Tuesday of the 13th Week in Ordinary Time

Shalom, Y’all:

Welcome to Tuesday of the 13th Week in Ordinary Time.  As always, we are so glad that you have joined us for our Liturgy of the Word today.

The Liturgy of the Word for today is up and running, and yours truly is the celebrant and homilist today. 

I am using the Holy Land pilgrimage picture of me below sitting at the entrance to Lazarus’ tomb with my Photoshopped mask on because I tell a story in my homily about this year’s pilgrimage.  I tell a story about being at the Sea of Galilee back in February, and about a massive storm that arose out of nowhere. 

Today’s Gospel reading became even more clear to me and to the pilgrims on the trip as we experienced the intensity of that totally unexpected storm right there where Jesus and the disciples experienced the same thing.  

And it is clear to me that in this day and time in the midst of the storm in this world, we need to turn to Jesus, as the disciples did, to calm the storm.  I hope you are blessed by the message in today’s Liturgy of the Word.

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If you are reading this email early today, please let me remind you that the 9:00 am confessions today are cancelled due to a funeral.  And, the 12:00 noon Mass this Friday has also been cancelled due to a funeral on Friday.

Have a blessed day and stay safe.

Your servant in Christ,

Deacon Ken

Tuesday of the Thirteenth Week in Ordinary Time
June 30, 2020

Reading 1

AM 3:1-8; 4:11-12

Hear this word, O children of Israel, that the LORD pronounces over you, over the whole family that I brought up from the land of Egypt:

You alone have I favored, more than all the families of the earth; Therefore I will punish you for all your crimes.

Do two walk together unless they have agreed? Does a lion roar in the forest when it has no prey? Does a young lion cry out from its den unless it has seized something? Is a bird brought to earth by a snare when there is no lure for it? Does a snare spring up from the ground without catching anything? If the trumpet sounds in a city, will the people not be frightened? If evil befalls a city, has not the LORD caused it? Indeed, the Lord GOD does nothing without revealing his plan to his servants, the prophets.

The lion roars-- who will not be afraid! The Lord GOD speaks-- who will not prophesy!

I brought upon you such upheaval as when God overthrew Sodom and Gomorrah: you were like a brand plucked from the fire; Yet you returned not to me, says the LORD.

So now I will deal with you in my own way, O Israel! and since I will deal thus with you, prepare to meet your God, O Israel.



Psalm 5:4B-6A, 6B-7, 8

R.  Lead me in your justice, Lord.

At dawn I bring my plea expectantly before you.
For you, O God, delight not in wickedness;
no evil man remains with you;
the arrogant may not stand in your sight.

R.    Lead me in your justice, Lord.

You hate all evildoers;
you destroy all who speak falsehood;
The bloodthirsty and the deceitful
the LORD abhors.

R.    Lead me in your justice, Lord.

But I, because of your abundant mercy,
will enter your house;
I will worship at your holy temple
in fear of you, O LORD.

R.    Lead me in your justice, Lord.



MT 8:23-27

As Jesus got into a boat, his disciples followed him.

Suddenly a violent storm came up on the sea, so that the boat was being swamped by waves; but he was asleep.

They came and woke him, saying, “Lord, save us!  We are perishing!”

He said to them, “Why are you terrified, O you of little faith?”

Then he got up, rebuked the winds and the sea, and there was great calm.

The men were amazed and said, “What sort of man is this, whom even the winds and the sea obey?”