Vol: 44, No.38 14TH SUNDAY OF THE YEAR ( A) July 09 2017  
and riding on an ass, on a colt, the foal of an ass” (Zech 9:9). In fact this is what Jesus did when he made his triumphant entry into Jerusalem to face his trial and death.
Jesus chose the title “Son of Man” while speaking about his life and mission. The Messiah, as the Son of Man, will suffer, die and rise on the third day, according to the Scriptures. Jesus is the Messiah but he did not live in the palace but instead went into the midst of the suffering humanity. He made friendship with the outcasts of society and had table fellowship with sinners and tax collectors. Jesus was the Messiah but his option was for the poor. It is in this context that the prayer of Jesus becomes intelligible.
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Renzo was an eight-year-old boy living in Italy. His parents were poor and they had six children to nurture. They lived in a tiny house and the children almost slept on top of one another. Then Renzo heard his mother remark that she was going to have another baby. That worried him – and his parents, too. Where would that baby sleep? There just wasn’t a single corner left in the house.
One day shortly after that, Renzo was on his way to school when he saw a man selling big red balloons. He had an idea; he ran after the man and gave up his 20 lire school lunch money to buy a balloon.
Renzo skipped school that day. Instead, he went just outside of town to a little hill. He sat down on the grass, tied his flying balloon to his schoolbag, took out his biro and a piece of paper and began to write a letter to God. “Dear God, in a few weeks we’re going to have another baby in the family. We already have six children and a very small house. Lord, help us to find some blankets for the new baby

and something to make a mattress out of. It’s okay if these things are second-hand. I live in San Lorenzo.” He signed it: “Gratefully yours, Renzo di San Lorenzo”.
He then folded up his letter, tied it to the balloon string and let the balloon go. Renzo watched it … Up and up it went until it was only a dot in the sky. Now Renzo was on edge, waiting for an answer to his letter. Nothing happened – until four days later. The postman came around with a big parcel addressed to Renzo. His father argued with the postman, “There must be some mistake. This parcel is marked coming from San Martino. We don’t know anyone in San Martino. Send it back.”
The postman replied saying that it cannot be sent back for it has no return address on it.
Then Renzo chimed in and said, “Well, let us at least open the parcel and see if it is for us nor not.” So they did …. And they found the parcel all full of baby’s clothes – used ones – but nice and clean and washed. It was like some kind of a miracle.
Renzo then disappeared from the scene and walked back to the little hilltop. He lifted up his eyes to the blue heavens and thanked God.
Here is what the Lord did. There was this elderly man in the town of San Martino taking a stroll. He noticed a deflated balloon lying by the side of the road. It had a small note attached to its string. He went over, picked up the note and read it. His first reaction was to throw it away. But then with a smile on his face, he said to himself, “I – and only I – have been chosen to play the role of God in Renzo’s life.” So he did what the letter suggested, and sent off the parcel without a return address.
– Dr Augustine Kanachikuzhy, ssp
July 2017 READINGS OF THE WEEK Psalter Week 2
10 Mon (G) Gen 28:10-22/ Ps 91:1-4, 14-15/ Mt 9:18-26
11 Tue (W) St Benedict, (World Population Day) Gen 32:23-33/ Ps 17:1-3, 6-8, 15/ Mt 9:32-38
12 Wed (G) Gen 41:55-57; 42:5-7, 17-24/ Ps 33:2-3, 10-11, 18-19/ Mt 10:1-7
13 Thu (G) St Henry Gen 44:18-21, 23-29; 45:1-5/ Ps 105:16-21/ Mt 10:7-15
14 Fri (G) St Camillus de Lellis Gen 46:1-7, 28-30/ Ps 37:3-4, 18-19, 27-28, 39-40/ Mt 10:16-23
15 Sat (W) St Bonaventure Gen 49:29-32; 50:15-26/ Ps 105:1-4, 6-7/ Mt 10:24-33
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