The Weekend of July 27-28
by Adam Mumm
This Weekend at SJTW
Father Paul joins us as we celebrate the 17th Sunday in Ordinary Time.
In the Readings
First Reading Genesis 18:20-32
In the First Reading, God says that the reported sins of Sodom and Gomorrah are so grave that he must go down to see if their actions correspond to the cry against them. As Abraham’s messengers go to investigate Sodom, the Lord remains standing before him. Abraham says to God, “Will You sweep away the innocent with the guilty? Suppose there are fifty innocent people in the city; would You wipe out the place, rather than spare it for the sake of the fifty innocent people within it? Far be it from You to do such a thing, to make the innocent die with the guilty so that the innocent and guilty are treated alike! Should not the judge of all the world act with justice?” The Lord replies, “If I find fifty innocent people in the city of Sodom, I will spare the whole place for their sake.” Abraham proceeds to ask God if He would still destroy the city if there are only 45, 40, 30, 20 or 10 innocent people there. God replies that even if there are only 10 innocent people in the city, “For the sake of those ten, I will not destroy it.”
Second Reading Colossians 2:12-14
In the Second Reading, Paul tells us we were buried with Jesus in baptism and raised with Him through the power of God who raised Him from the dead. Even though we were dead in sin, He brought us to life with Him, having forgiven us all our sins. He has obliterated the bond against us, with its legal claims, which was opposed to us. He has removed it from our midst, nailing it to the cross.
Gospel Luke 11:1-13
In the Gospel, Jesus has finished praying when one of His disciples says to Him, “Lord, teach us to pray just as John taught his disciples.” Jesus tells him, “When you pray, say: Father, hallowed be Your name, Your kingdom come. Give us each day our daily bread and forgive our sins for we ourselves forgive everyone in debt to us, and do not subject us to the final test.” Jesus then tells His disciples to suppose someone goes to a friend at midnight and asks for three loaves of bread to give to an unexpected guest. Jesus says, “I tell you, if he does not get up to give the visitor the loaves because of their friendship, he will get up to give him whatever he needs because of his persistence.” Jesus then says, “And I tell you, ask and you will receive; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you … What father among you would hand his son a snake when he asks for a fish? Or hand him a scorpion when he asks for an egg? If you then, who are wicked, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will the Father in heaven give the Holy Spirit to those who ask Him?”
Back-to-School Giving Tree
Please return your tag and Scrip card from the Giving Tree to the Parish Office by Monday. Your generosity is always deeply appreciated!
Fr. Paul’s Homily
Copies of Fr. Paul’s Homily will be available in the church entrances.
After the 8:30 Mass, we will welcome another new member into God’s family through baptism!
Children’s Liturgy of the Word
There will be Children’s Liturgy of the Word at the 8:30 and 11:00 Masses. All kids between the ages of 5-10 and their guardians are invited to Martin Hall before the First Reading.
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