Our Lady of Solitude Catholic Church

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Tenth Sunday in Ordinary Time

  June 9, 2024

 

Décimo Domingo del Tiempo Ordinario

  9 de junio de 2024 

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Jesús respondió:

“¿Quién es mi madre y quiénes son mis hermanos?”

Luego, mirando a los que estaban sentados, dijo:

“Éstos son mi madre y mis hermanos.

Porque el que cumple la voluntad de Dios,

ése es mi hermano, mi hermana y mi madre”.

 

Jesus said to them in reply:
"Who are my mother and my brothers?"
And looking around at those seated, he said:
"Here are my mother and my brothers.
For whoever does the will of God
is my brother and sister and mother."


Fr. Luis' Bulletin Article / Artículo del Boletín del P. Luis: 

Décimo domingo del tiempo ordinario.

Este domingo somos confrontados con la realidad del pecado que busca apoderarse del ser humano haciéndolo su esclavo y creando divisiones en medio de ellos. La primera lectura tomada del Génesis nos muestra como Dios llama a Adán para pedirle cuentas de su pecado y este a su vez señala a Eva como la culpable y ella a la serpiente, que es al símbolo del mal quien asume la culpa. Es interesante en este pasaje ver como tanto Adán como Eva no asumen la responsabilidad por sus acciones y el pecado cometido contra el mandato De Dios y señalan a la serpiente como la única responsable de las acciones que ellos libremente decidieron realizar. Creo mis queridos hermanos que esta lectura nos ayuda a comprender como muchas veces nosotros nos escudamos en los demás para no aceptar la responsabilidad de nuestras acciones. Parece como si no tuviéramos libertad al momento de tomar decisiones y como si siempre lo hiciéramos forzados por los demás. Es importante ser conscientes de cada decisión que tomamos y realizarla libre de cualquier presión para que así nuestros actos sean verdaderos y tengamos la valentía para asumir las consecuencias que ellos conlleven. La lectura nos hace un llamado de atención a ser responsables de nuestros actos, a recordar que un día Dios nos llamará a dar cuentas de lo que hemos hecho, y por último nos recuerda que el mal siempre está a nuestro lado buscando a quien seducir pero que somos nosotros los que debemos discernir para saber escoger lo mejor conforme a la voluntad de Dios.

 

En la segunda lectura san Pablo les recomienda a los Corintios recordar que nuestra meta final no es la tierra y que por lo tanto deben tener la mirada fija en las cosas del cielo que no son perecederas como las de la tierra.

 

La lectura del evangelio nos pone de frente otra vez con el poder del mal y cómo este puede turbar nuestras mentes para crear división en medio de nosotros y para nublarnos la mente al punto de ser incapaces de reconocer la acción del Espíritu Santo actuando en una persona. Es a esa incapacidad y el atribuirle el poder del mal a quien actúa con el Espíritu a lo que Jesús llama el pecado que no se perdona. El evangelio nos recuerda que la divisiones no vienen de Dios sino del maligno que busca dividir para destruir y reinar. Por otro lado nos hace comprender que el que tiene el poder absoluto no es el maligno sino Dios. Por último, en este pasaje del evangelio vemos que Jesús no rechaza a su familia de origen sino que por el contrario la amplia cuando nos dice que su familia son todos aquellos que hacen la voluntad de Dios. En ese sentido está creando unos nuevos vínculos familiares que no nos vienen por los lazos de la sangre sino por ser los Hijos De Dios, quienes escuchan su palabra y la ponen en práctica. Valdría la pena este domingo hacernos las siguientes preguntas: ¿Creo yo división en mi entorno? ¿Hay división en mi familia o en mi trabajo ? Si la hay, ¿quien o que la está creando? ¿Soy capaz de reconocer que en Jesús todos somos hermanos? ¿Creo que Jesús tiene más poder que el maligno?

Fr. Lucho, msc


Tenth Sunday in Ordinary Time.

