St. Vincent De Paul Corner- July 21st, 16th Sunday in Ordinary Time
In this Sunday’s Gospel, Jesus affirms that to be a disciple we must also sit at his feet and listen to him. St. Vincent de Paul taught that it is only in prayer that we can give selfless loving service to those who are poor.
Martha’s hospitality was made edgy because of her becoming burdened with the cooking and serving. Martha is settling to be a servant where Jesus is looking for disciples. Mary’s hospitality was gracious because she focused her attention on Jesus: “she sat beside the Lord at his feet listening to him speak.” The surprise is that Jesus affirms that the “better part” is to sit and listen—both metaphors for discipleship. The “better part” is to be a disciple! Before we can carry on the mission of Jesus as disciples we must become disciples by sitting at the feet of Jesus listening to him. Practically speaking, this means being attentive to the Scriptures during Mass. It also means taking the time to be with Jesus in prayer—not just saying prayers, but being quiet and listening to how Jesus speaks to our hearts. (Living Liturgy, p.176)
This week, please say a special prayer each day for the poor and forgotten in our parish.
Weekly Status of Giving:
Through your gifts for the week up to 7/03/19, the Holy Redeemer SVDP Conference has brought the love and care of Jesus to the poor by assisting 13 families with food worth $1,330 and 2 families with rent/utilities totaling $807.61. 330 lbs of in-kind food donations were collected through the generosity of Parishioners and Friends, and 32 volunteer hours were worked including 8 care center visits. In addition, the SVDP/Bethel Lutheran co-sponsorship of the Sunday Community Breakfast fed 300 hungry, mostly homeless persons in our midst.
Need Emergency Food Assistance?
HR’s SVDP Food Room (back side of church, basement level) is open every Wednesday and Saturday, 2:30 – 4:00 PM. Anyone in need of emergency food is encouraged to go to the food room during these hours of operation to be given emergency food. All requests are treated confidentially.