1 Kings 18:20-39; Matthew 5:17-19
“Keep me safe, O God; you are my hope”
“Keep me safe, O God; you are my hope”, is the psalm response in today’s scripture. It’s a familiar sung refrain that we use in our parish…a calming melody that is comforting as I reflected on today’s scripture.
In the Gospel of the day, Jesus reminds his followers that he has not come to abolish the teachings of the prophets and God’s commandments, but to fulfill them. This passage is preceded by the Beatitudes in the Sermon on the Mount. Jesus later continues with speaking about the fullness of following the commandments…not the letter, but the whole spirit of the command.
2 Corinthians 1:18-22; Matthew 5:13-16
We are all capable of being salt and light. We can heal and flavor and preserve just as salt does. We can all be lights in the small corner of the world where we live. We can bring light into the dark, provide light to find the lost and to find the way. We all can be the source of warmth. We can do that because “God has put his seal upon us and given the Spirit in our hearts.”
"When Jesus saw the crowds ..."
What did Jesus see when he looked out and saw the crowds? He saw the people who were following him? And, who followed him and hung on his every word? It doesn't appear that the spiritually rich - people who said all the right prayers and did all the correct rituals - liked what Jesus said.
Exodus 34:4b-6, 8-9; 2 Corinthians 13:11-13; John 3:16-18
In the name of the Father, and the Son and the Holy Spirit.
It’s not just a gesture that we use to punctuate prayer. It’s not just a sign of our Catholicity.
This is a re-statement of our baptism.
These are the words I speak during baptism…the words that were said over each of us as water was poured over our heads…the first words that made us members of the Body of Christ. Those words we speak again, and in effect, re-Christen ourselves. We brand ourselves with God in His three persons. And whatever we do or say after is in the name of the Father…and the Son…and the Holy Spirit.
Every so often I am reminded, or perhaps I need to be reminded, that “it’s not about me.” I think of that when I read of Jesus saying, “Beware of the scribes, who like to go around in long robes and accept greetings in the marketplaces...” For these scribes, their position, and the honor due to them, was what it was all about, not the service that they rendered to others. It’s apparently a big deal to wear a long robe and get good seats. It’s what celebrities in Jesus’ time enjoyed, and I suppose people looked at the scribes as people now look at today’s celebrities and say, “How cool.”
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.
"What does it mean that Jesus is our High Priest?"
High Priest is only one of the many titles applied to Jesus: Messiah, Savior, Son of God, Son of Man, Friend of Sinners, etc. Each one focuses on a particular aspect of who He is and what that means for us. In the book of Hebrews, Jesus is called a High Priest (Hebrews 2:17; 4:14). The word “priest” carries a couple of primary meanings. First, it means one who mediates in religious services. It also means one who is holy or set apart to perform those services.
FINAL PROFESSION IN INDIA
Every vocation to consecrated life is born in contemplation, from the moment of intense communion and a deep relationship with Christ. With this experience of unconditional love of God Sr. Susmita Kullu and Sr. Vennela Songa dedicated their lives totally to the Lord on 23rd May 2020 in Bangalore, India. Since the churches are closed due to Covid – 19, the Eucharistic celebration took place in St. Vincent Krupa Convent.
Saturday May 16, 2020, the date of the anniversary of Pallotti´s ordination, was a day of praise to God and deep joy for our communities in Rome: in the Generalate, Procura and Moncenisio, as our Sr. Binita Soreng SAC took her perpetual vows in our chapel in the Procura. Due to the restrictions of Coronavirus, she could not travel to India and thus this joy to celebrate with Sr. Binita was given to us, feeling united with the Sisters of her Indian Province, Mother of Divine Love and with our Superior General, Sr. Izabela Swierad, who due to the Corona pandemic could not be present.
If in Mary all the centuries and all the
generations will have to admire the wonder of
your grace, in me all mankind will have to
admire the miracle of your mercy." (OOCC X, 303)
In this Marian month, we celebrate with the Universal Church two great and important feasts: Pentecost and the feast of Queen of Apostles. The Gospel and the Acts of the Apostles (Acts 2:1 ff) remind us that on the day of Pentecost, in the hall of the Cenacle, the Holy Spirit descended upon the Apostles with great power, He descended upon them as wind and fire as the Spirit who creates and renews, initiating the mission of the Church in the world.