From the Parochial Vicar’s Desk
Today is the 15th Sunday in Ordinary Time. As we collectively relish the euphoria of the celebration of our freedom last weekend with lots of fireworks, we seem to have fired ourselves back into action as free children of God charged with the work of evangelization. Our freedom first and foremost reminds us of God’s initiative for our redemption. Interestingly, the Church dedicates the month of July to the Precious Blood of Jesus, which is also a reminder of our redemption. Coincidentally the second reading is a prayer of praise to God for saving us in Jesus. St. Paul offers us the exercise of counting our blessings and offering thanksgiving to God for being the Source of our benedictions, in and through Jesus’ life, death, and Resurrection. It is essentially through Christ that God gave us a clear purpose in life—to praise and serve God and one another—with the Holy Spirit as a Helper in carrying out the task. We are, therefore, called to count our blessings instead of focusing unduly on our inadequacies and deficiencies. As we count our blessings, let us also remember to support our Churches in all ramifications as instruments for evangelization and continuation of Jesus’ redemption.
2021 Diocese of Brooklyn Annual Catholic Appeal
We continue to offer our profound appreciation to all who have already contributed to this year’s Annual Catholic Appeal (ACA). Our goal here at St. Martin de Porres remains $63,586. So far, we have received a pledge of $38,395. We remain optimistic that we are sure to reach or even exceed our goal with our collective participation. May God bless you as you participate in this year’s ACA. Your support is deeply appreciated.
Please, permit me to end with the prayer for “Pleading the Blood of Jesus:”
“Father in heaven, may we all be cleansed by the saving Blood of Jesus; may our consciences be purged of dead works. Scripture says that evil is defeated by the Blood of the Lamb, so we ask that the Blood of Jesus cover all who are in need of protection (all civil, religious and lay leaders, our families, friends, enemies, all those for whom we have promised to pray, and ourselves). We mark the borders of our nation and the doorposts of our churches, homes, schools and places of employment with the Precious Blood of Jesus. Also, we cover our vehicles that no one may ever be injured through them. Thank You, Lord, for shedding Your Blood for us. May the Water and Blood that came from the side of Jesus create a protecting fountain of grace, one which flows directly from the throne of God to us. Come, Lord, and fill us with Your Holy Spirit.” Amen!
Have a blessed and joyful week.
Fr. Franklin Ezeorah