Dearest brothers and sisters:
All good giving and every perfect gift is from above,
coming down from the Father of lights,
with whom there is no alteration or shadow caused by change.
He willed to give us birth by the word of truth
that we may be a kind of firstfruits of his creatures.
Humbly welcome the word that has been planted in you
and is able to save your souls.
Be doers of the word and not hearers only, deluding yourselves.
Religion that is pure and undefiled before God and the Father is this:
to care for orphans and widows in their affliction
and to keep oneself unstained by the world.
From James 1:17-18, 21b-22, 27
Today is the conclusion of the readings from the sixth chapter of the Gospel of St John, with the discourse on the “Bread of Life,” proclaimed by Jesus on the day after the miracle of the multiplication of the loaves and fishes. At the end of that discourse, the great enthusiasm of the day before faded, because Jesus had said He was the Bread come down from heaven, and that He would give His Flesh as food and His Blood as drink, clearly alluding to the sacrifice of His very life. These words provoked disappointment in the people, who considered them unworthy of the Messiah, not “winning.” That’s how some saw Jesus: as a Messiah who ought to speak and act in such a way that His mission would be successful, immediately! But they erred precisely in this: in manner of understanding the mission of the Messiah! Even the disciples failed to accept that language, that disturbing language of the Master. And today’s passage refers to their discomfort: “This saying is hard,” they said, “Who can accept it?” (John 6:60).
To read Pope Francis’ complete talk please click here.
Reminder – the 5pm Sunday Mass will return to St. Mary’s on September 6.
The Beverly Collaborative Parish Picnic
1:00 – 4:00pm at the St. John the Evangelist Parish Campus.
More details to follow…
The 8:15am Mass on the first Sunday of the month is
normally our Family Mass. For September we will
be celebrating our Family Mass on Sunday Septem-
ber 13. Children will be invited to hear and learn
about the Sunday Readings in an age appropriate
format. Children will rejoin their parents after the
conclusion of the Homily.
Coffee and donuts will be served after Mass.
If this is a ministry opportunity you might be inter-
ested in helping out with please contact David
Bearse at the Parish Offices or by email at
Do you love your faith?
Have you thought about sharing it with others?
The Religious Education Program is in need of Catechists.
There are opportunities for Sunday mornings 9:30am-
10:30am and Wednesday afternoons 3:30pm-4:30pm.
Training and ongoing support will be provided. Please
consider this rewarding ministry.
Please contact Christine O’Brien at 978-922-0113 or
In the Sermon on the Mount, the Lord warns of using uncivil and/or hateful words such as “Raqa” and “fool.” And yet the same Lord Jesus often used very strong language toward some of His opponents, sometimes calling them names such as vipers and hypocrites.
Msgr. Pope’s “Biblical Teaching on the Use of Colorful and Harsh Language” may be found at this link.