At that time the Lord appointed seventy-two others whom he sent ahead of him in pairs to every town and place he intended to visit. He said to them, "The harvest is abundant but the laborers are few; so ask the master of the harvest to send out laborers for his harvest.
Go on your way; behold, I am sending you like lambs among wolves. Carry no money bag, no sack, no sandals; and greet no one along the way. Into whatever house you enter, first say, 'Peace to this household.' If a peaceful person lives there, your peace will rest on him; but if not, it will return to you. Stay in the same house and eat and drink what is offered to you, for the laborer deserves his payment. Do not move about from one house to another. Whatever town you enter and they welcome you, eat what is set before you, cure the sick in it and say to them, 'The kingdom of God is at hand for you. 'Whatever town you enter and they do not receive you, go out into the streets and say, 'The dust of your town that clings to our feet, even that we shake off against you. 'Yet know this: the kingdom of God is at hand. I tell you, it will be more tolerable for Sodom on that day than for that town."
The seventy-two returned rejoicing, and said, "Lord, even the demons are subject to us because of your name. "Jesus said, "I have observed Satan fall like lightning from the sky. Behold, I have given you the power to 'tread upon serpents' and scorpions and upon the full force of the enemy and nothing will harm you. Nevertheless, do not rejoice because the spirits are subject to you, but rejoice because your names are written in heaven."
CONOCE A NUESTRA FAMILIA EXTENDIDA:
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St. Dulce Lopes Pontes (Feast Day August 13)
May 26, 1914-March 13, 1992
Born to an upper-middle class family in Salvador, Bahia, Brazil, Maria Rita de Souza Brito Lopes Pontes wanted for nothing. After her mother died, Maria went to live with her aunts. When Maria was 13, her aunts took her to visit the poorest areas of her city, where Maria was deeply moved by the suffering she witnessed. She began dedicating her life to helping the poor and sick. She was known to invite the poor and sick to come to her home where she and her neighbors could care for them until she entered the Missionary Sisters of the Immaculate Conception of the Mother of God.
Upon taking her vows, Maria took the name Sister Dulce, after her mother. She continued to spend her time helping the poor and destitute. She went on to establish the first workers union in Salvador, a school for working-class children, and worked to offer medical assistance, food, and shelter to the poor. In 1949, Sister Dulce was granted permission from her superior to offer medical care in her convent’s chicken yard, which she converted into a makeshift hospital. Eleven years later, the chicken yard would be transformed into Saint Anthony’s Hospital.
In 1959, the Charitable Works Foundation of Sister Dulce was formed. It consolidated many of Sister Dulce’s programs into a major Brazilian health and social services organization that is still in operation today.
TOMA TIEMPO PARA COMPARTIR
Take time to chat
•What does Jesus mean when he says, “the harvest is abundant, but the laborers are few”?
•Jesus needed help to proclaim the kingdom of God. If Jesus asked you to go share the good news with others, would you? Why or why not?
•Why do you think the disciples were happy when they came back from their mission?
•In what way did St. Dulce Lopes Pontes fulfill her mission as a disciple?
Fourth of July Fun
Take some time today to celebrate the blessings and freedom we have as a nation.
Gather with friends and family and have a Fourth of July party. Here are some ideas to get you started:
•Wear something that is red, white, and blue.
•Make red, white, and blue decorations for your dinner table.
•Play some yard games such as corn hole or a red, white, and blue water balloon toss.
•Make an outdoor water park using sprinklers.
•Prepare some festive Fourth of July recipes. See the Recipe of the Week.
•Have a campfire and a sing-along with patriotic songs.
•Stock up on sparklers and have a patriotic light show.
Prayer for Our Country
Almighty God, bless our nation and make it true to the ideas of freedom and justice and brotherhood for all who make it great.
Guard us from war, from compromise of what is true and good, and from fear and confusion.
Be close to our president and our leaders; give them vision and courage, as they ponder decisions affecting peace and the common good.
Make us more deeply aware of our heritage; realizing not only our rights but also our duties and responsibilities as citizens.
Make this great land and all its people know clearly your will, that they may fulfill the destiny ordained for us in the salvation of the nations, and the restoring of all things in Christ. Amen.
Adapted from https://www.catholic.org/prayers/prayer.php?p=1119