Tuesday of the 19th Week in Ordinary Time and the Memorial of St. Clare

Greetings Dear STA Parishioners and Special Friends:

Welcome to the Memorial of St. Clare, which falls this year on Tuesday of the 19th Week of Ordinary Time.  The readings for today are inserted below.

Our Liturgy of the Word for today is up and running and yours truly is the celebrant and homilist.  The reflection at the end of the Liturgy is a prayer of intercession to Our Lady of Fatima for protection.  That prayer includes the Memorare.

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Our Masses this past weekend went very well.  We all want to thank each of you who came to Mass on Sunday for being so cooperative and understanding with all of the precautions that we need to go through.  Your helpful cooperation is very encouraging to us and we really want to thank you.  Fr. John was quite pleased.

We thank you for being here with us today and we hope you are blessed by today’s message.

Your servant in Christ,

Deacon Ken

Readings for The Memorial of St. Clare

A Reading from the Prophet Ezekial…

The Lord God said to me: As for you, son of man, obey me when I speak to you: be not rebellious like this house of rebellion, but open your mouth and eat what I shall give you.

It was then I saw a hand stretched out to me, in which was a written scroll which he unrolled before me. It was covered with writing front and back, and written on it was: Lamentation and wailing and woe!

He said to me: Son of man, eat what is before you; eat this scroll, then go, speak to the house of Israel. So I opened my mouth and he gave me the scroll to eat. Son of man, he then said to me, feed your belly and fill your stomach with this scroll I am giving you. I ate it, and it was as sweet as honey in my mouth. He said: Son of man, go now to the house of Israel, and speak my words to them.  The Word of the Lord.   Thanks be to God.

Psalm 119

R. How sweet to my taste is your promise!
In the way of your decrees I rejoice,
as much as in all riches. R.

Yes, your decrees are my delight;
they are my counselors. R.

The law of your mouth is to me more precious
than thousands of gold and silver pieces. R.

How sweet to my palate are your promises,
sweeter than honey to my mouth! R.

Your decrees are my inheritance forever;
the joy of my heart they are. R.

I gasp with open mouth,
in my yearning for your commands. R.

A reading from the Holy Gospel, according to Matthew

The disciples approached Jesus and said, “Who is the greatest in the Kingdom of heaven?” He called a child over, placed it in their midst, and said, “Amen, I say to you, unless you turn and become like children, you will not enter the Kingdom of heaven. Whoever becomes humble like this child is the greatest in the Kingdom of heaven. And whoever receives one child such as this in my name receives me.

“See that you do not despise one of these little ones, for I say to you that their angels in heaven always look upon the face of my heavenly Father. What is your opinion? If a man has a hundred sheep and one of them goes astray, will he not leave the ninety-nine in the hills and go in search of the stray? And if he finds it, amen, I say to you, he rejoices more over it than over the ninety-nine that did not stray. In just the same way, it is not the will of your heavenly Father that one of these little ones be lost.”

The Gospel of the Lord.