Monsignor Vincent T. Kelly celebrated 65 years of Priesthood on June 10, 2021. We congratulate him on this anniversary of his ordination. He has impacted the faith and lives of so many in our community and we thank him on this momentous occasion for his service to the Lord. May Christ continue to bless his ministry.ALL LIVE TELECAST SERVICES TAKE PLACE ON THE SCREEN ABOVE.
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"YOU MUST BE THE CHANGE YOU WISH
TO SEE IN THE WORLD" ~Mahatma Ghandi
The world in which we live is pretty terrifying. Violence makes the streets unsafe. Drug abuse is rampant. Kids are bringing guns to school, sometimes shooting each other. The traditional family seems to be falling apart. Sexual promiscuity appears to be the norm rather than the exception. News reports abound with stories of mistreated spouses, children, and even elderly parents. Abortion kills millions of unborn babies.
We keep trying to solve our social problems by passing laws. Taxpayers spend billions to build prisons and billions more on a criminal justice system to fill them up. Despite the end of the cold war, we expend enormous amounts on expensive, high-tech weapons of mass destruction. Rather than providing needed education, health care, food, and shelter to the poor our government so frequently responds to special interests and squanders scarce money. If there ever was a time when we ought to listen to what Jesus tells us in the stories of the Gospel, it is right now.
The parable of the weeds among the wheat has a direct application here and now. We all know that there is both good and bad in the world. We know there are people who live by their conscience, trying with all their might to do what is right, and others concerned only with their own selfish interests.
As followers of Jesus, we have within ourselves the power to change our world. A tiny mustard seed can grow to be a tree-sized bush and a small amount of yeast can leaven enough bread to feed a hundred people. In the same way, a small number of people committed to a life of divine love can revolutionize society. First, we have to change ourselves. We must begin with prayer, acknowledging our own weakness, and relying on the Holy Spirit for guidance.
With divine help, we can make our lives a living example of the loving spirit of God. By reaching out to others we can begin to share with them the fruits of this love. We can't expect to solve all the problems of our complex society immediately. But we can make a beginning through prayer, compassion, and service.
Father Vincent T. Kelly
PRAYER OF THE WEEK
Prayer for the Twelfth Sunday in Ordinary Time
Grant, O Lord, that we may always revere and love your holy name, for you never deprive of your guidance those you set firm on the foundation of your love. Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.