by Adolf Hyła (1943); Krakow-Łagiewniki, Poland
BVMC is a loving Catholic Christian Community
that seeks to worship God reverently,
serve His creation faithfully
and bring the good news of the Gospel
to the community outside its doors.
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Friday, Stations of the Cross - 7:00 PM
Saturday, Vigil Mass of Sunday - 5:00 PM
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Saturday Vigil Mass - 5:00 pm
Fourteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time C
July 3, 2022
Ps 66:1-3, 4-5, 6-7, 16, 20
Lk 10:1-12, 17-20
Today’s Scriptures remind us that announcing the Good News of the Kingdom by words, deeds and life is not the task of only a few. Rather, it is a task for all baptized Christians.
In the First Reading, Isaiah sees the city of Jerusalem as the prototype of the rejoicing Church—the Church who comforts her children, “as a mother comforts her child.” He assures his listeners that they live in the certainty of the Lord’s promises of love, protection, prosperity and salvation.
In today’s Second Reading (Gal 6:14-18), Paul clearly teaches that it was Jesus’ death on the cross which brings one salvation and not a Jewish heritage. He reminds us that every Christian is called to be a “new creation,” and that the mission of each member of the Church is to bear witness to the saving power of the cross of Christ through a life of sacrificial, self-giving service.
Today’ Gospel, taken from the Gospel of Luke, describes, in Jesus’ commissioning of 72 disciples to preach the Gospel in towns and villages in preparation for his visit, the fulfillment of the prophetic promise made by Isaiah. He gives them “travel tips” for their missionary journey. They must be walking witnesses of God’s providence by relying on the hospitality of others, living very simple lives, preaching the Good News and healing the sick. Today’s Gospel reminds us that the 1.5 billion Christians in the world today have the same mission to preach the Gospel of Christ.
Just as Jesus, in today’s Gospel, gave instructions to the seventy-two missionaries, He also gives each one of us a mission to carry out. We should attract others to the Faith by leading exemplary lives. This is our responsibility. We must not miss the current opportunities to be apostles through our words and deeds in everyday life.