This Sunday we are confronted with the reality of sin that seeks to take over human beings, making them their slaves and creating divisions among them. The first reading taken from Genesis shows us how God calls Adam to ask him to account for his sin and he in turn points to Eve as the culprit and she to the snake, which is the symbol of evil who assumes the blame. It is interesting in this passage to see how both Adam and Eve do not assume responsibility for their actions and the sin committed against God's command and point to the serpent as the only one responsible for the actions that they freely decided to carry out. I believe, my dear brothers and sisters, that this reading helps us understand how many times we hide behind others so as not to accept responsibility for our actions. It seems as if we do not have freedom when making decisions and as if we are always forced by others. It is important to be aware of each decision we make and make it free of any pressure so that our actions are true and we have the courage to assume the consequences that they entail. The reading calls our attention to be responsible for our actions, to remember that one day God will call us to account for what we have done, and finally it reminds us that evil is always at our side looking for someone to seduce but that we are the ones who must discern to know how to choose the best according to the will of God.

 

In the second reading, Saint Paul recommends that the Corinthians remember that our final goal is not the earth and that therefore they must keep their eyes fixed on the things of heaven that are not perishable like those of earth.

 

Reading the gospel brings us face to face again with the power of evil and how it can trouble our minds to create division among us and to cloud our minds to the point of being unable to recognize the action of the Holy Spirit acting in a person. . It is this inability and attributing the power of evil to those who act with the Spirit that Jesus calls the sin that is not forgiven. The gospel reminds us that divisions do not come from God but from the evil one who seeks to divide to destroy and reign. On the other hand, it makes us understand that the one who has absolute power is not the evil one but God. Finally, in this passage of the gospel we see that Jesus does not reject his family of origin but on the contrary expands it when he tells us that his family is all those who do the will of God. In that sense he is creating new family ties that do not come to us through blood ties but because we are the Children of God, who listen to his word and put it into practice. It would be worth it this Sunday to ask ourselves the following questions: Do I create division in my environment? Is there division in my family or in my work? If there is, who or what is creating it? Am I able to recognize that in Jesus we are all brothers and sisters? Do I believe that Jesus has more power than the evil one?

Fr. Lucho, msc

Fr. Rajesh's Bulletin Article

Brothers and Sisters of Christ…

This Sunday’s Gospel reading shows us two types of misunderstanding that Jesus had to face: that of the scribes and that of his own brethren.

 

The first misunderstanding. The scribes were men educated in the Sacred Scriptures and charged with explaining them to the people. Some of them were sent from Jerusalem to Galilee, where Jesus’ reputation was beginning to spread, in order to discredit him in the eyes of the people: to play the role of gossips, to discredit the other, to remove his authority, to do this awful thing. And they were sent to do this. And these scribes arrived with a specific and terrible accusation — they spared no means; they went straight to the point and said: “He is possessed by Beelzebul, and by the prince of demons

he casts out the demons”. That is, the prince of demons is the one who drives Him, which is more or less amounts to saying: “He is possessed by demons”. In fact, Jesus healed many sick people, and the scribes wanted to make others believe that he did so not with the Spirit of God — as Jesus did — but with that of the Evil One, with the power of the devil. Jesus reacted with firm and clear words; he did not tolerate this, because those scribes, perhaps without realizing it, were falling into the gravest sin: denying and blaspheming against God’s Love which is present and active in Jesus. And blasphemy, the sin against the Holy Spirit, is the one unforgivable sin — as Jesus said — because it comes from closing the heart to God’s mercy which acts in Jesus. But this episode contains an admonishment which is useful to all of us. Indeed, it can happen that deep envy of a person’s goodness and good works can drive one to falsely accuse him or her. Here there is true, lethal poison: the malice with which, in a premeditated manner, one wants to destroy the good reputation of the other. May God free us from this terrible temptation! And if, by examining our conscience, we realize that this weed is sprouting within us, let us go straight away to confess it in the Sacrament of Penance, before it grows and produces its evil effects, which are incurable. Be careful, because this attitude destroys families, friendships, communities and even society.

 

Today’s Gospel also speaks to us about another, very different misunderstanding with regard to Jesus: that of his brethren. They were worried, because his new itinerant life seemed folly to them. In fact, he exhibited such openness toward the people, especially toward the sick and toward sinners, to the extent that he did not even have time to eat. Jesus was like that: people first; serving people; helping people; teaching people; healing people. He was for the people. He did not even have time to eat. Thus, his brethren decided to take him back home to Nazareth. His brethren came to the place where Jesus was teaching and they sent to him and called him. But Jesus formed a new family, no longer based on natural ties, but on faith in him, on his love which welcomes us and unites us to each other, in the Holy Spirit. All those who welcome Jesus’ word are children of God and brothers and sisters among themselves. Welcoming the word of Jesus makes us brothers and sisters, makes us Jesus’ family. Jesus’ response was not a lack of respect for his mother and his brethren. Rather, for Mary it is the greatest recognition, precisely because she herself is the perfect disciple who completely obeyed God’s will. May the Virgin Mother help us to live always in communion with Jesus, recognizing the work of the Holy Spirit who acts in him and in the Church, regenerating the world to new life. [synthesized from Pope Francis Angelus 10 VI 18]

