For where your treasure is,
there also will your heart be.

Matthew 6

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Eleventh Week of Ordinary Time: June 12-18, 2022

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Eleventh Week of Ordinary Time

Sunday is The Solemnity of the Most Holy Trinity. Here we celebrate the great love God has for us, as Father, as Son, as the Holy Spirit. We continue with the Eleventh Week in Ordinary Time.

Monday is the Memorial of Saint Anthony of Padua, Priest and Doctor of the Church. For much of the world, Thursday is The Solemnity of the Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ.

The first readings this week continue our readings from 1 & 2 Kings and other Old Testament books. It follows Elijah and Elisha - powerful prophet and agents of God's word for the people.

The gospels this week continue the Sermon on the Mount, from Matthew's Gospel. In revealing his new and deeper way, Jesus shares a most counter-cultural law, “offer no resistance to one who is evil.” And, he tells us to “Give to the one who asks of you, and do not turn your back on one who wants to borrow.” He proclaims, “I say to you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you. ... For if you love those who love you, what recompense will you have?” And, just when we think he is asking the impossible of us, he goes even further, “So be perfect, just as your heavenly Father is perfect.” He warns his disciples against hypocrisy, “Take care not to perform righteous deeds in order that people may see them.” Praying and fasting have their own reward from the Lord. Jesus tells us to keep our prayer simple, “Your Father knows what you need before you ask him,” and he teaches us the Our Father. Jesus tells us that “The lamp of the body is the eye. If your eye is sound, your whole body will be filled with light.” The week ends with his invitation to us to trust in God. “Can any of you by worrying add a single moment to your life-span?”

Sunday in the U.S. is the The Solemnity of the Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ. For much of the rest of the world it is the Twelfth Sunday in Ordinary Time. We have Luke's Gospel with powerful words of sacrifice and focus for our lives: “If anyone wishes to come after me, he must deny himself and take up his cross daily and follow me. For whoever wishes to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for my sake will save it.”


Daily Prayer This Week

Reflecting on the Holy Trinity grounds us in the blessings of recognizing the ways our God has been and is presnet to us - as Father, as Son, and as Holy Spirit.

There is nothing like the Sermon on the Mount to help us hear the message of Jesus, and to let ourselves be addressed by those words. All of us can ask for these graces with real specificity, that is, with real people and real daily circumstances in mind. We know with whom we need to “turn the other cheek” and to love more. We know the circumstances in which we are tempted to “be religious” in the right circumstances only. Upon reflection, each of us can take the time to “locate” our hearts, by discovering what we tend to “treasure.” We can do a simple check on ourselves: we make a list of the five most important things in my life. Then we can make a list of the five things I spend most of my time on. Comparing the lists will help us get concrete about asking the Lord for the grace we need to put our lives back in balance. All of us can name what we worry about. And so we can all ask for the graces to “seek first” the Kingdom of God

All of this reflection can happen throughout the week in the background of our daily life, if we get into the habit of focusing for a few moments each morning. If we take just 30 seconds, at the edge of our bed each morning, it will begin to establish a habit of living more reflectively.

Thank you for this day, Lord. Help me to be focused today on not getting so hooked by Pat's ways or Chris' harsh words. I need your grace to place my trust in you. Help me especially before I have to talk with Pat on the phone and let me stay focused before Chris comes home from work.

Our version of a brief moment with the Lord - friend to friend - can be repeated and made more specific, while we are going about our day. Some days, we might have 20 such moments of prayerful conversation with our Lord - guided by the Word, the desires that are surfacing, and the events of our daily lives. And, each night, we can give thanks for this deeper relationship with the Lord that is developing in my heart.

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