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A Reflection on the Daily Gospel by Fr. Jim Livingstone

Friday, July 31, 2020
Mt. 13:54-58 Revised English Bible 1989

“When Jesus had finished these parables, he left that place, and came to his home town, where he taught the people in their synagogue. In amazement they asked, ‘Where does he get this wisdom from, and these miraculous powers?” Is he not the carpenter’s son?  Is not his mother called Mary, his brothers James, Joseph, Simon and Judas? And are not all his sisters here with us? Where does he get all this from? So they turned against him. Jesus said to them, ‘A prophet never lacks honour, except in his home town and in his own family.’ And he did not do many miracles there, such was their want of faith.

It was the custom for Jesus when he returned to his home town to go to the synagogue each week during the Sabbath. When his turn came to read from the Scriptures his home town folks listened with great attention because on this occasion they had heard about the miracles he had performed in other towns. What sign would he do in his home town. Jesus startled them with a seeming rebuke that no prophet or servant of God can receive honor among his own people. The people were offended and refused to listen to what he had to say. They despised his preaching because he was a carpenter, from the working class, a mere man untrained by religious scholars. They despised him because of his family background. After all Joseph was a simple tradesman and Mary his mother had no social distinctions.

How easy it is for us to treat others with contempt. Jesus could do no mighty works in his hometown because the people who were familiar to him were close-minded and despised his claim to speak and act in the name of God. When people come together to hate and refuse to understand others who are different than themselves, then they will see no other point of view than their own and they will refuse to love and accept others.

The Lord Jesus offers us freedom from sin, prejudice, contempt and fear. His love and grace sets us free to love others with the same grace and mercy which he has shown to us. Do you know the joy and freedom which Christ’s love brings to our hearts?

Meditation:  Are you critical towards others, especially those who are close to you? The most severe critics are often people very familiar to us, a family member, a neighbor, a co-worker, or a person we see on a regular basis.
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Join Our Outdoor Rosary Walk for Families
You and your families are invited to join an interactive outdoor Rosary walk through the St. Augustin property. The Rosary walk will cover the Joyful Mysteries of the Rosary and will be available from thorough Sunday evening (8/2/2020). Each mystery of the Rosary can be found at a unique location around St. Augustin. The walk begins at the Mary statue by the parking lot and ends at the Mary statue at the front of St. Augustin (outside of the adoration chapel). For each mystery, there is a box with reflections, questions, Scripture, and religious images/objects. Please use these materials as you see fit for your family! Instructions leading you to the location for next mystery are also found in each box.
We hope you consider participating in this Rosary walk. The Rosary is a beautiful prayer to pray with your family.
Hello St. Augustin Parishioners!
These past few months have been challenging to say the least. As we start to gather in community again, we want to offer you an opportunity to become part of a small faith-sharing community within St. Augustin Parish.
On Saturday August 29th, we are going to kick-off a new program called “City of God” prayer groups at Augustin Parish. The goal of “City of God” is to form small Catholic study groups of 5-8 people. We hope that these groups will enable you to grow closer to Christ through prayer, reading, discussion, and fellowship. Read the full invitation HERE . Sign Up HERE .
Please join us for a ZOOM call to get your family talking at home! Register HERE . Sign up for the grade session closest to your child’s age (i.e. 2nd graders can participate in 1st or 3rd grade session). 

Two sessions are available to fit your family’s needs and schedules! 
 3rd, 7th, Returning High Schoolers* • Wednesday, August 5th, 2020 • 6:30 pm 
1st, 5th, High School • Wednesday, August 12th, 2020 • 6:30 pm  
 
For more information, contact Janis at (515) 255-1175 ext. 210 or janis@staugustin.org 
 
Hello VBS Summer Campers,
Your Christ Light is needed! You can be a Blessing to the World right now!
Check out our Virtual VBS and add your Works of Mercy to the works of the Saints. The resources are adaptable to any age. We hope you enjoy it! This resource is available for you to complete at your own pace, find it here :