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Parish Daily Update 3/26/20

Dear St. Joseph Family,

The entrance antiphon of today’s (Thursday’s) Mass was, “Let the hearts that seek the Lord rejoice; turn to the Lord and his strength; constantly seek his face.”  I don’t know about you all, but the last couple of weeks have turned me ever more toward the face of our Lord!  We trust in his love and his mercy and our faith points us to his promise, “I am with you always.”

The prayer intentions I have received today:

–For Dianne Ladner, mother of Paula Bennett, suffering from cancer.

–For Paula Bennett’s aunt, Janie Ladner, who passed away last night.

–For Bryan Hierlmeier

–For all healthcare providers and workers

–For these and all other intentions held deep within our hearts

Please send me your intentions, either by text 601-573-2053, or by email, pam@stjosephgluckstadt.com, and I will include them in the daily email blasts so we can all be in prayer for and with each other. 

Please see the Mass readings for tomorrow, along with Father Kevin’s homily, below.  Mary, our Blessed Mother, pray for us.  St. Joseph, pray for us.

Friday of the Fourth Week of Lent

March 27, 2020

First Reading:  Wis 2:1a, 12-22

The wicked said among themselves, thinking not aright: “Let us beset the just one, because he is obnoxious to us; he sets himself against our doings, reproaches us for transgressions of the law and charges us with violations of our training.  He professes to have knowledge of God
and styles himself a child of the LORD.
To us he is the censure of our thoughts; merely to see him is a hardship for us, because his life is not like that of others, and different are his ways. He judges us debased; he holds aloof from our paths as from things impure.  He calls blest the destiny of the just and boasts that God is his Father.  Let us see whether his words be true; let us find out what will happen to him.  For if the just one be the son of God, he will defend him and deliver him from the hand of his foes.
With revilement and torture let us put him to the test that we may have proof of his gentleness
and try his patience.  Let us condemn him to a shameful death; for according to his own words, God will take care of him.”  These were their thoughts, but they erred; for their wickedness blinded them, and they knew not the hidden counsels of God; neither did they count on a recompense of holiness nor discern the innocent souls’ reward.

Responsorial Psalm:  Ps 34:17-18, 19-20, 21 and 23

R. The Lord is close to the brokenhearted.
The LORD confronts the evildoers,
to destroy remembrance of them from the earth.
When the just cry out, the LORD hears them,
and from all their distress he rescues them.
R. The Lord is close to the brokenhearted.
The LORD is close to the brokenhearted;
and those who are crushed in spirit he saves.
Many are the troubles of the just man,
but out of them all the LORD delivers him.
R. The Lord is close to the brokenhearted.
He watches over all his bones;
not one of them shall be broken.
The LORD redeems the lives of his servants;
no one incurs guilt who takes refuge in him.
R. The Lord is close to the brokenhearted.

Gospel:  Jn 7:1-2, 10, 25-30

Jesus moved about within Galilee; he did not wish to travel in Judea, because the Jews were trying to kill him.  But the Jewish feast of Tabernacles was near.  But when his brothers had gone up to the feast, he himself also went up, not openly but as it were in secret.  Some of the inhabitants of Jerusalem said, “Is he not the one they are trying to kill?  And look, he is speaking openly and they say nothing to him. Could the authorities have realized that he is the Christ?
But we know where he is from.  When the Christ comes, no one will know where he is from.”
So Jesus cried out in the temple area as he was teaching and said, “You know me and also know where I am from.  Yet I did not come on my own, but the one who sent me, whom you do not know, is true.  I know him, because I am from him, and he sent me.” So, they tried to arrest him, but no one laid a hand upon him, because his hour had not yet come.

Homily

. . . Jesus cried out in the temple area as he was teaching and said, “You know me and also know where I am from.”  John 7: 1-2, 10, 25-30

There’s a story among the ancient Church fathers about an old monk who had a vision of God. The monk sought a sign of God’s approval for his years of monastic devotion, but God said the monk’s holiness was nothing compared to that of a humble shop keeper in a nearby city.

The monk immediately went to the city to meet this shop keeper. He found the grocer occupied with his vegetables amid the noise and commotion of the city streets, attentive to the needs of all those coming to him.  Even as night came on, with the people growing rowdy, singing loudly in the streets, the man stayed at his task, helping latecomers with their needs.

In exasperation the monk finally blurted out, “How can you ever pray with noise like this?”

The grocer looked around, feeling compassion for the people who made up his ordinary life, and answered very simply: “I tell myself they’re all going to the kingdom. They’re concentrating with single-minded attention on what they do, singing songs with all the joy they can muster.  See how they prepare for the kingdom of God without even knowing it!  How can I do less myself than to praise in silence the God they inadvertently celebrate in song?”

That night the old monk walked slowly back to his cell, knowing himself to have received — from a grocer, no less — an important lesson in the craft of desert attentiveness. Contemplative prayer begins with, first, paying attention to the presence of God in your midst.

[Adapted from The Solace of Fierce Landscapes: Exploring Desert and Mountain Spirituality by Belden C. Lane.]

In today’s Gospel, God is there among the people of Jerusalem in the person of Jesus – but they are too focused on laws and legalisms, too concerned with their own needs and expectations, to realize it. God is in our midst in every act of love, in our frustrations with the virus, in the struggles we experience as well in the kindness extended, and in every leaf of a tree.

Let this season of Lent be a time to refocus our attention and adjust our vision to realize the wonders of God in our own lives.

Mayyour Spirit, O God, compel us to do the work you send each one of us to do. By your grace, may we possess the courage to make our world whole and holy as you created it.   Be with us, Lord Jesus, on our Lenten journey. May the realization of your love in our midst transform our lives in your spirit of gratitude and selfless humility.  We believe that you will transform our crosses into new life.

SPIRITUAL COMMUNION

    O Eucharistic Heart of Jesus,

    I wish to be united with your eternal oblation to the Father,

    with each Eucharistic sacrifice

    being offered at this moment upon this earth.

    Lord, Jesus, come and dwell in my heart,

    nourish me with the Bread of Life, Yourself;

    cleanse, wash and purify me in the bath of Your Precious Blood.

    Our Father, Who art in heaven;

    hallowed be Thy name.

    Thy kingdom come;

    thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven.

    Give us this day the Bread of Life;

    and forgive us our trespasses,

    as we forgive those who have trespassed against us,

    and lead us not into temptation,

    but deliver us from evil.

    Amen

    Lord, I am not worthy that thou should enter under my roof, but only say the word and my

    soul shall be healed.”

AFTER HOLY COMMUNION

Having been made worthy in a mystical way to partake of Your immaculate Body and precious Blood, O Christ Our God, I acclaim and bless, worship and glorify You, and proclaim the greatness of your saving acts, now and forever and ever. Amen.

Please remember to plan to join with Pope Francis Friday at noon for a time of reflection and prayer for all those who have been affected by the virus, I think that is just about everyone.  To pray for those who have died from the virus and to pray for those suffering, as well as to pray for a cure.  Pam offered the following links

Here is a link to the story with more information:
https://www.vaticannews.va/en/pope/news/2020-03/pope-calls-for-christians-to-unite-in-prayer-for-end-to-pandemic.html
Here is a link for conditions to obtain a plenary indulgence:
http://press.vatican.va/content/salastampa/en/bollettino/pubblico/2020/03/20/200320c.html
It has been suggested the following as a link to possibly view the service: 
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC7E-LYc1wivk33iyt5bR5zQ