The Gospel for July 17, 2016

Lk 10:38-42
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Jesus entered a villagewhere a woman whose name was Martha welcomed him.
She had a sister named Mary who sat beside the Lord at his feet listening to him speak.  Martha, burdened with much serving, came to him and said, “Lord, do you not care that my sister has left me by myself to do the serving? Tell her to help me.”  The Lord said to her in reply, “Martha, Martha, you are anxious and  worried about many things.  There is need of only one thing.  Mary has chosen the better part and it will not be taken from her.” 


The topic for discussion this week is Gospel reading for Sunday July 10

What must I do to not drink?

The Samaritians were a mix of of cultures from Babylon and the Jews. They did not mix with the Jews in worship.  From the Big Book, "we are people who normally would not mix "; however, we are united in a common purpose.   Our families, friends and business associates shuned us like the Jews did the Samaritains.  Like Samaritians we were not allowed access to the temple- so perhaps they turned away sore and bitter.  The Samaritian saw God as local and partial; so to serve a man locally was within they mindset of hospitality.   We sought out own in cheap barooms. 

To carry the message to someone in need is one of two primary purposes in AA and as we live our Catholic responsibility to the corporal works of Mercy.  I was the "man fell victim to robbers"- my drinking robbed me of my will to continue, to reach.   I became someone who like the man on the step could not look up.  The Samaritian placed no limit of his acts of kindness.  As I said,  it was in his culture.  Samaritians that we were, we helped fellow drunks to a point.  

The culture in AA requires us to be the Samitarian- our livelihood depend on it.  The Big Book has an entire Chapter on "Working with Others."   So consider as we read the Gospel, who are we?  Are we the scholar knowing the answer, testing God in a Second Step, futhering our need to justify our positions while remaining empty of the faith needed to solve our problem?  Like him, do I try to weasal my way around God with my knowledge or do I have a truly open mind- essential for the commencement of the program of recovery found in the Steps?  Do I bring the newcomer to the group as he brought the man to the Inn and then let the group do for him, what I cannot do by myself?  


Gospel Lk 10:25-37

There was a scholar of the law who stood up to test him and said,
"Teacher, what must I do to inherit eternal life?"
Jesus said to him, "What is written in the law?
How do you read it?"
He said in reply,
"You shall love the Lord, your God,
with all your heart,
with all your being,
with all your strength,
and with all your mind,
and your neighbor as yourself."

He replied to him, "You have answered correctly;
do this and you will live." 

But because he wished to justify himself, he said to Jesus,
"And who is my neighbor?"
Jesus replied,
"A man fell victim to robbers
as he went down from Jerusalem to Jericho.
They stripped and beat him and went off leaving him half-dead.
A priest happened to be going down that road,
but when he saw him, he passed by on the opposite side.
Likewise a Levite came to the place,
and when he saw him, he passed by on the opposite side.
But a Samaritan traveler who came upon him
was moved with compassion at the sight.
He approached the victim,
poured oil and wine over his wounds and bandaged them.
Then he lifted him up on his own animal,
took him to an inn, and cared for him.
The next day he took out two silver coins
and gave them to the innkeeper with the instruction,
'Take care of him.
If you spend more than what I have given you,
I shall repay you on my way back.'
Which of these three, in your opinion,
was neighbor to the robbers' victim?"
He answered, "The one who treated him with mercy."
Jesus said to him, "Go and do likewise."


For your consideration... on Step 8 and 9

In considering Steps Eight and Nine, and I consider them as one in the sense that Step Eight is but a preparation for the action of Step Nine, we realize, of course, how important these steps are to sobriety. We are striving for a peaceful relationship with God and fellowman. 
Lugar, Fr. Arnold E.. Calix and the Twelve Steps (Kindle Locations 707-708). Kindle Edition.
We’ve repeatedly strained the patience of our best friends to a snapping point, and have brought out the very worst in those who didn’t think much of us to begin with. In many instances we are really dealing with fellow sufferers, people whose woes we have increased. If we are now about to ask forgiveness for ourselves, why shouldn’t we start out by forgiving them, one and all?  AA World Services Inc. Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions (p. 78). AA World Services, Inc. Kindle Edition.



 Meeting location returns to the Rectory of  St. Matthew Catholic Church. Enter through the side door.



For your consideration...


Sandy Beach speaks on Step 7- Saturday Morning Live in D.C.  *youtube*
The Call to Humility: St. Benedict’s Twelve Steps Excerpt from the "Regula Sancti Michaelis" (Articles of Formation)

The second step of humility is reached when a man, not loving his own will, does not bother to please himself, but follows the injunction of the Lord: "I came not to do my own will, but the will of Him who sent me" (Jn 6:38). It is also said that "self-will has its punishment, necessity its crown" (Acta Martyrum).


 Meeting location returns to the Rectory of  St. Matthew Catholic Church. Enter through the side door.



May 25  Calix Anniversary Meeting  and  Father Hazzard's 53rd Anniversary

The mass will be celebrated using Bishop Fulton Sheen's vestments and traveling mass kit.

Bill Wilson eventually took instruction from Archbishop Fulton Sheen and met with him every Saturday for guidance.


Come join us on our third anniversary.  Mass at the Church this week.  Cake, ice-cream and fellowship in the Cafeteria.

Meeting location returns to the  St. Matthew Catholic Church.

Mass at 6:15 PM.


Helpers needed for set up. Please arrive at 5:30 PM


Anniversary 3rd Cake Pic