The Weekend of June 29-30
by Adam Mumm
This Weekend at SJTW
Father David joins us to celebrate the 13th Sunday in Ordinary Time!
In the Readings
First Reading 1 Kings 19:16b, 19-21
In the First Reading, the Lord tells Elijah to anoint Elisha to succeed him as prophet. Elijah finds Elisha plowing and throws his cloak over him. Elisha runs after Elijah and says, “Please, let me kiss my father and mother goodbye, and I will follow you.” Elijah answers, “Go back! Have I done anything to you?” Elisha takes the oxen he’d been plowing with and slaughters them. He uses the plowing equipment as fuel to boil their flesh and gives the meat to the people to eat. He then leaves and follows Elijah as his attendant.
Second Reading Galatians 5:1, 13-18
In the Second Reading, Paul tells us that for freedom Christ set us free; so we should stand firm and not submit again to the yoke of slavery. Paul tells us we should not use our call for freedom as an opportunity for the flesh. Instead, we should serve one another through love. The whole law of the Lord can be summed up as “you shall love your neighbor as yourself.” Paul says to live by the Spirit, and we will not gratify desires of the flesh since they are against the Spirit. Being guided by the Spirit makes us free.
Gospel Luke 9:51-62
In the Gospel, Jesus is determined to go to Jerusalem. When a Samaritan village would not welcome Him, James and John ask if they should call down fire from heaven. Jesus rebukes them, and they journey to another village. On their way, someone says to Jesus, “I will follow You wherever You go.” Jesus answers, “Foxes have dens and birds of the sky have nests, but the Son of Man has nowhere to rest His head.” Jesus says to another, “Follow Me.” The person replies, “Lord, let me go first and bury my father.” But Jesus answers, “Let the dead bury their dead. But you, go and proclaim the kingdom of God.” Another person says, “I will follow You, Lord, but first let me say farewell to my family at home.” Jesus tells him, “No one who sets a hand to the plow and looks to what was left behind is fit for the kingdom of God.”
VBS Donation Drop-Off
If you took a slip from one of the VBS posters in the vestibules, don’t forget to place the item in the bins in the back of the church or bring it to the Parish Office by June 30!
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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