Fortnight for Freedom
The USCCB is encouraging all parishes in all US dioceses to pray the Fortnight for Freedom prayer again this year from June 20 to July 3 asking God’s intervention for the restoration of our religious liberty in light of the Health and Human Services mandate a few years ago requiring religious schools and institutions to provide abortive drugs under our employee health care programs. Although there has been some relief for certain religious entities, the oppressive regulation persists and continues to pressure some religious schools, nursing homes, etc to violate their conscience. We pray for restoration of the legal right of conscience as regards abortion and other moral issues.
Sunday, June 19 is Father’s Day. If you were blessed like I was with a father who taught you loyalty and honor; dignity in compassion, and integrity of heart and soul, then we can say were truly blest. If you are fortunate to still have your dad with you, give him a pat on the back and a thumbs-up on his special day. If your father is in Heaven, say a special prayer to God telling Him what a great job your dad did.
Reflection on Scripture
The story of the repentant woman who washes the feet of Jesus with her tears and dries them with her hair is an analogy for all of us to follow in our repentance. The woman does not care about embarrassment. She gladly makes a fool of herself in front of the officials. She has true humility. By her washing of Jesus’ feet, she is saying, “Jesus, I cannot do anything adequate to pay back God the debt of my sins. But Jesus; you can!” In submission and humility, show us the way to salvation in you. We owe a debt to God. Our ransom can only be paid by God himself, Jesus Christ. We often forget that the power of the cross can only be embraced as the last life preserver. We all have to realize that we can’t swim on our own. Jesus is our only life preserver. We have to have the humility to reach out.
Readings for the Twelfth Sunday in Ordinary Time
Zec 12:10-11; 13:1
Theme: “Take up your cross and follow me.”
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