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Parish Daily Update 7/31/20

“Everything is a grace, everything is the direct effect of our Father’s love –

difficulties, contradictions, humiliations, all the soul’s miseries,

her burdens, her needs – everything,

because through them, she learns humility, realizes her weakness.

Everything is a grace because everything is God’s gift.

Whatever be the character of life or its unexpected events –

                                ~St. Therese of Lisieux

I published notice about Germanfest in the July 17 email and it has been in the bulletin.  But we are having questions about it, so I will put the info in the next several emails as well.  Please forgive me for repeating myself, but everyone doesn’t read the email every day.

Germanfest 2020 – I want to let you all know that, after consultation with the diocese, conversations with Father Kevin and our Germanfest Chairperson Eric Price, and much prayer, we have made the very difficult decision to cancel Germanfest this year.  Due to uncertainties surrounding the COVID pandemic, the escalating numbers of illness, and the necessity of close and sustained contact during preparations, as well as the need to protect our parishioners and our visitors, we feel it is the best decision we can make at this time. 

Along with this information, please know that we considered many options for the possibility of making/selling sauerkraut and other Country Store items.  Again, due to social distancing, masking, and other safety protocols, it is impossible for us to do the work necessary to make and can the kraut.  We will not be having any sales at this time.  We will look at options, possibly after the first of the year when things, hopefully, normalize a bit.  We are extremely sorry that we have been forced to make this call at this time.  If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to call me – 601-856-2054 at the office or 601-573-2053 on my cell.

God bless,

Pam

Memorial of Saint Alphonsus Liguori, Bishop and Doctor of the Church
 

First Reading:  Jeremiah 26:11-16, 24

The priests and prophets said to the princes and to all the people, “This man deserves death;
he has prophesied against this city, as you have heard with your own ears.”
Jeremiah gave this answer to the princes and all the people: “It was the LORD who sent me to prophesy against this house and city all that you have heard. Now, therefore, reform your ways and your deeds; listen to the voice of the LORD your God, so that the LORD will repent of the evil with which he threatens you. As for me, I am in your hands; do with me what you think good and right. But mark well: if you put me to death, it is innocent blood you bring on yourselves, on this city and its citizens. For in truth it was the LORD who sent me to you,
to speak all these things for you to hear.” Thereupon the princes and all the people said to the priests and the prophets, “This man does not deserve death; it is in the name of the LORD, our God, that he speaks to us.” So Ahikam, son of Shaphan, protected Jeremiah, so that he was not handed over to the people to be put to death 

Responsorial Psalm:  Ps 69:15-16, 30-31, 33-34

R. Lord, in your great love, answer me.
Rescue me out of the mire; may I not sink!
may I be rescued from my foes,
and from the watery depths.
Let not the flood-waters overwhelm me,
nor the abyss swallow me up,
nor the pit close its mouth over me.
R.  Lord, in your great love, answer me.
But I am afflicted and in pain;
let your saving help, O God, protect me.
I will praise the name of God in song,
and I will glorify him with thanksgiving.
R. Lord, in your great love, answer me.
“See, you lowly ones, and be glad;
you who seek God, may your hearts revive!
For the LORD hears the poor,
and his own who are in bonds he spurns not.”
R. Lord, in your great love, answer me. 

Gospel:  Matthew 14:1-12 

Herod the tetrarch heard of the reputation of Jesus and said to his servants, “This man is John the Baptist. He has been raised from the dead; that is why mighty powers are at work in him.” 

Now Herod had arrested John, bound him, and put him in prison on account of Herodias, the wife of his brother Philip, for John had said to him, “It is not lawful for you to have her.”
Although he wanted to kill him, he feared the people, for they regarded him as a prophet.
But at a birthday celebration for Herod, the daughter of Herodias performed a dance before the guests and delighted Herod so much that he swore to give her whatever she might ask for.
Prompted by her mother, she said, “Give me here on a platter the head of John the Baptist.”
The king was distressed, but because of his oaths and the guests who were present, he ordered that it be given, and he had John beheaded in the prison. His head was brought in on a platter and given to the girl, who took it to her mother. His disciples came and took away the corpse
and buried him; and they went and told Jesus.  

Homily 

The priests and prophets said to the princes and all the people, “This man [Jeremiah] deserves death; he has prophesied against this city, as you have heard with your own ears.”  

Jeremiah 26:11-16, 24 

Now Herod had arrested John, bound him, and put him in prison on account of Herodias, the wife of his brother Philip, for John had said to him, “It is not lawful for you to have her.” 

Matthew 14:1-12 

Right now, America is taking a second look at our monuments. We’re discovering that some of those we honor with statues, whose names we emblazon on our buildings, whose legends are the very fabric of our culture, have failed the test of time. 

So, who should we remember? Who should inspire us as we make our own way through history? Who are the leaders, the statesmen – the prophets – who are the lights that illuminate our way into the future? 

The two figures in today’s readings were not remembered or honored in their time. The justice Jeremiah and John the Baptizer sought for the poor, the suffering and the marginalized was soundly rejected. The covenant they urged their hearers to return to was too threatening a message for their times. They were not showmen; they did not possess electric personalities; they were obsessed with making their world what God intended it to be. And they paid dearly for their prophecy. 

True statesmen see a bigger world than just their own nation and people; true leaders inspire us not by their words but by the integrity of their lives and commitment to the cause; true prophets call out the best from us, regardless of the cost and change required to realize it. 

So, in light of today’s Scripture readings, who would you build a monument to, whose name would you place on a university building, whose memory should we celebrate? The most deserving candidates might be the last ones we want to remember.     

Make us prophets of your compassion and peace, O God, in the simplicity of our own lives, in the quiet of our own homes, in the ordinariness of our days. May we readily and willingly pay the price for being heralds of your presence in our midst, witnesses of your constant love and forgiveness, and disciples of your Son’s Gospel of justice and peace. 

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.