St. Christopher the Martyr Catholic Church
309  Manson Avenue, Metairie, Louisiana 70001
Phone:  504-837-8214
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“Whatever place does not welcome you or listen to you,
leave there and shake the dust off your feet

in testimony against them.”
Mark 6:
Focus on the Gospel
July 15, Fifteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time
      We all want to be loved and affirmed, or at least to be like and accepted.  We definitely do not
want to be ignored and rejected.  We will sometimes rationalize reality or live a lie to get what we
want.  That can lead to self-deception and codependency in our relationship with others and
inordinate attachment to things.  Jesus knew He was sending His disciples to preach the Good News
to people who would criticize, ridicule, reject, and attack them because the Good News made people
aware of their need to change.  Jesus knew that our human nature resists change and rejects the
person who calls us to change.  He cautioned His disciples not to diminish the truth or soften the
Good News in order to be liked and accepted by those who refused to change.  He taught them that
it was better not to be loved than to be loved for the wrong reason.  The Good News calls us to
change, to love Jesus for the right reason, to be loved for the right reason.  How do we treat the
person who brings us the Good News and calls us to change?
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“Peace I leave with you; My peace I give you.  
I do not give to you as the world gives.

Do not let your hearts be troubled
and do not be afraid.”
John 14:27
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