Reflections on Sunday’s Readings: July 2, 2017

Take up your cross; follow ChristThis is the 13th Sunday in Ordinary Time. We receive because others give - so much of our lives depends upon the generosity of others - and all life and everything we do is because of the utter generosity of God! Taking up our cross and living as Jesus means we must be givers as well as receivers. And we must become as generous in our self-giving as Christ is.

Jesus calls us to single-mindedness, to put him at the center of our lives. He also reminds us that whoever receives his followers receives him. Our relationship to Jesus is connected to our relationships with each other. Then we find that every act of self-giving is really an act of receiving. We receive strengthened relationships, less wandering from God, the knowledge that we’ve eased another’s burden, the abiding presence of Christ and the fullness of Life that is given through our faithfulness. In generously giving and receiving we lose our lives for the sake of others, and find fullness of Life - Jesus himself.

The Sunday Readings:

  • 2 Kings 4: 8-11, 14-16a. The woman in Shunem opened her home - her self - in hospitality to Elisha. And in giving to Elisha she received new life - the promise of a son.
  • Romans 6: 3-4, 8-11. Buried in baptism we rise to new life. We are to follow the way of Christ, through death to new life.
  • Mt 10: 37-42. Jesus is to be above everyone and everything in our lives - and whoever receives his followers receives him. In giving and receiving we lose our lives for the sake of others, and find fullness of Life - Jesus himself.

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, 2017!
  • The next opportunities for Individual Reconciliation are July 8 and 22, 2017 (2nd and 4th Saturdays) 4:00 PM in the Chapel.