15 Sunday in Ordinary Time
Amos 7:12-15, Ephesians 1:3-14, Mark 6:7-13
This Sunday the Lord tells us that if we choose to follow His word, we will suffer and be rejected. This should not surprise us because Jesus Himself, in faithfulness to the Father, suffered for doing the Father's will. Jesus is clear when He tells His own followers: you will be rejected by others. Be prepared and just keep ongoing.
The Prophet Amos tells us part of his story in the first reading today. It is basically the same story for any prophet or for anyone who wants seriously to follow the Lord. God will ask us to do things that we would rather not do. God will ask us to speak for Him. God will ask us to testify to others.
All is not entirely dismal in following the Lord. Jesus recognizes that some people will accept the Word of God. We need not be discouraged. Truly it is God\'s work and we are only his instruments. We must be prepared to suffer but we are also encouraged because God will do what He wants with our efforts.
The Letter to the Ephesians, the second reading today, repeats all of this. God has chosen us in Christ Jesus. In the selection for today, there is no focus on suffering, only on being chosen by God and called to share in Christ Jesus.
For us, personally, it is a question of recognizing that we are called. We are called by God Himself, not just by our own decisions. We are called to walk with the Lord and to seek His will. We are called to understand something of the divine mystery of salvation and to share that with others. Yes, of course, we will suffer a bit in the process. That suffering is nothing compared to the joy that will be ours.
Let us pray today for this recognition of our calling. Let us pray for one another. May our Father open our hearts and our minds so that we can freely choose to follow His Son, our Lord Jesus Christ.
Your prayers are requested
for the sick, shut ins and those serving in our military.
Your prayers are requested for the sick and shut ins: James Obara, Esther & Mary
Riopelle, Carol Martin, Irene Mieczkowski, Lisa Prince, Xavier Spencer, Edward Wisniewski,
Irene Zabierek, Gloria Bergman, Carol Mason, Marie Dunn, Father Gus Sicard, Richard Ferus
Proctor, Arlene Strazzulla, Jeanne Franzn, Neil Looney, Nona Bilionis, Yanna Lantz, Carolyn
Damon, Errol Lemelin, Ursula Martino, Cathy Kirschbaum, Maria Madden, Marcy Szczepanik,
Marion Kowalski, Gary Mercier, Bp. John Mack, Lucille Foss, Lindsay Griffen, Jean Bernier,
Eddie Bernier, Katherine Gnat, Harrison McKinstry, Kristin Bilionis, James Strazzulla, Harry &
Jane Cullinan, Ann Marie Deren, George Baron, Maureen Carey, Terry Massey, Helen Rogers,
Kathy Ferrelli. Phyllis Angelillo, Maureen Duffy Arnone; Eugene Leczynski, David Strazzulla and
Stanley Sepiol, Lucy Marcuccio, Mark Kourey, Father Adam Czarnecki, Father Senior Fryderyk
Banas, Father Senior Joseph Soltysiak, Fran Ward ,Joe Sawicki, John Kirschbaum,
Mary Santos, Brian and Jen Wood, Nate Rosario, Fr. Tom Sheha; Mitchell Kopacz,
Carol McNiff, Jennifer Sheehan, Kayla Tanguay, Sue Scatton, Joe Goldman, Joshua Bakx,
Danny Roberts, Patricia Mahon, Barbara Chappel ,Brittany Larkham, John Paul Matta,
Lorraine Piercy Hall. William Kucharski, Chris Tymowicz, Janice Daviault, Dr.
Greg Ross, Ben Marek.
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Prayer in Time of National Anxiety
Let us pray. I come to You, Lord, in this time of uncertainty and confusion that has gripped
our nation and our world. I pray that our leaders and representatives in government are
filled with Your peace, strength and courage. May your gifts of wisdom and understanding,
fortitude and counsel be sought and utilized by them for the well-being of our country. By
their belief and trust in You may they provide capable leadership, promote unity and peace,
and be attentive to the concerns of our people. May Your Church provide support and
comfort; and help strengthen our hope for peace through our Lord Jesus Christ. Amen.