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Parish Daily Update 5/15/20

Dear Parish Family,

“At the time, all discipline seems a cause, not for joy, but for pain, yet later it brings the peaceful fruit of righteousness to those who are trained by it.”    Hebrews 12:11

Are we not now in a time of “discipline?”  We have to stay at home; businesses that we are used to immediate access to are either closed or have limited access due to number restrictions; we aren’t able to worship in our churches; we have to wear uncomfortable masks and wash/sanitize our hands until they are chapped.  All are forms of discipline that we are not used to.  Do we see these as causes for joy?  Probably not – certainly I don’t!  But, as St. Paul tells us, these disciplines WILL bring fruit, will bring joy if we are open to it.

Prayer Intentions:

~For our parishioner Alice Stelzer who is in the hospital and suffering from a serious, non-COVID related illness.

~For our Bishop, our priests, and our parish leaders as they work towards opening our churches to the resumption of Mass. 

~For all who are struggling with the disciplines we are currently experiencing, that they seek the joy of Christ hidden behind the hardships.

~For all the prayers we hold deep within our hearts.

If anyone has specific prayer intentions, please send them to me, pam@stjosephgluckstadt.com or text 601-573-2053.

Again, if you have a student graduating from High School, please send their name to patti@stjosephgluckstadt.com so that we can honor them for their accomplishments.

The readings for tomorrow’s Mass, along with Father Kevin’s homily, follow.

God bless you all and I’m looking forward to seeing you all soon!

Pam

Saturday of the Fifth Week of Easter

May 16, 2020

First Reading:  Acts 16:1-10

Paul reached also Derbe and Lystra where there was a disciple named Timothy, the son of a Jewish woman who was a believer, but his father was a Greek. The brothers in Lystra and Iconium spoke highly of him, and Paul wanted him to come along with him. On account of the Jews of that region, Paul had him circumcised, for they all knew that his father was a Greek.
As they traveled from city to city, they handed on to the people for observance the decisions reached by the Apostles and presbyters in Jerusalem. Day after day the churches grew stronger in faith and increased in number. They traveled through the Phrygian and Galatian territory because they had been prevented by the Holy Spirit from preaching the message in the province of Asia.  When they came to Mysia, they tried to go on into Bithynia, but the Spirit of Jesus did not allow them, so they crossed through Mysia and came down to Troas. During the night Paul had a vision. A Macedonian stood before him and implored him with these words, “Come over to Macedonia and help us.” When he had seen the vision, we sought passage to Macedonia at once, concluding that God had called us to proclaim the Good News to them.

Responsorial Psalm:  Ps 100:1b-2, 3, 5

R. Let all the earth cry out to God with joy.
Sing joyfully to the LORD, all you lands;
serve the LORD with gladness;
come before him with joyful song.
R.    Let all the earth cry out to God with joy.
Know that the LORD is God;
he made us, his we are;
his people, the flock he tends.
R.    Let all the earth cry out to God with joy.
The LORD is good:
his kindness endures forever,
and his faithfulness, to all generations.
R.    Let all the earth cry out to God with joy.

Gospel:  Jn 15:18-21

Jesus said to his disciples:
“If the world hates you, realize that it hated me first. If you belonged to the world, the world would love its own; but because you do not belong to the world, and I have chosen you out of the world, the world hates you. Remember the word I spoke to you, ‘No slave is greater than his master.’ If they persecuted me, they will also persecute you. If they kept my word, they will also keep yours. And they will do all these things to you on account of my name, because they do not know the one who sent me.”

Homily

“If the world hates you, realize that it hated me first.”  John 15:18-21

We’ve all been “hated” by the world.

Or at least it felt that way at the time:

When we gently tried to correct someone and the criticism was not taken well.

When we could not go along with something we thought was wrong, and we were ridiculed or given the cold shoulder – or it led to the end of what we thought was a friendship.

When we had to act for the good of the business or organization and it cost someone dearly.

“They hated me first,” Jesus says.

Small comfort in that. 

But to follow Jesus means putting up with the ridicule, the anger and, yeah, the hatred directed at us for the sake of what is right, for the cause that is just, for the good of all – for what Jesus teaches in the Gospel and we bought into in Baptism. As we go through this pandemic and many voices are calling for a return to the way things used to be, we may feel ourselves at odds with others for calling to do what is good for others in choosing to keep distance and wear masks, knowing it will help keep some from catching the dreaded virus.

That may mean standing alone.

But Jesus stands with us.  And that’s not nothing.

Lord Jesus, be with us in our struggle to imitate your Gospel of selfless generosity to others.  Do not let us be discouraged by the realities of our world and the expectations of others, but may your spirit of humble love move us to continue to re-create broken hearts and mend wounded spirits – including our own.

Spiritual Communion

My Jesus, I believe that You are present in the Most Holy Sacrament.

I love You above all things, and I desire to receive You into my soul.

Since I cannot at this moment receive You sacramentally,

I ask you to come spiritually into my heart.

I embrace You, trusting that you are already there,

and I unite myself wholly to You.

Never permit me to be separated from You.

Amen. 

 
 

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