 

-Fr. Rajesh

Deacon John's Homily 10th Sunday in Ordinary Time

10th Sunday – Cycle B – 2018


My friends – our readings today contain the classic – and ongoing – fight of Good versus Evil.  The wrong-doer, of course, refusing to accept blame.  Adam blames Eve.  Eve blames the serpent.  And – in our gospel – the Scribes are so immersed in their own power and greed – that goodness is not even part of who they are anymore…

 

A little context regarding Mark’s gospel today.  We’re in the 3rd chapter.  In the verse prior to today’s gospel – Jesus had just appointed his 12 Apostles.

 

So far in these first 3 chapters –– Jesus was baptized; fasted in the desert for 40 days – and was tempted by the devil.  He then began his public ministry – traveling from town to town – healing the sick, curing lepers, forgiving sinners –  and driving out demons.

 

Interesting – the very first thing Jesus did in his public ministry was in the Synagogue – driving a demon out of a man.   

 

In Mark’s gospel – we have the phenomenon known as the Messianic Secret.  That is –  no one – knows that Jesus is the Messiah – except the demons

 

This explains why – in today’s gospel – Jesus’ family set out to seize and protect him.  Poor people.  They didn’t understand what was going on. They thought he was out of his mind ! 

 

And then – to make things worse – the Scribes accuse Jesus of being possessed by Beelzebub – Satan

 

To be falsely accused – what a horrible thing !  The pain innocent victims experience !   We see it so much in the News.

 

Anyone who was ever accused of something they were innocent of – knows what that injustice feels like:  segregated – alone – abandoned – looked down upon.

 

And now – Jesus – sent by God to teach love – is being called “Evil.”

 

…From the very first time the Scribes and Pharisees heard Jesus preach – they felt threatened – and immediately stooped so low as to plot to kill him.  How dare he – a carpenter – from Nazareth – jeopardize their place of social honor

 

They were so immersed in their own power and self importance – that they lost touch with humanity.  The only contact the Scribes had with the every-day person was to look down at them – and quote Religious Law to them – while they themselves were disobeying God’s Commandment to love our neighbor. 

 

Jesus’ response to their accusation was to pose a common-sense question to them – pointing out the absurdity of their accusation:  “How can Satan drive our Satin ?”

 

Knowing hardness of their hearts – Jesus makes his earth-shattering statement: “Whoever blasphemes against the Holy Spirit will never have forgiveness – but is guilty of an everlasting sin."

 

My friends – this statement has been the cause of concern and worry of many good and holy people over the ages.  Saint John Paul II and our Pope Francis addressed this concern. 

 

This is what Saint John Paul said:

“To blaspheme the Holy Spirit does not consist in offending the Holy Spirit in words.  Rather – it consists in the refusal to accept the salvation which God offers to man through the Holy Spirit.  Such blasphemy is to reject the Holy Spirit and block the healing and forgiveness offered by the Lord.  So – the sin is not forgivable because the sinner does not seek forgiveness.” 

 

Pope Francis said:  ““To blaspheme the Holy Spirit is the refusal to accept God’s mercy”

 

Therefore, my friends – every sin is forgivable – if only the sinner would ask for forgiveness…..

 

Jesus ends this conversation with those seated around him by telling them the importance of following the way of God:

“Whoever does the will of God is my brother and sister and mother."

“You pray for the hungry. Then you feed them. 

 This is how prayer works.”       Pope Francis

“Before you speak of peace, you must first have it in your heart.”    –Francis of Assisi

“Antes de hablar de paz, primero debes tenerla en tu corazón”.   –Francisco de Asís

Our parish is staffed by the Missionaries of the Sacred Heart (M.S.C.)

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 Rev. Luis Segura M.S.C. – Pastor

Rev. Jos Rajesh Peter M.S.C. – Parochial Vicar