July 12, 2020 – FIFTEENTH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME.  Mass Readings:  Is 55: 10-11; Ps 65: 10, 11, 12-13, 14; Rom 8: 18-23; Mt 13: 1-23

In the Gospel for today the boat becomes the podium and/or chair of Jesus teaching, and turning to the crowd and saying, “Listen, a sower went out to sow.”  The parable continues about how the seed fell on different types of ground.  At the end of the parable, Jesus says, “Anyone who has ears should listen!” The response is “Why do you talk to them in parables?”  Jesus responds so wisely, “The reason I talk to them in parables is that they look without seeing and listen without hearing or understanding.  So in their case what was spoken by the prophet Isaiah is being fulfilled: Listen and listen, but never understand! Look and look, but never perceive!  This people’s heart has grown hard, their ears dulled, they have shut their eyes tight to avoid using their eyes to see, their ears to hear, their heart to understand, changing their ways and being healed by Me.” As noted, Jesus explains the sower and the seed.  – In our personal lives, do we bear fruit of goodness, understanding or listening?  We all have challenges, struggles, anxieties, worries but how strong are we to ask God for His grace, His love?  Let us have ears that listen and eyes that see with our hearts!  God bless you, SK

Oh, St. Joseph, whose protection is so great, so strong, so prompt before the throne of God. We place in you all our interests and desires.  Heal those who are sick with the  corona virus. Oh, St. Joseph, do assist us by your powerful intercession, and obtain for us from your divine Son all spiritual blessings, and good health through Jesus Christ, Our Lord and Savior.  Having engaged here below your heavenly power, we may offer our thanksgiving and homage to the most loving of Fathers. 

Pope’s July 2020 prayer intention:  “Our Families” – We pray that today’s families may be accompanied with love, respect and guidance.

MISSION STATEMENT – The Monastery of Our Lady of the Desert is a monastic community of women in the Benedictine tradition.  We profess vows of stability, conversion of life and obedience.  Our primary mission,  is to seek God through a life of prayer, silence and solitude.  Our way of life frees us to give glory and praise to God, intercede through prayer for the needs of the world and hospitality.

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