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Parish Daily Update 10/4/20

Dear Parish Family,

“Jesus concealed in the Host is everything to me.  From the tabernacle I draw strength, power, courage, and light.”                  ~St. Faustina

A link to today’s Mass can be found here:   https://youtu.be/DTDjCMJhPq4

Remember to call the office – 601-856-2054 – to make your reservations for Mass next weekend. 

God bless,

Pam

Monday of the Twenty-seventh Week in Ordinary Time  

First Reading:  Galatians 1:6-12 

Brothers and sisters:
I am amazed that you are so quickly forsaking the one who called you by the grace of Christ
for a different gospel (not that there is another). But there are some who are disturbing you
and wish to pervert the Gospel of Christ. But even if we or an angel from heaven should preach to you a gospel other than the one that we preached to you, let that one be accursed! As we have said before, and now I say again, if anyone preaches to you a gospel other than the one that you received, let that one be accursed! Am I now currying favor with human beings or God?
Or am I seeking to please people? If I were still trying to please people, I would not be a slave of Christ. Now I want you to know, brothers and sisters, that the Gospel preached by me is not of human origin. For I did not receive it from a human being, nor was I taught it, but it came through a revelation of Jesus Christ. 

Responsorial Psalm:  Ps 111:1-2, 7-8, 9, 10 

R. The Lord will remember his covenant for ever.
I will give thanks to the LORD with all my heart
in the company and assembly of the just.
Great are the works of the LORD,
exquisite in all their delights.
R. The Lord will remember his covenant for ever.
The works of his hands are faithful and just;
sure are all his precepts,
Reliable forever and ever,
wrought in truth and equity.
R. The Lord will remember his covenant for ever.
He has sent deliverance to his people;
he has ratified his covenant forever;
holy and awesome is his name.
His praise endures forever.
R. The Lord will remember his covenant for ever.
 

Gospel:  Luke 10:25-37 

There was a scholar of the law who stood up to test Jesus and said, “Teacher, what must I do to inherit eternal life?” Jesus said to him, “What is written in the law? How do you read it?”
He said in reply,  “You shall love the Lord, your God, with all your heart, with all your being,
with all your strength, and with all your mind, and your neighbor as yourself.”
He replied to him, “You have answered correctly; do this and you will live.” 

But because he wished to justify himself, he said to Jesus, “And who is my neighbor?”
Jesus replied, 
“A man fell victim to robbers as he went down from Jerusalem to Jericho. They stripped and beat him and went off leaving him half-dead. A priest happened to be going down that road, but when he saw him, he passed by on the opposite side. Likewise, a Levite came to the place, and when he saw him, he passed by on the opposite side. But a Samaritan traveler who came upon him
was moved with compassion at the sight. He approached the victim, poured oil and wine over his wounds, and bandaged them. Then he lifted him up on his own animal, took him to an inn, and cared for him. The next day he took out two silver coins and gave them to the innkeeper with the instruction, ‘Take care of him. If you spend more than what I have given you, I shall repay you on my way back.’ Which of these three, in your opinion, was neighbor to the robbers’ victim?”
He answered, “The one who treated him with mercy.” Jesus said to him, “Go and do likewise.” 

Homily 

“A priest happened to be going down the road, but when he saw him, he passed by on the opposite side. Likewise, a Levite came to the place, and when he saw him, he passed on the opposite side. But a Samaritan traveler who came upon him was moved with compassion at the sight.”  Luke 10:25-37 

Promise you won’t cross the street today to avoid a long conversation with someone going through a difficult time and needs a friend to talk to – and you’re not up to being that friend. 

Promise you won’t keep your head down or ignore the call when your help is needed because  you’re already on a tight schedule. 

Promise you won’t just shake your head with sympathy when you know you could do a lot more. 

Sometime today we will all find ourselves in the position of the Good Samaritan. We probably won’t be asked to provide medical help to someone who has been robbed and beaten (although you never know). But we may well need to help someone out of a ditch of despair and confusion, help someone “beaten” by a situation beyond their control, help someone whose emotional “wounds” need the salve of a caring friend’s wisdom and compassion. 

Promise that we’ll be someone’s Good Samaritan today – and pray that God will provide a Good Samaritan for us should we find ourselves “ditched.” 

Open our eyes and hearts, O God, to see one another as “neighbors” and realize the many simple ways we can extend the blessings of your love to them. Do not let us look or walk away from someone in distress; by your grace, may we pull them out of the “ditches” into which they have fallen or been pushed. In our selfless generosity to others, may we give complete and joyful thanks to you, the Father of us all and Giver of all that is good.   

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.