June 10, 2018
Today we celebrate the 10th Sunday in Ordinary Time. From now until the end of November we will be in what the Church calls, ‘Ordinary Time,’ as a way to distinguish it from the major seasons of Advent, Christmas, Lent, and Easter. For the past two Sundays we have been in this season of Ordinary Time. These past two Sundays we have celebrated two major beliefs of faith; the Blessed Trinity and Corpus Christi. From now until the feast of Christ the King, that ends the Liturgical Year, we will be walking with Jesus throughout His ministry, learning from Him the call to be His disciples as the apostles did. I often term this season as Discipleship 101. Every year we hear the great teachings of the Master, witness His great miracles, and hear how people either accepted or rejected Him. This Sunday we have Jesus confronting evil and reminding us that He came to confront evil and ensure us that the hold of evil is not absolute. All around us are signs of evil and we daily witness it in society and perhaps struggle with it ourselves. Jesus’ ministry was to overcome evil in all forms and to restore us to our true identity as beloved sons and daughters of God; to unite us to fight the evils around and within us. Jesus says, “If a Kingdom is divided against itself, that kingdom cannot stand. And if a house is divided against itself, that house will not be able to stand.” The Evil One seeks to divide human minds and hearts. But we have the same Spirit, which St. Paul recounts in today’s second reading. That Spirit unites us to God and to one another, and brings together in harmony our inner and outer worlds by the Truth. The Spirit helps us perceive right from wrong, good from evil, and God’s will from our self-will. This Sunday we unite ourselves to Jesus who came to show us the way, give us the Truth, and promises us eternal life.
This Sunday we have another bulletin insert from Msgr. Morris helping us to better understand the Extraordinary Form of the Mass, (the Latin Mass). I hope these articles, which are very well written, will help us all to better understand the changes that will occur beginning with the first Sunday of July here at St. Luke the Evangelist. Please take a few minutes and read through these articles. Today, following the 10:00am Mass Msgr. will be hosting an open forum in St. Joseph Hall to present the specifics of the Oratory and offer anyone a chance to ask questions or have him clarify any concerns. Please plan to attend.
Brochures for the Pilgrimage to the Holy Land I will be leading from March 18-28, 2019 have arrived. The full itinerary is included along with details for participants. If you are interested, please contact me at the rectory for a Pilgrimage brochure. It will also be available on the Parish website. I promise those who join me that the Gospel will take on a new dimension as we walk in the places Jesus spoke and performed His miracles. Holy Week will never be the same after being in the Upper Room, praying in the Garden of Gethsemane, visiting the place of Crucifixion, and going inside the tomb of the Holy Sepulcher. Please tell friends, neighbors, and family members about this great opportunity. I am limiting the trip to the first 30 who sign up.
Finally today, I want to thank you for your generosity to our annual Mission Appeal. As Fr. Laurent shares the need for priests in his diocese and the challenges of the mission field, we are reminded that we may not be able to go and serve in the missions, but we can share our treasures and offer to pray for all that God is doing to bring more souls into the faith.
God Bless! Have a good week!
Remember those 3 Hail Marys (Fr. Pete)