17th Sunday in Ordinary Time

July 28, 2019

Reflection

Mass Readings: http://www.usccb.org/bible/readings/072819.cfm

This weekend’s readings give us an opportunity to reflect on judgement and reconciliation. As we have all experienced in life, we have heard the saying, “Life is not fair.” Like Abraham inquiring about how the Lord would spare the lives of the city if any number are found innocent; how too, are we so much like him in questioning our faith that what God sees as ‘fair’ is not often inline with our perceptions of fairness. In these moments of doubt, we are called to seek the graces of the Holy Spirit to give us strength and wisdom to be more open to His will.

Jesus was praying in a certain place, and when he had finished, one of his disciples said to him, “Lord, teach us to pray just as John taught his disciples.” 

Luke 11:1

We are also reminded of the Lord’s Prayer in the gospel reading according to Luke. This is such a beautiful way to pray for that strength and wisdom through the Holy Spirit. Having an open heart, like having an unlocked door at midnight to help a friend in need, is what we are challenged to do. This is more of a metaphor, of course, but are called to not close ourselves to the needs of others.

Reflection questions: Do we find ourselves saying no quickly to moments of tithing or feeding the hungry? Are we quick to press on the gas when nearing a street corner and see someone with a cardboard sign? What have I prayed for persistently in the past? Am I receptive when I am asked for something persistently?

Music Selections

YouTube Playlist: http://tinyurl.com/y2h8s52r

OpeningSing to the MountainsG3 519
ResponsePsalm 138:1-8S&P 2019
OffertoryBlest Are TheyG3 735
CommunionSong of the Body of ChristG3 924
ClosingBless the LordSS 205

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