Psalm 15:2-3, 5
“You are worried and upset about many things, but one thing is needed.” But what is that one thing?
Some would say that the one thing that Martha needs – and by extension all busy people – is time. In other words, Jesus is saying slow down Martha and smell the roses. In your busyness you are missing out on life. The problem is not so much that you’re busy, but that you’re frazzled. People, after all, have different capacities for work, but Martha had clearly exceeded hers. I think that that is a message that might resonate with our world of two-career marriages, three-car families, soccer moms, sixty hour work weeks, fast food, and all the rest. It is busy Martha, not contemplative Mary, that most of us identify with. I think that we all see the need for times when we should slow down in order to be rather than to do. We all recognize the need for more quality time in our lives – with spouses, parents, children, and friends. This is not a bad interpretation, but I’m not sure that this is what Jesus meant.
Psalm 136:1, 23-24, 10-12, 13-15
Exodus 12:37-42 “…This was a night of vigil for the Lord, as he led them out of the land of Egypt…”
Psalm 136: 1, 10-15 & 23-24 “…Give thanks to the Lord for he is good, for his mercy endures forever; Who remembered us in our abjection,…And freed us from our foes, for his mercy endures forever…”
Matthew 12: 14-21 “…I shall place my Spirit upon him, and he will proclaim justice to the Gentiles...”
Let us Praise and Thank God in this moment, for today’s readings remind us of how much he loves each of us, beyond our comprehension.
The mission in Zambia of the Pallottine Missionary Sisters is now two years old. To mark the occasion Sr. Izabela Swierad, the Superior General, together with Sr. Basilisa Jacob, the Provincial Superior of the English -Tanzanian Province and Sr. Mary McNulty, a member of the Mission Commission went on visitation in May 2019. It was a very busy week with many activities. Here are some of the highlights of the visit.
Psalm 116:12-13, 15-16, 17-18
One of the many ways to enter the richness of the Scripture presented in today’s Ordinary-Time liturgy is to consider the seeming purposes of God for laws or commands. Another entry point that invites pondering is the role of ritual and memory for long term relationships.
The first reading from Exodus describes both the liberation of the Israelites from the reign of the false god, Pharoah, and the command of God that the Israelites remember their liberation specifically in a ritual meal context (even the menu is provided by law) that enables those who engage in the meal and know the story of liberation to remember it in such a way as to enter the original event and its saving context. With any law or ritual comes the risk, however, that the purpose of the remembering will be forgotten or the original salvation will be forgotten and it becomes “empty ritual” or law for its own sake rather than as a means of formation and liberation.
Exodus 3:11-20; Matthew 11:28-30
"This is what you shall tell the Israelites: I AM sent me to you."
"The Lord remembers his covenant for ever."
"Come to me, all you who are weary and find life burdensome, and I will refresh you."
I have to confess, that I sometimes find some aspects of life to be "burdensome." And there are those days when I feel "weary." I tell myself that it is no big deal. I know so many people who have to face burdens and relentless challenges I don't yet know. And whenever I'm tempted to some measure of self-pity, I'm reminded of the millions of people on this earth who live in unspeakable hardship.
Exodus 3:1-6, 9-12; Matthew 11:25-27
Have you had the experience of standing with a person, say a friend of many years, or before a familiar object, say a sculpture or a fountain or an aged tree, and suddenly seeing that person or that beautiful object as if for the first time? Or, more to the point, seeing the real presence of God right there, embodied before you, for the first time? It is as if the true person or being shines out through the familiar material reality. It is as if our hearts catch the burning of love communicating itself, for love is luminous and must communicate itself to the beloved.
Holiness: A Path Travelled Together
Blessed are the poor in spirit,
for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. (Mt. 5:3)
I would like to begin by thanking the General Secretariat of the Union for the opportunity given to me and God for the gift of life which He gives me day by day and for having given me Christian parents who from my infancy have guided me on my way and through the precepts of the Lord.
How I became part of the Union of Catholic Apostolate.
Since every call is a vocation from the Lord with a specific purpose, and we only have to say to the Lord, “See, I have come to do your will, O God”, my call to the Union of Catholic Apostolate began in Luanda on September 24th 2008, when I made my first journey to Rome on a Sabena/Brussels flight via Brussels to begin my studies in Rome. At that time, my family had just come to know a priest friend from the missions who was in Rome, Fr. Paul Bacchelett; who was able to host me for just two months in Via dei Falegnami and enrol me in the Angelicum University.
Exodus 2:1-15a; Matthew 11:20-24
Today's gospel reading follows immediately on the passage in which Herod arrests and kills John the Baptist, and Jesus seems to somewhat suddenly take up the prophetic voice that John had used. There is more than a touch of anger in his words, and we can take them to be an accusation not only against these specific towns but against that whole generation and their rejection of John as well.
Jesus speaks of the signs and miracles, not only his own but also John's, that should have lead to conversion.
▪ In spite of the sunny days, the Pentecost celebration gathered a large group of faithful at St. Peter’s square for the Holy Mass presided by His Holiness Pope Francis. In his homily he underlined the attributes of the Holy Spirit urging all the believers to open up their hearts to the Holy Spirit who brings harmony, peace and unity. Further he said if we adopt the Spirit’s way of seeing things, then everything changes in our life so that we become people of joy and hope.
Exodus 1:8-14, 22; Matthew 10:34-11:1
Throughout Matthew’s gospel Jesus presents his main teachings through the use of sermons and discourses. There are five such gospel sections presenting Jesus’ teaching each of which is followed by events, miracle stories and incidents that highlight these teachings. The gospel reading today comes at the end of one of these discourses and centers on the preaching of the reign of God. Jesus has called the disciples into service and he prepares them for that service by sending them out to preach the reign of God to the people. This will not be an easy task he tells them, “What I am doing is sending you out like sheep among wolves.”