JULY 22, 2018

 

Prayers for sick Living in our community

 

Prayers for the Deceased: Margarita Ponce, and Tillie Vojkovich 

 

Did you know? Amusement parks are great places to make memories as a family, but it’s important to plan ahead to maximize fun and keep everyone safe. Go over the family rules in advance, and refresh information on the way there. Make sure that everyone follows the buddy system, with at least two people together at all times. Pick a predetermined meet-up site in the event of separations, and show children where they can go for help (information desk, park security). Keep an eye out for any adults that may approach children, and stay on top of children’s locations at all times.

 

Visiting Priest: Please welcome Fr. Robert Rankin he will be here to help out in covering masses from 07/20/18 to 07/30/18.

 

Second Collection:  This weekend there will be a second collection for National Needs. This combined collection includes, The Catholic Communications Campaign, the Black and Indian Missions, The Catholic University of America and Catholic Home Missions Appeal.  Through your generosity these programs:Continue strengthening Catholic faith, values, and education through Catholic media. Help support some of the poorest dioceses in the country that depend on annual collections. Insure the highest standards of quality Catholic education through The Catholic University of America’s exceptional programs of scholarship, research, and service. Helps provide basic pastoral resources and services to needy ethnic communities in isolated areas through the Catholic Home Missions Appeal.

 

Weekly Reflection:  “The Lord is my shepherd. There is nothing I shall want.” We are familiar with that scriptural quote from Psalm 23. Many of us have learned that and heard it since we were small. Many learned people maintain that it is the most quoted Psalm in the Bible. It is the recommended Responsorial Psalm on this 16thSunday in Ordinary Time because it is so supportive of the other readings. It presents two important ideas: that we must place our trust in the Lord and that we inherit life from our Good Shepherd, Jesus Christ.

 

The First Reading is from the Old Testament Book of Jeremiah. Of all the books in the Bible Jeremiah is the longest Book in the Bible with more than 33,000 words. It is followed by Genesis; the longest book in the New Testament is Luke with more than 19,000 words.

 

Jeremiah was familiar with the writings of Isaiah although Isaiah lived about 200 years before he lived. Only once did Isaiah refer to the coming Messiah as a shepherd (Isaiah 40:11): “He is like a shepherd feeding his flock, gathering lambs in his arms, holding them against his breast.” We can certainly recognize the many images we have of Christ the Good Shepherd in that verse.

 

However, Jeremiah uses that point of reference more often, especially in today’s First Reading. Jeremiah writes, speaking in behalf of the Messiah, “I myself will gather the remnant of my flock from all the lands to which I have driven them and bring them back to their meadow.” That sounds very much like today’s Church that includes “all the lands.”

 

At the close of today’s reading Jeremiah says, “This is the name they give him: ‘The LORD our justice’.” Jeremiah, like most Books in the Old Testament was originally written in Hebrew. What we translate as “The LORD our justice” was Yahweh Tsidkenu in the original. Another translation of the Hebrew phrase is “He is Yahweh,” a clear indication that the Messiah is God, a part of the Holy Trinity.

 

Finding Him described as a shepherd in the same reading is quite powerful.

At the time St. Paul was writing his letter to the Ephesians (our Second Reading), Paul was under house arrest in Rome, awaiting trial. He was allegedly accused by the Jews of taking a Gentile into a temple. Therefore, part of Paul’s statement, “For he (Christ) is our peace, he who made both one and broke down the dividing wall of enmity, through his flesh, abolishing the law with its commandments and legal claims,” is in defense and explanation. Not only can we relate this to Jeremiah’s statement about “all the lands,” but we also need to note that for Paul any wall of separation that once existed is gone because of the Messiah’s sacrifice. Paul is saying in effect to us if the Lordship of Jesus is not greater than any difference you may feel you have with others — be it political, racial, economic, language, or geography — then you (we) do not understand what it means to be under the Lordship of Jesus. Jesus is our Savior and our Shepherd.

 

The Gospel Reading from Mark shows some of the dissatisfaction the Apostles evidently had with the huge crowds who followed Jesus (and thus them), but again it is this idea of shepherding that lies at the heart of it. We are told in today’s Gospel, “When he (Jesus) disembarked and saw the vast crowd, his heart was moved with pity for them, for they were like sheep without a shepherd; and he began to teach them many things.” In other words, He began to feed them.

 

Jesus was meeting the most essential need any of us have, to be fed with the Word of God. That is what we do during this part of our Mass; we hear Holy Scripture. These are the Words of the Lord. He is, or should be, our shepherd. He is speaking to us in this way, and He speaks to us in many ways. And we are His sheep.

 

 MISSION STATEMENT:                 We, the people of St. Catherine Church located in Santa Catalina Island, California, are called to be members of the body of Christ. Gathering around the Table of Word, Eucharist, and Sacraments, we commit ourselves to love and support one another in faith, hope, and charity. We are sent forth as disciples, in the power of the Holy Spirit to make the Good News of Jesus Christ present and alive in our world through outreach and hospitality, healing and service, education and the establishment of justice on this beautiful island of Santa Catalina. 

SAINT CATHERINE OF ALEXANDRIA   800 Beacon Street -  P.O. Box 735 Avalon, CA 90704                   Phone: 310-510-0192                  Fax 310-510-8360                 stcatherineofavalon@gmail.com StCatherineOnCatalinaIsland.org                                                               WEEKLY MASS SCHEDULE:       Monday-Friday: 8:00 a.m.   Saturday: 5:15 p.m.                         Sunday: 9:00 a.m. & 11:00 a.m. 6:30 p.m. (Spanish)                                                             CONFESSIONS:Call Parish Office to schedule.                                       BAPTISM: Contact Parish Office at least ONE month before the desired baptism date.                   MARRIAGES: Contact Parish Office at least SIX months before the desired wedding date. At least one person must be Catholic! ANOINTING OF THE SICK: Contact the Parish Office

P.O. Box 735 Avalon CA. 90704 Tel: 310-510-0192
Fax: 310-510-8360                 Stcatherineofavalon@gmail.com

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