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Gospel reading Luke 9:51-62

Thirteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time : June 26, 2016

When the days for Jesus' being taken up were fulfilled, he resolutely determined to journey to Jerusalem, and he sent messengers ahead of him. On the way they entered a Samaritan village to prepare for his reception there, but they would not welcome him because the destination of his journey was Jerusalem. When the disciples James and John saw this they asked, "Lord, do you want us to call down fire from heaven to consume them?" Jesus turned and rebuked them, and they journeyed to another village. As they were proceeding on their journey someone said to him, "I will follow you wherever you go." Jesus answered him, "Foxes have dens and birds of the sky have nests, but the Son of Man has nowhere to rest his head." And to another he said, "Follow me." But he replied, "Lord, let me go first and bury my father." But he answered him, "Let the dead bury their dead. But you, go and proclaim the kingdom of God." And another said, "I will follow you, Lord, but first let me say farewell to my family at home." To him Jesus said, "No one who sets a hand to the plow and looks to what was left behind is fit for the kingdom of God."

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Father Davis

Church of the Little Flower

Thirteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time : June 26, 2016

Dear Parishioners,

It will be hard to top last Sunday’s amazing inaugural events at our parish for the annual Fortnight of Prayer for Freedom, which included the presence of the relics of Saint John Fisher and Saint Thomas More, literally flown in from London the previous day, and accompanied by a curator and the Sisters of the Pierced Hearts of Jesus and Mary. The Knights of Columbus, the awesome music ministry with trumpets, and the presence of Miami’s Archbishop Thomas Wenski at the 10:30am Mass, (not to mention his outstanding homily, which is published on-line at www.miamiarch.org), made the inaugural day of this period of prayer a spectacular one indeed!

This coming week we will pray for the nation in two unique ways. On Monday evening at 7:00pm we will have a ceremony of Solemn Benediction in our church, during which exposition of the Blessed Sacrament, Scripture readings, reflections, and a period of adoration will assist us in lifting our minds and hearts before the Lord in prayerful concern for the wellbeing of our country. On Thursday evening at 7:30pm, we will have our annual Patriotic Prayer Service, replete with patriotic music, quotes from the founding fathers and foundational Presidents of our country, and a candlelight litany of prayer for the nation. This will be the fifth year that we have had such a beautiful occasion which annually draws hundreds, even from other parishes. It is also advertised on the Archdiocese of Miami website. The archbishop is very proud of our parish and its commitment to put into practice the directives of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, regarding this important period of prayer.

Coincidentally, the Gospel this weekend challenges us all to follow through on our commitment to Christ, embracing his teachings, and applying them to the total (even public) sphere of our lives. The Gospel reminds us that “he who puts his hand to the plow and looks back is not fit for the Kingdom of God!” There is nothing in the world of God’s good creation, and of our experience as human beings, for which God’s grace and concern do not apply. We may be tempted to call down fire upon the earth when things don’t go our way, but we are instead challenged by the Gospel to spiritualize our world, and become men and women of conviction about Gospel principles. Everything that we do should always be in the service of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. We should always be advancing his cause.

This weekend, I have published our annual projected operating budget, which shows that it is, indeed, not cheap to run our very prominent and historical parish. The painting project, as we prepare for the 90th anniversary celebration in October, is almost a third of the way done. Abundant ministries, including the Vacation Bible Camp, are in full swing. Fifteen full-time members of the professional staff are constantly working to keep our parish on the cutting edge of ministry in the service of the Gospel. Truly, we have our hands on the plow and are moving forward at light-speed pace. I hope you see and know of the extent of such a Gospel enterprise. I also hope you continue to encourage this flagship parish of the Archdiocese through your weekly participation and stewardship. Everyone’s contribution are needed, even when you are on vacation. During that period of time, support the parish you love so much through on-line giving.

All of us, together, make the Church of the Little Flower a strong and vibrant place of faith to the glory of God.

Father Davis

Information overload

June 26, 2016

47. Furthermore, when media and the digital world become omnipresent, their influence can stop people from learning how to live wisely, to think deeply and to love generously. In this context, the great sages of the past run the risk of going unheard amid the noise and distractions of an information overload. Efforts need to be made to help these media become sources of new cultural progress for humanity and not a threat to our deepest riches. True wisdom, as the fruit of self-examination, dialogue and generous encounter between persons, is not acquired by a mere accumulation of data which eventually leads to overload and confusion, a sort of mental pollution. Real relationships with others, with all the challenges they entail, now tend to be replaced by a type of internet communication which enables us to choose or eliminate relationships at whim, thus giving rise to a new type of contrived emotion which has more to do with devices and displays than with other people and with nature. Today’s media do enable us to communicate and to share our knowledge and affections. Yet at times they also shield us from direct contact with the pain, the fears and the joys of others and the complexity of their personal experiences. For this reason, we should be concerned that, alongside the exciting possibilities offered by these media, a deep and melancholic dissatisfaction with interpersonal relations, or a harmful sense of isolation, can also arise.

Source : Laudato Si’

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