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St. Casimir's Parish
Polish National Catholic Church
268 Lakeview Avenue - Lowell, Massachusetts 01850 USA
20 Sunday in Ordinary Time
The readings today are very strong: speak the truth of God and accept whatever suffering comes! Speak the truth of God and know that you will not always bring peace and joy. Speak the truth of God because God wants us to live in truth and seek Him.
The first reading today is from the Book of Jeremiah the Prophet. His own experiences show us what happens when a person tries to be true to what God is saying and because of that attempt, preaches truths that are unpopular. The Christian message today is unpopular. Nice feelings about one another are popular. The hard work of committing oneself to another person in marriage or committing oneself to a community through vows is not popular.
Jeremiah spoke the truth and no one wanted to protect him. If we Christians speak the truth, the civil authorities no longer want to protect us. The movement today in civil society is against the Gospel and against any organized religious expression.
The second reading today is from the Letter to the Hebrews and puts the experience of Jesus before us so that we can know how to live as followers of Jesus: For the sake of the joy that lay before him he endured the cross, despising its shame, and has taken his seat at the right of the throne of God. Consider how he endured such opposition from sinners, in order that you may not grow weary and lose heart.
This reading from the Letter to the Hebrews challenges us to be ready to endure the cross every day and not be ashamed of suffering. We are invited to see Jesus and then not grow weary and lose heart as we try to live the Gospel in our lives.
The Gospel today is from Saint Luke. It also tells us that the Word of God brings division and not peace. If our following of Jesus separates us from others, that is simply the price that we must pay for trying to be faithful. If our love for others invites ridicule, that is simply the price that we must pay.
Over and over again we realize that this life is only a preparation for the life to come. If we begin to make this life the center of our attention, we will forget that there are eternal values that form us. Once we realize that this life is a life that passes and never returns, we can begin to form our lives according to the Gospel: seeking the things that are above and being formed in values that will last forever.
My sisters and brothers, let us face life bravely and with joy. There are ways to live that deepen our humanity and our love for one another. There are also ways to live that lead to an eternal death. Let us choose wisely and give thanks to the Lord.
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Bishop Stanley Bilinski, Father Jozef Piatek, James Obara, Esther & Mary Riopelle, Carol Martin, Irene Mieczkowski, Lisa Prince, Xavier Spencer, Edward Wisniewski, John Monarca, Dolores Quirbach, Irene Zabierek, Gloria Bergman, Angelo Bilionis, Carol Mason, Marie Dunn, Father Gus Sicard, Richard Ferus Proctor, Dawn Jopson, Arlene Strazzulla, Lawrence Fox, Jeanne Franzn, Neil Looney, Nona Bilionis, Gary Saindon, Mary Saleh,Yanna Lantz, Carolyn Damon, Barbara Stahelski, Kathy and Mitch Sherman, Fr. Sr. John Kraus, Errol Lemelin, Ursula Martino, Cathy Kirschbaum, Maria Madden, Marcy Szczepanik, Marion Kowalski, Gary Mercier, Bp. John Mack, Lucille Foss, Dan North, Lindsay Griffen, Louise Regan, Jean Bernier, Eddie Bernier, Katherine Gnat, Father Robert Fredrickson, Harrison McKinstry, Kristin Bilionis, James Strazzulla, George Cole, Susan Runowicz- Smith, Harry Cullinan, Ann Marie Deren, Georg Baron, Maureen Carey, Steve Kulis, Justin Mothersele, Terry Massey, Eddie Soboleski, Helen Rogers, Andrew Winter, Kathy Ferrelli. Phillis Angelillo, Maureen Duffy Arnone; and Eugene Leczynski, David Strazzulla and Stanley Sepiol, Lucy Marcuccio, Peg Kostiuk, Tillie Kleszcz, Mark Kourey, Chris Kourey.
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