17TH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME – July 17, 2016
“Ask and you will receive; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you.” This is a promise that anyone would love to hear. With these words Jesus comforts and reassures us. He suggests that we will be satisfied and welcomed and fulfilled. His message in today’s Gospel assures us that our heavenly Father loves us even more than earthly parents love their children. So we can enjoy the security of knowing that God will take good care of us. But God’s care may not always look exactly the way we expect it to. His care for us is based on knowing what is best for us and what will make us flourish. And, sometimes, what we think we need isn’t really best. It’s important to keep this context in mind. This prevents us from understanding Jesus’ words today in a selfish way. As the end of the passage makes clear, this asking and seeking that Jesus refers to is ultimately fulfilled in the gift of the Holy Spirit. Jesus is promising us that if we ask God for His Spirit, He will certainly give it to us, His children. For most of us, we actually received this gift at our baptism. But have we taken full advantage of this? Although we may not realize it at first, in receiving the Holy Spirit we actually receive a whole host of gifts. With God’s Spirit come the sevenfold gifts of wisdom, understanding, counsel, knowledge, fortitude, piety, and fear of the Lord. And the fruits of the Spirit as St. Paul lists them in Galatians 5 include love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, generosity, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. God knows that all of these gifts and fruits make us very well equipped for life on earth, and for eternal life in heaven! What more do we really need to ask for?
FROM THE RECTORY:
My dear brothers and sisters in Christ, as I did in last week’s article today I will answer a question I was asked since I know many of you may have the same question. The question was…did Mary and Joseph have children after Christ was born? The simple answer is no, they did not. There were two follow-up questions. The first being…how do you explain the fact that in scripture it states that Jesus was told His brothers and sisters were outside looking to see Him. Some have suggested that St. Joseph was married before and it was children from his first marriage. This would be false. St. Joseph was 16 years old when he married Mary who was 14 years old. It was his first and only marriage. The answer is really very simple and it is in the translation of the language. You see back in the times of Jesus everyone who was related to you was a brother or sister. They did not have words such as uncle, aunt or cousin. Jesus’ brothers and sisters were his uncles, aunts and cousins. The second question or I should say comment was: “I thought for sure they had other children for they were only human and surely could not have lived without sex.” I saw humor in this statement for I, as a priest, am fully human and I am a chaste celibate and I have neither exploded or died living the life I am living. It is possible to live without sex. It is possible to do anything or give up anything if it is for the good and we put our minds to it, for God will provide the grace we need to accomplish it.
God Bless you and have a wonderful week, Fr. Michael
We are Living Stones Capital Campaign
We would like to thank the 62 families who have pledged $61,027 towards our Living Stones Campaign goal of $171,058. It’s never too late to participate, please know that you can make a pledge anytime in the next four years. Pledge cards are in the back of church. Thank you for your support.
The second two weeks have been given in memory of Lydia & Edward Perfetto by the family.
The Sanctuary Lamp for the month of July has been given in memory of Bea Schlehner by her daughter Sharon.
REMEMBER OUR MEMBERS IN YOUR PRAYERS
Please pray for: Frances Trause, Kelly Chinchar, Kellie & Kathy Salata, Lawrence John, Jessica, Juliana, Helen, Carol, Anthony, Samantha, Aedan, Eugene, Jennifer Meade, Tracy Schwamb, Francisca Gallardo, Carol Mangino, Jessica Calabrese, Rosalie, Lori, Justin Duffy, Raymond Wells, Jacqueline Carty, Gloria, Michael, Leslie, Daniel Breslin, Carol Ann Mabiog, Richard McShera, Susan Brooks, John Moloughney Jr., Stanley, Marie, Joseph Marrone, Rosemary Azzato, Bill Marshall.
RECYCLE OLD INK AND TONER INK CARTRIDGES
Recycle Old Ink and Toner Cartridges Have old ink and toner cartridges? You can dispose of them by dropping them in the Recycling Box located in the back of church by the religious book racks. We will recycle them and the proceeds will be used for our parish.
Adoration And Holy Hours
Adoration is the first attitude of man acknowledging that he is a creature before his Creator. It exalts the greatness of the Lord who made us and the almighty power of the Savior who sets us free from evil. Adoration is homage of the spirit to the “King of Glory,” respectful silence in the presence of the “ever greater” God. Adoration of the thrice-holy and sovereign God of love blends with humility and gives assurance to our supplications.
—Catechism of the Catholic Church, no. 2628