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 7:1-9; Matthew 11:20-24
Today’s readings seem harsh, and in a sense they are. In the first reading the town is in danger from formidable foes and the people are trembling like trees in the wind. The threat and the danger are real. They are concerned. But the Lord tells them not to fear, to stop trembling, to show no fear and to have faith. If they show no fear and stand fast, the armies’ mischief will come to nothing. The Lord says if their faith is firm, they will stand firm and their town will survive, but if they lose their faith they will be crushed; it will be like they never existed. If they are God’s city and put their trust in God, they will survive and persevere.
Isaiah 1:10-17; Matthew 10:34-11:1
Today’s reading from Matthew includes the very familiar warning from Jesus, “Whoever does not take up his cross and follow after me is not worthy of me.” Having returned from a Holy Land pilgrimage about 3½ weeks ago, Jesus words have a new context to me. During the pilgrimage, our group made the Way of the Cross through the crowded and bustling passageways in the Christian Quarter of Jerusalem. Groups of six or seven of us took turns carrying a large wooden cross for a couple of the stations. Though the prayers we said were familiar, this was a whole different way of experiencing the Stations of the Cross. We passed by shops and street vendors, who probably witness this on a daily basis, but it was uniquely poignant and inspirational for those of us who were participating. Although, we did not carry the cross alone and it was not as big or heavy as the original one, there was an element of reality to it all. We ended the stations at the Church of the Holy Sepulchre where Jesus’ crucifixion and entombment are commemorated. Each time I pray the stations in the future, my memories of that experience will be rekindled and intensify the meaning of the prayers.
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.
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!
Amos 7:12-15; Ephesians 1:3-14; Mark 6:7-13
Carry Nothing but the Word
Is it fear that prompts us to rely on modern technological advances in communication? An interesting question, perhaps. Are we too afraid to rely on the gift of memory? Is this the “power” referred to in the passage from Mark’s gospel?
Mark writes of the power conferred by Jesus on those he sent out. But along with the power he gave them, he also instructed them on how important it was not to be restricted by unnecessary ‘baggage’.
No extra tunic, one pair of sandals; little, presumably, in the way of food or money.
On May 17 this year In Yekaterinburg, in our Ural parish, an important event took place for us, which gathered many parishioners. We hosted Gerhard Cardinal Ludwig Müller from the Vatican, who on his way to Tobolsk came for a stay in Yekaterinburg. On this day, as every Thursday, after Mass and vespers we had Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament. This time, however, a bit longer, because the plane on which the Cardinal was to arrive, was delayed. However, it did not affect the joyful atmosphere of waiting for such an extraordinary guest. The most important thing for us was that the Cardinal finally reached our church. He was accompanied by his personal secretary, Fr. Sławomir Śledziewski and priest D. Stańczyk – the parish priest from Tobolsk.
▪ 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.