15th Week of the Year: Readings and Feasts

JULY 11 Mon Saint Benedict, Abbot Memorial Is 1:10-17/Mt 10:34—11:1 

12 Tue Weekday Is 7:1-9/Mt 11:20-24 

13 Wed Weekday [St Henry] Is 10:5-7, 13b-16/Mt 11:25-27)

14 Thu USA: Saint Kateri Tekakwitha, Virgin Memorial Is 26:7-9, 12, 16-19/Mt 11:28-30 

15 Fri St Bonaventure, Bishop and Doctor of the Church Memorial

Is 38:1-6, 21-22, 7-8/Mt 12:1-8

16 Sat Weekday [Our Lady of Mount Carmel] Mi 2:1-5/Mt 12:14-21 

17 SUN 16TH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME Gn 18:1-10a/Col 1:24-28/Lk 10:38-42 

This week we’re reading key passages from the Prophet Isaiah at Mass. Isaiah is the most frequently referenced Old Testament source in the New Testament, after the psalms. We read Isaiah extensively in our liturgy in Advent, Lent and Easter. 

Chapter 11-12 of Matthew’s gospel describe a growing opposition to Jesus after his initial ministry in Galilee. “Do not think that I have come to bring peace upon the earth. I have come to bring not peace but the sword,” Jesus says to his disciples.

Interesting saints celebrated this week: St. Benedict, a founder of western monasticism, is remembered July 11. 

St. Bonaventure who brought his considerable intellectual gifts to the early Franciscan movement is remember July 15.The saints often bring new dimensions to their religious community.

Mary, the Mother of Jesus, enriches the charism of so many great religious traditions in the church by her presence. Our Lady of Mount Carmel (July 16) enriched the Carmelite tradition.

We remember Saint Kateri Tekakwitha, the first canonized saint from the American native peoples, July 14. Holiness can be found in all people.

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