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Sunday, July 13, 2014

Fifth Sunday After Pentecost

Ordinary Time: July 13th
Commentary for the Readings in the Extraordinary Form:

"Go first to be reconciled to they brother, and then come and offer thy gift" (Gospel).

This is Brotherhood Sunday! Human experience confirms the need of this Divine teaching. Only when the Fatherhood of God is recognized, will the Brotherhood of Man be realized. Returning good for evil is possible only to those who love God (Epistle). Oh, how much our hate-torn world needs this prayer: "Pour into our hearts. . .an experience of They Love" (Prayer).

In the practice of the Golden Rule, we plead with the Divine"Helper" against worldly persecution (Introit) and diabolical "enemies" (Postcommunion).

How can one who harbors anger, envy, bitterness, indifference, aversion of any kind against his neighbor, have part in the Sacrifice of Him Who offers Himself for His enemies? The sacrifice of our selfish or even wounded feelings for Christ's sake, is a most acceptable "gift" to "leave. . .before the altar" (Gospel).


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