Sundays: July 8 & 15, 2018

Meditation: Father, help us to share our giftedness with one another. Help us to share what we have with the poor. Free us from the desire to hold on to what we have. Every good thing is a gift from you, and gifts are to be generously shared.

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Sunday, June 24, 2018: 5th Sunday after Pentecost

GOSPEL REFLECTION – Matt. 8: 28 – 9: 1

This particular holy gospel lesson records an incident where Jesus shows His mastery over the forces of nature. When our Lord crossed the Sea of Galilee and came into the Gadarene territory He encountered two devil possessed men who came out from among the tombs. These two demoniacs were so violent that no one dared to use that particular road on which they were to be found.

Jesus cast out the devils with their powers of evil from these two men. Upon hearing what happened. the townspeople of Gadara came out to the place where Jesus was, and instead of thanking Him, the implored our Lord to leave their territory.

When we are in the state of sin, we can encounter the Lord Jesus through the Sacrament of Reconciliation. The spiritual force and strength of our risen and victorious Savior is by far more potent than the evil, satanic powers of the devil and his allies. When we are held fast in the bondage of sin, it is the very same Jesus of today’s holy gospel lesson Who forgives us and Who casts out the evil powers who seek to destroy our immortal souls.

In the Holy Sacrament of Reconciliation, we encounter our Lord just as those two helpless demoniacs did, and as He similarly helped them by overpowering the devil’s force, He will also free us from the slavery of the sins and the evil that possess our souls. However, unlike the ingratitude shown by the Garadenes, we welcome Jesus’ assistance, and we beg Him to remain always with us and to continue to help us!

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Sunday, June 17, 2018: 4th Sunday after Pentecost

God’s Blessings to all our Fathers!

GOSPEL REFLECTION – Matt. 8:5-13

In Jesus’ time the Jews hated the Romans because they represented everything they stood against — including foreign domination and pagan beliefs and practices. Why did Jesus not only warmly receive a Roman centurion but praise him as a model of faith and confidence in God? In the Roman world the position of centurion was very important. He was an officer in charge of a hundred soldiers. In a certain sense, he was the backbone of the Roman army, the cement which held the army together. The centurion who approached Jesus was not only courageous, but faith-filled as well. He risked ridicule by seeking help from a travelling preacher from Galilee, and well as mockery from the Jews. Nonetheless, he approached Jesus with confidence and humility. He was an extraordinary man because he loved his slave. In the Roman world slaves were treated like animals rather than people. The centurion was also an extraordinary man of faith. He wanted Jesus to heal his beloved slave. Jesus commends him for his faith and immediately grants him his request.

Are you willing to suffer ridicule in the practice of your faith? And when you need help, do you approach the Lord Jesus with expectant faith?

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Sunday, June 10, 2018: Christ, Lover of Mankind

GOSPEL REFLECTION: John 3: 13-17

In today’s Gospel we encounter one of the most quoted verses in the Christian world. John 3:16 “Yes, God so loved the world that He gave His only Son, that whoever believes in Him may not die but may have eternal life.”

Jesus’ purpose in coming to earth was to save people. The nature of His mission will also bring judgment for those who choose not to believe.

Within our faith, we are pushed to believe there is more to this passage than simply saying these words and being granted eternal life. We are asked to live these words every day through faith, but also through words and actions. Salvation is a way of life not simply a declaration of faith.

How are we saved? We are saved every time we receive the Eucharist. The salvation offered in the Eucharist is our way of life. This is what we believe every day and it is the way we acknowledge that we need saving.

Do I acknowledge every day that I need to be saved? Do my actions reflect this?

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Sunday, June 3rd, 2018 – Feast of the Holy Eucharist

GOSPEL REFLECTION — John 6: 48-54

Lord Jesus, You are the Living Bread which sustains me in this life. May I always hunger for the bread which comes from heaven and find in it the nourishment and strength I need to love and serve You wholeheartedly. May I always live in the joy, peace, and unity of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, both now and in the age to come”.

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Sunday, May 27, 2018 – All Saints Sunday

All Saints Sunday “Many who are first shall come last, and the last shall come first”

Meditation: Lord, as the saints in Heaven adore You for eternity, I beg for their intercession. Saints of God, please come to my aide. Pray for me and bring to me the grace I need to live a holy life in imitation of your own lives. All saints of God, pray for us. Jesus, I trust in You.

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Sunday, May 20, 2018 – Pentecost Sunday

Heavenly King, Comforter, the Spirit of truth, You are everywhere present and fill all things, Treasury of blessings and Giver of life, come and dwell within us, cleanse us of all stain, and save our souls, 0 gracious Lord.

Hi-Neighbor Festival : he UCWLC will once again be sponsoring BABA’S KITCHEN on Saturday, June 2nd from 12:00 to 3:00 PM, featuring a Ukrainian Menu.

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