From the Pastor’s Desk

Thirteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time

July 7, 2024

“Where did this man get all this? What kind of wisdom has been given him?
What mighty deeds are wrought by his hands!
-Mark 6:2

 

Brothers and Sisters,

Who is Jesus? Take a moment for a quick exercise, either on your own or with your family, to answer that simple question, “Who is Jesus?” You don’t have to write your answers down in complete sentences; feel free to jot down your thoughts or even doodle since it’s summertime.

Now, think about your responses. Do they resemble information from a Wikipedia article or a personal account? Does your description convey a personal connection, indicating that you have a personal relationship with Jesus, or does it only present historical facts and information about him?

In today’s Gospel of Mark, Jesus returns to his hometown. Despite traveling, teaching, and gaining followers in abundance, he is met with skepticism in his town. They know him as just a carpenter, familiar with his family and humble upbringing, which becomes a stumbling block to their faith.

Similarly, our book knowledge about Jesus and our dedication to studying the faith can become obstacles. Jesus can become a fascinating “historical” research subject rather than the real friend, teacher, and savior we know personally. We might think we are disciples simply because we know the catechism—section and verse. Still, this “easy” discipleship requires no cost, no conversion to God, and no aversion to our sin.

To see with the eyes of faith is to behold the glory of God. We must reject the brokenness of our world and the futile attempts at self-salvation, where we know all the facts but miss the soul of the subject. By doing so, we begin to see the kingdom of God present and alive. I invite you to pause and reflect on your faith journey this summer. This exercise is not intended to be an impossible-to-pass final exam to highlight your shortcomings or discourage you. Instead, accept this moment as an invitation to deepen your faith, not by our power but by asking in prayer for the faith to honestly see and know Jesus, who is always with us.

Finally, let us pray for one another so that we don’t become a community too familiar with the details of Jesus and miss out on the invitation to truly dine with him, receiving the full breadth of his life so that we can, in turn, live our lives abundantly.

In the Lord,

Rev. Michael S. Triplett

What’s Happening In and Around OLPH:

FR. ARNOLD’S 25TH ORDINATION ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATIONSave the Date! Sunday, July 14, Mass & Reception. Our former pastor, Fr. Arnold, celebrated the 25th Anniversary of his Ordination on June 6. To celebrate this joyous occasion, all are invited to a Mass of Thanksgiving at 11 AM with a reception to follow at St. John the Evangelist in Severna Park.

NEW – 24 HOURS WITH CHRIST RETREAT – A Short Spiritual Getaway Inspired By the Spiritual Exercises. For Women: Jul 20-21 / Nov 2-3. For Men: Aug 17-18 / October 19-20. This one-night retreat offers guided meditations, Mass, and individual spiritual direction, allowing time for personal reflection and exploration of the natural surroundings. Registration required. Cost: $159 per person (Early-Bird Rate). Find more information and register on the website www.ourladyofbethesda.org. Our Lady of Bethesda Retreat Center, Miracles Happen Here! Bethesda, MD 20817.

LOYOLA’S GOVANS FARMERS MARKET – Loyola University Maryland’s York Road Initiative will host the 13th season of the Govans Farmers Market on Wednesdays from 3 to 6 p.m. in June through September, except for July 3. The market will be in the parking lot at 5104 York Road in Baltimore. Enter through the side entrance on Notre Dame Lane. For more information about the Govans Farmers Market, visit www.govansmarket.org and follow the market’s Facebook page. Questions from customers, vendors, and prospective vendors should be directed to govansmarket@gmail.com.

DOMINICAN ROSARY PILGRIMAGE – Join the Dominican Friars in a national pilgrimage devoted to Christ and Our Lady! This annual pilgrimage is happening on September 28, 2024, at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception, Washington, DC. Please visit rosarypilgrimage.org for more details.

CAMP WONDER is a three–day minicamp for incoming 6th, 7th, and 8th graders at the Msgr. O’Dwyer Retreat House, Aug 6 – 8. It includes programming about what it means to be created in God’s Image!
Each minicamp session is $175* for the week (*price may increase depending on registration date and overnight options). Online registration is available at msgrodwyer.org/summer-camp

PROJECT PRACHEL ONE-DAY RETREAT– Project Rachel Ministry will be offering a one-day retreat for those seeking healing after involvement with abortion. Day of Prayer & Healing is on Saturday, August 10, from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. in the Ellicott City area in a confidential location. Registration cost: $40 (Scholarships available). Please register 2 weeks before the retreat at projectrachel@archbalt.org. Or call 410-625-8491/text 410-299-9345. More information at www.project-rachel.net

A NEW SPANISH PODCAST—Protagonistas de Fe—The Catholic Review and the Office for Hispanic Ministry launched a biweekly Spanish podcast. The program features newsmakers, authors, entertainers, and Catholic leaders from the Archdiocese of Baltimore and worldwide. Please visit to listen: https://bit.ly/ProtagonistasDeFe.

ARCHDIOCESE OF BALTIMORE NEWS – Archbishop Lori announces July appointments, including new pastors and administrators and the ordination of six new priests. To read all the details about these appointments and to meet our newly ordained priests, please visit www.archbalt.org.

ENKINDLE – Parents – are you looking for new, dynamic ways to help your kids grow in faith? Visit enkindlecatholic.org/for-parents to access the PARENT HUB for free resources!