20th Sunday of the Year - Come to the Feast
Release Date: 08/16/2015
After his victory over Goliath, David quickly becomes a favorite among the people, and his popularity leads a jealous Saul to consider how to kill him.info_outline Daily Mass: David and Goliath
The battle of David and Goliath illustrates the classic "underdog" theme of victory in the face of impossible odds. Yet David makes it clear that his triumph is not his own doing, for he has put his hope in the Lord.info_outline Daily Mass: God gazes into our hearts
Samuel observes the sons of Jesse to determine who will be anointed king, but the Lord reminds the prophet that God sees beyond the surface and gazes directly into our hearts.info_outline Daily Mass: The Lord rejects Saul as king
After his victory over the Amalekites, Saul does not carry out the command of the Lord, and his choice will lead to his rejection as king. May we honestly acknowledge our own shortcomings as call upon Christ today.info_outline Study, Pray, Serve: 3rd Sunday of the Year
Here are some of the central themes in the readings for the 3rd Sunday of the Year.info_outline 2nd Sunday of the Year: Do whatever he tells you
Mary's command to the servants is our command as well. For us to "do whatever he tells you" requires that we are receptive to God's prompting in our hearts. May we be open to the command of Christ as we follow him today.info_outline Daily Mass: Saul is anointed king
In this comedy of errors, Saul goes looking for lost donkeys and ends up being anointed king. (And you think politics is crazy today?) And yet in the midst of the messy we find God at work, leading and directing us on a path that leads to hope.info_outline Daily Mass: Out of fear the people ask for a king
Samuel has now grown old and the people of Israel approach him to ask for a king to rule and fight their battles. The Lord reveals the negative things that will happen, but the people persist in their desire.info_outline Daily Mass: The pain of violence and war
The Philistine army disastrously defeats the people of Israel, who suffer enormous casualties and loss.info_outline Daily Mass: Speak, Lord, your servant is listening
Samuel's response to the Lord's call offers us an example to follow as we actively listen and respond to God's gentle invitation.info_outline
Family dinners - be they big or small - touch our hearts in a number of ways:
- Nourish our bodies with wholesome, plentiful food
- Unite us together, setting aside our differences for a moment of peace
- Empower our lives, for service in the world
The same is true when we come to the Lord's table at every Mass. We are nourished with Christ's Body & Blood. We are united as the People of God - as brothers and sisters, neighbors and friends. We are empowered to go forth, touching the hearts of those we meet with the grace and peace of Jesus Christ.
May our reception of Holy Communion feed our souls, foster unity, and empower us to live our lives for the Lord!
August 16, 2015 - Cathedral of Christ the King - Superior, WI
Fr. Andrew Ricci - studyprayserve.com
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