The Fourteeth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Faith and Miracles

Jesus said to them, “A prophet is not without honor except in his native place and among his own kin and in his own house.” So he was not able to perform any mighty deed there, apart from curing a few sick people by laying his hands on them. He was amazed at their lack of faith. Mark 6:4–6

Why was Jesus “not able to perform any mighty deed” in His hometown of Nazareth? Because the people who had known Him since He was a youth lacked faith in Him. But why wouldn’t Jesus simply perform awe-inspiring miracles with the hope of winning them over? Why not try to convince them by raising someone from the dead or by revealing His transfigured glory to His kinfolk, as He did on the Mount of Transfiguration to three of His disciples? The answer goes to the heart of the workings of faith in each soul.

Jesus’ goal in His hometown was not to convince the people that He was the Son of God, the Messiah. He could have easily convinced them of this by the most incredible of miracles and proved Who He was. But doing so would have undermined the reason He came. He came to ignite authentic faith in people’s hearts, not to convince them through clever reasoning or by the proof of miracles. Miracles were offered to those who already had faith, so as to increase their faith and to show them mercy. But when one lacked faith, a miracle could not increase that which was absent. It might have convinced them on a rational level, or at least impressed them greatly, but that is not true faith.

By analogy, say your spouse said to you, “I love you,” and your response was “Prove it.” How would they do so? What could they do to prove that they truly love you? Perhaps they could show charity, kindness, compassion and the like. These qualities certainly are manifestations of authentic love. But deep down, no one can prove they love another. Instead, love must be offered and received in a spiritual way. When that happens, each person somehow simply knows they love and are loved. This is the mystery of spiritual and authentic love.

The same is true with faith. Faith can’t be proved. It can’t be analyzed rationally. It must be embraced and lived. If the people in Jesus’ hometown were to have faith in Him, this gift of faith would start within their own souls. They would look at Him and listen to Him. By their openness and a special personal revelation from God, they would come to know and to believe Who He was. Faith comes first from within, when God communicates to the heart.

Reflect, today, upon your own level of faith in Jesus. When you look into your own soul, what do you see? Do you see a heart that knows Christ Jesus as its Lord? Have you discovered the presence of God within you, speaking to you, revealing Himself to you? Or do you primarily look for external signs and proofs of God’s presence and love? Look into your soul today and ponder the depth of faith that you discover there. When you discover this gift, gaze at it with love, for you are seeing God’s revelation of Himself to you.

A journey of personal conversion!-

Our Community Outreach Street Patrol

Charity food, Food for the poor hungry volunteers offering food

Our Community Outreach Street Patrol to help the less fortunate of our city is next Saturday, July 13th beginning at 9:30 a.m. We will be preparing sandwiches and then travelling downtown to distribute to those in need. This will be the last weekend to sign up using the Google form on the parish website or by calling the parish office. We encourage all those interested in participating to sign up. The last day to drop off food donations is Tuesday, July 9th. This is a part of our ongoing 60th parish anniversary celebrations.

The Youth Group - Annual Garage Sale

The Youth Group will be having their annual Garage Sale on Saturday, July 20th. Please bring your donations of washed, gently used clothing and undamaged household items to the parish office during office hours. The deadline for donations is July 7th. If there is anyone who wishes to volunteer or to be a vendor, please contact the office for more information.

Blessed Carlo Acutis’ Eucharist Miracles Project

Blessed Carlo Acutis Eucharistic Miracles project.

As part of our 60th parish anniversary celebrations, St. Thomas Prayer Group has organized an exhibition manifesting the works of Blessed Carlo Acutis’ Eucharist Miracles Project. This will be on display in our parish hall on Saturday, July 13th from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. and Sunday, July 14th from 9:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Admission is free. This exhibition will make the Holy Eucharist more meaningful. The month of July is dedicated to the Precious Blood of Jesus and we encourage you to visit this exhibition. For more details, please see the flyers that are posted at the entrance of the church.

Our Annual Parish Pilgrimage

Our annual parish pilgrimage will be held on Saturday, August 24th. This year we are visiting Martyrs’ Shrine in Midland. A bus will be available for transportation to the Shrine. Please call the parish office for registration and more information.

Prayers Needed for the Sick

We are praying for the sick of our parish: Marivie Marucut, Emily Maravilla, Lee Zheyu, Anton Ferdinand, Kayden and Barbara De Silva, Teresita Bruce, Victoria Munson, Benjamin Zdesar and Tina Lopes. May they be supported by our prayers and pastoral ministry and by the grace of God.

Mission Coop Appeal

Next weekend, July 13th and 14th, we welcome a missionary priest, Father Tomy from the Missionaries of St. Francis de Sales, to speak to our parishioners for the annual Mission Coop appeal. A second collection will be held for this appeal.

Bundle Sunday

Weekend of July 6 and 7

The Society of St. Vincent de Paul will be collecting gently used clothing, shoes and linens on the weekend of July 6 and 7 to support our neighbours in need. Please bring your donations to the truck in our parking lot where volunteers will be available before and after the weekend Masses.

Mass Intentions for July 6 – 13, 2024

Saturday 5:00 p.m.
+Ofelia Lim, requested by the family
Sunday 8:30 a.m.
+Michael McPherson, requested by the family
Sunday 10:00 a.m.
In thanksgiving, Melissa and Devin D’Souza
Sunday 11:30 a.m.
Intentions of the Parish Community
Sunday 8:00 p.m.
+Delbert Pearson, requested by the Francis family
Monday 9:00 a.m.
Intentions of Rob and Monique Armieri
Tuesday 7:15 a.m.
+Amarino and Lazarine D’Souza, Louis and Leonie Alphonso, requested by the family
Tuesday 7:00 p.m.
+Killian Baptista, requested by Maria Chaves
Intentions of Vinnette Pearson
Intentions of Margaret Lobo
+Ann Bertazzon, requested by the family
In thanksgiving, Shiromi Thambyrajah
In thanksgiving, Helen Abraham
In thanksgiving, Sheila Bastianpillai
Wednesday 7:15 a.m.
In thanksgiving, Tyrolla Felix Wallinson
Wednesday 7:00 p.m.
+Souls in Purgatory, requested by M. Palumbo
Thursday 7:15 a.m.
+Anton Zdesar, requested by Cathy & Sharon
Thursday 7:00 p.m.
Intentions of Antoinette Benedict
In thanksgiving, Lynda Madigan
+Christlaine Philips, requested by the family
+Sr. Muriel D’Souza, requested by the D’Mello family
+Neil Abray, requested by J. Arulnathan
In thanksgiving, Tian Bastianpillai
In thanksgiving, Mildred Perumal
Friday 7:15 a.m..
+Gerard and Magdalene Nicholas, requested by the family
Friday 7:00 p.m.
+Jimmy and Pamela Yeo, requested by the family
Saturday 9:00 a.m.
+David McKay, requested by the family

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