Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church

204 S. Calle El Segundo

Palm Springs, CA 92262

760-325-5809

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We, the people of Our Lady of Guadalupe Church, are a diverse community devoted to Jesus the Christ. Our mission together is to give thanks and praise to God, spread the Gospel and teach the Bible message of God’s love for all creation.

Tenth Sunday in Ordinary Time

  June 9, 2024

 

Décimo Domingo del Tiempo Ordinario

  9 de junio de 2024 

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Jesús respondió:

“¿Quién es mi madre y quiénes son mis hermanos?”

Luego, mirando a los que estaban sentados, dijo:

“Éstos son mi madre y mis hermanos.

Porque el que cumple la voluntad de Dios,

ése es mi hermano, mi hermana y mi madre”.

 

Jesus said to them in reply:
"Who are my mother and my brothers?"
And looking around at those seated, he said:
"Here are my mother and my brothers.
For whoever does the will of God
is my brother and sister and mother."


Fr. Rajesh's Bulletin Article

Brothers and Sisters of Christ…

This Sunday’s Gospel reading shows us two types of misunderstanding that Jesus had to face: that of the scribes and that of his own brethren.

 

The first misunderstanding. The scribes were men educated in the Sacred Scriptures and charged with explaining them to the people. Some of them were sent from Jerusalem to Galilee, where Jesus’ reputation was beginning to spread, in order to discredit him in the eyes of the people: to play the role of gossips, to discredit the other, to remove his authority, to do this awful thing. And they were sent to do this. And these scribes arrived with a specific and terrible accusation — they spared no means; they went straight to the point and said: “He is possessed by Beelzebul, and by the prince of demons

he casts out the demons”. That is, the prince of demons is the one who drives Him, which is more or less amounts to saying: “He is possessed by demons”. In fact, Jesus healed many sick people, and the scribes wanted to make others believe that he did so not with the Spirit of God — as Jesus did — but with that of the Evil One, with the power of the devil. Jesus reacted with firm and clear words; he did not tolerate this, because those scribes, perhaps without realizing it, were falling into the gravest sin: denying and blaspheming against God’s Love which is present and active in Jesus. And blasphemy, the sin against the Holy Spirit, is the one unforgivable sin — as Jesus said — because it comes from closing the heart to God’s mercy which acts in Jesus. But this episode contains an admonishment which is useful to all of us. Indeed, it can happen that deep envy of a person’s goodness and good works can drive one to falsely accuse him or her. Here there is true, lethal poison: the malice with which, in a premeditated manner, one wants to destroy the good reputation of the other. May God free us from this terrible temptation! And if, by examining our conscience, we realize that this weed is sprouting within us, let us go straight away to confess it in the Sacrament of Penance, before it grows and produces its evil effects, which are incurable. Be careful, because this attitude destroys families, friendships, communities and even society.

 

Today’s Gospel also speaks to us about another, very different misunderstanding with regard to Jesus: that of his brethren. They were worried, because his new itinerant life seemed folly to them. In fact, he exhibited such openness toward the people, especially toward the sick and toward sinners, to the extent that he did not even have time to eat. Jesus was like that: people first; serving people; helping people; teaching people; healing people. He was for the people. He did not even have time to eat. Thus, his brethren decided to take him back home to Nazareth. His brethren came to the place where Jesus was teaching and they sent to him and called him. But Jesus formed a new family, no longer based on natural ties, but on faith in him, on his love which welcomes us and unites us to each other, in the Holy Spirit. All those who welcome Jesus’ word are children of God and brothers and sisters among themselves. Welcoming the word of Jesus makes us brothers and sisters, makes us Jesus’ family. Jesus’ response was not a lack of respect for his mother and his brethren. Rather, for Mary it is the greatest recognition, precisely because she herself is the perfect disciple who completely obeyed God’s will. May the Virgin Mother help us to live always in communion with Jesus, recognizing the work of the Holy Spirit who acts in him and in the Church, regenerating the world to new life. [synthesized from Pope Francis Angelus 10 VI 18]

 

-Fr. Rajesh

Deacon John's Homily Tenth Sunday in Ordinary Time

10th Sunday – Cycle B – 2018

 

My friends – our readings today contain the classic – and ongoing – fight of Good versus Evil.  The wrong-doer, of course, refusing to accept blame.  Adam blames Eve.  Eve blames the serpent.  And – in our gospel – the Scribes are so immersed in their own power and greed – that goodness is not even part of who they are anymore…

 

A little context regarding Mark’s gospel today.  We’re in the 3rd chapter.  In the verse prior to today’s gospel – Jesus had just appointed his 12 Apostles.

 

So far in these first 3 chapters –– Jesus was baptized; fasted in the desert for 40 days – and was tempted by the devil.  He then began his public ministry – traveling from town to town – healing the sick, curing lepers, forgiving sinners –  and driving out demons.

 

Interesting – the very first thing Jesus did in his public ministry was in the Synagogue – driving a demon out of a man.   

 

In Mark’s gospel – we have the phenomenon known as the Messianic Secret.  That is –  no one – knows that Jesus is the Messiah – except the demons

 

This explains why – in today’s gospel – Jesus’ family set out to seize and protect him.  Poor people.  They didn’t understand what was going on. They thought he was out of his mind ! 

 

And then – to make things worse – the Scribes accuse Jesus of being possessed by Beelzebub – Satan

 

To be falsely accused – what a horrible thing !  The pain innocent victims experience !   We see it so much in the News.

 

Anyone who was ever accused of something they were innocent of – knows what that injustice feels like:  segregated – alone – abandoned – looked down upon.

 

And now – Jesus – sent by God to teach love – is being called “Evil.”

 

…From the very first time the Scribes and Pharisees heard Jesus preach – they felt threatened – and immediately stooped so low as to plot to kill him.  How dare he – a carpenter – from Nazareth – jeopardize their place of social honor

 

They were so immersed in their own power and self importance – that they lost touch with humanity.  The only contact the Scribes had with the every-day person was to look down at them – and quote Religious Law to them – while they themselves were disobeying God’s Commandment to love our neighbor. 

 

Jesus’ response to their accusation was to pose a common-sense question to them – pointing out the absurdity of their accusation:  “How can Satan drive our Satin ?”

 

Knowing hardness of their hearts – Jesus makes his earth-shattering statement: “Whoever blasphemes against the Holy Spirit will never have forgiveness – but is guilty of an everlasting sin."

 

My friends – this statement has been the cause of concern and worry of many good and holy people over the ages.  Saint John Paul II and our Pope Francis addressed this concern. 

 

This is what Saint John Paul said:

“To blaspheme the Holy Spirit does not consist in offending the Holy Spirit in words.  Rather – it consists in the refusal to accept the salvation which God offers to man through the Holy Spirit.  Such blasphemy is to reject the Holy Spirit and block the healing and forgiveness offered by the Lord.  So – the sin is not forgivable because the sinner does not seek forgiveness.” 

 

Pope Francis said:  ““To blaspheme the Holy Spirit is the refusal to accept God’s mercy”

 

Therefore, my friends – every sin is forgivable – if only the sinner would ask for forgiveness…..

 

Jesus ends this conversation with those seated around him by telling them the importance of following the way of God:

“Whoever does the will of God is my brother and sister and mother."

 

“You pray for the hungry. Then you feed them. 

This is how prayer works.” Pope Francis

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“Antes de hablar de paz, primero debes tenerla en tu corazón”.   –Francisco de Asís

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 Rev. Luis Segura M.S.C. – Pastor

Rev. Jos Rajesh Peter M.S.C. – Parochial Vicar