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Yours in Christ, Fr. Roberto Saldivar, M.Sp.S., Pastor
20th Sunday of ordinary time / August 17, 2014 (year A)
“Please, Lord, for even the dogs eat the scraps that fall from the table of their masters.”
It was a growing and purifying faith that ended with this address from Jesus, “O woman, great is your faith! Let it be done for you as you wish.” And the woman’s daughter was healed! But what happened during her encounter with Jesus? Was it just the miracle of the healing of her daughter? No…, the greatest miracle was that, even before the healing of her daughter, the woman, a pagan, became a believer.
There is a great lesson for us in today’s gospel. Many people pray for miracles, but the question is, are they truly believers. In fact, for God there is also the mystery of human freedom, which makes Him wait - allowing hope to spring from deep within the heart of the true believer. Jesus waits, so that in the end he can also rejoice in the healing miracle.
By delaying the response to our prayer, God makes our desire grow, sometimes to the extent that the prayer becomes intense and confronting… thus in the end He will give us more than what we asked at first.
St. Augustine admired the Canaanite women in this story because it reminded him of his mother, Monica. Like the Canaanite women, Monica prayed constantly to God for the conversion of her son. She was never discouraged, she believed. Her son, Augustine, was not only converted, he became a saint.
This weekend you are receiving a completely revised bulletin. With it, the new pastoral council will keep you informed and share how we are called to become a true community of believers, according to the areas of our pastoral plan: invite, engage, empower and collaborate. Our goal is to make this bulletin a strong instrument of communication. We pray that through it many will grow in their faith. God in the end will give us more then what we ask for.
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Pope Francis prayed the Angelus with the faithful gathered beneath a dreary, drizzly early August sky in St. Peter’s Square this Sunday, the eighteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time, on which the account of the multiplication of the loaves and fishes from the Gospel according to St. Matthew (14:13-21) is proclaimed. It was on the Lord Jesus’ miraculous feeding of the five thousand that the Holy Father focused his remarks ahead of the traditional prayer of Marian devotion at midday.
Pope Francis chose three specific lessons from the episode: compassion; sharing; thanksgiving – a foreshadowing of the great Sacrament of Thanksgiving, the Eucharist. “Christ” said Pope Francis, “does not react with irritation to the crowd that followed him [to the place hard by the Sea of Galilee, to which he had repaired with the disciples], and would not – so to speak - ‘leave Him in peace’. Rather, He feels compassion, because He knows that they do not seek Him out of [mere] curiosity, but out of need.” Pope Francis went on to say that the many healings Christ performed were the sign of His compassion. “Jesus,” said the Holy Father, “teaches us to put the needs of the poor ahead of our own. Our needs, even if legitimate, will never be so urgent as those of the poor, who lack the necessities of life.”
Turning to the lesson of sharing, Pope Francis contrasted the reaction of the disciples when faced with the needy multitude, with that of Jesus. The disciples would have sent the people away hungry, while Christ tells them to feed the gathered crowd. “Two different reactions,” said Pope Francis, “which reflect two opposing logics: the disciples are thinking according to the world, for which everyone has to take care of himself; Jesus thinks according to the logic of God, which is that of sharing,” and so the people were fed, and fed abundantly. The Holy Father went on to say, “This is no magic trick, but a ‘sign’ – a sign that invites us to have faith in God, the provident Father, who will not force us to go without ‘our daily bread’, if we know how to share it as brothers and sisters.”
The third and final message, regarding the Eucharist, can be seen in Jesus’ recitation of the blessing before breaking the bread and distributing it to the crowd. “It is,” he said, “the same act that Jesus will make at the Last Supper, when He will establish the perpetual memorial of His redeeming sacrifice,” a memorial that is not mere earthly bread, but the bread of eternal life, Christ’s gift of His very self, as He offers Himself to the Father out of love for us.
Pope Francis concluded with an invocation of Our Lady, Mother of Divine Providence, that she might accompany us on our earthly pilgrimage and assist us as we strive to meet the needs of those we encounter along the way in a spirit of fraternity.
The New York Times recently tried to uncover why two very small Michigan towns have in recent years produced such an incredible number of vocations to the priesthood--the towns are currently tied at 22 ordained priests apiece. The first section of the article appears here, and the entire article can be found in the "News" section.
FOWLER, Mich. — Aside for the mole grazing his right eyebrow, it is difficult to distinguish Gary Koenigsknecht from his identical twin, Todd, four minutes the elder.
Growing up, the twins, now 26, milked cows side by side on the family farm. They both graduated at the top of their high school class. And with their ordination on Saturday, they have begun careers as Roman Catholic priests, two of 477 men in the United States expected to be ordained this year.
They demonstrate that priestly vocations are not evenly distributed by family or geography: they are among six priests in their extended family, and among 22 from their hometown, Fowler, Mich., population 1,224. They officially tie up the leader board with the neighboring village of Westphalia, population 938, which has also produced 22 priests, making for a robust rivalry in both football and Roman collars.
In an era when the number of priests in the United States continues to dwindle — declining by 11 percent in the past decade and crippling the Catholic Church’s ability to meet the needs of a growing Catholic population — this rural patch of Clinton County offers a case study in the science and mystery of the call to priesthood...