Welcome Back to Ordinary Time

My dear parishioners and friends of our parish community: Praised be Jesus Christ! Now and forever!

 Welcome back to ORDINARY TIME! We haven’t had a Sunday in Ordinary Time since we celebrated the Second, Third, and Fourth Sundays in Ordinary Time, way back on January 20th, 27th, and February 3rd. Then we moved into the Season of Lent, with its six Sundays, followed by the Easter Triduum and the Seven Sundays of the Easter Season.

 The month of May was taken up by the Solemnities of the Ascension of the Lord, Pentecost Sunday, Holy Trinity Sunday, Corpus Christi Sunday, and the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus. What an awesome array of festivities this has been! Now it’s time to take a deep breath and settle down for the long haul through the Sundays of Ordinary Time.

 Often, they are simply called the “Green Sundays” on account of the green vestments worn at Mass. All the earth is now alive in green growth of early Summer. The Catholic Church sees the Liturgical color of green as a sign of hope. Something else comes along too with our return to the Sundays of Ordinary Time: namely, a big chunk of some of the most important teachings of Jesus Christ.

 If you are looking for some Summer vacation-time reading, I urge you to pick up your Bible, find Chapters Five, Six, and Seven in St. Matthew’s Gospel, and read the whole Sermon on the Mount. When you have finished these three chapters, read them again. And again. Then re-read the ending of the Sermon that is today’s gospel, the last nine verses of Chapter Seven. There we find the secret, the key to understanding and appreciating Jesus’ teaching. Our Lord says, “Everyone who listens to these words of mine and acts on them will be like a wise man who built his house on rock (Matthew 7:24).”

 Jesus remains demanding when he insists that it is not enough to hear what he says; rather, it is a matter of doing what he says, of acting on his words, of putting his preaching into practice. It’s so easy to let Jesus’ words go in one ear and out the other. To be his true disciples, we must let Jesus’ words sink into our heads, hands, and hearts. Is Jesus demanding? You bet He is! May his name be praised this Lord’s Day.

 The whole month of June is traditionally dedicated to devotions in honor of the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus. The image of the Sacred Heart is beloved by Catholics all over the world. Often, the picture or statue of Jesus and His Sacred Heart is enthroned in the home, businesses, schools, churches, and chapels everywhere. I encourage you to have a particular devotion to the Sacred Heart during this new month of June, and always. Sacred Heart of Jesus, may we love You more and more!

A pleasant Sunday to all!
Devotedly in the Heart of Jesus always,
Father Jim

SaintJohnChurchMiddletown.com

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