359 God of the prophets, bless the prophets
552 Fight the good fight with all thy might
609 Where cross the crowded ways of life
Birthdays: Challoner Brown (29), Frank Pammer (1), Emma Johnson (5)
Anniversaries: Marti & Gary Ziegelbauer (30)
For the sick and those needing healing and support:
For the departed:
For people suffering from religious persecution
For people experiencing violence throughout the world
For safety and protection for all travelers
For people suffering loss from fires or floods
About the Readings . . .
Regrettably, our first reading gives only a confusing snippet of the story-parable in the Book of Esther (the inspiration for the Jewish festival of Purim). In a tense scene, Esther, a Jewish queen, after patient preparation, in a dramatic move wins justice for her oppressed people from her husband, the Persian king.
Concluding his letter (second reading), James calls the young Church to always act prayerfully out of compassion and love in the face of adversity.
Mark makes the point (Gospel reading) that Jesus’ mission extends to all, even the unknown exorcist. With semitic hyperbole, he counsels self-mutilation to those who would exclude those child-like folk marginalized by society. This is merciful love which gives zest to life, like salt.
Next Week’s Readings (20 Pentecost):
Job 1:1; 2;1-10; Psalm 26
Hebrews 1:1-4; 2:5-12; Mark 10: 2-6