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Parish Daily Update 7/23/20

Dear Parish Family,

Yesterday was the Feast of St. Mary Magdalene and the following quote by Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen really speaks to our lives today:

“Our Blessed Savior revealed to Mary Magdalene the truth that He was no longer to be seen under the form of time and in the word of sensations, but only by the soul and in the world of eternity…  This great truth needs to be stressed strongly (today)… when human beings no longer speak of eternity, but only of time; when they are more concerned about citizenship in the kingdom of this world than citizenship in the Kingdom of Heaven; when their interests center more about passing questions of science, politics, economics, wealth, and power, instead of around the Risen Christ who sits eternally at the right hand of God.”

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

God bless you all!

Pam

Friday of the Sixteenth Week in Ordinary Time

First Reading:  Jeremiah 3:14-17

Return, rebellious children, says the LORD, for I am your Master; I will take you, one from a city, two from a clan, and bring you to Zion. I will appoint over you shepherds after my own heart, who will shepherd you wisely and prudently. When you multiply and become fruitful in the land, says the LORD, They will in those days no longer say, “The ark of the covenant of the LORD!” They will no longer think of it, or remember it, or miss it, or make another. At that time they will call Jerusalem the LORD’s throne; there all nations will be gathered together to honor the name of the LORD at Jerusalem, and they will walk no longer in their hardhearted wickedness.

Responsorial Psalm:  Jer 31:10, 11-12abcd, 13

R. The Lord will guard us as a shepherd guards his flock.
Hear the word of the LORD, O nations,
proclaim it on distant isles, and say:
He who scattered Israel, now gathers them together,
he guards them as a shepherd his flock.
R. The Lord will guard us as a shepherd guards his flock.
The LORD shall ransom Jacob,
he shall redeem him from the hand of his conqueror.
Shouting, they shall mount the heights of Zion,
they shall come streaming to the LORD’s blessings:
The grain, the wine, and the oil,
the sheep and the oxen.
R. The Lord will guard us as a shepherd guards his flock.
Then the virgins shall make merry and dance,
and young men and old as well.
I will turn their mourning into joy,
I will console and gladden them after their sorrows.
R. The Lord will guard us as a shepherd guards his flock.

Gospel:  Matthew 13:18-23

Jesus said to his disciples: “Hear the parable of the sower. The seed sown on the path is the one who hears the word of the Kingdom without understanding it, and the Evil One comes and steals away what was sown in his heart. The seed sown on rocky ground is the one who hears the word and receives it at once with joy. But he has no root and lasts only for a time. When some tribulation or persecution comes because of the word, he immediately falls away. The seed sown among thorns is the one who hears the word, but then worldly anxiety and the lure of riches choke the word and it bears no fruit. But the seed sown on rich soil is the one who hears the word and understands it, who indeed bears fruit and yields a hundred or sixty or thirtyfold.”

Homily

“… the seed sown on rich soil is the one who hears the word and understands it, who indeed bears fruit and yields a hundred or sixty or thirtyfold.”  Matthew 13:18-23

The National September 11 Memorial Museum is located on the site of where the World Trade Center Towers stood. The below-ground museum is a depository of videos, audio recordings, photographs and thousands of objects to document, minute by minute, the events of that horrific Tuesday.

On display are items that represent the worst and best of 9/11.  One item that represents the best is a red bandana, that belonged to a 24-year-old, Welles Crowther. Welles was an equities trader who worked on the 104th floor of the South Tower. After the planes hit and smoke overwhelmed the building, Welles put his experience as a volunteer firefighter to work. He put his trademark red bandanna over his nose and mouth and found the stairs leading out of the tower, and then began helping hundreds of people make their way out of the doomed building. Welles himself never made it out. Survivors later recounted the story of the young man with the red bandanna who led them to safety in the final desperate minutes before the building fell.

His mother Alison knew immediately that it was her happy, generous son Welles – who had carried a red handkerchief with him since he was a boy. The family gave his red handkerchief to the museum. And from this day forward, all who visit the 9/11 Museum will have a chance to know the sacrifice of a young man who – like so many that day – gave his life so others might live.

At the museum’s dedication ceremony, Alison (his mother) took the stage to say that she and her husband “could not be more proud” of their son. “Welles believed that we are all connected as one human family,” she said. “This is the true legacy of September 11.”

Welles Crowther’s red bandana is a fitting image for today’s Gospel: the selfless good we do -from the bravery of Welles Crowther and the many of the saints of 9/11 to the smallest, unseen and most ordinary acts of generosity and kindness – are all seeds that we plant in this earth we all share that result in a harvest of hope we cannot imagine. Such “sowing” is pure faith: planting small seeds that break open to realize the harvest within it, that struggle to survive the most barren soil to provide hope, justice and mercy for every creature.

Dear Lord, make us sowers of your compassion and mercy, O Lord, in the fields you have entrusted to us. Do not let us be discouraged by the smallness of our plantings or the hard terrain we must plow. Help us discover the joy of realizing a bounty of hope and peace in good things we are able to sow.

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.