Fourteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time
Sunday, July 5, 2020

Fourteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time



Blessed are you, Father, Lord of heaven and earth; you have revealed to little ones the mysteries of the kingdom.   Matthew 11:25  

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What are the Symbols of the Four Evangelists
The stained glass picture of an eagle on our bulletin cover was taken in the choir loft in Church. While it’s appearance in Church may represent our national emblem, it also has a theological background. Traditionally, the four Gospel writers have been represented by the following symbols: St. Matthew, a divine man; St. Mark, a winged lion; St. Luke, a winged ox; and St. John, a rising eagle.  

St. Irenaeus (140-202) explained the symbolism of the eagle as follows. “St. John is represented by the rising eagle. The Gospel begins with the ‘lofty’ prologue and ‘rises’ to pierce most deeply the mysteries of God, the relationship between the Father and the Son, and the incarnation: ‘In the beginning was the Word, the Word was in God’s presence, and the Word was God. He was present to God in the beginning. Through Him all things came into being, and apart from Him nothing came to be’ (Jn 1:1-3). And ‘The Word became flesh and made His dwelling among us, and we have seen His glory: The glory of an only Son coming from the Father filled with enduring love’ (Jn 1:14). The Gospel of St. John, unlike the other Gospels, engages the reader with the most profound teachings of our Lord, such as the long discourses Jesus has with Nicodemus and the Samaritan woman, and the beautiful teachings on the Bread of Life and the Good Shepherd. Jesus, too, identified Himself as ‘the way, the truth, and the life,” and anyone who embraces Him as such will rise to everlasting life with Him.” Learn more at the Catholic Exchange.  

Our National Emblem
The American bald eagle was chosen on June 20, 1782, as the emblem of the United States of America because of its long life, great strength, and majestic looks, and also because it was then believed to exist only on this continent. On the backs of our gold coins, the silver dollar, the half dollar, and the quarter, we see an eagle with outstretched wings. On the Great Seal of the United States and in many place which are exponents of our nation’s authority, we see the same emblem.   The eagle represents freedom. Living as it does on the tops of lofty mountains, amid the solitary grandeur of nature, it has unlimited freedom, whether with strong pinions he sweeps into the valleys below or upward into the boundless spaces beyond. Learn more at Bald Eagle Information.   





 
 
 
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