To be a “disciple” is to be a student. By our Baptism we are all called upon to be disciples of Jesus; to search out, investigate, learn and apply His teachings to our particular time and culture. Being a “disciple” is not an end in itself but a step toward being an “apostle” or one who has been sent to share what we have searched out, investigated, learned and applied of Jesus’ teachings with others. Some have been called to dedicate their whole lives to that study, reflection and the ministry of being sent. In this weekend’s lesson we tune in to Jesus’ instruction to his “disciples” who he is sending out to be “Apostles” of his ministry. These are the ones who have been called upon to love Jesus’ ministry even more than “father, mother, son or daughter.” These are the ones who are called upon to make great sacrifices for Jesus and His Gospel. “Whoever receives you receives me, and whoever receives me receives the one who sent me” Matthew 10:40. Jesus also spoke about rewards for those who receive his “apostles:” “Whoever receives a prophet because he is a prophet will receive a prophet’s reward, and whoever receives a righteous man because he is righteous will receive a righteous man’s reward. And whoever gives only a cup of cold water to one of these little ones to drink because he is a disciple—amen, I say to you, he will surely not lose his reward” Matthew 10:41-42. The truth of this “word” is witnessed to in the reception of the Prophet Elisha and the blessings that followed in the reading from the second Book of Kings. Two years ago our three parishes of St. Martin de Porres, St. Lawrence and Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary began a challenging experience of this Gospel teaching as we “stepped up” the level of our “sister parish” relationship. Additionally our Diocese as a whole and our three parishes also had been challenged to accept “Ministers of Word and Sacrament” from different cultures as well. These are those who have left their families and friends, accepting the call to be Missionary Priests in this new land of USA. Now is the time to ask ourselves, “How did we apply these teachings of Jesus in our parish lives?” On this two year anniversary let us honestly look at ourselves and our communities of faith and repent for the times of rejection, struggled with the humility it calls forth from us and rejoice for the blessings we have
UPON THIS ROCK Many thanks to all who responded so generously to the “Upon This Rock” public invitation during the Weeks of June 11 th & 18 th . To date be totaled $76,300 dollars. After our Catholic Charities share is attained, thirty-five percent of monies shared with Upon This Rock will return to St. Lawrence to assist with our Roofing Project Loan. Way to Go Folks!!!!!!!
MEMBERS OF ST. MARTIN DE PORRES parish community and choir will be traveling to Orlando Florida to attend
the Black Catholic Congress this week. While they are away we are pleased to welcome Glenn Hufnagel and the
music ministry of St. Lawrence to our 9:30AM Mass on Sunday, July 9 th . We would like to thank you for assisting
your sister parish in our need.