July 24, 2022 | Seventeenth Sunday in Ordinary Time

This Weeks Bulletin:

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Seventeenth Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year C. | Opening Prayer:

God our Father,
Open our eyes to see your hand at work
in the splendor of creation,
in the beauty of human life.
Touched by your hand our world is Holy.
Help us to cherish the gifts that surround us,
to share your blessings with our brothers and sisters,
and to experience the joy of life in your presence.
We ask this through Christ our Lord, Amen.

Catechism Quotes of the Week:

The Lord’s Prayer

CCC 2765: “The traditional expression “the Lord’s Prayer”-oratio Dominica-means that the prayer to our Father is taught and given to us by the Lord Jesus. the prayer that comes to us from Jesus is truly unique: it is “of the Lord.” On the one hand, in the words of this prayer the only Son gives us the words the Father gave him: he is the master of our prayer. On the other, as Word incarnate, he knows in his human heart the needs of his human brothers and sisters and reveals them to us: he is the model of our prayer.”

CCC 2766: “But Jesus does not give us a formula to repeat mechanically. As in every vocal prayer, it is through the Word of God that the Holy Spirit teaches the children of God to pray to their Father. Jesus not only gives us the words of our filial prayer; at the same time he gives us the Spirit by whom these words become in us “spirit and life.” Even more, the proof and possibility of our filial prayer is that the Father “sent the Spirit of his Son into our hearts, crying, ‘Abba! Father!'”Since our prayer sets forth our desires before God, it is again the Father, “he who searches the hearts of men,” who “knows what is the mind of the Spirit, because the Spirit intercedes for the saints according to the will of God.” The prayer to Our Father is inserted into the mysterious mission of the Son and of the Spirit.”

In Brief

CCC 2773: “In response to his disciples’ request “Lord, teach us to pray” (Lk 11:1), Jesus entrusts them with the fundamental Christian prayer, the Our Father.”

CCC 2774: “The Lord’s Prayer is truly the summary of the whole gospel,” The “most perfect of prayers.” It is at the center of the Scriptures.”

CCC 2775: “It is called “the Lord’s Prayer” because it comes to us from the Lord Jesus, the master and model of our prayer.”

CCC 2776: “The Lord’s Prayer is the quintessential prayer of the Church. It is an integral part of the major hours of the Divine Office and of the sacraments of Christian initiation: Baptism, Confirmation, and Eucharist. Integrated into the Eucharist it reveals the eschatological character of its petitions, hoping for the Lord, “until he comes” (1 Cor 11:26).”

Catechism of the Catholic Church, Numbers: 2765-2766;2773-2776