Tenth Sunday in Ordinary Time, Lectionary: 89

June 9, 2018

Tenth Sunday in Ordinary Time
Lectionary: 89

Reading 1 Gn 3:9-15

After the man, Adam, had eaten of the tree,
the LORD God called to the man and asked him, “Where are you?
He answered, “I heard you in the garden;
but I was afraid, because I was naked,
so I hid myself.”
Then he asked, “Who told you that you were naked?
You have eaten, then,
from the tree of which I had forbidden you to eat!”
The man replied, “The woman whom you put here with me—
she gave me fruit from the tree, and so I ate it.”
The LORD God then asked the woman,
Why did you do such a thing?”
The woman answered, “The serpent tricked me into it, so I ate it.”
Then the LORD God said to the serpent:
“Because you have done this, you shall be banned
from all the animals
and from all the wild creatures;
on your belly shall you crawl,
and dirt shall you eat
all the days of your life.
I will put enmity between you and the woman,
and between your offspring and hers;
he will strike at your head,
while you strike at his heel.”

-The first question God puts to humanity is not one of geography but a call to recognize where we are in relationship to God.  Where are you now, as you read these words?

-Excuses are given and blame is assigned by the man and the woman.  Only God offers a way out of sin that will unfold in future generations but is promised at the very moment of human rebellion and betrayal.

Responsorial Psalm Ps 130:1-2, 3-4, 5-6, 7-8

  1. (7bc) With the Lord there is mercy, and fullness of redemption.
    Out of the depths I cry to you, O LORD;
    LORD, hear my voice!
    Let your ears be attentive
    to my voice in supplication.
    R. With the Lord there is mercy, and fullness of redemption.
    If you, O LORD, mark iniquities,
    LORD, who can stand?
    But with you is forgiveness,
    that you may be revered.
    R. With the Lord there is mercy, and fullness of redemption.
    I trust in the LORD;
    my soul trusts in his word.
    More than sentinels wait for the dawn,
    let Israel wait for the LORD.
    R. With the Lord there is mercy, and fullness of redemption.
    For with the LORD is kindness
    and with him is plenteous redemption
    and he will redeem Israel
    from all their iniquities.
    R. With the Lord there is mercy, and fullness of redemption.

Reading 2 2 Cor 4:13—5:1

Brothers and sisters:
Since we have the same spirit of faith,
according to what is written, I believed, therefore I spoke,
we too believe and therefore we speak,
knowing that the one who raised the Lord Jesus
will raise us also with Jesus
and place us with you in his presence.
Everything indeed is for you,
so that the grace bestowed in abundance on more and more people
may cause the thanksgiving to overflow for the glory of God.
Therefore, we are not discouraged;
rather, although our outer self is wasting away,
our inner self is being renewed day by day.
For this momentary light affliction
is producing for us an eternal weight of glory
beyond all comparison,
as we look not to what is seen but to what is unseen;

for what is seen is transitory, but what is unseen is eternal.
For we know that if our earthly dwelling, a tent,
should be destroyed,
we have a building from God,
a dwelling not made with hands, eternal in heaven.

-St. Paul has suffered a great deal for the sake of the Gospel.  If you and I take it seriously, the same will be true of us.  Still, there is no need to become discouraged because the promises of God are firm and sure and deserving of complete trust.

-On the other hand, if you are not suffering much for the sake of the Gospel, that says something very important as well.

Alleluia Jn 12:31b-32

  1. Alleluia, alleluia.
    Now the ruler of the world will be driven out, says the Lord;
    and when I am lifted up from the earth, I will draw everyone to myself.
    R. Alleluia, alleluia.

Gospel Mk 3:20-35

Jesus came home with his disciples.
Again the crowd gathered,
making it impossible for them even to eat.
When his relatives heard of this they set out to seize him,
for they said, “He is out of his mind.”
The scribes who had come from Jerusalem said,
“He is possessed by Beelzebul,”
and “By the prince of demons he drives out demons.”
Summoning them, he began to speak to them in parables,
“How can Satan drive out Satan?
If a kingdom is divided against itself,
that kingdom cannot stand.
if a house is divided against itself,
that house will not be able to stand.
And if Satan has risen up against himself

and is divided, he cannot stand;
that is the end of him.
But no one can enter a strong man’s house to plunder his property
unless he first ties up the strong man.
Then he can plunder the house.
Amen, I say to you,
all sins and all blasphemies that people utter will be
forgiven them.
But whoever blasphemes against the Holy Spirit
will never have forgiveness,
but is guilty of an everlasting sin

For they had said, “He has an unclean spirit.”
His mother and his brothers arrived.
Standing outside they sent word to him and called him.
A crowd seated around him told him,
“Your mother and your brothers and your sisters
are outside asking for you.”
But he said to them in reply,
Who are my mother and my brothers?”
And looking around at those seated in the circle he said,
“Here are my mother and my brothers.
For whoever does the will of God
is my brother and sister and mother

-It is customary that when one becomes a bishop a motto is chosen for the episcopal coat of arms.  I have never considered that likely to happen to me but if it were, I would choose Mark 3:21, “He is out of his mind”

-The sin against the Holy Spirit is the sin we refuse to recognize as sin.  This is why the current fad of “gender theory” and all that goes with it are so dangerous.  In previous times, those who practiced sexual sin would never go so far as to declare them healthy behavior.  Now, there are even laws coming to be that declare any statement of traditional morality to be “hate speech”.  Even in Catholic institutions, there is wholesale acceptance and support of same-sex relationships and justification of all manner of perversion.  Despite the good work of our Church leadership, we are quickly becoming a house divided on these issues.  What are you prepared to do about this?

-The expression “blood is thicker than water” describes the more intimate and sturdy bond of family, compared to friendships or business relationships.  However, blood relationships only exist in this life.  In Christ we have a bond that lasts forever.


Father John




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