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Parish Daily Update 10/25/20

Dear Parish Family,

“Love begins at home, and it is not how much we do… but how much love we put in that action.”

                ~St. Mother Teresa

A link to today’s Mass can be found here:   https://youtu.be/QkV1Tv4gKm4

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God bless,

Pam

Monday of the Thirtieth Week in Ordinary Time

First Reading:  Ephesians 4:32-5:8

Brothers and sisters:
Be kind to one another, compassionate, forgiving one another as God has forgiven you in Christ.

Be imitators of God, as beloved children, and live in love, as Christ loved us and handed himself over for us as a sacrificial offering to God for a fragrant aroma. Immorality or any impurity or greed must not even be mentioned among you, as is fitting among holy ones, no obscenity or silly or suggestive talk, which is out of place, but instead, thanksgiving. Be sure of this, that no immoral or impure or greedy person, that is, an idolater, has any inheritance in the Kingdom of Christ and of God. Let no one deceive you with empty arguments, for because of these things
the wrath of God is coming upon the disobedient. So do not be associated with them. For you were once darkness, but now you are light in the Lord. Live as children of light. 

Responsorial Psalm:  Ps 1:1-2, 3, 4, 6

R. Behave like God as his very dear children.
Blessed the man who follows not
the counsel of the wicked
Nor walks in the way of sinners,
nor sits in the company of the insolent,
But delights in the law of the LORD
and meditates on his law day and night.
R. Behave like God as his very dear children.
He is like a tree
planted near running water,
That yields its fruit in due season,
and whose leaves never fade.
Whatever he does, prospers.
R. Behave like God as his very dear children.
Not so the wicked, not so;
they are like chaff which the wind drives away.
For the LORD watches over the way of the just,
but the way of the wicked vanishes.
R. Behave like God as his very dear children.

Gospel:  Luke 13:10-17

Jesus was teaching in a synagogue on the sabbath. And a woman was there who for eighteen years had been crippled by a spirit; she was bent over, completely incapable of standing erect.
When Jesus saw her, he called to her and said, “Woman, you are set free of your infirmity.”
He laid his hands on her, and she at once stood up straight and glorified God. But the leader of the synagogue, indignant that Jesus had cured on the sabbath, said to the crowd in reply,
“There are six days when work should be done. Come on those days to be cured, not on the sabbath day.” The Lord said to him in reply, “Hypocrites! Does not each one of you on the sabbath untie his ox or his ass from the manger and lead it out for watering? This daughter of Abraham, whom Satan has bound for eighteen years now, ought she not to have been set free on the sabbath day from this bondage?” When he said this, all his adversaries were humiliated;
and the whole crowd rejoiced at all the splendid deeds done by him. 

Homily

A woman was there who for eighteen years had been crippled by a spirit; she was bent over, completely incapable of standing erect. When Jesus saw her, he called to her and said, “Woman, you are set free of your infirmity.”  Luke 13:10-17

To be “free” of our “infirmity.”

If only . . .

These days we especially identify with the crippled woman Jesus heals in today’s Gospel. We felt imprisoned by the coronavirus. For most of this year we have been crippled, if not by the virus itself, then by fear, anxiety and isolation. Some of us have been further trapped by unemployment, struggling to find safe and secure care for our children now at home, and caring for our elderly family members.

So let the crippled woman in today’s Gospel be a sign of hope for all of us this fall: that we may experience the healing word of Christ challenging us to “stand up straight” by our own simple but appreciated offerings of patient compassion and humble care to one another, to break out of the despair and sadness of this difficult time by realizing how our own actions affect others and act responsibly and generously.

Our “infirmities” may slow us down but they don’t have to confine us. The Spirit of God frees us to move beyond the struggles and challenges of these days to know again the love of God in our midst.

O God of compassion, free us from the “spirits” of fear, resentment and selfishness that prevent us from living our lives to the full. Help our broken hearts and souls “stand erect” and give glory to you by embracing your spirit of joyful gratitude and selfless generosity.

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.