Friday, August 2, 2019

Friday of the Seventeenth Week in Ordinary Time

Saint Eusebius of Vercelli, Bishop (283-371); Saint Peter Julian Eymard (1811-1868)
First Friday of the Month

Readings of the Day
RB: Ch 51 Those Sent on a Short Journey
Mass: Lev 23: 1, 4-11, 15-16, 27, 34b-37; Resp Ps 81; Mt 13:54-58

Sing with joy to God our help.

The people in Jesus' hometown questioned His wisdom and authority. They took offense at Him. Jesus was unable to perform many mighty deeds there because of their lack of faith. I discovered a little gem of a book this morning, The Way of Gratitude: Readings for a Joyful Life (Orbis, 2017). I opened it to a quotation by Mother Teresa of Calcutta. Maybe our mighty deed on this First Friday of the Month, wherever we are, in our hometown or far away, is what St Teresa of Calcutta suggests: Let no one ever come to you without leaving better and happier. Be the living expression of God's kindness; kindness in your face, kindness in your eyes, kindness in your smile (p. 133).

Included here is the Pope's August Prayer Intention:

Let us leave a world with families.
Let us care for our families, because they are true schools for the future, spaces of freedom, and centers of humanity.
And let us reserve a special place in our families for individual and communal prayer.

Let us pray that families, through their life of prayer and love, become ever more clearly "schools of true human development".

And more from St Teresa:

What can you do to promote world peace? Go home and love your family.
(Mother Teresa in The Way of Gratitude, p. 134)


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