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Parish Daily Update 6/25/20

Dear Parish Family,

“God grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, courage to change the things I can, and the wisdom to know the difference.  Living one day at a time; enjoying one moment at a time; accepting hardship as the pathway to peace.  Taking as Jesus did this sinful world as it is, not as I would have it; trusting that He will make all things right if I surrender to His will; that I may be reasonably happy in this life and supremely happy with Him forever in the next.”            ~The Serenity Prayer by Reinhold Niebuhr

Tomorrow’s Mass readings, along with Father Kevin’s homily, follow.

If you made Mass reservations, I look forward to seeing you on Sunday!!!

God bless you all with peace!

Pam

Friday of the Twelfth Week in Ordinary Time

First Reading:  2 Kings 25:1-12

In the tenth month of the ninth year of Zedekiah’s reign, on the tenth day of the month,
Nebuchadnezzar, king of Babylon, and his whole army advanced against Jerusalem, encamped around it, and built siege walls on every side. The siege of the city continued until the eleventh year of Zedekiah. On the ninth day of the fourth month, when famine had gripped the city,
and the people had no more bread, the city walls were breached. Then the king and all the soldiers left the city by night through the gate between the two walls that was near the king’s garden. Since the Chaldeans had the city surrounded, they went in the direction of the Arabah.
But the Chaldean army pursued the king and overtook him in the desert near Jericho, abandoned by his whole army. The king was therefore arrested and brought to Riblah to the king of Babylon, who pronounced sentence on him. He had Zedekiah’s sons slain before his eyes.  Then he blinded Zedekiah, bound him with fetters, and had him brought to Babylon. On the seventh day of the fifth month (this was in the nineteenth year of Nebuchadnezzar, king of Babylon), Nebuzaradan, captain of the bodyguard, came to Jerusalem as the representative
of the king of Babylon. He burned the house of the LORD, the palace of the king, and all the houses of Jerusalem; every large building was destroyed by fire. Then the Chaldean troops who were with the captain of the guard tore down the walls that surrounded Jerusalem. Then Nebuzaradan, captain of the guard, led into exile the last of the people remaining in the city,
and those who had deserted to the king of Babylon, and the last of the artisans.  But some of the country’s poor, Nebuzaradan, captain of the guard, left behind as vinedressers and farmers.

Responsorial Psalm:  Ps 137:1-2, 3, 4-5, 6

R. Let my tongue be silenced, if I ever forget you!
By the streams of Babylon
we sat and wept
when we remembered Zion.
On the aspens of that land
we hung up our harps.
R.    Let my tongue be silenced, if I ever forget you!
Though there our captors asked of us
the lyrics of our songs,
And our despoilers urged us to be joyous:
“Sing for us the songs of Zion!”
R.    Let my tongue be silenced, if I ever forget you!
How could we sing a song of the LORD
in a foreign land?
If I forget you, Jerusalem,
may my right hand be forgotten!
R.    Let my tongue be silenced, if I ever forget you!
May my tongue cleave to my palate
if I remember you not,
If I place not Jerusalem
ahead of my joy.
R.    Let my tongue be silenced, if I ever forget you!

Gospel:  Mt. 8:1-4

When Jesus came down from the mountain, great crowds followed him. And then a leper approached, did him homage, and said, “Lord, if you wish, you can make me clean.” He stretched out his hand, touched him, and said, “I will do it.  Be made clean.” His leprosy was cleansed immediately. Then Jesus said to him, “See that you tell no one, but go show yourself to the priest, and offer the gift that Moses prescribed; that will be proof for them.”

Homily

Then Jesus said to [the leper]: “See that you tell no one, but go and show yourself to the priest, and offer the gift that Moses prescribed; that will be proof for them.” Matthew 8:1-4

“Tell no one,” Jesus tells the cured leper.

Just show yourself to the priest. Let him see that you are now clean and whole. Let your new life be a sign for him and for all that the compassion of God is among them. Let that be proof enough for everyone.

That’s what Jesus says to all of us, as well:

If you’ve been made “clean” by the hand of God, if you’ve been made whole by an experience of God’s mercy, if you’ve been “caught” in the net of God’s compassion, never mind trying to find the words to explain it. Let your life “show” God’s presence: be the agent of mercy that you have received; make a place for the “leper,” enabling them to be seen as clean and whole; “catch” others in the same net that caught and saved you.

Be the “proof” that God is at work among us.

Lord, in so many ways we experience your healing grace and transforming love in our lives. May a spirit of gratitude and humility enable us to mirror your Gospel of compassion in our own selfless giving, your justice in our own commitment to what is right and just, your peace in our own respect for all our brothers and sisters, your healing touch in our own care for the sick, the troubled, and all in need.

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.