12th Sunday in Ordinary Time

June 25, 2023

Today we celebrate the 12th Sunday in Ordinary Time. As we journey through these months of Ordinary Time, various teachings and truths are revealed that help us to follow Jesus. This week’s first reading is a lament from the prophet Jeremiah, crying out to God for justice. He knows that God is faithful and protects His servants from the wicked. That’s faith. In Paul’s Letter to the Romans he compares the death wrought by Adam to the grace wrought by Christ that brings life. Our Gospel this week tells us, “Fear no one!” (Matthew didn’t know my sisters!) Jesus is telling us that the opposite of fear is faith. Trust God who has the power to destroy both body and soul, but doesn’t to those who love Him. Jesus asks, “Are not two sparrows sold for a small coin? Yet not one of them falls to the ground without your Father’s knowledge…So, do not be afraid; you are worth more than many sparrows.” Have faith! As the old saying goes, “Fear knocked at the door. Faith answered. No one was there.” Do not be afraid. Our Heavenly Father, the Father of Jesus, loves each of us unconditionally.

We are now 37 days away from the implementation of the All Things New plan which will see St. Luke transitioning to Our Lady of Lourdes. I met with Fr. Phil Bene last week to discuss possible a possible Mass schedule and other practical things. He will visit St. Luke in early July to determine what religious items he would like to bring over to O.L. of Lourdes. All other religious items will be sent to the Archdiocesan Reclamation Center at the Rigali Center.

After some thought I have decided to try to get in a short few days off before the big move. I will be gone from Sunday, July 2 to late Friday, July 7th.  Please note that this will mean we will not be having Mass on the Grass on the 4th of July as planned.

God Bless! Have a blessed week!

Please continue praying 3 Hail Marys.

Fr. Pete