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Parish Daily Update 6/1/20

Dear St. Joseph Family,

“The Lord has done great things for us, and we are filled with joy.”  Ps 126:3

It was so good to see so many of you at Mass yesterday!  Be sure to call the office to make reservations for next Sunday!  You can call this week Monday – Thursday, 8:30 – 4:00.  601-856-2054

Business –

Offertory for last week:

General                         $7,900.00

Building                         $340.00

Rice Bowl                    $14.18

Education Priests        $20.00

Communication          $80.00

Thank you for your continued support of our parish!  At Masses we will not be passing the collection baskets, but there is a large basket on the table in the foyer where you can put your envelopes, checks, and cash donations.  You are also free to continue to use the new methods we have begun using during the quarantine:

~Mail checks directly to 127 Church Rd., Madison, MS 39110;

~Your bank’s online bill-pay page, having the bank send a check to the

  church;

~Texting your contribution to 601-391-6645; or

~https://giving.parishsoft.com/app/giving/stjosephgluckstadt for on-line giving. 

Remember, we have Mass on Wednesday evening at 5:30 p.m. and First Friday Mass and Adoration on Friday at 5:30.  Both will be in the Church, and you will need to wear masks and keep socially distant.

God bless you all!

Pam

Tuesday of the Ninth Week in Ordinary Time
June 2, 2020

First Reading:  2 Pt 3:12-15, 17-18

Beloved:
Wait for and hasten the coming of the day of God, because of which the heavens will be dissolved in flames and the elements melted by fire. But according to his promise
we await new heavens and a new earth in which righteousness dwells. Therefore, beloved, since you await these things, be eager to be found without spot or blemish before him, at peace.  And consider the patience of our Lord as salvation. Therefore, beloved, since you are forewarned, be on your guard not to be led into the error of the unprincipled and to fall from your own stability. But grow in grace and in the knowledge of our Lord and savior Jesus Christ.
To him be glory now and to the day of eternity. Amen.

Responsorial Psalm:  Ps 90:2, 3-4, 10, 14 and 16

R. In every age, O Lord, you have been our refuge.
Before the mountains were begotten
and the earth and the world were brought forth,
from everlasting to everlasting you are God.
R. In every age, O Lord, you have been our refuge.
You turn man back to dust,
saying, “Return, O children of men.”
For a thousand years in your sight
are as yesterday, now that it is past,
or as a watch of the night.
R. In every age, O Lord, you have been our refuge.
Seventy is the sum of our years,
or eighty, if we are strong,
And most of them are fruitless toil,
for they pass quickly and we drift away.
R. In every age, O Lord, you have been our refuge.
Fill us at daybreak with your kindness,
that we may shout for joy and gladness all our days.
Let your work be seen by your servants
and your glory by their children.
R. In every age, O Lord, you have been our refuge.

Gospel:  Mk 12:13-17

Some Pharisees and Herodians were sent to Jesus to ensnare him in his speech. They came and said to him, “Teacher, we know that you are a truthful man and that you are not concerned with anyone’s opinion. You do not regard a person’s status but teach the way of God in accordance with the truth. Is it lawful to pay the census tax to Caesar or not? Should we pay or should we not pay?” Knowing their hypocrisy, he said to them, “Why are you testing me? Bring me a denarius to look at.” They brought one to him and he said to them, “Whose image and inscription is this?”
They replied to him, “Caesar’s.” So, Jesus said to them, “Repay to Caesar what belongs to Caesar and to God what belongs to God.” They were utterly amazed at him.

Homily

“Repay to Caesar what belongs to Caesar and to God what belongs to God.”  Mark 12:13-17

So how do we give “to God what belongs to God”?

A more basic question still: What belongs to God?

The only reasonable answer to that question is: We do.

We all belong to God, regardless of our race, our class, our skill set, our portfolio. We are God’s; we are held in the hand and embraced in the heart of God. So, the care of his vulnerable ones, the lifting up of his fallen ones, the mending of his broken ones, is giving God what belongs to God.

The struggle comes when we try to set a price on what belongs to God. We try to fix the going rate of “coins” we should give to charitable causes, to decide on the right dollar amount on the good we do (keeping in mind the tax benefits to us, of course) – but that’s the “Caesar-like” approach that Jesus rejects. To “repay” God what is God’s is a matter of attitude: doing for those who are God’s in gratitude for being one of God’s own ourselves. We can only give to God through the currency of grace; we can “reimburse” God only in the capital of compassion and mercy.

What is God’s? Look to the person next to you . . .

All is yours, O God; and all we have has been given to us out of your limitless, unconditional love. May we possess the wisdom to seek your way of justice, compassion and reconciliation in all things and the grace to return to you all that you have given us by our generosity to one another.

An Act of 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