June 18, 2023
Today we celebrate the 11th Sunday in Ordinary Time. From now until the end of the Church Year, The Solemnity of Christ the King, on Nov. 26th, we will be journeying with Jesus and relearning the path of discipleship. Each weekend we will see various parts of our call and hear scriptures that we can reflect upon to discover ways to live out our call. This weekend, the first reading is taken from the Book of Exodus that recalls the journey of the people of Israel through the desert. We hear of God’s servant Moses who has led the people out of slavery and is now commissioned to tell the people that if they are faithful to God, He will be faithful to them and bless them abundantly. Our Responsorial Psalm reminds us that we are God’s holy and beloved, sheep of His flock. The Epistle lessons during Ordinary Time often do not reflect the theme of the First Reading and Gospel, but have a message all their own. Today, St. Paul, writing to the Romans, reminds them of Christ proving God’s love for us by His death on the cross and the shedding of His Blood. By this, Christ has reconciled us to God for our breaking the covenant. Today’s Gospel is a lesson on care, compassion, and mission. Jesus sees the vast crowd who are following Him and is moved with pity. He realizes they need shepherds to guide them. We hear how He summons His apostles and empowers them with His own authority to do what He is doing. He sends them out on mission, not to the whole world yet, but to the lost sheep of Israel. It’s the beginning of a mission He will further commission at His Ascension. The Apostles are to do the same things He has done and advance the reign of God. This weekend we can take several points for reflection for the coming week; first, remember that we are in a covenant relationship with God. We may sometimes break that covenant, but God never does. Second, pause and reflect on the fact that Jesus Christ has reconciled us from our sins by His shed Blood. Third, pray this week for two things, faithful shepherds who will lead us and guide us. We know that the harvest is abundant, but we need more laborers, especially more priests. Also pray that as we continue to implement All Things New, we will seize the opportunity to work together to evangelize, especially the lost sheep of the Catholic family; our neighbors, our family, and our friends. The Kingdom depends on it.
Many have asked how we will mark the ending of St. Luke the Evangelist Parish and prepare for a new beginning. The Men’s Guild and Women’s Guild are beginning plans for a celebration of the Past on Saturday, September 16th on McMahon Field. While this is almost 6 weeks after the official change, it was thought that trying to do something during the summer months posed several obstacles; weather and vacations. Mark your calendars, and as plans progress, we will keep you posted. Let’s make this a great celebration.
God Bless! Have a blessed week!
Please continue praying 3 Hail Marys.