Time to open our minds and hearts to the scriptures and begin to prepare to hear the Lord's Word at Mass this coming weekend, the 13th Sunday in Ordinary Time.
You'll find the texts and background material on them in St. Louis and hints for helping children prepare to hear the Word here in New York (both sites only a click away!).
The first lesson, from the Book of Wisdom, answers the question, "Where did death and other undesirable things come from?" (Hint: not from God!)
The second text, from Second Corinthians, contains a number of parallelisms which add a finer literary flair than we may be accustomed to find in St. Paul's letters.
The gospel is a complex text and there is the option of a shorter version which your priest or deacon might select. The longer version tells the story of the raising of Jairus' daughter from the dead. On his way to Jairus' house, Jesus meets a woman suffering from hemorrhages and cures her. (See the sidebar for a widget with a song taken from today's gospel passage.) The text then brings Jesus to Jairus' home and his daughter. (The shorter version inlcudes only the Jairus story.) To compare the two versions, click on the St. Louis site which will offer you a link to the day's scriptures.
(I've not yet decided for which version I'll opt and preach on. Any suggestions?)
Posted by Concord Pastor at 11:35 PM