Tobit 11:5-17; Mark 12:35-37
After entering Jerusalem, cursing the fig tree, and clearing the temple, Jesus has a series of six encounters with religious authorities — chief priests, scribes, and elders, Pharisees, Herodians, and Sadducees. The first five result in a variety of responses — fear of the crowd, withdrawal, utter amazement, and silence. Finally, he responds to the honest enquiry of a single scribe, who asks, “Which is the first of all the commandments?” Jesus responds by naming not only the first, the command of the Shema (Deut 6:4-5) to love God, but he also adds a second, “Love your neighbor as yourself” (Lev 19:18). The scribe not only affirms Jesus response, but tops it, by saying the love of God and neighbor is greater than the liturgy of the temple. Jesus affirms the scribe, “You are not far from the kingdom of God.” And no one dares to ask him any more questions.
'Abide in Me and bear much fruit'
Consecrated life means going to the very root of the love of Jesus Christ with an undivided heart and putting nothing ahead of this love. With this experience of getting rooted in the love of Jesus Christ, six sisters of our Indian Province, namely Sr. Evujin D’Souza, Sr. Matilda Horo, Sr. Josephine Clara, Sr. Rashmi Augustine, Sr. Nirosha Talluri and Sr. Vilma Noronha made their final commitment and dedicated their lives completely to God on 24th May 2021, in Bangalore, India. According to the Covid 19 guidelines of social distancing, the celebration was held in Vidya Deepti Pallotti Study hall. The theme for the celebration was “Abide in me and bear much fruit”.
"This is my blood..., which will be shed for many"
The lovers of this world display their generosity by giving money, clothes and various gifts, but not one of them gives his own blood. Christ gives his. In this way he demonstrates the tenderness he feels for us and his ardent love. Under the Old Law... God consented to receive the blood of sacrifices but this was just to prevent his people from offering it to false gods and, already, this was proof of a very great love. But Christ transformed this rite...; there is no longer the same sacrificial victim; it is himself he offers in sacrifice.
Mark tells the story of Pharisees and Herodians who met with Jesus in effort to trap him by his own words. They are quite cunning. They start by using flattery. “Teacher, we know that you are a truthful man, and that you are not concerned with anyone’s opinion. You do not regard a person’s status, but teach the way of God in accordance with the truth.” Wow! I wish people thought that of me.
Tobit 3:1-11a, 16-17a; Mark 12:18-27
We continue our reading in the Book of Tobit and find two people, lamenting at their lot in life, and both of them are in prayer. The reading itself reads like a novel, describing each emotion in detail. Tobit is asking the Lord to end his life, and Sarah starts out thinking she would like to end her own life, but decides it would be too hard on her Father, so she prays instead for God to take her life. Both people are partly anguishing over how other people are treating them in light of their misfortune. It seems like a power play to me, and I couldn’t help but think of how hard we are on each other. And further, why should we feel motivated to pick on each other instead of reaching out to help one another? We get very restless with the various changes that occur in our lives. In the end, the reading says, the Lord heard each of them simultaneously, and sent the Angel Raphael to respond by healing both people. God is good, may we always keep prayer in mind, and live to witness God’s power in our lives.
Zephaniah 3:14-18a or Romans 12:9-16; Isaiah 12:2-3, 4bcd, 5-6; Luke 1:39-56
In today’s gospel, Elisabeth’s infant son apparently knew something special was going on before the rest of them. Little John, from the comfort of his womb-home, expressed delight at hearing Mary’s voice – even though he had never met her before. And he did so in a way that only his mother could understand
Deuteronomy 4:32-34, 39-40; Romans 8:14-17; Matthew 28:16-20
Pope Francis said on Trinity Sunday :
"Today is the Sunday of the Most Holy Trinity. The light of Eastertide and of Pentecost renews in us every year the joy and amazement of faith: let us recognize that God is not something vague, our God is not a God “spray,” he is tangible; he is not abstract but has a name: “God is love”. His is not a sentimental, emotional kind of love but the love of the Father who is the origin of all life, the love of the Son who dies on the Cross and is raised, the love of the Spirit who renews human beings and the world. Thinking that God is love does us so much good, because it teaches us to love, to give ourselves to others as Jesus gave himself to us and walks with us. Jesus walks beside us on the road through life."
We can celebrate this great solemnity, not by thinking about or arguing about concepts about how the Trinity works, but by opening our hearts to a deeper relationship with our God, who is love. We can have a relationship with each of the Persons in the Trinity.
By Mark Latta
Jesus challenged the authorities of the world in his ministry. At first glance his seemingly trick question asking whether John the Baptist’s authority came from heaven or was of human origin seems almost too blunt and rude from our savior. In reality the tone was always consistent with his teaching to respect the authorities of the world over the things of the world within their scope (Mark 12:17-“Give to Caesar what is Caesar’s) but to refute the callow hard heartedness of the authorities on matters of God’s kingdom (“and to God what is God’s”).
April 7, 2021 was a very special day for St. Joseph’s Hospital in Buckhannon, WV. Our Bishop Mark E. Brennan came to celebrate a 100th Anniversary Liturgy at Holy Rosary Catholic Church. We could not invite too many guests because of social distancing, but there was a good mix of parishioners and St. Joseph’s administration and employees.
Among the invited guests were President and CEO of WVU Health System, Albert Wright, President and CEO of United Hospital Center, Michael Tillman. Our Parish Administrator, Fr. Edward Tetteh, SVD, concelebrated with Bishop Mark Brennan. Rev. Mr. Rue Thompson, Deacon, assisted at the altar. Sr. Francesca had chosen the readings of the day, Wednesday of the octave of Easter. The reading from Acts 3:1-10 seemed to be so fitting for the occasion.
4. THE CONGREGATION TODAY - REKINDLE
Patroness of the month - Mary, Seat of wisdom, pray for us
Life is a constant change. And at the same time, it is staying in what was "in the beginning." Life requires discernment. Mary, wise and attentive, was always alert to God's will. She is the woman of discernment. In Bethlehem and Nazareth, on the way to Ain-Karim and on the way from Jerusalem, at the wedding at Cana and at the Cross, she remained "here and now", seeking the will of the One who chose Her.
Intention of the month
Let us pray for our Congregation, so that through a fuller participation in the mystery of Christ and the Church, we may creatively develop the charism of St. Vincent Pallotti and be authentic witnesses of God, the Infinite Love.
“Have faith in God.” (Mark 11:22)
I can only imagine what the disciples were thinking in today’s Gospel reading. First they heard Jesus curse a fig tree for not having any fruit on it when he was hungry and in want of food. It was not the tree’s fault after all. It just was not the right season for the fig tree to bear fruit. Then, the disciples saw Jesus get angry and overturn tables in the temple area. I am sure the disciples were trying to understand why Jesus was acting in such a way that was so out of character for him. I wondered if Jesus had something weighing so heavily on his mind that it distracted him from his teaching.
A Brief History of the Liturgy of Christ the Eternal High Priest
The Feast of Christ the Priest is a liturgical feast celebrated each year, on the first Thursday after Pentecost. Approval was first granted by the Congregation for Divine Worship and Discipline of the Sacraments  in 1987.en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Feast_of_Christ_the_Priest Beginning in 2013 the Catholic Church of the Poland,en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Feast_of_Christ_the_Priest and in 2014 of the Netherland,en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Feast_of_Christ_the_Priest has also celebrated this feast.
Most Catholics around the world are unfamiliar with Our Blessed Lord’s title, “Christ the Eternal High Priest”, and yet, each year, millions of people already celebrate this title as an official Liturgical Feast in the Church!