Thirteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time

– June 30, 2019

Praise be Jesus Christ now and forever!

In St. Paul’s colorful words in today’s second reading, he says don’t bite and devour one another, but use your freedom to “serve one another through love.” Think about how freeing that feels, when you decide to serve another person lovingly, especially when, in your opinion, they don’t deserve it.

Maybe you’re going through an unpleasant, argumentative situation with a neighbor or a family member, and the “biting and devouring” is getting pretty miserable. We all have that temptation, don’t we, to keep an argument going until we have the last word, or at least until we’ve made our point.

Maybe you have a hostile supervisor at work…a teacher who keeps criticizing you…or a spouse who bites first and asks questions later. It’s a huge challenge not to get “hooked into” their hostility with an angry response. But don’t look backwards. If Christ lives in us, we keep our hand steady on the plough. We focus our gaze on planting seeds of respect, kindness, gentleness, and the hospitality of Christ.

Next, the other person wants to defend themselves, so they say something they will probably live to regret! Then it’s back to us, so we stoke the fires of anger a little higher. In a sane moment, we would realize this is not “serving one another through love.”

Those who are dead to the way of Christ will have to plant their own seeds—but that’s not our business. Just don’t get caught up in dealing with dead things, because you belong among the living. The Holy Spirit constantly brings us to life, so we, in turn, can bring life, peace and true hospitality to those on the path in front of us!

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PRAYER FOR OUR COUNTRY

Heavenly Father, send forth Your Spirit to heal our land and calm our fears. Hold in Your arms all who have been affected by senseless violence. Heal the hearts and minds of all who have been scarred by hate. Welcome into the peace of Your kingdom all those who have died. May the light of Christ shine forth through Your faithful people and become a beacon of hope. May the justice and peace that only You can bring reign in our hearts, and in our world. Amen.

Welcome to all those visiting our parish this weekend and thank you for joining us in the celebration of the Eucharist at St. Rose Parish. Enjoy the Fourth of July holiday on Thursday with your family and friends…please join us for Mass either at 6:45 or 9:00 a.m. as we thank God for the freedoms we enjoy and as we pray for our nation. May God bless you and keep you always in His Love, and may God Bless America!

Joyfully in the Lord,



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

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