(From the Bulletin of Sts. Joachim and Ann Catholic Church, July 2, 2017)
Thirteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time - A
“Whoever finds his life will lose it and whoever loses his life for my sake will find it.”
Losing ones' life is the decision to prefer God; God Who is Life Eternal, over the temptations to attach temporally to what dies.
Attachment to what is not "our cross" is a failure to "follow" Jesus Who redeems into Life what is dead by "attaching" or crucifying what fails to the pure and total gift of self. Unless we take up "our cross" and follow Him in this Way, we are "not worthy of Jesus." We lose He, Who is our Life.
Choosing to die to self, empties one of all that would displace Jesus Who is Life. Filled with His presence, we "receive Him and the One Who sent Him."
Created by God in time and mortality, each soul is given the free will to choose in this time to co-respond to the creative ("I have loved you first") love. Espoused, we cooperate with His Love to bring His Life to life.
Lord graces us to choose to relinquish all that is of self or that diverts self from Love of You and others in order to "find" Life eternal. With ever-grateful hearts may we embrace the sweetness of our gift of cross in You for Life Eternal! Amen.
Fr. Louis Kemayou, Pastor
A PRAYER FOR DEACONS AND OTHER MINISTERS
Heavenly Father, since the time of the Apostles you have inspired the Church to commission certain members to assist in a special way in the pastoral mission of Christ. Bless the deacons and all other ordained and non-ordained ministers that they may be humble and faith-inspired in their service. We ask this through Christ, our Lord. Amen.
PRAYER TO ST. MICHAEL
Saint Michael, the Archangel, defend us in battle. Be our protection against the wickedness and snares of the devil. May God rebuke him we humbly pray; and do thou, 0 Prince of the Heavenly host, by the power of God, thrust into hell Satan and all evil spirits who wander through the world for the ruin of souls. Amen.