July 5, 2015: Finding Our Inner Mystic & Lover

Posted on : Jul 1st, 2015 | By | Category: This Sunday's Service

This Sunday Rev. Mary Cartusciello will be our guest speaker. Mary spoke the last Sunday of December a year and a half ago and was wonderfully received, so we’ve invited her back! Mary is a Clinical Pastoral Education Intern and hospital chaplain at Providence Little Company of Mary Medical Center in San Pedro and Torrance. Here’s a brief intro to Mary’s sermon:

“Finding Our Inner Mystic and Lover”

My focus will be on the art of staying balanced between prayer/devotion to God and acts of compassion/social justice.  In other words, we need to replenish ourselves with God so that we have the desire and strength to go out and serve people. Filling the love bucket so we can pour it out all over the place. : ) i.e., balancing the Mary/Martha story with the Good Samaritan story – illustrations of loving God with one’s whole being and loving our neighbor as ourselves.




 ~ This Sunday’s Scripture ~

Luke 10:25-42

The story of the Good Samaritan and the story of Mary and Martha

Just then a lawyer stood up to test Jesus. ‘Teacher,’ he said, ‘what must I do to inherit eternal life?’ Jesus said to him, ‘What is written in the law? What do you read there?’ He answered, ‘You shall love your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your strength, and with all your mind; and your neighbor as yourself.’ And he said to him, ‘You have given the right answer; do this, and you will live.’

But wanting to justify himself, he asked Jesus, ‘And who is my neighbor?’ Jesus replied, ‘A man was going down from Jerusalem to Jericho, and fell into the hands of robbers, who stripped him, beat him, and went away, leaving him half dead. Now by chance a priest was going down that road; and when he saw him, he passed by on the other side. So likewise a Levite, when he came to the place and saw him, passed by on the other side. But a Samaritan while travelling came near him; and when he saw him, he was moved with pity. He went to him and bandaged his wounds, having poured oil and wine on them. Then he put him on his own animal, brought him to an inn, and took care of him. The next day he took out two denarii, gave them to the innkeeper, and said, “Take care of him; and when I come back, I will repay you whatever more you spend.” Which of these three, do you think, was a neighbor to the man who fell into the hands of the robbers?’ He said, ‘The one who showed him mercy.’ Jesus said to him, ‘Go and do likewise.’

Now as they went on their way, he entered a certain village, where a woman named Martha welcomed him into her home. She had a sister named Mary, who sat at Jesus’ feet and listened to what he was saying. But Martha was distracted by her many tasks; so she came to him and asked, ‘Do you not care that my sister has left me to do all the work by myself? Tell her then to help me.’ But Jesus answered her, ‘Martha, Martha, you are worried and distracted by many things; there is need of only one thing. Mary has chosen the better part, which will not be taken away from her.’

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