Updated: Jul 26, 2020
Mass times for Saturday, July 18 and Sunday, July 19, 2020
Saturday at 5:00 pm (inside)
Sunday at 9:00 am (inside)
Sunday at 11:00 am (inside)
What to listen for in the first reading The first reading is from the Book of Wisdom. Chapter 12 reminds us that God is just, but also merciful and forgiving. Today’s first reading reads almost like a hymn to the mercy and the justice of God. Now, remember, they only call it mercy when you don’t deserve it. Ask yourself: Where in your life do you need God’s mercy? Even if you don’t deserve it, where in your life do you most need His mercy? What to listen for in the second reading The second reading is from Saint Paul as he writes to the Christians in Rome. Today’s second reading contains verses 26&27 of chapter 8, which speaks to the role of the Holy Spirit in the prayer and interior life of a Christian. Pay attention to the second reading as Saint Paul writes: “The Spirit comes to the aid of our weakness”. Ask yourself: How do you feel about weakness? How do you feel about your weakness?
What to listen for in the Gospel Jesus tells yet another parable. Today’s parable includes an enemy who “came and sowed weeds all through the wheat, and then went off.” Jesus’ parable about the weeds and wheat reminds us that the “kingdom of heaven” includes both “the weeds and the wheat”. The Church includes both “the weeds and the wheat”. Life includes both “the weeds and the wheat”. Your heart both includes both “the weeds and the wheat”. Again, as you did with the second reading, ask yourself: H