Jer 23:1-6; Eph 2:13-18; Mk 6:30-34
The Apostles gathered together with Jesus and reported all they had done and taught. He said to them, "Come away by yourselves to a deserted place and rest a while." People were coming and going in great numbers, and they had no opportunity even to eat. So they went off in the boat by themselves to a deserted place. People saw them leaving and many came to know about it. They hastened there on foot from all the towns and arrived at the place before them. When he disembarked and saw the vast crowd, his heart was moved with pity for them, for they were like sheep without a shepherd; and he began to teach them many things. Mk 6:30-34
The Twelve return to Jesus after a time of arduous labor, to report “all that they had done and taught.” Jesus knew that after this strenuous activity they needed to withdraw — time, we would say today, to recharge their spiritual batteries. Those who preach the gospel can give to others only what they themselves have received.
There is so much condensed in today’s readings. The first reading gives us a sense that the Lord will prevail against evil plots, it invites us to trust in the ways of the Lord. Evil plots are being planned against the heir of the house, but the Lord is “planning against this race an evil from which you shall not withdraw your necks” (v. 3). The prophet Micah invites his audience and us today to trust in the Lord and to never lose hope.
Every five years each sister of Polish province takes part in a so-called „directorium”. It is a 10-day meeting dedicated to on-going formation and to regenerate the spiritual and physical strength. This year the directorium took place in Zakopane, at the foot of Tatra Mountains and in the neighborhood of the National Shrine dedicated to Our Lady of Fatima.
At the beginning of July in our Generalate another meeting of the General Governments of our two sister Congregations took place. The meeting focused on topics related to the upcoming activities of the Unification Commission and the preparation of a plan for the visit of the two General Superiors in India. The visit is planned for August 24-September 4, 2018. The General Superiors will meet the Provincial Councils, local superiors, formation teams and members of the closest communities.
"Observe how the lilies of the field grow…
for where your treasure is, there your heart will be also”. Mt 6
Photo: Sr. Maria Dörig, Switzerland
In these days we experience the splendour of the flowers in the meadows and in the gardens.
Fruits and vegetables promise a good harvest. The weather might be appropriate, not too dry and not too wet. And we have done everything we possibly could do: Sown at the right time and plants are cared for. So it would have to succeed with the harvest.
“FOR WHERE YOUR TREASURE IS, THERE YOUR HEART WILL BE ALSO!” The Gospel beckons us to look even deeper. Nature is delivered to every weather! Depending on the climate, the first buds in winter are exposed to frost and ice.
Isaiah 38:1-6, 21-22, 7-8; Isaiah 38:10, 11, 12abcd, 16; Matthew 12:1-8
Jesus makes it clear that he himself is more important than the Temple and even the Law and that he has the power to sweep away all the legalistic accretions that creep into our human behavior and into the laws that we believe that God is imposing on us --- when such additions are actually only human (cf. Matthew 15:6; Mark 7:8; Colossians 2:8).
Cordial greetings from the Holy Land!
I am very happy that I can make pilgrimages to the places where our Savior walked. Our group consists of 49 participants, including two priests and three sisters. We began our pilgrimage from Nazareth, the hometown of Jesus and prayers in the Basilica of Blessed Virgin Mary and the church of St. Joseph. Next, the road led us to Cana of Galilee, where the marriage couples of our pilgrimage community renewed their marriage vows. Later Mount Tabor with beautiful views! You cannot explain all, you just need to experience!
▪ According to the long Church tradition during the Consistory on 28 of June, on Vigil of the Solemnity St. Peter and Paul, in Rome, Pope Francis created 14 new cardinals from 11 countries and inducted them as members of the body of cardinals known as the College of Cardinals. With joy we participated in this unique event, and later we all had the opportunity to meet and greet the new Cardinals personally. The next day, on Friday evening, there was another great celebration in the Vatican when about 280 poor people were invited to a dinner by a newly inducted Cardinal Konrad Krajewski (from Poland), the official almsgiver of the Pope. The dinner was prepared by Vatican cooks. To the surprise of all, the Holy Father came unexpectedly, dined with the poor and spent about two hours chatting with them as if in a family, listening to their stories that often told of suffering but also of hope. Among the many volonteers and close collaborators of Card. Krajewski, who were serving the poor was our own Sr. Hanna Kiedrowska, SAC, a cook from the Procura General, who since the Holy Year of Mercy is involed in the service to the poor/apostolate.
Isaiah 10:5-7, 13b-16; Matthew 11:25-27
The excerpt from Isaiah makes more sense (at least to me) when I read the whole chapter. As we can tell, it is the time of the Assyrian invasion of the southern kingdom of Judah; the “he” the Lord refers to is the Assyrian king. The Lord has sent/allowed the Assyrians to plunder, seize loot, and tread the people down, because they are an impious people. But the Assyrians have a more destructive objective – to make an end to the nation. And so the Lord warns (in verse 12 which as not included) that that the Assyrian will be punished.
Isaiah 26:7-9, 12, 16-19; Matthew 11:28-30
The yoke mentioned in today’s Gospel is an unfamiliar concept for most urban-dwellers. Modern farmers typically use tractors, not draft animals, though my father used horses when he was very young. Several years ago I attended a demonstration of some old-time farming methods that my father had done. A man there had been training a team of young oxen for pulling. For the uninitiated, oxen are essentially steers (neutered males), which may grow to weigh a ton or more at maturity. But this man started working with steer calves when they were small, perhaps two or three hundred pounds, as they were much more cooperative and manageable at that size.