Reclaim Sunday Weekly Blog

August 18th, 20th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Happy Sunday!

Friends, we have joined together united in Reclaiming Sunday and over 6,000 have found their way here! Welcome to those returning and to those urged on by learning more about the faith.


A parking lot sign hangs noting: 'No Charge' on Sundays.  'No Charge'...such as the deep faith of the poor highlighted in today's homily at one Catholic Church.  The following were mentioned:  Bartimaeus, the blind beggar whose persistance drew the attention of Christ and who was granted a healing.  (Mark 10: 46-52)  Then Zaccheaus, the tax collector  was held up as one who went to the lengths of overcoming his shortcomings and climbed a tree to behold Christ. Christ went to visit him.  (Luke 19)  Then the account of friendship for the healing of the paralytic whose friends went to great lengths to have their friend in the proximity of the only one who could heal their friend, Jesus (Mark 2: 1-12.) We were encouraged to serve as a COMMUNITY of believers marked by our degree of love for one another and not only of individuals pursuing individual interests.  Yet the words of serving as a resurrected body speaks to our rising in Christ!  He is risen!  This rich preaching also noted our beloved brothers and sisters in Christ: Lazarus, Mary and Martha who in their anguish at Lazarus' initial death were granted the further glory of Christ's reign when Lazarus was raised from the dead, called forth from the stench of the tomb.  Praise be to God on high! 


May we be found to be inviting others to our parish families where love is the order of time, love is the food and forgiveness the practice of our days through the sacraments.  We were instructed that our lives as disciples will entail oppostion.  May we be opened to the will of God and be fortified in our life of prayer and reception of the sacraments. Lastly, we were nourished hearing that in our community we must love first, and forgive first as Christ did for us. 

Friends, recall the resource where the entire Bible is available online.  For praying the Liturgy of the Hours another resource is  Forward with courage!


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10.08 | 02:45

I do appreciate your way of evangelization in this year of Faith. On the day of Lord, let us do those that foster our relation with him: mass, scripture reading

08.08 | 13:04

Studying in Jerusalem several years ago, I was very moved by the power the Sabbath has to reclaim and rejuvenate lives of believers, a time for complete rest.

30.04 | 22:05

Sunday is the day of the Lord. Let us come to Him as a family specially on this day to celebrate him and share the joy with others present in the church

29.04 | 13:30

Sunday is the most precious day of the week, time for reflection, Mass, family, and often religious studies, reflection, writing and ministry.

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