Today’s readings show us that God is patient, forgiving and gracious. Jesus tells and explains a parable, which helps us to understand better the ways of God.
In the parable, the field is the world; God sews the wheat, and the Evil One sews the weeds. This explains why there is evil, temptations and suffering in the world. God loves us so much that he gives us freedom. Freedom to do good or evil, to love or hate, to choose life or death. God values our freedom because he loves us. Love cannot be forced but must be freely received and given.
Today’s Gospel parable depicts various responses to Christ. Those who are open to the word of God perceive more, and to anyone who has more will be given. But those with closed hearts will be left out.
Our responses will determine our level of transformation. The sower is Jesus and the seeds are his words. The different kinds of soil represent the different kinds of responses to God’s word. First, the seeds that fell on the path and birds came and ate them represent those who are unreceptive to Christ and his word.
Statement of California Bishops on the Transport of Displaced Migrant Children and Families to California. July 10, 2014
In recent days, the people of our state have witnessed the arrival of hundreds of displaced people, mostly women and children, to various locations in Southern California. The Bishops of California wish to express our solidarity with these immigrant brothers and sisters who are coming to our state and to offer our prayer that God will deliver them to the safe environment they seek.
We also recognize our responsibility as a Church of compassion to come to their
Are you meek and humble? Are these the qualities to which you aspire? Our culture promotes high self-esteem and assertiveness. But in today’s Gospel, Jesus lets us in on a secret: God favors the childlike, and for us to learn from Jesus for he is meek and humble of heart.
God reveals himself to the humble. In the Gospel, we get a rare privilege of listening in as Jesus pray. Jesus addresses God as “Father,” which in Aramaic is “Abba,” a term of endearment like, “daddy,” that reveals an intimate relationship between the father and son.
Do we believe in the Church? We say in the creed, “I believe in one holy catholic and apostolic church.” On Solemnity of Saints Peter and Paul, the readings tell us that Christ built his Church upon Peter and the apostles, and that Christ is with his Church; leading, protecting and guiding her.
In the Gospel, Jesus said to Simon: “You are Peter, and upon this rock I will build my Church, and the gates of the netherworld shall not prevail against it.” In the Psalms God is often referred to as the “rock,” the only source of trustworthiness upon which we can depend.
The holy sacrifice of the Mass may be offered for many reasons, including the repose of the soul of a loved one, the intentions of living persons in need, upon the occasions of birthdays or anniversaries, and in thanksgiving for blessings received. Infinite graces flow from the holy sacrifice Christ made on the Cross which is present at every Eucharist.
An offering is traditionally included with the request for Mass intentions, and Mass cards are available to give to the persons for whom the Mass is offered or to their family. Please contact the parish office for more information.
Lectors are needed. Have you ever thought about proclaiming the word of God? Consider joining OLMC’s lector ministry. It is a privilege to be able to proclaim the Word of God to the congregation. Learn what it takes to proclaim the Mass readings in a way that effectively conveys the meaning of the Scripture passage and move people to a deeper understanding and conversion.
The lector ministry is important. The Lord needs lectors to proclaim his words and message to his people. If you are interested, please join us any Saturday morning from 8:30 - 9:30 a.m.
Boys and girls in the third grade and older are invited to help as Mass Servers for our weekend Masses. Come and serve our Lord at the altar. Many priests, religious, and saints served as Altar Servers. Being close to the Lord during Mass brings countless blessings. If you have children eight years of age or older, please encourage them to be altar servers. The experience will bring them self-confidence and an attitude of service and prayer that will remain with them for the rest of their lives. Those interested should contact Mr. Guy Lowery at (714)624-1762 or