For your assistance in praying with the Church community this week, the liturgical Sunday readings read at all the masses are provided below, with some suggestions of activities that you and your family might do during the week to help sustain the messages of the Sunday gospel.
Please let us know if these suggestions are helpful for you or your family.
August 30, 2015, 22nd Sunday in Ordinary Time
"Observe the commandments of the Lord carefully." (Deuteronomy 4:6)
Deut 4:1-2, 6-9
Gospel of Mark 7:1-8,14-15,21-23 Readings Here
REFLECTION: The phrase “law and order” is often used repressively. But the phrase is more meaningful than that, because without law there is no order. Imagine cars at rush hour with no traffic laws. On a larger scale, planets, moons, and stars function together as a universe because of laws that keep them on track. The human body has rules. Obey them and chances are you will lead a long and healthy life. As the Creator of all and as THE ONE who keeps all in being, we must recognize his Presence and bow before his authority.
PRAYER: Lord, you have promised to be with us in all the needs of our lives. Come into the life of our family and teach us how to be more patient and loving with one another. Amen.
Monday: Take time today to be grateful for work, and pray for those who are out of work and have families to support. Make this your prayer at meals today.
Tuesday: The gospel is about following the law and striving for perfection. Spend time today in meditation regarding what you think is perfection in regard to your relationship with Christ.
Wednesday: What things does your family give “lip service” to? What needs to change in this experience?
Thursday: At supper tonight discuss your family attitude toward doing things perfectly. Is it more important to get things done, or are the people involved more important?
Friday: Pray the Sorrowful Mysteries Video Here of the Rosary tonight with your family.
Saturday: As summer draws to a close, prepare a family picnic to enjoy these last days (for some) to eat outdoors.
PRAYER: Lord, make our hearts real; make them genuine in dedication, in caring, in generosity and gratitude. Fill us with your Spirit and your Presence. Amen.
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