Tuesday of the 14th Week in Ordinary Time

Greetings Dear STA Parishioners and Special Friends:

Welcome to Tuesday of the 14th Week in Ordinary Time.

Our Liturgy of the Word video is up and running on our STA Facebook page, accessible by clicking on the Facebook link at the top of the home page.

The readings for today are inserted below.

Yours truly is your celebrant and homilist today.  After the Liturgy of the Word there is a reflection on Our Lady of Fatima and a request for our Blessed Mother’s intercession as we pray the Memorare.

As the Covid-19 cases continue to soar, we will keep you apprised of any Mass or confession schedule changes that might be necessary.  As of right now, Masses for this Sunday remain cancelled.  We will, however, have the 10:30 live-streamed Mass on Sunday and it will be available on our Facebook page.

Weekday Masses and confessions will continue this week.  Exceptions this week are two Masses (Wednesday and Thursday) that have been cancelled due to funerals.  Please see the website for the Mass and confession schedules.

And so, as I encourage all of us in my homily in today’s Liturgy of the Word, let’s keep our shepherds…especially our Bishops and Pastors…in our prayers so they can successfully lead their flocks during this tough time.

Our shepherds care for us and want to do the right things, so let’s please keep them lifted up in our prayers.

Blessings to all.  Stay safe.

Your servant in Christ,

Deacon Ken

Tuesday of the Fourteenth Week in Ordinary Time
July 7, 2020

Reading 1

HOS 8:4-7, 11-13

Thus says the LORD:

They made kings in Israel, but not by my authority; they established princes, but without my approval. With their silver and gold they made idols for themselves, to their own destruction. Cast away your calf, O Samaria! my wrath is kindled against them; How long will they be unable to attain innocence in Israel? The work of an artisan, no god at all, Destined for the flames— such is the calf of Samaria!

When they sow the wind, they shall reap the whirlwind; The stalk of grain that forms no ear can yield no flour; Even if it could, strangers would swallow it.

When Ephraim made many altars to expiate sin, his altars became occasions of sin. Though I write for him my many ordinances, they are considered as a stranger’s. Though they offer sacrifice, immolate flesh and eat it, the LORD is not pleased with them. He shall still remember their guilt and punish their sins; they shall return to Egypt.

 

Responsorial

Psalm 115:3-4, 5-6, 7AB-8, 9-10

R. The house of Israel trusts in the Lord.

Our God is in heaven;
whatever he wills, he does.
Their idols are silver and gold,
the handiwork of men.

R. The house of Israel trusts in the Lord.

They have mouths but speak not;
they have eyes but see not;
They have ears but hear not;
they have noses but smell not.

R. The house of Israel trusts in the Lord.

They have hands but feel not;
they have feet but walk not.
Their makers shall be like them,
everyone that trusts in them.

R. The house of Israel trusts in the Lord.

 

Gospel

MT 9:32-38

A demoniac who could not speak was brought to Jesus, and when the demon was driven out the mute man spoke. The crowds were amazed and said, “Nothing like this has ever been seen in Israel.”

But the Pharisees said, “He drives out demons by the prince of demons.”

Jesus went around to all the towns and villages, teaching in their synagogues, proclaiming the Gospel of the Kingdom, and curing every disease and illness.

At the sight of the crowds, his heart was moved with pity for them because they were troubled and abandoned, like sheep without a shepherd.

Then he said to his disciples, “The harvest is abundant but the laborers are few; so ask the master of the harvest to send out laborers for his harvest.”