Mass Theme

July 28th ✙ 17th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Readings for July 28th, 2019

       JESUS SAYS TO US what He said to His disciples: 'Ask, and you will receive; seek, and you will find; knock, and the door will be opened to you.'.
       In this way He is urging us to have recourse to God with confidence and persistence in all our needs.
      Lord Jesus, you grant us forgiveness for our sins. Lord, have mercy.
      You grant us joy in the hurly burly of life. Christ, have mercy.
      You welcome us at the door to your kingdom. Lord, have mercy.

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MONDAY, July 29:✟ Paul & Frances Aiello, by John Aiello;
TUESDAY July 30:✟ Jim Gran, by Frank & Judy Goulart;
WEDNESDAY July 31:Intentions of Olga Rossetto, by the Altar Society
FRIDAY August 2 :✟ Robert Edward Olson , by Jan Dusik

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Reflections

Sodom & Gomorrah

      Sometime after 1800 B.C. Abraham entered Palestine with his extended family. This group included his nephew, Lot and his family. Because the area was small, the two groups split. Lot settled in the area south of the Dead Sea. It was the site of two cities, Sodom and Gomorrah.
       God comes to warn Abraham about the impending destruction of the region. The patriarch bargains with God like a wily trader bartering over the price of a sheep.He was eventually reassured that God would not destroy a place even if there is only a few peope living there.

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Luke and the Gospel

      Luke gives more attention to Jesus' teachings on prayer than any other Gospel writer. He also mentions Jesus at prayer more than the others.
       In today's reading, Luke presents the core of Jesus' teaching on prayer. It consists of Jesus teaching a prayer to his disciples, a parable on the persistent neighbor, and assurances that God hears our prayers.

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Reflections

Ask, Seek, Knock

      Jesus urges us to ask, seek, and knock. This means our faith has to be an active one. However, sometimes we are too proud to ask, so we don't receive; we are too lazy to seek, so we don't find; and we are too timid to knock, so the door doesn't open to us.
       We mustn't wait for things to happen,or to fall into our hands. We must be humble and trustful, yet bold and energetic, if we are to receive good things from our Father in heaven.

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A Prayer of Petition

I asked for health that I might do great things;
I was given infirmity that I might do better things.
I asked for riches that I might be happy;
I was given poverty that I might be wise.
I asked for power that I might have the praise of men;
I was given weakness that I might feel the need of God. I asked for
all things that I might enjoy life;
I was given life that I might enjoy all things.
I got nothing that I asked for, but everything I hoped for.
Almost despite myself my unspoken prayers were answered.
I am, among all men, most richly blessed.
      anonymous

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Why Do Cathothics Do That?

Why Should We Pray?
      Praying is not only talking to God: it is speaking with God, which involves listening to him. It is being with him and spending time with him. By praying regularly, we learn to listen to God, and we come to realize that we are not alone. By praying, we receive the strength we need to do what we must do. We can pray either alone or with others. All of us need to do both, just as Jesus did. Every week Jesus went faithfully to the Jewish synagogue, to pray together with other Jews and to read from the Scriptures. Also, He often withdrew to quiet places by Himself for personal prayer. We can pray with the Bible, with a rosary or just use our own words, simply saying what comes to mind.
      Don’t worry about what to say: God is not easily offended by the way you say things. He is far too happy that we are there with Him. The main thing is that we go to God with the simple confidence of a child, trusting that He hears us and loves us.
Different kinds of Prayer:
(ACTS) ADORATION: acknowledging God’s greatness and praising Him.
CONTRITION: asking God to forgive what we have done wrong.
THANKSGIVING: thanking God for all the things He gives us.
SUPPLICATION: asking God for a favor, for ourselves or for others.

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