It takes hands to build a house, but only hearts can build a home.

Author Unknown

Sunday, July 16, 2006

Fifteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Sometimes, like an old door in need of mending,
I hang askew Ñ stuck,
unable to move. I am afraid

I cry out my loss. Your spirit challenges
me both to cherish the memories and to let go,

trusting You will open a
new window. I sit and wait.

Doorways to Holiness

I’ve been lagging behind in my Bible study so far this summer. I got a new book so I could begin a new study and I can’t find it. I will sooner or later, in the meanwhile I’ll share some of my daily devotional thoughts with you.

Fifteen Sunday in Ordinary Time

MARK 6:7-13

He summoned the Twelve and began to send them out two by two and gave them authority over unclean spirits" (v 7)

They did not go on their own volition, but under the power and authority of Jesus. Strengthened by one another, they must imitate Jesus by trusting in God's providence. Empowered by the Lord, the new missionaries went forth to announce God's reign, expel demons and heal the sick by anointing them with oil

Today’s liturgy reminds us once again that we must not permit ourselves to become so deeply involved with our means as to forget our ends

How many of us have had the opportunity to travel for the good of others? To heal broken relationships? To announce good news? Jesus gave his chosen Twelve that opportunity, the possibility to go out for people's ultimate good.

In the time of Jesus, hospitality was highly prized. And a host family claimed the honor of the guests. Meal time for stranger became a social event for the neighborhood, since their news could be heard by all.

In serving others, the missionary would depend on the goodwill of others and, ultimately, on the benevolence of God

Jesus asked us to be his witnesses. He wants all of us to be his light to the world, bringing more and more people into the light of his love.

Jesus did a lot of simple things. He hugged the children, had time for the blind begger, visited friends, went fishing with Peter. He enjoyed a drink of water at the well on a hot muggy afternoon, or a meal with His friends, and listened when he was asked a favor. None of it was costly or lavish, but it all made life good and hearts happy.

He taught us that we have within us all that we need to bring joy to this world of our.

May the Joy of the Lord be on YOU!

‘On Ya’- ma

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