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Month 00, 2020

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Jesus’ Message of Salvation

From Today's Readings:

Monday of the Twenty-second Week in Ordinary Time.

Alleluia LK 4:18

R. Alleluia, alleluia.
The Spirit of the Lord is upon me;
he has sent me to bring glad tidings to the poor.
R. Alleluia, alleluia.

* [4:18] The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he has anointed me: see note on Lk 3:2122. As this incident develops, Jesus is portrayed as a prophet whose ministry is compared to that of the prophets Elijah and Elisha. Prophetic anointings are known in first-century Palestinian Judaism from the Qumran literature that speaks of prophets as God’s anointed ones. To bring glad tidings to the poor: more than any other gospel writer Luke is concerned with Jesus’ attitude toward the economically and socially poor (see Lk 6:202412:162114:121416:192619:8). At times, the poor in Luke’s gospel are associated with the downtrodden, the oppressed and afflicted, the forgotten and the neglected (Lk 4:186:20227:2214:1214), and it is they who accept Jesus’ message of salvation.


“The Church is not a very imposing or influential institution and it is in dire need of improvement.  But, we must not stop there forgetting the most important thing that Bonheoffer said about the Church:  “The Church is an office from God.”  By “office” he meant that the church is a care we have from God and a work to be done for the Lord and for the salvation of others.

While the Church is not of our making it is of our implementation for which we need the mercy of God in carrying for its mission.

“The Lord worked with the apostles and confirmed the word through them,” says John’s gospel.  Similarly, the Lord works with his Church in our time and in its difficulties and its accomplishments.  And He confirms his message through the Church’s worship and sacraments, through its teachers and preachers, its prophets and saints, and even, praise God, through you and me.”

~ Bishop Joseph Perry

Frank's Photo of the Week
Photo: Mercy - Black and White
Mercy - Black and White - Photograph Copyright 2016 Frank J Casella

A single birdhouse is surrounded by the purity of soft white snowy trees.

"Mercy is the first attribute of God. God does not want anyone to be lost. His mercy is infinitely greater than our sins"  ~ Pope Francis


Thanks for Reading.

Make it a great week. See you back here again next Monday.


Frank J Casella, CMCS Executive Director


A larger collection of photographs can be viewed on my portfolio.


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