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Parish Daily Update 11/19/20

Dear Parish Family,

“There is no problem, no matter how difficult it is, that cannot be solved by the Rosary.”   ~Sr. Lucia dos Santos, Fatima Visionary

A reminder of our parish projects:

THANKSGIVING FOOD BASKETS:  This year, due to COVID, we will not be collecting, boxing, and distributing food in our usual manner.  Instead, we have ordered food, which will be boxed and picked up directly through the Hispanic Ministry in Canton.  If you would like to contribute to the Thanksgiving Food Drive, you can use any of our usual giving methods (you can find them in Monday’s email).  If you send a check or cash, please be sure to note that it is for “Thanksgiving food”.  Also, on the online giving link there is a fund set up for “Thanksgiving.”

CHRISTMAS GIVING TREE:  We will, once again, have our annual Giving Tree Project, providing Christmas for needy families in Canton.  The project will, however, look different this year.  We will be collecting CONTRIBUTIONS ONLY and a small committee will then shop for gifts, wrap and deliver them to a central location for pick-up by the adopted families.  If you would like to donate, you can:  ~Place your offering in the basket as you come to Mass (please note “Giving Tree” on the envelope or check); ~Mail checks directly to 127 Church Rd., Madison, MS 39110 (again, please note “Giving Tree”); ~Your bank’s online bill-pay page, having the bank send a check to the church (with a “Giving Tree” notation); ~https://giving.parishsoft.com/app/giving/stjosephgluckstadt for on-line giving (scroll through to find “Giving Tree”).  The deadline for giving is December 7.

Our 8:00 and 10:00 Masses this weekend are full.  Call the office next week Monday thru Wednesday, noon to make reservations for Thanksgiving weekend.

God bless,

Pam

Friday of the Thirty-third Week in Ordinary Time  

First Reading:  Revelation 10:8-11

I, John, heard a voice from heaven speak to me. Then the voice spoke to me and said: “Go, take the scroll that lies open in the hand of the angel who is standing on the sea and on the land.”
So I went up to the angel and told him to give me the small scroll. He said to me, “Take and swallow it. It will turn your stomach sour, but in your mouth, it will taste as sweet as honey.”
I took the small scroll from the angel’s hand and swallowed it. In my mouth it was like sweet honey, but when I had eaten it, my stomach turned sour. Then someone said to me, “You must prophesy again about many peoples, nations, tongues, and kings.”  

Responsorial Psalm:  Ps 119:14, 24, 72, 103, 111, 131

R. How sweet to my taste is your promise!
In the way of your decrees I rejoice,
as much as in all riches.
R. How sweet to my taste is your promise!
Yes, your decrees are my delight;
 they are my counselors.
R. How sweet to my taste is your promise!
The law of your mouth is to me more precious
than thousands of gold and silver pieces.
R. How sweet to my taste is your promise!
How sweet to my palate are your promises,
sweeter than honey to my mouth!
R. How sweet to my taste is your promise!
Your decrees are my inheritance forever;
the joy of my heart they are.
R. How sweet to my taste is your promise!
I gasp with open mouth
in my yearning for your commands.
R. How sweet to my taste is your promise! 

Gospel:  Luke 19:45-48

Jesus entered the temple area and proceeded to drive out those who were selling things, saying to them, “It is written,
My house shall be a house of prayer,
but you have made it a den of thieves.”

And every day he was teaching in the temple area. The chief priests, the scribes, and the leaders of the people, meanwhile, were seeking to put him to death, but they could find no way to accomplish their purpose because all the people were hanging on his words. 

Homily 

“It is written, My house shall be a house of prayer, but you have made it a den of thieves.” 

Luke 19:45-48 

Today’s Gospel is Luke’s account of Jesus’ driving out the merchants and moneychangers from the temple in Jerusalem.  

These vendors would set up their booths along the outer court of the temple, selling small animals to poor pilgrims to offer as sacrifices to God on the temple altar and exchanging Roman currency into Jewish currency for donations to the temple – and charging exorbitant rates for their goods and services. Jesus sees their gouging of the poor and faithful as a desecration of God’s temple, so Jesus drives them out – much to the anger of the Jewish leaders who profited from the system. 

We understand Jesus’ anger. There are “thieves” who are “desecrating” many of our most trusted institutions. We’d like to turn over their tables and drive out these thieves not only from our churches and schools, but from our politics and economy, as well. 

But chasing out the “thieves” from our “temples” begins by chasing out the “thieves” from our hearts. We can only begin to transform our broken institutions when we transform our own attitudes from anger to patience, discord to understanding, intolerance to respect. Only then. 

So, may we restore our own heart as the “house” where God dwells, that place within us from where the light of God’s wisdom and peace illuminates our way. Before taking on the merchants who undermine our common life, let’s first drive out the “thieves” of self-centeredness that desecrate our “house of prayer.” 

Come, Lord, and make our hearts your temple.  By your grace, may we cast out the “thieves” of arrogance, greed and self-righteousness so that our hearts may be worthy “houses” for you to dwell. Illuminated by your light kindled within us, may we begin the hard work of transforming our houses into your “house” of blessing and peace 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.