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WEEKLY REFLECTIONS & PRAYERS

 

Parish Prayer June 21, 2020

 

Today's gospel speaks about the renunciation of all human attachments for the sake of the kingdom and the glory of God Jesus reminds us that it is in the loosing of these earthly pleasures that we can find the true treasure in God. Sounds like the gospel parable about the man who after discovering precious pearls, goes home to sell all his possessions in order to acquire those pearls. No pearl, no treasure, no attachment and no price compares to our eternal inheritance with God. The symbolism of our baptism is that we forsake our old selves, the old nature, for the sake of the new nature cast in the image of God. In this new nature, we are called to a life of compassion, of mercy, of humility, of forgiveness and of love. We are called to a life of generosity as exemplified by this gracious woman from Shunem in the first reading. The passage takes care to highlight that this was a woman of influence and perhaps also a woman of means. But she had no child. This must have been cause for such great concern to her that her servant, Gehazi, thought to bring it to the attention of Elisha. And although she had such great need she would take care to attain to the need of another; a prophet of God. That act of self-forgetfulness is indeed what Jesus was referring to in today's gospel. It is true that one of the best ways to bring our needs to the attention of God is to attend to the needs of those who are more destitute than we are. And Elisha could not refuse an act of kindness to a woman who had been extremely gracious to him. Kindness begets kindness, especially when it is unsolicited, when it is thoughtful and when no reward is expected in return. Whoever gives as little as a cup of water to a prophet, the sick, the orphan, the widow, the homeless, the hungry and needy will surely not loose his or her reward, Amen.

 

Parish Prayer June 14, 2020

The Solemnity of Corpus Christi reminds us of the gift of His Sacred body and blood. Jesus gives us His body as a meal of everlasting life. In celebrating this solemnity we celebrate the ultimate sacrifice of His life on the cross for the cleansing of our sins. By it we honor Him whose body was broken and whose side was pierced with a lance for our sakes. But we also celebrate it as a reminder that we are called to be that bread broken for others. That is what is meant by Jesus' invitation to 'Do this in memory of me.' This solemnity memorializes His passion, death and resurrection and by it we are called to be imitators of Christ. We are called to be forgiving, compassionate, humble, self-sacrificing and loving, just like Jesus. When we received the Eucharist, we are each called to become mobile tabernacles and Sanctuaries of holiness who through their words and deeds spread the goodness of God. On this special solemnity, pray that our lives may be transformed by the Eucharist which we receive. And that this meal of the body and blood of Christ may preserve us unto life everlasting, Amen.

 
 

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