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July 2nd, 2023 | The 23rd Times

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One Nation, Under God

Message from the St. John XXIII Administrator: Fr. Jay

Dear Friends,

I am glad to write a few lines every week from now on appreciating God’s love for us, on the events and occasions that strengthen our bonds with one another and thus journeying collectively to work for the Kingdom of God on this earth!

It has been an immense joy to be with you after my little “hop and go” experiences in May and June. As I walk around the campus, I see, feel, breathe, and cherish the spiritual ethos of this parish. So many ministries with so many ministers, volunteers and staff with smiling faces and with deep humility to serve the community, certainly inspires any new person visiting this Church! Again, I am blessed to be with you all. Please be sure of my availability, accompaniment, and prayers for our spiritual growth.

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We start this month with great enthusiasm and promising blessings of God when we recall July 4th, our Independence Day. It has been 247 years since the declaration of our independence that has led the country to the highest summit of “Feeling Free” while fighting the evil differences internally. The feeling of being an American is not only a matter of pride but also a sense of responsibility to lead the global order founded by God! Let our Catholic living add glory to our One Nation under God!

The readings for this weekend (The 13th week in ordinary time) speak about hospitality. We as disciples of Christ (Second Reading: baptized into Jesus’ death and called to live for God in Christ Jesus) are called to be hospitable to all (First and Gospel Readings) especially to the least and marginalized of the society. We do it not for our pride but for the sake of Jesus. During this week, let us focus to be more hospitable so that we can see Jesus in others.

“Let mutual love continue. Do not neglect hospitality, for through it some have unknowingly entertained angels” (Heb 13:1-2)

God Bless,

Fr. Jay Raju