July 2017 - Overview for the Month
The month of July is dedicated to The Precious Blood of Jesus. The entire month falls within the liturgical season of Ordinary Time, which is represented by the liturgical color green. This symbol of hope is the color of the sprouting seed and arouses in the faithful the hope of reaping the eternal harvest of heaven, especially the hope of a glorious resurrection. It is used in the offices and Masses of Ordinary Time. The last portion of the liturgical year represents the time of our pilgrimage to heaven during which we hope for reward.
Lapsed Christians: That our brothers and sisters who have strayed from the faith, through our prayer and witness to the Gospel, may rediscover the merciful closeness of the Lord and the beauty of the Christian life. (See also Apostleship of Prayer International Website)
The feasts on the General Roman Calendar celebrated during the month of July are:
1. St. Junipero Serra (USA); St. Oliver Plunket,Opt. Mem.
2. Thirteenth Sunday of Ordinary Time,Sunday
3. Thomas the Apostle,Feast
4. Independence Day (USA),Opt. Mem.
5. Anthony Mary of Zaccaria; Elizabeth of Portugal,Opt. Mem.
6. Maria Goretti,Opt. Mem.
9. Fourteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time,Sunday
13. Henry,Opt. Mem.
14. St. Kateri Tekakwitha (USA),Memorial
16. Fifteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time,Sunday
18. Camillus de Lellis (USA),Opt. Mem.
20. Apollinaris,Opt. Mem.
21. Lawrence of Brindisi,Opt. Mem.
22. Mary Magdalene,Memorial
23. Sixteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time,Sunday
24. Sharbel (Charbel) Makhloof,Opt. Mem.
26. Joachim and Anne,Memorial
30. Seventeenth Sunday in Ordinary Time,Sunday
31. Ignatius of Loyola,Memorial
The Gospel readings for the four Sundays in July 2017 are taken from St. Matthew — all are from Year A, Cycle 1.
July 2nd - 13th Sunday of Ordinary Time
Jesus says, "Whoever loves father or mother more than me is not worthy of me".
July 9th - 14th Sunday of Ordinary Time
In this Gospel Jesus tells us, "Come to me, all you who labor and are burdened,
July 16th - 15th Sunday of Ordinary Time
Jesus tells the parable of the sower.
July 23rd - 16th Sunday of Ordinary Time
The kingdom of heaven is like a mustard see.
July 30th - 17th Sunday of Ordinary Time
Jesus says the kingdom of heaven is like a treasure hidden in a field.
July is usually hot and a time for relaxing. It is also the time when crops planted in the Spring are maturing and growing. Just as the crops are dependent upon summer rains not only to grow but to survive so our spiritual development is dependent upon our frequenting the sacraments and receiving the Blood of Christ.
The main feasts of this month are St. Junipero Serra (July 1), St. Thomas the Apostle (July 3), St. Elizabeth of Portugal (July 5), St. Maria Goretti, (July 6), St. Benedict (July 11), St. Henry (July 13), Bl. Kateri Tekakwitha (USA - July 14), St. Bonaventure (July 15), St. Camillus (July 18), St. Mary Magdalene (July 22), St. Sharbel (July 24), St. James (July 25), Sts. Joachim and Anne (July 26), St. Ignatius of Loyola (July 31).
The feasts of St. Augustine Zhao Rong (July 9), Our Lady of Mt. Carmel (July 16), St. Bridget (July 23) and St. Peter Chrysologus (July 30) are superseded by the Sunday liturgy.
The Blood that coursed through the veins of Christ was a part of that Sacred Humanity made possible by the maternity of Mary, whose parents, St. Joachim and St. Anne are honored this month. (July 26). Our Lord's blood poured out on the Cross purchased our salvation, washed clean the robes of the martyrs, and gave birth to the Church as it flowed from his wounded side. The Precious Blood of Christ now pulsing through his Mystical Body continues its salvific work, preserving and purifying, repairing and providing nourishment for regeneration and renewal of its members.
July’s longer and warmer days also provide us with the opportunity for renewal, both interior and exterior. Schedules relax and pressures ease, inviting travel. But, whether we travel or not, like the missionary, St. Junipero Serra (July 1), we preach to others by our conduct, our speech, even the clothes we wear. May we be modest in everything we do, imitating St. Maria Goretti, the young martyr for purity (July 6), and “preaching” Christ to everyone we meet.
The summer Readings of Ordinary Time remind us that our earthly pilgrimage is also a journey, a great adventure towards union with Christ, the Beginning and the End of our journey. Each Sunday with its Easter renewal becomes a mile marker along the way, linking where we have been with where we are going. May the Precious Blood of Jesus sustain us as we journey to our true home, with Mary and the angels as our companions on the way.