July 14, 2015


July 14, 2015:  St. Kateri Tekakwitha, Virgin


  • Ex 2:1-15a  A Levite man married a Levite; she bore a son, hid him, then put him in a basket on the river bank.  His sister stationed herself to see what would happen.  Pharaoh’s daughter, noticing the basket, sent her handmaid to fetch it, opened it, and saw a baby boy, crying!  Moved with pity, she said, “It's one of the Hebrews’ children.” and told his sister, “Call one of the Hebrew women to nurse him”; she called his mother.  Pharaoh’s daughter:  “Nurse him for me; I'll repay you.”  She took and nursed him, then brought him to Pharaoh’s daughter, who adopted him and called him Moses.  After he'd grown up, he saw an Egyptian striking a Hebrew, then slew and hid the Egyptian.  The next day two Hebrews were fighting, the culprit saidWho appointed you ruler and judge?  Will you kill me like you did the Egyptian?”  Moses became afraid, and Pharaoh heard of the affair and sought to put Moses to death, but Moses fled.
  • Ps 69:3, 14, 30-31, 33-34  "Turn to the Lord in your need, and you will live."  I'm afflicted; Lord, in your kindness help me.  The Lord hears the poor....
  • Mt 11:20-24  "Woe to you, Chorazin and Bethsaida!  If the mighty deeds you saw had been done in Tyre and Sidon, they would have repented.  It'll be more tolerable for them on judgment day than for you.  And Capernaum, you'll go down to the netherworld; if the mighty deeds you saw had been done in Sodom, it would have remained.  It'll be more tolerable for them on judgment day than for you.”
      St. Kateri Tekakwitha
      (link includes pronunciation)
    • Creighton:  Jesus had worked miracles but met with disappointing response.  When we do, may we hope....
    • One Bread One Body:  "What's in a name?"  The Lord changed many people's names but not Moses'; his name means "I drew him out of the water" [or does it?].  We need to know who we are so we can realize we must let God change us.  We must admit our fallen nature and need to be born again.  When we are "drawn out of the water" of Baptism, the Lord changes us and gives us light to know who we are in Christ.  We've been drawn out of the water and adopted and named by God; may we live our baptism, know ourselves, and love ourselves and others.
    • Passionist:  St. Kateri's conversion cost her her family, tribe, and physical security.  The unnamed “Levite woman” was a hero, courageous, selfless, and willing to sacrifice.  Pharaoh’s daughter, also nameless here, was also courageous and selfless, raising Moses as her own child.  The Lord can work wonders in unexpected ways; may we be open to ways the Lord can work wonders in us.
      St. Camillus de Lellis
    • DailyScripture.net:  If  Jesus visited my community today, would he issue a warning like the one in today's gospel, and if so, how would I respond?  Chorazin and Bethsaida heard the good news and experienced Jesus' works but likely responded with indifference.  Repentance demands change.  How do I receive God's word and wonders? 
    • 'Ruler' tie bar:  “Who appointed you ruler and judge over us?”  (1st reading)
    • 'Doctor's office' tie:  Ministry of St. Camillus to the sick
    • Green and white shirt:  white for virgin St. Kateri, green for Ordinary Time season

    Special greetings to and prayers for the communities at
    St. Kateri Tekakwitha parish, Santa Clarita and
    St. Camillus Center, Los Angeles


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