Brothers and Sisters in Christ,
This is the 17th Sunday in Ordinary Time. The lectionary interrupts the Gospel of Mark in this year B to begin five Sundays of readings from the Gospel of John, chapter 6, which includes the multiplication of the loaves and the fishes and the Bread of Life sermon. In these coming Sundays, the Church provides us with an opportunity to reflect upon the nature of the Eucharist and see what a great gift and calling it is from our Lord.
Also, fifty years ago this past week, Pope Paul VI promulgated the now famous encyclical on human life and sexuality called Humanae Vitae. The encyclical was largely rejected by the world and many Catholics because it upheld the Church’s teaching against contraception. While the encyclical certainly taught this teaching, it also showed the beauty of unity of marital love and procreation. I encourage you to take a fresh look at this teaching. It is not a long letter and can be accessed online at w2.vatican.va/content/paulvi/en/.../hf_p-vi_enc_25071968_humanae-vitae.html. With this in mind, the men’s and women’s faith sharing group at St. John the Baptist will be reading this encyclical in August and September. You are free to join them. I will be leading a discussion with the group on Monday, September 17th at 6:00 p.m., just after our 6:00 p.m. Mass. Please join us
Have a blessed week.
Administrator Pro Tem