Thirteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time [a] July 2, 2017

Engaging Faith | Mon, Jun 26, 2017

By John Bucki, S.J.
Source: Education for Justice

Thirteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time [a]

July 2, 2017


2 Kings 4:8-11, 14-16a

Romans 6:3-4, 8-11

Matthew 10:37-42



July 1: International Day of Cooperatives.

July 1: Canada Day

July 4: Independence Day in the United States



In a global culture driven by excessive individualism, our tradition proclaims that the person is not only sacred but also social. The Catholic tradition teaches that human beings grow and achieve fulfillment in community.

-U.S. Bishops, Sharing Catholic Social Teaching: Challenges and Directions

In the Sunday Eucharist, the believing heart opens wide to embrace all aspects of the church. But ... far from trying to create a narrow "gift" mentality, St Paul calls rather for a demanding culture of sharing, to be lived not only among the members of the community itself but in society as a whole.

 -Pope John Paul II

Beginning our discussion of the rights of the human person, we see that everyone has the right to life, to bodily integrity, and to the means which are suitable for the proper development of life; these are primarily food, clothing, shelter, rest, medical care, and finally the necessary social services.  Therefore, a human being also has the right to security in cases of sickness, inability to work, widowhood, old age, unemployment, or in any other case in which one is deprived of the means of subsistence through no fault of one's own.

-Pope John XXIII, Pacem in Terris, 11

The great danger in today’s world, pervaded as it is by consumerism, is the desolation and anguish born of a complacent yet covetous heart, the feverish pursuit of frivolous pleasures, and a blunted conscience. Whenever our interior life becomes caught up in its own interests and concerns, there is no longer room for others, no place for the poor.

-Pope Francis, Evangelii Gaudium, 2


Thoughts for Your Consideration

The scriptures today celebrate the blessings which come to those who show hospitality and share food and resources with others.  In a world which produces enough food for everyone, one in seven people suffer from food insecurity.  Clearly, some new level of hospitality is called for on a global level.

In a certain sense the scriptures remind us of the need to have a perspective that is bigger than ourselves and our family and our own group or tribe. To use the imagery of the second reading from the letter of the Romans, we are baptized into something bigger than ourselves and our family and our friends. 

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