(From the Bulletin of Sts. Joachim and Ann Catholic Church, July 30, 2017)
Seventeenth Sunday in Ordinary Time - A
Have you ever spent hours looking for something, searching every possible nook and cranny, going through drawers and boxes and piles of things, only to find it right under your nose?
This Sunday's readings are all about searching for the kingdom of heaven and finding that it's right in plain sight. Solomon, the wisest man who ever lived, knew that. When God invited him to ask for anything at all, Solomon asked for the gift of wisdom—and God gave it to him. Later in life, he foolishly let wisdom slip through his fingers, and so his kingdom split apart.
So, what's so great about wisdom? Wisdom shows us what is really important in life, and what is worth living and dying for, and what is not.
Today, we have the privilege to celebration our patron feast day, the feast of Saints Joachim and Ann and also my silver Jubilee, 25th year serving God’s people with dedications and weaknesses. From Cameroon to the United States Virgin Islands, God has worked marvelous deeds. Thanks for His gracious mercy and love. What wisdom those consecrated men and women (Priests and Nuns) had in choosing to pursue the Kingdom of God from their teenage years all the way to the present! And how happy and fulfilled these consecrated men and women are—they have found love in the love of their Master, Brother, Savior and Spouse: Jesus. They are surrounded by care and attention in their later years, and they have the assurance of a heavenly reward when God calls them home.
The kingdom of heaven is like a pearl of great price, a treasure hidden in a field, a net full offish! And each one of us in every time and place are meant to fill in the blanks. Treasure is doing something important with my (our) life, doing something that will help others, finding happiness and contentment. And there it is—the kingdom of heaven is right here and now, staring me (us) in the face, challenging me (us) to take possession now.
Fr. Louis Kemayou, Pastor
Prayer For Priests
Lord Jesus, on behalf of the whole Church: Grant love and the light of Your Spirit, and give power to the words of priests so that hardened hearts might be brought to repentance and return to You, 0 Lord. Lord, give us holy priests; You Yourself maintain them in holiness. 0 Divine and Great High Priest may the power of your mercy accompany them everywhere and protect them from the devil's traps and snares which are continually being set for the souls of priests. May the power of Your mercy, 0 Lord, shatter and bring to naught all that might tarnish the sanctity of priests, for You can do all things.
Novena to Saints Joachim and Ann
Saints Joachim and Ann, grandparents of Jesus and parents of Mary, we seek your intercession. We beg you to direct all our actions to the greater glory of God and the salvation of souls. Strengthen us when we are tempted, console us during our trials, help us when we are in need, be with us in life and in death. 0 divine Savior, we thank you for having chosen Saints Joachim and Ann to be parents of our Blessed Mother Mary and so to be your own beloved grandparents. We place ourselves under their patronage this day. We recommend to them our families, our children, and our grandchildren. Keep them from all spiritual and physical harm. Grant that they may ever grow in greater love of God and others. Saint Joachim and Ann, we have many great needs. We beg you to intercede for us before the throne of your divine Grandson. All of us here have our own special intentions, our own special needs, and we pray that through your intercession, our prayers may be granted. Amen. (Mention your request here).
PRAYER TO ST. MICHAELSaint 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.