16th Sunday in Ordinary Time
Today's readings explain how God, like a good shepherd, redeems His people and provides for them. The readings also challenge us to use our God-given authority in the family, in the Church, and in society, with fidelity and responsibility.
In the first reading, the prophet Jeremiah (sixth century B.C.), thunders against Israel's careless leaders - the king, some priests, and some court prophets – because they have shown no concern for the poor. The prophet also foretells the rise of a new, good shepherd in the family-line of David. Then he consoles the Israelites enslaved in Babylon, assuring them that God will lead them back to their original pasture in Israel.
Today's Good Shepherd Psalm (Ps 23) affirms David's Faith and trust in God, the "Good Shepherd."
The second reading introduces Jesus as the shepherd of both the Jews and the Gentiles and explains how Jesus, the good shepherd, has reconciled all of us with His Father by offering Himself on the cross. Paul also speaks about another reconciliation between Jews and Gentiles, brought about by Jesus' accepting both into the same Christian brotherhood.
The reading from the Gospel of Mark presents Jesus as the good shepherd fulfilling God's promise given through His prophet Jeremiah in the first reading. Here we see Jesus attending the weary apostles, who have just returned, jubilant, from their first preaching mission, while at the same time expressing concern for the people who, like "sheep without a shepherd," have gathered at their landing place in the wilderness.Read more ...
SEATING CHANGES BEGINNING AUGUST FOR THOSE ATTENDING MASS IN THE CHURCH Starting Sunday, August 1st no reservations will be needed for 8AM, 10AM, and 6PM Masses in the Church. It will be first come first serve. Face Mask must be worn throughout the mass and 6 feet distancing is still required.
Due to high volume of Mass Intentions, we've created a new system to accommodate all requests. Instead of names being read at the morning week day masses, all names will be posted on a "MASS INTENTION BOARD" displayed on the left side of the Altar in the Hall. PLEASE SUBMIT YOUR MASS REQUEST TO THE OFFICE 14 DAYS PRIOR TO YOUR REQUESTED DATE OF INTENTION.
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In today’s Gospel and in the reading from the letter of St. Paul we hear of the gift of the Triune God, Father, Son and Holy Spirit. In our devotional life we make the sign of the cross and recite the “Glory Be” as an expression of our faith as a Trinitarian people.
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