July 1, 2018 – Thirteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time

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Do you ever experience those moments where you dive into scripture study or listen to the readings during Mass and certain words just strike you or speak to something going on in your life? This weekend’s readings are rich with words that prompted a couple of those moments for us.

Words of rescue, healing, comfort, calmed fears, and resurrection paint a picture of God’s goodness and care for us. The second reading offers a clear reminder that His only Son entered our humanity because He loves us so much: “For you know the gracious act of our Lord Jesus Christ, that though he was rich, for your sake he became poor, so that by his poverty you might become rich.” (2 Cor 8:9)

This is the kind of Lord and Savior who shows us He will not abandon us, that He desires abundance for us. When we cry out to Him or reach out to him even in desperate faith, just as the hemorrhaging woman did in this week’s Gospel, He does not turn away from us. He knows that we are wounded, we have struggles, and that we frequently have fear and doubt instead of faith. Jesus’ directive, “Do not be afraid; just have faith.” (Mark 5:36) to the distressed family whose daughter had died was another part of this weekend’s Gospel that truly spoke to our hearts.

This year has been a time of abundance for our ministry. We’ve been learning more about how to evangelize through the leadership of our pastor and parish, we’ve been blessed by some amazing opportunities to share our music and worship with people all over the country, we released a new project, and have explored some new ventures in ministry outside of music. Yet, we still face fear and doubt. We completely love diving into all the graces that God pours into our lives but worry about our own areas of failure, areas of sin, and our ability to juggle our vocation, our young family, and our personal prayer time. Sometimes, especially when life seems so busy and overwhelming, we find ourselves fearful that we can’t do it all or do it all well. We find it difficult to trust and have faith, fearful that we may disappoint others, our family, and God.

Whatever fear or doubt it is that you’re facing right now, know that you are not alone in your struggle. Find comfort in this weekend’s readings with reassurance that you have a loving God who cares for you and your well-being.

Adam & Lori

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