July 2, 2023
Thirteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time
Quiet Piety
At your name they rejoice all the day…
Psalm 89:17

I spent a week in gorgeous Guanajuato, Mexico, with its brightly-colored buildings spilling down into a valley. One day, an older man coming towards me on the street looked to a doorway, doffed his hat and continued past. What was that about? Reaching the spot myself, I saw: It was a hotel, and in the entryway hung a huge image of Our Lady of Guadalupe.

From that point on, I kept my eyes open for other such acts of visible, yet quiet piety, and I saw plenty. I’d stand outside one of the many, also brightly colored, churches, and as young and old passed, I observed them. It wasn’t everyone, but enough—men tipped their hats, young and old made the Sign of the Cross, some pausing, others not even breaking stride or stopping in their conversations as they acknowledged God’s presence in the midst of their busy days.

Lord, thank you for your loving presence today and every day.

- Amy Welborn

2 Kings 4:8-11, 14-16a • Psalm 89:2-3, 16-19 • Romans 6:3-4, 8-11 • Matthew 10:37-42

Comments

July 2, 2023 at 09:22 PM

Today’s readings point me to the joy of the Lord!!! JOY - Jesus, others and yourself! *** Nehemiah 8:10, “Nehemiah said, “Go and enjoy choice food and sweet drinks, and send some to those who have nothing prepared. This day is holy to our Lord. Do not grieve, for the joy of the Lord is your strength.” *** The Shunem woman worshipped God, took care of Elisha and she herself was given a son in 2 King 4:14-17, “Then Elisha said, “Bring her here again.” So he did. She stood in the doorway. “You will hold a son in your arms,” Elisha said. “It will be about this time next year.” “No, my master!” she objected. “You are a man of God. So please don’t lie to me!” But the woman became pregnant. She had a baby boy. It happened the next year about that same time. That’s exactly what Elisha had told her would happen.” *** I cannot reverse the order of JOY - Jesus, others and yourself in Matthew 10:37-39, “Anyone who loves their father or mother more than Me is not worthy of Me. Anyone who loves their son or daughter more than Me is not worthy of Me. Whoever does not pick up their cross and follow Me is not worthy of Me. Whoever finds their life will lose it. Whoever loses their life because of Me will find it.” ******* The joy of of the Lord comes from knowing Jesus Himself, following Him and listening to the Holy Spirit :-) The rest will follow by the power of the Holy Spirit in loving and caring for others and myself!!!

July 2, 2023 at 11:50 AM

Marko have not heard from you. Here's today thoughts from Padre Pio. Day by day Padre Pio 5 walk cheerfully and with a sincere and open heart as much as you can, and when you cannot always maintain this Holy Joy, at least do not lose heart or your trust in god. Pam and Jane hope travels are going well. I am still not a robot. Ken

July 2, 2023 at 10:45 AM

Amen. :)

July 2, 2023 at 10:21 AM

Living Hope by Phil Wickham https://youtu.be/9f2FXxDVO6w

Salina
July 2, 2023 at 03:53 PM

I appreciate you very much, Ken! Matt and I drove to visit Jessi on Friday for a few days to lift up her spirit by the power of the Holy Spirit. They were in the salt water pool in her apartment Friday evening talking and laughing for over an hour…I am grateful, humble and pleased for God’s favor and providence knowing He will finish what He has started in Jessi :-) I on the other hand sat by the pool side eaten alive by mosquitoes because I don’t know how to swim…not a real Chinese: don’t know how to ride a bike or swim…the basic modes of transportation in my growing up years :-):-):-)

Kjc
July 2, 2023 at 11:59 AM

Salina thanks love the song especially with lyrics. You and Jessi will be still in my thoughts and prayers today during adoration. Ken

July 2, 2023 at 09:54 AM

Thank you Amy, that is beautiful.

July 2, 2023 at 09:47 AM

Always love your “ Travelogues “, Amy Thank you for sharing your trips and finding God everywhere in our beautiful world. I’ve been married to a wonderful man who happens to be an agnostic and both of our adult sons have grown up with the same viewpoints as their Dad. All I can tell you, Vicky, is that we must trust God’s plan and continue to pray that our loved ones find the love and compassion Our Lord has to offer them. It’s not easy by no means, but everyone has challenges in their lives and it hurts me that you’re going through this right now. I will pray for you and your son.

Amy Welborn
July 2, 2023 at 10:27 AM

Thanks so much for the kind words! Prayers for you and your family.

July 2, 2023 at 09:33 AM

Thanks Amy for giving us this insight into Guanajuato... sounds like a place I'd like to visit some day to experience such reverence to our Church...have a holy and blessed 1st Sunday of the month LFF...

July 2, 2023 at 09:00 AM

I just read comments from yesterday. Vicky prayers for your son to find the love of God soon. My God hold him in his hands and guide him to a more peaceful faithful life. Thank you everyone for the prayers for my niece. I remind her what a strong person she is. Prayers for the LFF. Here's to a Heavenly Earth! Pam, Ken, Peggy, RSR and Joann all of you thank you for your caring words.

Kjc
July 2, 2023 at 09:51 AM

Stormy I am praying for you and Maribeth right now. Vicky keep it up your faith will bring you and eventually them around. Living faith family sharing day 4 of surrender Novena. You see evil growing instead of weakening? Do not worry. Close your eyes and say to me with faith: "Thy will be done; You take care of it". I say to you that I will take care of it and that I will intervene as does a doctor and I will accomplish Miracles when they are needed. Do you see that sick person is getting worse? Do not be upset, but close your eyes and say, " You take care of it" I say to you that I will take care of it, and that there is no medicine more powerful than my loving intervention. By my love, I promise this to you. Ken

July 2, 2023 at 08:40 AM

Amen! May we see Christ everyday in everything we do. and his presence be noticed to all.

July 2, 2023 at 08:38 AM

Beautiful story and imagery Amy, thank you for sharing. A blessed holiday weekend to everyone at our LFF.

July 2, 2023 at 06:38 AM

Amen :)

Beautiful streets and colorful facades of San Miguel de Allende in Guanajuato, Mexico. By JoseLuis | Adobe Stock
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