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Couples for Christ Choir
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10:30 AMEnglish,
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12:00 PMEnglish,
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St. Norbert - 60 Maniza Rd. 416-393-5309
St. Robert  - 70 Bainbridge Avenue 416-393-5297
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Madonna   - 20 Dubray Avenue 416-393-5506

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(Lunch break 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM)
100 Regent Road
North York, Ontario M3K 1H3
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for Sunday, June 9, 2013

Perhaps if we have never lost a child at a young age, we should just be silent in the face of these readings. Perhaps if we have never lost a child at any age, we should still be silent. Yet the Lord calls us to reflect on the enormous loss to a mother (or to a father) of a child. This reflection can help us understand God Himself, sending us His Own Son.

The reading from the First Book of Kings touches our hearts so much. This is a mother who had longed for a son. The Prophet promised that God would give her a son. And then the son dies. How cruel can God be? Or does death, even of a child, have some meaning that easily escapes us?

The second reading is not related to either the first or the Gospel. Yet we can understand that the author of the Letter to the Galatians wants to tell us that God acts in God's own mysterious ways and not in ways that we can easily understand. This is so important when we face any huge suffering in our lives or in the lives of others. Sometimes it is only this deep faith that in God there is a meaning that can keep on on His path.

The Gospel is another story of a mother whose only son, a young man, had died. And she was a widow. This means that she will no longer have any protection: neither husband nor son. Yet Jesus is there and restores life to the dead young man, the only son of his mother.

How many times most of us have wished that we had God's power and could restore a life to someone, for the sake of his or her family, for the sake of those grieving, for the sake of bringing joy once more to those who are in sorrow. Yet we find ourselves powerless, asking for God to please work a miracle. Both of the mothers in the Scripture today found themselves powerless.

The mother in the First Book of Kings turned to a man of God to help her. The mother in the Gospel was grieving without knowing where to turn.

And what do we do in the face of sorrow and suffering? Where is our faith? Do we call out with faith, seeking a miracle but ready to accept whatever comes from the hand of God? Do we turn against God? Do we simply become mute with unbelief?

May we hear God's Word today, inviting us to faith!

Readings of the day:
First Reading: 1 Kings 17.17-21a, 22-24
Second Reading: Galatians 1.11-19
Gospel: Luke 7.11-17

Homily from Abbot Philip, OSB, of the Benedictine Abbey of Christ in the Desert.


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