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Parish Daily Update 7/28/20

Dear Parish Family,

“O give thanks to the Lord, for He is good, His mercy endures forever.”    Psalm 136:1

Don’t forget to call for your Mass reservations!  You have until Thursday at 4:00.  601-856-2054

God bless,

Pam

Memorial of Saint Martha
 

Jeremiah 15:10, 16-21 

Woe to me, mother, that you gave me birth! a man of strife and contention to all the land! I neither borrow nor lend, yet all curse me. When I found your words, I devoured them; they became my joy and the happiness of my heart, Because I bore your name, O LORD, God of hosts. I did not sit celebrating in the circle of merrymakers; Under the weight of your hand I sat alone because you filled me with indignation. Why is my pain continuous, my wound incurable, refusing to be healed? You have indeed become for me a treacherous brook, whose waters do not abide!  

Thus the LORD answered me: If you repent, so that I restore you, in my presence you shall stand; If you bring forth the precious without the vile, you shall be my mouthpiece. Then it shall be they who turn to you, and you shall not turn to them; And I will make you toward this people
a solid wall of brass. Though they fight against you, they shall not prevail, For I am with you,
to deliver and rescue you, says the LORD. I will free you from the hand of the wicked, and rescue you from the grasp of the violent.  

Responsorial Psalm:  Ps 59:2-3, 4, 10-11, 17, 18

R. God is my refuge on the day of distress.
Rescue me from my enemies, O my God;
from my adversaries defend me.
Rescue me from evildoers;
from bloodthirsty men save me.
R. God is my refuge on the day of distress.
For behold, they lie in wait for my life;
mighty men come together against me,
Not for any offense or sin of mine, O LORD.
R. God is my refuge on the day of distress.
O my strength! for you I watch;
for you, O God, are my stronghold,
As for my God, may his mercy go before me;
may he show me the fall of my foes.
R. God is my refuge on the day of distress.
But I will sing of your strength
and revel at dawn in your mercy;
You have been my stronghold,
my refuge in the day of distress.
R. God is my refuge on the day of distress.
O my strength! your praise will I sing;
for you, O God, are my stronghold,
my merciful God!
R. God is my refuge on the day of distress. 

Gospel John 11:19-27 

Many of the Jews had come to Martha and Mary to comfort them about their brother [Lazarus, who had died]. When Martha heard that Jesus was coming, she went to meet him; but Mary sat at home. Martha said to Jesus, “Lord, if you had been here, my brother would not have died.
But even now I know that whatever you ask of God, God will give you.”
Jesus said to her, “Your brother will rise.”
Martha said to him, “I know he will rise, in the resurrection on the last day.”
Jesus told her, “I am the resurrection and the life; whoever believes in me, even if he dies, will live, and anyone who lives and believes in me will never die. Do you believe this?”
She said to him, “Yes, Lord. I have come to believe that you are the Christ, the Son of God,
the one who is coming into the world.” 

or 

Luke 10:38-42 

Jesus entered a village where a woman whose name was Martha welcomed him. She had a sister named Mary who sat beside the Lord at his feet listening to him speak. Martha, burdened with much serving, came to him and said, “Lord, do you not care that my sister has left me by myself to do the serving? Tell her to help me.” The Lord said to her in reply, “Martha, Martha, you are anxious and worried about many things. There is need of only one thing. Mary has chosen the better part and it will not be taken from her.” 

Homily 

“Martha, Martha, you are anxious and worried about many things. There is need of only one thing. Mary has chosen the better part and it will not be taken from her.” Luke 10:38-42 [second option] 

Dad is rushing out the door to work one morning. In his haste, he passes his three-year-old who is playing with blocks on the floor of the family room. Dad quickly kisses his son with a mumbled “I love you” and heads to the garage – but in the driveway he is overcome with guilt. He goes back into the house, throws his coat over a chair and drops his bag on the floor, and sits down on the floor and starts playing with blocks. After two minutes, the boy asks, “Daddy, why are you mad at me?”  [Adapted from Starlight by John Shea.]   

Time given out of love and joy and time spent out of guilt and resentment are not the same things – and the difference is obvious. Hospitality offered out of obligation is joyless; a welcome that is forced is not a welcome. The dynamic between Martha and Mary underscores that reality.   

Most of us can readily identify with Martha. Like Martha, we are often pulled in different directions: our soul’s need for a connectedness with God is often pushed aside because of our many responsibilities as spouses, as parents, as breadwinners, as neighbors, as parishioners. Like the rest of us, Martha must learn to balance “anxiety” and “worry” with the “better part” of finding joy in our work and care for others.   

May we learn from our sister Martha the delicate balance between the practical realities of life and discovering the purpose of life in realizing the love of God in our midst.   

Lord Jesus, may we possess the faith of your beloved friend Martha. May our simplest acts of hospitality and welcome, of generosity and kindness be reflections of your Spirit of humble and grateful servanthood. Let your light illuminate our darkest nights of anxiety and fear; let your compassion open hearts that our hospitality may be signs of your peace and mercy for all. 

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.