Reflections on Sunday’s Readings: July 9, 2017

Come to meThis is the 14th Sunday in Ordinary Time. Working through the humble and the lowly, God is transforming the world. The world usually uses power, weapons and warfare to try to achieve freedom and peace, but Jesus teaches us another way. The Messiah is not a conquering warrior, but one who comes in the ways of peace, inviting us into a freeing relationship of love where we do not shoulder our burdens alone.

The gospel reminds us that this counter-cultural message is a message of liberation and life. As we let go of all the craziness of our culture, we will find “rest” and finally really be alive. Then, justice and peace can truly begin to thrive.

The Readings:

  • Zechariah 9:9-10. God’s reign is one of peace, and the Messiah will not be a conquering warrior king, but a compassionate, “meek and humble” one who comes in the ways of peace.
  • Romans 8:9, 11-13. You who are in the Spirit will live by the Spirit.
  • Matthew 11; 25-30. Heavy burdens are not what God desires for us. God desires that we share a freeing relationship of love and care, where we do not shoulder our burdens alone.

Of Note:

  • Wishes for happy Independence Day celebrations, and blessings of the Spirit’s guidance and peace for our country! Join us for 8:30 AM Mass on July 4!
  • The next opportunities for Individual Reconciliation are July 8 and 22, 2017 (2nd and 4th Saturdays), 4:00 PM in the Chapel.
  • Usually at the end of a row scattered throughout the Worship Center there are chairs with arms for those needing that assistance to get in and out of a chair. Look for those with green fabric on the backs.
  • Large print and Bilingual Spanish/English participation sheets are available each weekend in the Narthex. See one of the Worship Greeters for assistance.
  • Our Acolyte Ministry is open to all who are in the sixth grade or older - please contact Linda T or Jim Parr if you’d like to serve!