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Rev. Edward G. Rama, Administrator
209 Route 206
Branchville, New Jersey 07826
Sunday, June 26, 2016
13th Sunday in Ordinary Time
From the Desk of Father Ed:
This Sunday the Church celebrates the 13th Sunday in Ordinary Time. In our Gospel today we hear that Jesus is determined to make his way to Jerusalem. Jesus’ headquarters was up in the north in the region of Galilee. He began his journey to the south where he would encounter the antagonistic religious leaders of the Jewish Temple. This was the location where many of the prophets before him were put to death. Jesus too would be condemned to death and undergo his Passion in the same place. He knows that this is what awaits him yet he is determined to head south and fulfill the Father’s will. Immediately he runs into resistance in Samaria the region that is in-between Galilee and Jerusalem. The Samaritans who were rejected by the Jews because they intermarried with the pagans and did not come up to Jerusalem to worship. They refused to let Jesus and his disciples pass through their village because they were Jews heading to Jerusalem. Jesus’ Apostles, James and John, wanted to call down fire upon the Samaritans for refusing to let Jesus and his friends pass through their village. Jesus rebuked his apostles because of their lack of mercy.
Jesus encountered on his journey several would-be disciples who wanted to follow him. However, they didn’t see the immediacy and importance of the call to follow Jesus. One disciple was told that the Son of Man has nowhere to rest his head, perhaps this disciple was only willing to follow if there was a comfortable place to stay. Another disciple who was asked to follow wanted to first bury his dead father, "But he answered him, ‘Let the dead bury their dead. But you, go and proclaim the kingdom of God.’" And yet another disciple wanted to say farewell to his family before following Jesus. He was told, "No one who sets a hand to the plow and looks back to what was left behind is fit for the kingdom of God."
In our Gospel today Jesus left us the example of making the Father’s will his first priority. Even though the Samaritans tried to derail this plan, Jesus continued on his journey and he did it with mercy and gentleness; unlike his Apostles who wanted to call down fire upon their enemies and destroy them. The disciples that he encountered along the way did not recognize the urgency to follow Jesus. Our Gospel today reminds us of the importance of putting God first in our lives. Jesus is not asking us to follow him to Calvary and to be nailed to a cross rather he desires that we follow him through his mercy and gentleness, that is, we work to be charitable towards everyone regardless of color, race, or creed. He desires that we work to build up the Church by staying close to the Sacraments that feed us with grace. He has given us the gift of his Church so that we can grow in holiness and be saved; so that we can be with him forever in the kingdom of heaven.
Our Lady Queen of Peace, pray for us,
This year our Catholic Summer Camp was a huge success with over 40 children attending the program. Each morning the day began with a prayer service and the camp concluded on Friday with the Holy Mass celebrated by Father Wayne, Father Brian, and Father Ed. Each morning the children practiced singing and learning some of our traditional Catholic hymns, through the direction of Margaret Moeckel our music director, and with the help of our newly formed children’s choir. Each day there were plenty of fun activities including skits and plays on the lives of the saints. Wednesday was designated as water day which included water balloons and water rides. I want to thank all the parents that brought their children to our parish for the week of Catholic Summer Camp. I also want to thank the many catechists and aids and volunteers that helped teach the children the faith. A special thanks to Mrs. Diana Rimshnick, our Religious Education Coordinator, for overseeing the program. I want to thank Mrs. Rita Wenning, Mrs. Karen Steinert, and Mary Flexer, for the many hours and all the hard work that they put into the program to make it such a success; they are very gifted and I am so grateful for all that they have done to help the children have a wonderful summer experience and to strengthen their faith and bond with the Church.
Thursday, July 21, 7:30 PM,
Our Lady Queen of Peace:
Branchville, NJ (973) 948-3185
Our Lady Queen of Peace Parish will be offering a Healing Mass. The Mass will be celebrated on Thursday, July 21, at 7:30 PM in the Church.
The healing service will take place immediately after Mass; Father Ed will be celebrating the Mass and healing service. Healing has always been a part of the Church. Jesus healed the blind man, the deaf man, and the leper. We find in Sacred Scripture physical healings, healing of relationships, psychological healing, financial healing, and spiritual healing. Come with expectant faith and join us, and experience the Lord’s healing power.