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Catholic Church / Pacoima, CA

Church Pride, Like an Oasis in the Desert

11th Sunday in Ordinary Time

“Lord, it is good to give thanks to you.”Ps. 92

We should all be proud to be members of the Church of Christ, of the flock of Christ, the most counter-cultural in history, in all centuries. Like the mustard seed, the Kingdom of God, without appearance, small and persecuted, but the most valuable and fruitful.

It not only bothered the authorities of his time, the wealthy and the religious of his time, but those of all ages. It has been the most revolutionary, whose revolution has not yet ended or gone down in history; far from that, perhaps it can be said that it is still more valid than ever, it continues to bother the people of this world, especially the well-off and conformists, the “sheep” of the culture that dictates the fashion of the moment, those who are carried away by the river of the pagan world with its constant indoctrination.

Today they are called woke culture, those perfectly indoctrinated by the magnates of this world, by the multimillionaire bankers who manage the mass manipulation media, and they make prey especially among young people who are usually more incautious, and today much more uncritical and docile than in other times, unfortunately; easy prey for the unscrupulous powerful who indoctrinate and manipulate them selling them poison as the best drink.

I am glad to be of the sheep of Christ, and not of the salaried shepherds of this world who do not know how to love. Let us be of those who recognize the Good Shepherd, of those who listen to his voice and follow Him, of those who have light, of those who find great ideals for which to live and die, of those who satisfy the hunger and thirst of the soul that only He can satisfy.

In contrast to this fearless and courageous flock of Christ, countercultural and therefore always persecuted, there are the “sheep” of the empire of this world, those led by fashion, by the indoctrination of the power that has emptied their souls, which has many young people like zombies, unable to seek the truth, because they no longer even believe it exists, because they have been blinded by the father of lies, who has great power in those who do not follow Christ.

It is the most lamentable situation ever seen in history, people without critical spirit, without ideals to believe in and fight for, indoctrinated by the powerful who prefer to keep them all in that superficiality and ignorance so that they are less of a hindrance to their ends, easily entertained with video games and endless hobbies, bread and circuses that keep them in the immaturity of egocentrism, or annulled by drugs and alcohol.

Indoctrinated even in universities and schools with all kinds of idiocies and nonsense, so that they close themselves to the obvious truth, believe in the dictates of the anti-God and anti-humanity sinister that today governs the media and the world. Ideologies that corrupt and confuse the minds of children and young people so
that they think only of themselves and live like animals of another species, with no goal beyond the grave, just focused in the here and now.

Weekly Readings

Sunday: Ez 17:22-24/Ps 92:2-3, 13-14, 15-16 (see 2a)/2 Cor 5:6-10/Mk 4:26-34
Monday: 1 Kgs 21:1-16/Ps 5:2-3ab, 4b-6a, 6b-7/Mt 5:38-42
Tuesday: 1 Kgs 21:17-29/Ps 51:3-4, 5-6ab, 11 and 16/Mt 5:43-48
Wednesday: 2 Kgs 2:1, 6-14/Ps 31:20, 21, 24/Mt 6:1-6, 16-18
Thursday: Sir 48:1-14/Ps 97:1-2, 3-4, 5-6, 7/Mt 6:7-15
Friday: 2 Kgs 11:1-4, 9-18, 20/Ps 132:11, 12, 13-14, 17-18/Mt 6:19-23
Saturday: 2 Chr 24:17-25/Ps 89:4-5, 29-30, 31-32, 33-34/Mt 6:24-34
Next Sunday: Jb 38:1, 8-11/Ps 107:23-24, 25-26, 28-29, 30-31 (1b)/2 Cor 5:14-17/Mk 4:35-41

Observances for the Week

Sunday: 11th Sunday in Ordinary Time; Father’s Day
Wednesday: St. Romuald, Abbot
Thursday: World Refugee Day
Friday: St. Aloysius Gonzaga, Religious
Saturday: St. Paulinus of Nola, Bishop; Sts. John Fisher, Bishop, and Thomas More, Martyrs
Next Sunday: 12th Sunday in Ordinary Time