March 18, 2018
I will place my law within them
and write it upon their hearts;
I will be their God, and they shall be my people.
— Jeremiah 31:33
Dear Parish Family,
When we think of the word “apostle,” a word which means “one who is sent,” our first thoughts go to such saints as Peter and Paul who were sent to preach the Good News of Jesus. Today’s gospel mentions the apostles Andrew and Philip. On Saturday, March 17, we celebrated the feast of St. Patrick, the Apostle of Ireland.
Then there’s St. Joseph, whose feast we celebrate on Monday, whom God sent from his home in Nazareth to welcome Mary as his wife who gave birth to the Son of God.
Joseph preached the Good News to none other than the Son of God by his words and actions. As we remember that Jesus was just as human as we are, someone had to teach Him how to pray. Along with Mary, St. Joseph (called a righteous man in the New Testament) would also have taught Jesus how to pray. Since in Jesus’ day, men and women worshiped in separate areas of the synagogue, Jesus would have sat next to Joseph and followed Joseph’s guidance in offering praise and worship to God. As a young man, Jesus, known as the son of a carpenter, would have helped Joseph create or repair wooden structures for others who no doubt appreciated the work performed by Joseph and Jesus; an example of Good News in action for others in need.
As we remember St. Joseph, the one whom God sent to take care of His Son, let us remember that we are also apostles because God has called us to share the Good News of God’s caring love through our care for God’s lovable sons and daughters.
In the Word,
First Reading — I will place my law within them and write it upon their hearts. (Jeremiah 31:31-34) or Ezekiel 37:12-14.
Psalm — Create a clean heart in me, O God (Psalm 51) or Psalm 130.
Second Reading — Christ became the source of eternal salvation for all who obey him (Hebrews 5:7-9) or Romans 8:8-11.
Gospel — If a grain of wheat falls to the ground and dies, it produces much fruit (John 12:20-33) or John 11:1-45 [3-7, 17, 20-27, 33b-45].
Readings for the Week
Mon: 2 Sm 7:4-5a, 12-14a, 16; Ps 89:2-5, 27, 29; Rom 4:13, 16-18, 22; Mt 1:16, 18-21, 24a or Lk 2:41-51a
Tues: Nm 21:4-9; Ps 102:2-3, 16-21; Jn 8:21-30
Wed: Dn 3:14-20, 91-92, 95; Dn 3:52-56; Jn 8:31-42
Thurs: Gn 17:3-9; Ps 105:4-9; Jn 8:51-59
Fri: Jer 20:10-13; Ps 18:2-7; Jn 10:31-42
Sat: Ez 37:21-28; Jer 31:10, 11-13; Jn 11:45-56
Sun: Mk 11:1-10 or Jn 12:12-16; (procession) Is 50:4-7; Ps 22: 8-9, 17-20, 23-24; Phil 2:6-11; Mk 14:1 — 15:47 [15:1-39]