Thursday of the 15th Week in Ordinary Time

Greetings Dear STA Parishioners and Special Friends:

Welcome to Thursday of the 15th Week in Ordinary Time.  It is also the Memorial of Our Lady of Mt. Carmel.  Our video for today is up and running on our Facebook page…accessible through our homepage.

Today’s readings are inserted below.

Joe Olickan…the seminarian for the Diocese of Dallas who is assigned to our parish this summer and is living and serving here with us at STA…is leading our Liturgy of the Word today and he will share his reflections on the readings.

As a natural follow up to Joe’s reflection ( which you will understand why I say this after you hear his reflection), we will hear the beautiful version of John Michael Talbot’s song “Holy is His Name.”  This beautiful version of The Magnificat is sung by Lauren and Dave Moore, who provide our music (during normal times) at the Sunday night 7:30 pm Mass.

The Visitation

Also, inspired by his reflection, I have inserted the above picture from The Church of the Visitation in Ein Karem, Israel (the birthplace of John the Baptist.)  On the wall behind the statue of Mary and Elizabeth…who are encountering each other at The Visitation…are a few of the plaques from all over the world that are on the wall with Mary’s Magnificat in all the different languages.

I hope you will please bear with me, by the way, on my occasional Holy Land picture postings.  I am in “mourning” (well, you know what I mean) about having to cancel our 2021 Pilgrimage…which I did a month ago…because of this horrible pandemic.  These pictures come to mind from time to time and I love to share them with you to enhance the reality of the message of God’s Word.

So, we hope you are touched by God’s Word, the reflection on His Word, and the beautiful song that reminds us that He and His name are indeed Holy.

As we approach the weekend, please plan to join us on Sunday for our Live-Streamed Mass at 10:30 via our Facebook page.  I will most likely have a worship aid for you later in the week before Sunday.

And now…regarding upcoming Mass schedules…Fr. John will make an assessment soon as to whether we will open up Sunday Masses again or continue the schedule as is with no live Sunday Masses.  It will depend on the trend as to whether there is a big spike in cases due to the July 4th weekend.  We will see.

As always, our concern is for everyone’s health and Fr. John will be praying and discerning the situation. As I have said many times, this is not easy for him so please…please…please keep him in your prayers.

Please stay blessed and stay safe.

Your servant in Christ,

Deacon Ken

Thursday of the Fifteenth Week in Ordinary Time July 16, 2020

Reading 1

IS 26:7-9, 12, 16-19

The way of the just is smooth; the path of the just you make level. Yes, for your way and your judgments, O LORD, we look to you; Your name and your title are the desire of our souls. My soul yearns for you in the night, yes, my spirit within me keeps vigil for you; When your judgment dawns upon the earth, the world’s inhabitants learn justice. O LORD, you mete out peace to us, for it is you who have accomplished all we have done.

O LORD, oppressed by your punishment, we cried out in anguish under your chastising. As a woman about to give birth writhes and cries out in her pains, so were we in your presence, O LORD. We conceived and writhed in pain, giving birth to wind; Salvation we have not achieved for the earth, the inhabitants of the world cannot bring it forth. But your dead shall live, their corpses shall rise; awake and sing, you who lie in the dust. For your dew is a dew of light, and the land of shades gives birth.

 

Responsorial

Psalm 102:13-14AB AND 15, 16-18, 19-21

R. From heaven the Lord looks down on the earth.

You, O LORD, abide forever, and your name through all generations. You will arise and have mercy on Zion, for it is time to pity her. For her stones are dear to your servants, and her dust moves them to pity.

R. From heaven the Lord looks down on the earth.

The nations shall revere your name, O LORD, and all the kings of the earth your glory, When the LORD has rebuilt Zion and appeared in his glory; When he has regarded the prayer of the destitute, and not despised their prayer.

R. From heaven the Lord looks down on the earth.

Let this be written for the generation to come, and let his future creatures praise the LORD: “The LORD looked down from his holy height, from heaven he beheld the earth, To hear the groaning of the prisoners, to release those doomed to die.”

R. From heaven the Lord looks down on the earth.

 

Gospel

MT 11:28-30

Jesus said: “Come to me, all you who labor and are burdened, and I will give you rest.

Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am meek and humble of heart; and you will find rest for yourselves.

For my yoke is easy, and my burden light.”