Thirteenth Week of Ordinary Time: June 26 - July 2, 2005
Alexander, Andy, S.J.
Collaborative Ministry Office
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The Thirteenth Week ofOrdinary Time Whoever loses his life for my sake will find it.The readings of the Thirteenth Sunday encourage us to welcome those who carry the word of God and urge us to live out that message in our everyday lives. Jesus asks us to live the challenge of the gospel first and to put everything else in our lives after that. Faithfully following the Gospel might mean sacrificing our lives for something as small as giving "only a cup of cold water" to a child.During the week, we continue our narrative from Genesis with stories of Abraham's relationship with the Lord, from the destruction of Sodom and Gomorrah to his willingness to sacrifice his own son. His wife, Sarah dies, and Abraham prepares for then end of his own life by searching for a wife for his son, Issac. The Genesis readings close the week with the story of Issac's wife, Rebekah, deceiving her now-elderly and blind husband into giving his blessing and birthright to her favored son, Jacob.The Psalms this week offers praise to God for his mercy and faithfulness to us.The Gospel of Matthew follows Jesus on his journeys, constantly teaching his disciples about faithfulness. He heals the sick, calms a violent storm at sea and forgives sins. At the end of the week, he does something extraordinary - he invites the reviled tax collector, Matthew, to be one of his followers. Then he indicates that the old ways of relating to God are gone - that he is the new way, the new wineskin.On Wednesday we celebrate the Solemnity of Sts. Peter and Paul, apostles, who were the founders of the Church in Rome.The Fourteenth Sunday of Ordinary Time brings us the warm and pastoral image of Jesus inviting us to put down our burdens and rest in him.