“Blessed are you, Father, Lord of heaven and earth; you have revealed to little ones the mysteries of the kingdom.”

~ Matthew 11:25


Today’s Gospel is a lesson in wisdom. There is God’s way—the mysteries we may never understand in this life. And then there is our way—the very human tendency to rely on our own instincts and see just what we want to see.

Figuring out the difference doesn’t come from living longer or believing we’re smarter. It comes from knowing that God’s way is beyond us, and that trust in God is the way we draw closer to the mystery of our faith.

Jesus is asking us to seek wisdom with the eyes of the innocent—the children, the marginalized, the vulnerable—the people who do not hold positions that society regards as important. But we know that each person is valuable in God’s eyes because each is a unique expression of life worthy of inheriting the Kingdom. These are the exact messages I hear from our Maryknoll missioners serving overseas… that ministering to the sick, the mentally ill, and the poor is how the Gospel gets lived today, allowing God’s presence to be the wind beneath our wings.

Friend, as missioners we know that God’s ways are always better than our own. That’s because each person is destined for eternity though salvation in Christ. May the wisdom of our faith be the gift you share with confidence—and joy.


Sincerely yours in Christ,

Father Raymond J. Finch, M.M.


Prayer for 6th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Your thoughts are not our thoughts

nor Your ways our ways, my God.

For as far as the heavens

are from the earth, so far is

Your wisdom above and beyond us.

When we could no longer go up to You

You came down to us

to show us Your way

to teach us Your truth and

to give us Your life.

You ask us to receive Your grace

with the heart of a child

in innocence, wonder, and joy.

Take our hand and guide us

along the paths You’d have us walk

that our days may be blessed

and our nights secure in Your peace.


Prayer by Fr. Joseph R. Veneroso, M.M.


We are a Catholic Society of priests and brothers based in the United States. We are dedicated to missionary work overseas in over 20 countries. Additionally, we animate Catholics in the United States to follow their own baptismal call to share God’s compassion and love with the poor, the sick, and all those in need.


L-R Tom O'Brien, Ray Finch, Joe Everson, Russ Feldmeier

(Fr. Lance P. Nadeau, Fr. James M. Lynch, Fr. Timothy O. Kilkelly, Fr. Juan Montes Zúñiga)

The Maryknoll Fathers and Brothers is overseen by our General Council, led by Superior General Rev. Lance P. Nadeau, M.M.


L-R Tom O'Brien, Ray Finch, Joe Everson, Russ Feldmeier

(Our Co-Founders Father Price and Father Walsh)





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