handed numerous four-foot-long checks to Powerball winners, never missed recognizing an employee’s birthday, and most importantly oversaw the Kentucky Lottery’s transition to the funding source of college scholarship and grant programs. His fingerprints have been on every KEES scholarship ever awarded in the Commonwealth, and he took great pride in the more than $2.5 billion in scholarships and grants given during his tenure.
This is the 15th Sunday in Ordinary Time. Love of God and neighbor, including the “outcast,” is the guiding force of our Christian lives. Today’s scriptures remind us that the commandment of love is the summary and soul of the entire law, and that it is neither too hard nor too distant for us. May our eyes and hearts be opened to recognize the nearness of the word of God and our neighbor, so that, filled with compassion and generosity, we may become Good Samaritans to those in need.
Consider: Who is the “neighbor” that we have trouble even respecting, let alone caring for generously? How can we open ourselves more fully to the word and love of God?
This post is by Deacon Lucio Caruso, Director of Mission Integration, Catholic Charities
If we want to travel outside the United States, we won't get very far without an up-to-date passport. A passport identifies us, and most importantly, verifies our citizenship.
In this Year of Mercy, Pope Francis has called upon the universal Church to reflect on the Corporal and Spiritual Works of Mercy. For it is these works that identify us as disciples of Jesus and citizens of the Kingdom of God that He proclaimed and made present by His own acts of mercy.
As the refrain from that old song some of us remember from the 60s said, "They will know we are Christians by our love" - and I would add today, "by our works of mercy..."