Sixteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time
Dear parish family and friends of St. Julia,
Both Abraham and the two sisters, Mary and Martha, opened their homes in hospitality to others: Abraham welcomed strangers, Martha and Mary welcomed a family friend, Jesus. They were hospitable. They loved God very much. Mary, however, understood that true hospitality is receiving more than giving or doing. When we open ourselves to God’s self-giving, and allow ourselves to be loved by Him, as Mary did, it is only then that we can truly be called His disciples.
When you join us for mass this weekend, and perhaps you see an unfamiliar face, I invite you to put this message of hospitality into action. Extend a greeting, a friendly hello, receiving that fellow disciple into our midst. Help that someone find a seat, or welcome them into your pew. We are blessed to welcome visitors and new faces each weekend, and as we prepare for the Niagara 2022 Canada Summer Games this August 6-21, may St. Julia be a welcoming spiritual home to those attending from both near and far.
May God bless each of you and those that you love.
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