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Parish Daily Update 7/27/20

Dear Parish Family,

“When the just cry out, the Lord hears them, and from all their distress he rescues them.”  Ps 34:18

Business:

Contributions for the week of 7/19/20:

General                                                $16,633.00

Building                                                 $390.00

Peter’s Pence                                     $21.00

Diocesan Collections                        $54.00

The various ways of making your offertory contributions to the parish are:

                ~Place your offering in the basket as you come to Mass;

~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. 

Thank you for your continued support of our parish!!  Even in these extremely unusual and difficult times, your generosity allows to continue the sacramental and corporal aspects of Church! 

God bless,

Pam

Tuesday of the Seventeenth Week in Ordinary Time
 

Jeremiah 14:17-22 

Let my eyes stream with tears day and night, without rest, Over the great destruction which overwhelms the virgin daughter of my people, over her incurable wound. If I walk out into the field, look! those slain by the sword; If I enter the city, look! those consumed by hunger.
Even the prophet and the priest forage in a land they know not. Have you cast Judah off completely? Is Zion loathsome to you? Why have you struck us a blow that cannot be healed?
We wait for peace, to no avail; for a time of healing, but terror comes instead. We recognize, O LORD, our wickedness, the guilt of our fathers; that we have sinned against you. For your name’s sake spurn us not, disgrace not the throne of your glory; remember your covenant with us, and break it not. Among the nations’ idols is there any that gives rain? Or can the mere heavens send showers? Is it not you alone, O LORD, our God, to whom we look? You alone have done all these things. 

Responsorial Psalm:  Ps 79:8, 9, 11 and 13

R.  For the glory of your name, O Lord, deliver us.
Remember not against us the iniquities of the past;
may your compassion quickly come to us,
for we are brought very low.
R.  For the glory of your name, O Lord, deliver us.
Help us, O God our savior,
because of the glory of your name;
Deliver us and pardon our sins
for your name’s sake.
R.  For the glory of your name, O Lord, deliver us.
Let the prisoners’ sighing come before you;
with your great power free those doomed to death.
Then we, your people and the sheep of your pasture,
will give thanks to you forever;
through all generations we will declare your praise.
R.  For the glory of your name, O Lord, deliver us. 

Gospel:  Matthew 13:36-43 

Jesus dismissed the crowds and went into the house.
His disciples approached him and said, “Explain to us the parable of the weeds in the field.”
He said in reply, “He who sows good seed is the Son of Man, the field is the world, the good seed the children of the Kingdom. The weeds are the children of the Evil One, and the enemy who sows them is the Devil. The harvest is the end of the age, and the harvesters are angels.
Just as weeds are collected and burned up with fire, so will it be at the end of the age.
The Son of Man will send his angels, and they will collect out of his Kingdom all who cause others to sin and all evildoers. They will throw them into the fiery furnace, where there will be wailing and grinding of teeth. Then the righteous will shine like the sun in the Kingdom of their Father. Whoever has ears ought to hear.” 

Homily 

“Just as weeds are collected and burned up with fire, so will it be at the end of the age.”

Matthew 13:36-43 

These past few months we’ve felt like we have been living among “weeds” – more like poisonous shrubs and creeping ivies. We’ve had to trek carefully through the dangerous COVID-19 fields of our lives.    

With the “weeds” of COVID-19 continuing to grow and hard decisions to be made as to how we will proceed, today’s Gospel confronts us with how we have been “wheat” in the midst of all of this. With the “weeds” of fear, anger and, yes, selfishness growing around us, have we planted seeds of compassion and peace? Have we been the wheat of generosity and understanding for those struggling? Have we been plantings of support to those who have sacrificed their lives for safety and care of all?   

The “weeds” of COVID-19 will one day be consigned to the furnace. The question is what will we be able to harvest from the experience. 

May the Word that you have planted within our hearts, O God, help us to realize the harvest of your justice and compassion that you have entrusted to us. Help us to recognize the “weeds” that overrun our lives; may your grace enable us to uproot them so that we may realize the fullness of your presence in our midst. 

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.