St. John Neumann Catholic Church

Houston, Texas

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Sep 9 - 16, 2018

 

TWENTY THIRD Sunday in Ordinary Time - vigésimo tercer Domingo del Tiempo Ordinario



 

 

Pray for the Sick

 

 

  • Janet Ledger,

  • Willie Mendoza,

  • Ida Novales,

  • Tino Herrera,

  • Jaime Herrera,

  • Edmunda Urbina,

  • Eddy Johnston,

  • Warlita Olay Opinaldo,

  • Chip Norra,

  • Rosalee Velasquez,

  • Paul Walker,

  • Bryan Soto,

  • Oscar Saul Sarabia,

  • Abigail Joanna Henson,

  • Minh Truong,

  • Henry Lundy, Julio Vasquez,

  • Ricarda Hernandez,

  • Fabiola Gonzalez,

  • Percyveranda Puquiz,

  • Connie Fernandez,

  • Antonio Padua,

  • Emilio Rocha,

  • Joe de Montoya,

  • Suzanne Krusleski,

  • Edward Casiano

 

& all those in nursing homes & hospitals.

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The Lights, Host & Wine 

for the week of September 9 

were donated by Carmelita Abaca in Memory of

Maria M. Abaca

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Altar Flowers 

for the week of September 9

were donated by Pat Hanlon-Peña in memory of

Francesca Peña

Stewardship of Prayer and Reflection

     In this passage from his Gospel, Mark is very detailed in his description of where Jesus travels. The cities and districts he mentions are in Gentile territory. Mark wants to emphasize that Jesus’ mission was to all the world, to Jews and Gen-tiles alike. Last week we heard Mark report Jesus saying, “Nothing that enters one from outside can defile that person” in reference to the Judaic practice of ritual handwashing (Mark 7:15). Now Jesus travels outside Jewish territory and performs miracles to great acclaim among foreigners. Jesus values those who are outside, travels to them, and reaches out to them in mercy and love. There is no outsider, no foreigner, to God. 

     Marcos es muy detallista en este pasaje de su Evangelio al de-scribir por dónde viaja Jesús. Las ciudades y los distritos que menciona son territorios paganos. Marcos quiere enfatizar que la misión de Jesús estaba dirigida al mundo entero, tanto a judíos como a paganos. La semana pasada escuchamos decir a Jesús, según lo escribió Marcos, que “nada que entre de fuera puede manchar [a esa persona]”. Jesús hacía referencia al rito judaico de lavarse las manos (Marcos 7, 15). Ahora Jesús viaja fuera del territorio judío y hace milagros que los extranjeros aclaman grandemente. Jesús le da valor a aquellos que están afuera, viaja con ellos y les ofrece su misericordia y su amor. Para Dios no hay gente de afuera ni extranjeros.

 

Quote for the Week... 

“God alone can give us true happiness. It’s useless wasting time looking for it elsewhere: in wealth, pleasure, and power

~Pope Francis

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