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The 13th Sunday of Ordinary Time

This week we celebrate the 13th Sunday in Ordinary Time. We, who are baptized, are baptized because Jesus came to redeem each one of us and died so that we may have eternal life.  Through our Baptism we are called to serve others as Jesus did and share the Gospel message.  The readings today stress hospitality and how we must practice this gift with family, friends, neighbors, and the people that we work with in addition to strangers that we may meet along the way.  In the First Reading the woman exhibits great hospitality towards Elisha, whom she recognizes as a “holy man of God.”  As you listen to the reading you will note that she is not called by name – yet referenced as “woman of influence,” “she,” “her”- yet her hospitality is rewarded with the greatest gift – a son!

In Matthew’s Gospel, Jesus demonstrates the importance of hospitality.  Jesus shares how our faith can be put in action toward others.  Even the simple task of giving “only a cup of water to one of these little ones to drink because the little one is a disciple…he will surely not lose his reward” – allows us to see the bigger picture of caring, loving, and being disciples of Jesus today! 

Through our lives we share the gift of baptism with others because we are on this earth for a short time – we live on earth following Jesus’ example so that we may have eternal life with God.  Sometimes we get so involved with living in the moment that we forget the need to be hospitable and follow the example of Jesus.  Life is short – how can we reach out to friend and stranger and share hospitality?  Take time…



Notes from Nancy

Thoughts and announcements from our Pastoral Director, Nancy Woodcock. Please leave any questions in the comments.