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Resources for the 3rd Sunday after Pentecost
St. Thomas Day - St. Thomas, the Doubter

The Universal Prayer

(Attributed to Pope Clement XI)

Lord, I believe in You: increase my faith.
I trust in You: strengthen my trust.
I love You: let me love You more and more.
I am sorry for my sins: deepen my sorrow.
 I worship You as my first beginning,
 I long for You as my last end,
I praise You as my constant helper,
and I call on You as my loving protector.
Guide me by Your wisdom, correct me with
Your justice, comfort me with Your mercy,
protect me with Your power. Amen.

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Sermon Excerpt

Family Values Revisited
Mark 3:20-35

Rev. Randy L. Quinn

This passage begins with Jesus going home.

I pause over that word whenever I read it. I pause over it because I know it's a powerful concept. Home. The place where we are formed, the place where we are protected, the place where we are loved.

Where is home for you? Is it where you grew up? Is it where your children grew up? Is it where you live now or is it somewhere else?

I used to say that "home is where my suitcase is." I'd moved so often that I couldn't name any one place as home in the sense that most people think of home. My parents refer to Wisconsin as home, even today. It's where they grew up and where much of their families still live. But Wisconsin was never really home to me.

So maybe I pause over the word "home" because of a wistfulness that longs to have a place to call home. But where did Jesus go when he went home? Was it to Bethlehem? or Nazareth? or is heaven his home?

Mark suggests that to Jesus, home was the town of Capernaum (Mk 2:1 and other places). According to tradition, it's not the town in which he was born nor the town in which he grew up, but the town into which he moved as an adult. It became the base for his ministry, a place to which he returned, a place where he found love and security.

It also seems to be the place where his family is, for it is here that his family comes to seek him. In an honest effort to help him, they come after him to take him away from the crowd. Jesus has become so involved in his ministry that he has forgotten to eat...


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