Fourteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time

– July 7, 2019

Praise be Jesus Christ now and forever!

“At that time the Lord appointed seventy-two others whom he sent ahead of him in pairs to every town and place he intended to visit. He said to them ‘the harvest is abundant, but the laborers are few; so ask the master of the harvest to send out laborers into his harvest. Go on your way; behold, I am sending you like lambs among wolves.’”

Imagine being one of those sent. Who is your companion, as you go to bring the message of Jesus to someone else? Is your partner the talkative type, allowing you to remain present, but quiet? To whom will you go, either knocking on a door, stopping by a hospital bed, saying hello to someone in the laundromat? Isn’t it interesting to wrestle with the answers?

Well, you are one of the lucky ones, not among the seventy-two, but among all the baptized to work in bringing in the harvest. If someone doesn’t do his or her part, the harvest fails, dies, or simply rots. It is out there and the Lord needs people to follow His call as priests and deacons, as religious and committed lay workers, as missionary disciples. The good news is, we do not do it alone but the Lord accompanies you.

There is work to be done and I heard that He is asking you do it. Talk to someone about it today and fulfill your potential.


Thursday, July 11 is the Feast of St. Benedict of Norcia. After founding twelve communities of monks at Subiaco, Italy, Benedict of Norcia (480- 547) traveled to Montecassino where he established a monastery and wrote ‘The Rule’. This simple set of guidelines for how the life of a monk should be lived has become one of the most influential works in all of Western Christendom. “Almighty God, give me wisdom to proclaim You, intelligence to understand You, diligence to seek You, patience to wait for You, eyes to behold You, a heart to meditate upon You and life to proclaim You, through the power of the Spirit of Our Lord Jesus Christ. Amen (Benedict of Norcia). St. Benedict, pray for us!

Have a good week and may God bless you and keep you always in His Love!

Joyfully in the Lord,

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

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