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June 24, 2018

California Bishops Statement on Family Separations

This week's readings:

The Lesson: 2 Corinthians 6:1-13

As we work together with him, we urge you also not to accept the grace of God in vain. For he says, “At an acceptable time I have listened to you, and on a day of salvation I have helped you.” See, now is the acceptable time; see, now is the day of salvation! We are putting no obstacle in anyone’s way, so that no fault may be found with our ministry, but as servants of God we have commended ourselves in every way: through great endurance, in afflictions, hardships, calamities, beatings, imprisonments, riots, labors, sleepless nights, hunger; by purity, knowledge, patience, kindness, holiness of spirit, genuine love, truthful speech, and the power of God; with the weapons of righteousness for the right hand and for the left; in honor and dishonor, in ill repute and good repute.

We are treated as impostors, and yet are true; as unknown, and yet are well known; as dying, and see–we are alive; as punished, and yet not killed; as sorrowful, yet always rejoicing; as poor, yet making many rich; as having nothing, and yet possessing everything. We have spoken frankly to you Corinthians; our heart is wide open to you. There is no restriction in our affections, but only in yours. In return–I speak as to children–open wide your hearts also.

Psalm 107:1-3,23-32

  1. 1  Give thanks to the Lord, for God is good, * and God’s mercy endures for ever.

  2. 2  Let all those whom the Lord has redeemed proclaim * that God redeemed them from the hand of the foe.

  3. 3  God gathered them out of the lands; * from the east and from the west, from the north and from the south.

  1. 23  Some went down to the sea in ships * and plied their trade in deep waters;

  2. 24  They beheld the works of the Lord* and wonders in the deep.

  3. 25  Then God spoke, and a stormy wind arose, * which tossed high the waves of the sea.

  4. 26  They mounted up to the heavens and fell back to the depths; * their hearts melted because of their peril.

  5. 27  They reeled and staggered like drunkards * and were at their wits’ end.

  6. 28  Then they cried to the Lord in their trouble, * and were delivered from their distress.

  7. 29  God stilled the storm to a whisper * and quieted the waves of the sea.

  8. 30  Then were they glad because of the calm, * and they were brought to the harbor they were bound for.

  9. 31  Let them give thanks for the Lord’s mercy * and the wonders done for the children.

  10. 32  Let them exalt God in the congregation of the people * and praise God in the council of the elders.

The Gospel: Mark 4:35-41

On that day, when evening had come, Jesus said to them, “Let us go across to the other side.” And leaving the crowd behind, they took him with them in the boat, just as he was. Other boats were with him. A great windstorm arose, and the waves beat into the boat, so that the boat was already being swamped. But he was in the stern, asleep on the cushion; and they woke him up and said to him, “Teacher, do you not care that we are perishing?” He woke up and rebuked the wind, and said  to the sea, “Peace! Be still!” Then the wind ceased, and there was a dead calm. He said to them, “Why are you afraid? Have you still no faith?” And they were filled with great awe and said to one another, “Who then is this, that even the wind and the sea obey him?”


Whoever you are, wherever you are on your journey of faith, you are welcome here.