We are pleased to share the readings and homily celebrated on the Eighteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time. To listen to the Mass , first access the MP3 audio file. Want to subscribe to the St. Malachi Parish Homilies Podcast? Click Here.
The introductory study Opening Your Heart begins online on Tuesday, Aug 23, at 7PM. Contact Claudia Cabrera at firstname.lastname@example.org or Marisol Guzmam at email@example.com. See https:/walkingwithpurpose.com/
Dear Brothers and Sisters,
What are we actually praying for when we say the Lord’s Prayer? What are the seven petitions that are raised in the prayer?
(1)The Our Father begins with the desire that the honor and glory of God is our first intention regardless of our particular circumstances or needs in that moment. Specifically, we hold God’s name as sacred. We are not praying to an abstract or impersonal God. Jesus reveals God as “Abba” or “Father.” Although some may struggle with this masculine title, it is offered by Christ and places us in relationship to the First Person of the Holy Trinity.
(2)Next, we pray for God’s Kingdom to be present and
(3) that His will be done here on earth while it is simultaneously and perfectly being fulfilled by the heavenly powers. Let’s not waste God’s time, or our own, if we’re not sincere about invoking God’s will. Anything contrary to it cannot be honored.
(4)We then move into specific petitions that we need. “Our daily bread” is a petition for the nourishment required to live our daily discipleship. Both Eucharistic bread and basic essentials are implied. It’s not about superfluous things we may want; it’s about knocking on God’s door for the necessities in order to sustain us.
(5)The prayer continues with helping us to forgive others when they hurt us. This may be the most demanding part of the prayer and yet there it is. In order to be forgiven we need to forgive others. Who said discipleship was easy?
(6) And then we pray with the acknowledgement that temptation is difficult to overcome at times.
(7)Finally, we offer a little exorcism. From the Greek language, the prayer translates that we be “delivered from the Evil One” as opposed to the Latin-English translation’s of being delivered “from evil.” Either way, the petition is to be protected against Satan and all who seek ruin upon our souls. Interesting that this is the way the Lord ends the prayer.
As for the doxology, “For thine is the kingdom, the power, and the glory….” this is not part of our Catholic liturgy because it can’t be traced back to the earliest scriptural translations. However, we pray it later on at Mass because it does hold a special place within our tradition, tracing back to usage among some of the early Churches (as evidenced in an early Church text called the Didache).
So, next time we’re praying this prayer together or by ourselves, the Our Father captures the essentials for daily life. This is why it is offered throughout each day, in our liturgies and in our devotions.
In Name of Our Father,
On June 22, 2022, St Malachi and St Patrick parishes gathered for a meal and a presentation on “radical hospitality.” What makes hospitality radical? Our speaker Jane Angha called us to ponder how we and our ministries can help imbed hospitality into parish life to create a consistent culture of belonging. She reminded us how the Gospel tells us Jesus noticed, listened, and responded to others. As disciples of Jesus, we’re challenged to the discipline of consistently greeting, listening, and responding to all people in our parishes. And consistent graciousness is radical! Let’s challenge ourselves to move out of our comfort zones and truly connect with others, to reach out with authenticity, and move beyond small talk to discover how people are doing. Consistent graciousness prepares a person’s heart to encounter the love of Jesus. Let us each help make the Church feel like home. Let’s ponder, pray, and share! Jane will return in September for more conversation. To share ideas, speak with the Core Team: Therese Mullen, Claudia Cabrera, Tony Coyne, and Christy Bartley, or contact Stephanie Pritts at firstname.lastname@example.org.
A prominent theme in today’s Gospel parable is generosity. Late at night, a sleepy friend responds to his neighbor’s request for food for an unexpected guest. Jesus suggests that it would be unthinkable for a friend to deny a friend in need. A friend would most certainly give what is asked and more. Through this story, Jesus illustrates God’s generosity. Good stewards realize the extraordinary love and graciousness with which God showers us. We need never convince God to be generous. God is already that generous friend. His abundant love bathes us in goodness. This week, prayerfully reflect on God’s generosity to us. What should our response be to that generosity?
On June 22 St Malachi and St Patrick parishioners and friends gathered around the topic of radical hospitality. How or why is hospitality radical? Our speaker Jane Angha called us to each ponder on imbedding a culture of welcome and belonging at our parishes. She used Scripture to remind us that Jesus reached out to all—he noticed, listened, and acted. We are called as His disciples to try new things, always beginning with graciousness. Consistent graciousness is radical! Let us each ask ourselves: What single action can I take to reach out to those in my parish community? What can my circle of friends or ministry group do that is new? How can I / we go beyond small talk to discover how people are doing? How can I be authentic and vulnerable with others? How can my presence prepare a person’s heart to encounter the love of Jesus in the Church? How can I help to make the Church feel like home? Let us ponder, pray, and share with others! For more info or to share ideas, contact Stephanie Pritts at email@example.com
At the Angelus Prayer on June 29, Pope Francis announced a new monthly Vatican magazine: Osservatore di Strada (Observer from the Street). Its purpose will be to give voice to the stories, opinions and art of the poor and all those who are usually marginalized, and usually have no way to share their thoughts, their needs, their faith. It will be available in hard copy, and online at vatiicannews.com .
Thank you for being a part of our St. Malachi Parish family. We appreciate all that you do for our parish and community by sharing your God-given gifts of time, talent, and treasure. This summer, We pray that you will have some quiet and restful time that includes the love, joy, and peace of being with family and friends. Please consider that St. Malachi Parish continues to be open for Mass, numerous activities and the Sacraments, and that your generosity through Faith Direct can help provide the consistent resources we need to operate our parish and ministries during these summer months. Sign up today by visiting faith.direct/OH337 or text ’Enroll’ to 216-930-1310 or visit the St. Malachi website, www.stmalachi.org, and click on the donate button. Thank you for your continued support of our parish family.
Martha and Mary are the focus of this weekend’s Gospel, which abounds with rich themes about hospitality, service, and finding the right balance between action and prayerful attention to the Lord. Christians who are good stewards of their faith life realize that if they are too busy to enjoy peaceful, private time with the Lord, then something is out of balance in their spiritual lives. If we make time for Mass, but then carry on with our busy schedules without prayer, meditation and reflection, we are missing out. If we find ourselves anxious and harried by life’s routines, could it be a sign that something in our spiritual life needs some serious attention?