Greetings in the Lord! Please note that I will be out of state from July 25th until August 3rd. If there are emergencies and a priest is needed during that time, please contact one of the neighboring priests.
On Saturday July 30th and Sunday July 31st, Father John Peter, Pastor of St. Joseph, Kendall; St. John the Baptist, Wilton; St. Patrick, Elroy will be visiting and celebrating the Mass. He will be making a missions appeal.
As Catholics, we hold missionary work as of great importance to our following Christ’s command to “Go, therefore, and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you.” (Mt 28:19-20)
Saint Thérèse of Lisieux, the Little Flower, teaches us “Some give by going to the missions, others go by giving to the missions.”
Father John Peter will bring with him envelopes which you may take home and return the following weekend, there will also be a second collection taken up as well. Please take time to pray about how much you will give. What is the Lord, truly, asking you to give to the missions?
Here is a reflection on the readings from Dr. Scott Hahn: “God wants to dwell with each of us personally, intimately—as the mysterious guests once visited Abraham's tent, as Jesus once entered the home of Mary and Martha.
By his hospitality in this week’s First Reading, Abraham shows us how we are to welcome the Lord into our lives. His selfless service of his divine guests stands in contrast to the portrait of Martha drawn in this week’s Gospel.
Where Abraham is concerned only for the well-being of his guests, Martha speaks only of herself—"Do you not care that my sister has left me by myself...Tell her to help me.’ Jesus' gentle rebuke reminds us that we risk missing the divine in the mundane, that we can fall into the trap of believing that God somehow needs to be served by human hands.
Our Lord comes to us, not to be served but to serve (Mt 20:28). He gave His life that we might know the one thing we need, the ‘better part which is life in the fellowship of God.
Jesus is the true Son promised today by Abraham's visitors (Mt 1:1). In Him, God has made an everlasting covenant for all time, made us blessed descendants of Abraham.
The Church now offers us this covenant, bringing to completion the word of God, the promise of His plan of salvation, what Paul calls ‘the mystery hidden for ages.’
As once He came to Abraham, Mary and Martha, Christ now comes to each of us in Word and Sacrament. As we sing in this week’s Psalm: He will make His dwelling with those who keep His Word and practice justice.
If we do these things we will not be anxious or disturbed, will not have our Lord taken from us. We will wait on the Lord, who told Abraham and tells each of us: ‘I will surely return to you.”
God bless each of you this week,
Father Robert Letona