Whoever finds his life will lose it,
and whoever loses his life for my sake will find it.

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Thirteenth Week of Ordinary Time: July 2 - 8, 2017

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Thirteenth Week of Ordinary Time

Sunday is the Thirteenth Sunday of Ordinary Time. Jesus tells us that his call is one we can not look back from. But, he consoles us with the works, "Whoever finds his life will lose it, and whoever loses his life for my sake will find it."

This week we celebrate the Feast of St. Thomas, Apostle.

The ordinary narrative from Genesis offers stories of Abraham's relationship with the Lord

The Psalms this week offers praise to God for his mercy and faithfulness to us.

Matthew's Gospel follows Jesus on his journeys, constantly teaching his disciples about faithfulness. He heals the sick, calms a violent storm at sea and forgives sins. At the end of the week, he does something extraordinary - he invites the reviled tax collector, Matthew, to be one of his followers. Then he indicates that the old ways of relating to God are gone - that he is the new way, the new wineskin.

The Fourteenth Week in Ordinary Time begins with a Sunday that offers pastoral comfort to us all. In the Zechariah reading, the Lord promises Israel, and us, a savior who “shall proclaim peace to the nations.” Matthew’s gospel points to Jesus as the source of that peace, as he affirms his identity as the Son of God. Jesus offers himself as a relief from the burdens of our days, promising “you will find rest for yourselves. For my yoke is easy, and my burden light.”

 

Daily Prayer This Week

The gospels offer us encouragement this week because they are so filled with imperfect people struggling to live out their lives.

The invitation to us this week comes from the heart of Jesus to ours: “Follow me.” How do we open our hearts more fully to that invitation? In our daily prayer we can name the desire we are looking for and ask Jesus for help.

Each morning as we open our eyes to face the day ahead, we can simply ask Jesus for the courage to follow him.

Lord, give me the strength today to accept your invitation to follow you. Living that invitation each moment will take patience and courage and I ask you for it because I can't supply it for myself. And, Jesus, when I fail and snap at my family or forget to be compassionate with my spouse, grant me the humility to apologize for that. Let me remember how much you love me and let me share that with everyone who comes into my life today.

In the smallest moments in the background of our day we can remember that desire and offer it to God. As we walk down the street or cook dinner or run an errand we can speak to our Lord as we would to a friend. It doesn't take more time, only more focus.

Some days it seems like I am being tossed on a boat in the darkness, Jesus. Part of me wants to be saved but another part wants to run from you. I'm not always proud of how I lead my life and sometimes I am afraid to be alone with you. Guide me through this darkness, please.

At the end of the day, we can take a few moments as we get ready for bed:

Thank you, dearest Lord, for your presence in my life today. I felt you with me in some of the more difficult moments. Thank you for being there.

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