Fifteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time – 07.15.18

Praise be Jesus Christ now and forever!

St. Paul tells us in today’s second reading that, “…In all wisdom and insight, [God] has made known to us the mystery of his will in accord with his favor that he set forth in him as a plan for the fullness of times, to sum up all things in Christ, in heaven and on earth.” And our psalm proclaims that peace is God’s wish for us.

The picture that emerges from these Scripture readings is a world moving towards oneness.  God will eventually bring everything into unity.  It is clearly obvious that that time has not yet arrived.  We still struggle to understand each other.  Peace seems elusive in many parts of the world.  But God’s plan is still God’s plan. God wants us to move towards ever greater unity.  God wants all of creation to live in a marvelous harmony.

God is calling us to oneness.  That is the grand plan.  Part of seeing this bigger picture is to realize that our choices over time can lead either to greater unity or greater disunity.  The husband or wife who continually chooses to ignore the genuine needs of their spouse is slowly destroying the marriage relationship.  Marriages don’t fall apart in a month.  It takes many hundreds of selfish choices over a long period of time, which eventually breaks down that sacred union.  Every time you make a choice which pushes your partner further away from you, you are making a choice for separation, rather than for union.  The same process takes place with all our decisions.  

God’s plan for oneness and harmony must become our plan. As we live our lives, the vision of one harmonious creation must take root in our very character.  We are asked to be people who show by our very personalities that our wish is for people to come together as members of God’s one family.

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“We need a spirit of holiness capable of filling both our solitude and our service, our personal life and our evangelization efforts, so that every moment can be an expression of self-sacrificing love in the Lord’s eyes.  In this way, every minute of our lives can be a step along the path to growth in holiness” (Pope Francis, “On the Call to Holiness”, 31).

Welcome to all those visiting our parish this weekend and thank you for joining us in the celebration of the Eucharist and supporting our parish!  Enjoy these lazy, hazy, days of summer while they last. May you have a good week and may God bless you and keep you always in His Love!

Listen to Sr. Joyce’s reflective reading of today’s Gospel: 

Listen to my homily today: 

Joyfully in the Lord,



Rev. Msgr. Edward J. Arnister
Pastor, St. Rose Parish
Belmar, NJ

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