Striving for Deeper Holiness: July 11, 2021

PASTOR’S WEEKLY SPIRITUAL MESSAGE

15th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Friends, blessing from Saint Clement, wherever you are this summer. Whether you are here in Chicago or traveling somewhere, I hope that you know of our daily prayers for you here at Saint Clement. This July, we are able to restart our daily liturgy, and there was such a joy in coming to this beautiful space to celebrate what is so central to our belief, the Eucharist, the true presence of Jesus among us.

And so I invite you, friends, when you are back in Chicago to join us for the daily Masses. Our daily Masses here at Saint Clement are in the morning on Monday, Thursday, and Friday at 8:30 and in the evening at 6:00 PM on Tuesday and Wednesday. Tuesday night is followed by adoration of the Blessed Sacrament and Wednesday night is followed by Wine Down Wednesdays by our community outreach. And so I hope that at one point you can join us for our daily Masses.

Friends, this Sunday we hear this powerful invitation from Jesus as He sends, in Mark 6, the disciples two by two to make a difference in the world, so we feel sent by Jesus. We are the ones who are sent. We are sent because first, we are the ones who recognize that Jesus is in our midst and we acknowledge that we are anointed with the Holy Spirit, and that Holy Spirit empowers us, sends us on the mission of bringing the good news to others.

Just think about the world, how much there is a need for good news, good news in our world, in our city, in our families, and you and I are anointed with the gifts of the Holy Spirit to bring the good news. Not to reinforce the bad news, not to repeat the bad news, but to be an agent of good news. The message of Jesus always is good news because it always is a message of love.

And so my invitation to you this Sunday is to recognize that as you are, you are chosen by God to be a messenger of good news and ask yourself, how do you share the good news of Jesus, of God's love, of God's inclusion for everyone, with others, especially with those who feel excluded or forgotten. God bless you all!