This Week’s Gospel Message

Thursday, June 16th, 2022

This week’s Gospel message for Sunday, June 19th is from Luke 9:11b-17.

“Jesus spoke to the crowds about the kingdom of God, and he healed those who needed to be cured. As the day was drawing to a close, the Twelve approached him and said, ‘Dismiss the crowd so that they can go to the surrounding villages and farms and find lodging and provisions . . . He said to them, ‘Give them some food yourselves’ . . . Then taking the five loaves and the two fish, and looking up to heaven, he said the blessing over them, broke them, and gave them to the disciples to set before the crowd. They all ate and were satisfied. And when the leftover fragments were picked up, they filled twelve wicker baskets.”

“The multiplication of the loaves and the fish is intended to be catechesis on the Eucharist and on ministry in general. The miraculous feeding of the five thousand therefore serves as the link between the work of proclaiming the Kingdom of God and the heralding of Jesus as savior.” SOURCE: Workbook for Lectors, Gospel Readers, and Proclaimers of the Word, 2022


Monday 2 Kings 17:5-8, 13-15a, 18; Matthew 7:1-5

Tuesday 2 Kings 19:9b-11, 14-21,31-35a, 36; Matthew 7:6,12-14

Saint Aloysius Gonzaga, Religious (Memorial) – Born an imperial in Lombardy, he rejected the values of his position and family. He joined the Jesuits and offered to serve the sick and dying during the plague in Rome. He, too, caught the plague and died three months later.        

Wednesday 2 Kings 22:8-13; 23:1-3; Matthew 7:15-20   

Thursday Isaiah 49:1-6; Acts 13:22-26; Luke 1:57-66

The Nativity of Saint John the Baptist (Solemnity) –  This feast is one of the earliest feasts to be celebrated on a particular day. The date of June 24 serves as a reminder that John was six months older than Jesus.

Friday Ezekiel 34:11-16; Romans 5:5b-11; Luke 15:3-7

The Most Sacred Heart of Jesus (Solemnity) – In the devotion to the Sacred Heart, the heart of Jesus is adored as a symbol of his threefold love: human, spiritual, and divine. By the Middle Ages, Jesus’ Sacred Heart was an object of personal devotion, and in the late seventeenth century, the devotion became a liturgical celebration. In modern times, the image of the Sacred Heart in a home is a sign that Jesus’ love rules over the family.

Saturday Lamentations 2:2, 10-14, 18-19; Luke 2:41-51

The Immaculate Heart of the Blessed Virgin Mary (Memorial) – Devotion to the Immaculate Heart of Mary is linked with that of the Sacred Heart of Jesus. Popular devotion began in the seventeenth century. In 1805, permission was given for a local feast of the Pure Heart of Mary. In 1944, the feast was extended to the Western Church. Mary’s Immaculate Heart signifies her sanctity and love as the Mother of God.

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