Retrouvaille (8/12, 11/11)
Retrouvaille helps Christian couples through difficult times in their marriages. Catholic in origin, the program is designed to provide the tools to help couples get their marriages back on track, giving them the opportunity to rediscover one another and examine their lives together in a new and positive way. For information on the Aug 12-14 or Nov. 11-13 weekends, please visit HelpOurMarriage.org or call 508-271-7155.
July 3 ~ Fourteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time
We know all too well the reality of Jesus’ words in today’s gospel that there are too few who are willing to be “laborers for the harvest.” This week rather than focusing on the scarcity of laborers let us appreciate and give thanks for those in our midst who do respond to Jesus’ words, “Go on your way. . . I am sending you.” They are our religious education teachers, our lectors, those who visit the sick and homebound, our St. Vincent dePaul society and the many, many others. Each one of us is sent as “a laborer for his harvest.” To what is Jesus calling you and how will you respond?
July 10 ~ Fifteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time
"… heed the voice of the LORD, your God, and keep his commandments and statutes …,” Moses reminds us that we know the commandments, they are “already in your mouths and in your hearts; you have only to carry it out." Simply put it is to love God and love our neighbor! The Good Samaritan in the gospel parable knew in his heart what he needed to do for the wounded stranger. Living by that commandment is a challenge we strive to live each day. At the end of each day ask yourself where and to whom did I show love, mercy and kindness? What grace do I need to love God and others tomorrow? Trust and the grace will be given!
July 17 ~ Sixteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time
Hospitality and generosity are prominent themes in our readings today. Abraham, not only warmly greets the three guests, he and Sarah prepare a meal, and “waited on them”. In the gospel, Martha and Mary welcomed Jesus into their home and “waited on him” both with a meal and with conversation. As we see people coming back to church in these “post-Covid” days, what kind of hospitality do they encounter? Is it radical hospitality, such that the spirit within the community makes them want to keep coming back? They might just be like the strangers that visited Abraham – sent by God.
July 24 ~ Seventeenth Sunday in Ordinary Time
God was no stranger to Abraham as we hear in the first reading. Abraham’s faithfulness and closeness to the Lord made him comfortable enough to appeal to God on behalf of the people in Sodom. In the gospel, Jesus urges us to persevere in our prayer/conversations with God. Taking time for a pattern of daily prayer is one way we keep our relationship with God growing. The stronger our relationship with God and with Jesus the freer we are to “ask. . . seek . . and knock. . . ” If we follow the example that Jesus and Abraham give us in today’s readings our own relationship with God is bound to grow stronger.
July 31 ~ Eighteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time
“…rest, eat, drink, be merry!” Sounds appealing, doesn’t it? However, Paul gently cautions us, as he cautioned the Colossians in the second reading to “Seek what is above… Put to death, then, the parts of you that are earthly.” In other words don’t be deceived by subtle message that are counter to the gospel! In fact, our task is to sanctify the world around us by being the image of God we are made to be. Difficult? Sure, but not impossible – remember, with God all things are possible. This week make a concerted effort to seek the things that are of God.
Synod on Synodality
Over the coming months, Catholics from around the world will be participating in the Synod on Synodality. What does that mean? Here in Boston it means that we will be gathering, as parishes and as a diocese to pray together and to invite the Holy Spirit to help us to listen deeply to one another, and we will talk together about how best to do that. So, for instance, a parish council may get together and ask “How can we as a parish council do a better job of letting the voices of all our parishioners be heard, even those who are not a part of an inner circle or who might be marginalized for whatever reason?” The archdiocese and the church around the world will be engaging in the same sort of conversation. We pray that the Lord will open our hearts to Him and to all of our people.