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Parish Daily Update 7/29/20

Dear Parish Family,

“Silence means rest, rest of body and mind in which we become available for Him whose heart is greater than ours.  That is very threatening; it is like giving up control over our actions and thoughts, allowing something creative to happen not by us but to us.  Is it so amazing that we are so often tired and exhausted, trying to be masters of ourselves?  Silence is that moment in which we not only stop the discussion with others but also the inner discussions with ourselves, in which we can breathe in freely and accept our identity as a gift.  ‘Not I live, but He lives in me.’  It is in this silence that the Spirit of God can pray in us and continue His creative work in us…  Without silence we will lose our center and become the victim of the many who constantly demand our attention.”    ~Henri Nouwen

Silence seems to be really, really hard to come by these days.  There are so many discussions happening in the news, on social media, with our friends and in our families – presidential elections, racial justice matters, COVID-19, mask/don’t mask, gather with friends or stay home and stay socially distant, start schools/delay schools, sports or no sports, and on and on and on.  So many discussions.  Where is silence in all of this?  Not just, as Henri Nouwen says, silence from our discussions with others, but even more difficult is stopping the inner discussions with ourselves.  Let’s take some time away from the news, away from social medial, and spend a little more time in silence – with our loving Father – and see what truths He shares with us!

If you haven’t already made reservations for Mass on Sunday, please be sure to call the church by 4:00 tomorrow (Thursday) – 601-856-2054.

Also, please pray for our First Communion class.  These children will be receiving Jesus in the Eucharist for the first time this weekend.  They have waited so long for this special Sacrament and they are all so excited.  Pray for God to remain with them and bless them with His special graces throughout their lives!!

God bless you all,


Thursday of the Seventeenth Week in Ordinary Time

Jeremiah 18:1-6 

This word came to Jeremiah from the LORD:
Rise up, be off to the potter’s house; there I will give you my message. I went down to the potter’s house and there he was, working at the wheel. Whenever the object of clay which he was making turned out badly in his hand, he tried again, making of the clay another object of whatever sort he pleased. Then the word of the LORD came to me: Can I not do to you, house of Israel, as this potter has done? says the LORD. Indeed, like clay in the hand of the potter,
so are you in my hand, house of Israel. 

Responsorial Psalm:  Ps 146:1b-2, 2-4, 5-6ab

R. Blessed is he whose help is the God of Jacob.
Praise the LORD, O my soul;
I will praise the LORD all my life;
I will sing praise to my God while I live.
R.     Blessed is he whose help is the God of Jacob.
Put not your trust in princes,
in the sons of men, in whom there is no salvation.
When his spirit departs he returns to his earth;
on that day his plans perish.
R.    Blessed is he whose help is the God of Jacob.
Blessed he whose help is the God of Jacob,
whose hope is in the LORD, his God.
Who made heaven and earth,
the sea and all that is in them.
R.    Blessed is he whose help is the God of Jacob.


Gospel:  Matthew 13:47-53

Jesus said to the disciples:
“The Kingdom of heaven is like a net thrown into the sea, which collects fish of every kind.
When it is full, they haul it ashore and sit down to put what is good into buckets. What is bad they throw away. Thus, it will be at the end of the age.  The angels will go out and separate the wicked from the righteous and throw them into the fiery furnace, where there will be wailing and grinding of teeth.” “Do you understand all these things?”
They answered, “Yes.”
And he replied, “Then every scribe who has been instructed in the Kingdom of heaven is like the head of a household who brings from his storeroom both the new and the old.” When Jesus finished these parables, he went away from there. 


Whenever the object of the clay which he was making turned out badly in his hand, [the potter] tried again, making the clay another object of whatever sort he pleased.  Jeremiah 18:1-6 

This week’s first readings come from the story of Jeremiah, one of the great prophets of Israel.  

God communicated with Jeremiah in a number of unexpected but revealing ways. In today’s reading, God sends Jeremiah to a pottery maker and there Jeremiah will understand the word he is to preach. At the potter’s house, Jeremiah watches the artisan work the wet clay again and again – pulling it apart, remaking it, starting over as many times as it takes – until the wet clays forms the object he envisions.  

God wants Jeremiah to see God as a potter, who reworks and reforms the “clay” that is his beloved Israel, never giving up on them or casting them aside as useless, always re-creating them in his wisdom and mercy. That is the word God wants Jeremiah to preach to a broken and lost Israel. 

God reveals himself as potter to us, as well. In God’s hands, the “clay” of our lives can be re-formed and re-worked until we are the object that God envisions.   

Today, let God re-work some aspect of our lives that we have given up on or are anxious about. In God’s skilled hands, we can become more than we realize.  

O God, you are the “potter” who formed us of the earth and continues to mold us by your grace. Make us potters, as well:  help us, with patience and humility, to re-make what has turned out badly until we have re-created our lives and our world in the beauty of your peace and vision of compassion. 

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.