From the Pastor’s Desk
Thirteenth Sunday of Ordinary Time
July 2, 2023
“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.”
~ Matthew 10:42
Brothers and Sisters,
Happy Independence Day! This annual celebration of our nation and the freedom we hold as right and true is important to remember. While we live in a time prone to judge our ancestors by modern standards, we ought to be grateful to God for the blessings of the United States of America. We are not a nation without flaws. Both our past and our present are imperfect. While there are a lot of advances and growth to celebrate, we should not fall into the assumption that everything in our development as a nation is indeed progress. As disciples of Christ, we have to view our world through the lens of the Gospel and accept our calling to make sacrifices to proclaim the love of God to everyone boldly.
On June 22, Pope Francis recognized Baltimore’s own Mother, Mary Lange, as venerable. This latest step on the path to sainthood acknowledges the Christian virtue evident in her life. Mother Mary Lange founded the Oblate Sisters of Providence in Baltimore, the first Catholic order of African American nuns. She was committed to educating African American children at a time when there were no other options. Let us ask Mother Mary Lange’s intercession for our nation and our local Church in Baltimore.
Before I close, Angel Studios releases the movie Sounds of Freedom this week, the same group behind the wildly popular The Chosen. This latest movie shows that 2 million children are trafficked annually. Based on a true story, Sounds of Freedom follows a federal agent confronting the evil of this crime while choosing drastic efforts to find and set these captives free. We cannot ignore this problem – or presume this is an issue confined to autocratic regimes. It is sadly present here right here in Maryland. And as with our ancestors, we have to be the voice of freedom and fight for the rights of all people. Check out angel.com/freedom for tickets or a trailer.