17th Sunday in Ordinary Time

July 29, 2018

Today we celebrate the 17th Sunday in Ordinary Time. In both the first reading and the Gospel this weekend we find miraculous feeding of people from meager provisions. The prophet Elisha, successor of Elijah, is presented with 20 barley loaves to feed 100 men. When his servant objects Elisha quips, “Give it to the people to eat, for thus says the Lord, ‘They shall eat and there shall be some left over.’” In the Gospel we hear the miraculous feeding of the multitudes. This miracle of Jesus is the only one found in all four Gospels. The compassion of God that led Jesus to teach the crowds in last week’s Gospel finds Him feeding the massive crowd of five thousand in our Gospel this week. Similar to the miracle by Elisha, Jesus takes what is available and uses it well. The lesson for us seems too obvious. Take what you have, not leftovers. Be grateful to God for what you have and then feed others using these resources which might appear meager, but can, by God’s power do great things. It sounds too simple, so simple that we forget the power of this example. When we live this lesson, we often discover that there is more than enough to satisfy the hungers of the human heart and our physical needs too. Let’s focus this week on what we have, not what we lack. Be grateful to God and in faithful stewardship offer it to Him. Then see how the hand of our compassionate God feeds you.

Our next First Friday Adoration will be this Friday August 3rd after the 8:00am Mass until 1:00pm. Thank you to those who signed up and have the hours covered. Even if you haven’t signed-up, you can always stop in during the Adoration time for a visit to the Blessed Sacrament. In the peace and tranquility of being with Jesus many blessings occur.

As we close the month of July there are many requests being made for your generosity to help those less fortunate. There is the Shoeman project sponsored by the Knights of Columbus Ladies Auxiliary. How many of us have pairs of shoes in our closets that can be given to help provide wells and clean drinking water to Third World countries? There is the annual tradition of collecting school supplies for Our Lady of Guadalupe students, many of whom come from struggling families. Last year we filled the containers with basic things students need, such as pens, pencils, rulers, scissors, notebooks and even backpacks. Let’s fill them again. There is a “Christmas in July,” appeal for our St. Vincent de Paul Society. We are requesting non-food such as cleaning supplies, paper products, toiletries and basic items needed for running a household. Any donations, financial or material are appreciated more than you can imagine.

Next Sunday evening at Epiphany of Our Lord parish there will be a service of Evensong according to the Anglican Patrimony of the Catholic Church. Fr. Michael Renier, a former Episcopal priest, will lead the service at 5:00pm, followed by light refreshments. Evensong is sung Evening Prayer, a beautiful service. When I vacation in England I always try to attend Evensong in some of the most beautiful medieval cathedrals, led by phenomenal choirs. I am always inspired and leave the service feeling refreshed. The service at Epiphany is a way to bring some of the rich heritage of the Anglican tradition to us.

Finally today, a change in scheduling. Due to a baptism on the 26th, I will be hosting the information meeting on Sunday, August 19th at 2:00pm (please note the new date) for those interested in the pilgrimage to the Holy Land. Our tour guide from Travel Tyme, Bea, the Queen of Happiness, will be here to answer any questions and to give specifics on the trip. All are welcome to attend. If you are interested in this pilgrimage or have questions about what the trip entails I encourage you to attend.

God Bless! Have a good week!

Remember those 3 Hail Marys (Fr. Pete)