St. Matthias Men's Life Ministry

Saturday, July 8th, 2017, 7:00 AM
" In Deo Speramus "
(In God We Hope)
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Fourteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time
"Come to me,
all you who labor and are burdened,
and I will give you rest.
Take my yoke upon you
and learn from me,
for I am meek and humble of heart."
Oremus pro invicem
(Let us pray for one another)
came that
 The Bread might hunger,
that The Fountain might thirst,
that The Way might be tired on his journey,
that The Truth might be accused of false witness,
that The Healer might be
                    wounded."  (St. Augustine)
be Bread, be Fountain, be Way and Truth,
so that we may know your surprises
whenever we hunger, thirst, tire
 or make false our witness.
Let us be one 
with you.

First Reading
Thus says the LORD:
Rejoice heartily, O daughter Zion,
shout for joy, O daughter Jerusalem!
See, your king shall come to you;
a just savior is he,
meek, and riding on an ass,
on a colt, the foal of an ass.
He shall banish the chariot from Ephraim,
and the horse from Jerusalem;
the warrior's bow shall be banished,
and he shall proclaim peace to the nations.
His dominion shall be from sea to sea,
and from the River to the ends of the earth.

The Word of the Lord
Discussion Questions
1. What ideas do you associate with the word king? Is "meek king" an oxymoron? What idea do you associate with meek? could meekness be a strength? Can it win wars or put a stop to fighting?
How approachable are you? Do humility and meekness have any bearing on a person's approachability? When did Jesus enter the city "riding on a donkey, on a colt, the foal of a donkey"?

Second Reading
Brothers and sisters:
You are not in the flesh;
on the contrary, you are in the spirit,
if only the Spirit of God dwells in you. 
Whoever does not have the Spirit of Christ does not belong to him. 
If the Spirit of the one who raised Jesus from the dead dwells in you,
the one who raised Christ from the dead
will give life to your mortal bodies also,
through his Spirit that dwells in you.
Consequently, brothers and sisters,
we are not debtors to the flesh,
to live according to the flesh. 
For if you live according to the flesh, you will die,
but if by the Spirit you put to death the deeds of the body,
you will live.

The Word of the Lord
Discussion Questions
At the Incarnation Christ took on human flesh with all of its delights and burdens. What do you think the Incarnation did for its worth?
"The Spirit of God dwells in you." What does this imply about the wonder and holiness of your spirit? Could it help you reverence your neighbor?
Alleluia, alleluia.
CF. MT 11:25
Blessed are you, Father, Lord of heaven and earth;
you have revealed to little ones
the mysteries of the kingdom.

Alleluia, alleluia.
At that time Jesus exclaimed: 
"I give praise to you, Father, Lord of heaven and earth,
for although you have hidden these things
from the wise and the learned
you have revealed them to little ones.
Yes, Father, such has been your gracious will.
All things have been handed over to me by my Father. 
No one knows the Son except the Father,
and no one knows the Father except the Son
and anyone to whom the Son wishes to reveal him."

"Come to me, all you who labor and are burdened,
and I will give you rest.
Take my yoke upon you and learn from me,
for I am meek and humble of heart;
and you will find rest for yourselves. 
For my yoke is easy, and my burden light."

The Gospel of the Lord
Discussion Questions
A carpenter hand-made the yoke to fit the animal that wore it. Is your yoke handmade for you? If yes, who "makes" it? How does Jesus speak about his yoke in Sunday's Gospel?
Does Jesus have the meekness of the First Reading's king? If he had never labored or been burdened would you still feel he could understand you? Discuss Pope Francis' statement about Sunday's Gospel:

The joy of the Gospel fills the hearts and lives of all who encounter Jesus. Those who accept his offer of salvation are set free from sin, sorrow, inner emptiness and loneliness. With Christ joy is constantly born anew.

 For what are we born if not to aid one another?

Ernest Hemingway



"When the power of love overcomes the love of power, then we'll have peace."

By: Jimi Hendrix


"My concern is not whether God is on our side; my greatest concern is to be on God's side, for God is always right."

Abraham Lincoln



If we love one another, God remains in us and his love is brought to perfection in us.

1 John 4:12


Deus fit homo ut homo fieret Deus

God became human so that humans might become God

(Catholicism, Page 2 by Fr. Robert Barron)


"The Glory of God is a human being fully alive."

Meyers, Robin R. (2009-02-19).  Saving Jesus from the Church: How to Stop Worshiping Christ and Start Following Jesus (Kindle Location 639).  Harper Collins, Inc..  Kindle Edition.


God "dwells in us." 
God's love is not meant for us alone;  
we must give it away.



Do small things today and for many tomorrows,
with a generous heart.


Give God Away Today!
Help us then, Lord,  
to be so united with the paschal mystery of Jesus,  
that through Him the world can become a better place to dwell.  
You promise us much for this life  
and for our eternal presence with You;  
may we live into that promise  
each day.



An interesting thought:

The birth of St. John is celebrated on June 24th, in the moment of the summer solstice. From that point onward, daylight begins to reduce. On the other hand, the birth of our Lord Jesus Christ is celebrated on December 25th, during the winter solstice. From that point onward, daylight begins to grow, to get longer.