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June 28, 2020

Explore the Sunday Gospel


The Conditions of Discipleship

MT 10:37-42

Jesus said to his apostles: “Whoever loves father or mother more than me is not worthy of me, and whoever loves son or daughter more than me is not worthy of me; and whoever does not take up his cross and follow after me is not worthy of me. Whoever finds his life will lose it, and whoever loses his life for my sake will find it.

“Whoever receives you receives me, and whoever receives me receives the one who sent me. Whoever receives a prophet because he is a prophet will receive a prophet’s reward, and whoever receives a righteous man because he is a righteous man 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 the little one is a disciple— amen, I say to you, he will surely not lose his reward.”


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Sts. Peter and Paul, Apostles (Feast Day June 29)


Aside from Jesus, Peter and Paul are the most significant characters in the New Testament. The New Testament clearly shows Peter as the leader of the apostles, chosen by Jesus to have a special relationship with him. With James and John, he was privileged to witness the Transfiguration, the raising of a dead child to life, and the agony in Gethsemane. His mother-in-law was cured by Jesus. He was sent with John to prepare for the last Passover before Jesus’ death. Jesus appointed Peter the first Pope when he told him, “And so I say to you, you are Peter, and upon this rock I will build my church, and the gates of the netherworld shall not prevail against it. I will give you the keys to the kingdom of heaven. Whatever you bind on earth shall be bound in heaven; and whatever you loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven.”(MT 16:18-19)

Paul was dedicated to persecuting the early disciples of Jesus in the area of Jerusalem prior to his conversion. After his dramatic encounter with Christ on the road to Damascus, Paul traveled all over Asia Minor to proclaim Christ to the Gentiles. He founded numerous churches in Asia Minor and Europe, and took advantage of his status as both a Jew and a Roman citizen to minister to both Jewish and Roman audiences. Thirteen of the twenty-seven books of the New Testament are attributed to Paul.


Take time to chat

  • What do you think Jesus meant when he said, "Whoever finds his life will lose it, and whoever loses his life for my sake will find it"?
  • In today's Gospel, Jesus describes the conditions of discipleship. In your own words, describe a disciple of Jesus.
  • Who do you know that needs help right now? Plan a way for your family to help him or her!


Recipe of the week

"The Barque of Peter" Banana Boats

1 bun for every banana
2 tablespoons of Peanut Butter (or other spread of your choice)

Optional toppings (chopped nuts, chocolate, or other toppings you might find on an ice cream sundae)

Begin by toasting your bun. Let the bun cool a bit before spreading the peanut butter (or other spread) on each side. Peel the bananas and place them inside each bun. If you are adding addition toppings, drizzle a little more peanut butter over the banana so that the toppings stay put. Enjoy!  



Family Fun


Find a local fireworks display, and bring the whole family! Don’t forget to bring blankets, chairs, bug spray, and some snacks!


Other Ideas


Family Prayer

Begin with the Sign of the Cross. Then everyone takes a turn sharing one thing they really appreciate about each person in the family. End with the Our Father.

Liturgy Link

Liga a la Liturgia

The sanctuary is the front part of the church where the Priest stands during Mass. It is usually elevated from where the congregation sits. What things are in the sanctuary?

Unleashing the Gospel in your Family

Haz Llegar el Evangelioen tu Familia

“The family is the ‘domestic church' - the primary social unit in which life in Christ, the life of the Church, is experienced and lived." (Guidepost 7)

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Fun Facts!

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St. Peter’s tomb is located deep beneath the altar of St. Peter’s Basilica in Vatican City.