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July 11, 2021
Fifteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time
Strive to See
Off with you, visionary…
Amos 7:12

The Old Testament priest Amaziah ordered the prophet Amos to leave the city. He called Amos a visionary but dismissed him as a dreamy, impractical and false prophet. Biblical history today knows Amos as a true and dedicated prophet, who preached a much-needed message. Yes, Amos was a visionary, as one who looks beyond the status quo and borders to discover better ways to serve God and help people.

Jesus is the ultimate visionary, who superseded the old ways and preached a new way. Jesus defended his Gospel with a thunderous exclamation point by his death on the Cross.

Today, Christians are still called to be visionaries, to daily strive to see what could be and to achieve a more excellent spiritual life. We often hear about the “American Dream,” but visionary thinking is far greater. That vision is found in The Lord’s Prayer: “Thy kingdom come…on earth, as it is in heaven.” The utmost visionary goal is to behold the beatific vision.

- Fr. James McKarns

Amos 7:12-15 • Psalm 85:9-14 Ephesians 1:3-14 • Mark 6:7-13

Comments

July 11, 2021 at 12:13 PM

We are chosen. This is the first part of today’s message, God chooses the less obvious to take his message to the masses, us full of sin and the need of his forgiveness and mercy. Also, the second part of today’s message, we should asks ourselves, what is prohibiting us to be distant from Jesus. What worldly attachment is holding us down from fulling committing and trusting Jesus. Today, Jesus wants to send us, the chosen, two by two to do his work for the harvest. Leave what is holding us back and come with only love in our hearts and the desire to be depended only on Jesus , he will be enough. Live freely for the the Gospel and his Kingdom. We are free, the chosen servants of our Lord Jesus Christ. Dear Jesus please hear our prayers for those who are dying, may Christ mercy and love be with them during their time of need. Amen.

Salins
July 11, 2021 at 06:43 PM

Great prayer, JAM :-) Yes, Lord! I believe and help my unbelief is my constant prayer :-) P.S. I used to serve a middle school group in Pa named JAM, Jesus and me!

JAM
July 11, 2021 at 02:47 PM

The last 15+ months have given us all time to realize just *what* is really important in our lives. I'm not sure how confident I am to go on the journey with just sandals and a tunic! Lord, please increase my faith.

July 11, 2021 at 11:13 AM

Amen.

July 11, 2021 at 10:32 AM

Amen

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