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Parish Daily Update 1/17/21

Dear Parish Family,

“Let not your hearts be troubled, neither let them be afraid.”     ~John 14:27

A link to today’s Mass can be found here:

9 DAYS FOR LIFE Novena is offered each year by the bishops of the United States for the respect and protection of every human life. Each day, a different intention is accompanied by a short reflection, suggested actions, and related information. St. Joseph Church will begin the novena with the 5:30 p.m. Mass on Wednesday, January 20th and end on January 28th.  You can find the daily prayers here and/or have them emailed to you daily (the national novena actually starts January 21st):

The office will be closed tomorrow for Martin Luther King, Jr. Day.  Please call Tuesday through Thursday, 8:30 – 4:00 for Mass reservations.  601-856-2054

God bless,


Monday of the Second Week in Ordinary Time  

First Reading:  Hebrews 5:1-10 

Brothers and sisters:
Every high priest is taken from among men and made their representative before God,
to offer gifts and sacrifices for sins. He is able to deal patiently with the ignorant and erring,
for he himself is beset by weakness and so, for this reason, must make sin offerings for himself
as well as for the people. No one takes this honor upon himself but only when called by God,
just as Aaron was. In the same way, it was not Christ who glorified himself in becoming high priest, but rather the one who said to him:
        You are my Son: this day I have begotten you;
just as he says in another place,
    You are a priest forever according to the order of Melchizedek.
In the days when he was in the Flesh, he offered prayers and supplications with loud cries and tears to the one who was able to save him from death, and he was heard because of his reverence.
Son though he was, he learned obedience from what he suffered; and when he was made perfect,
he became the source of eternal salvation for all who obey him. 

Responsorial Psalm:  Ps 110:1, 2, 3, 4 

R. You are a priest for ever, in the line of Melchizedek.
The LORD said to my Lord: “Sit at my right hand
till I make your enemies your footstool.”
R.    You are a priest for ever, in the line of Melchizedek.
The scepter of your power the LORD will stretch forth from Zion:
“Rule in the midst of your enemies.”
R.    You are a priest for ever, in the line of Melchizedek.
“Yours is princely power in the day of your birth, in holy splendor;
before the daystar, like the dew, I have begotten you.”
R.    You are a priest for ever, in the line of Melchizedek.
The LORD has sworn, and he will not repent:
“You are a priest forever, according to the order of Melchizedek.”
R.    You are a priest for ever, in the line of Melchizedek. 

Gospel:  Mark 2:18-22 

The disciples of John and of the Pharisees were accustomed to fast. People came to Jesus and objected, “Why do the disciples of John and the disciples of the Pharisees fast, but your disciples do not fast?” Jesus answered them, “Can the wedding guests fast while the bridegroom is with them? As long as they have the bridegroom with them, they cannot fast. But the days will come when the bridegroom is taken away from them, and then they will fast on that day. No one sews a piece of unshrunken cloth on an old cloak. If he does, its fullness pulls away, the new from the old, and the tear gets worse. Likewise, no one pours new wine into old wineskins. Otherwise, the wine will burst the skins, and both the wine and the skins are ruined. Rather, new wine is poured into fresh wineskins.”  


“No one sews a piece of shrunken cloth on an old cloak . . . no one pours new wine into old wineskins.”  Mark 2:18-22 

Actually, we do sew “unshrunken cloth” on old coats; we do pour “new wine” into old wineskins. 

And yes, the patch eventually gives way; the worn wineskin starts to leak. 

But we just don’t have time to repair what is torn or provide the right containers for new wine – or new anything – in our lives. 

We prefer the “quick fix”: we know the right thing to say that lowers tensions for the moment; we manage to take a moment or two for the loved one or friend and still keep on schedule; we know how to pretend everything is fine when we know it isn’t. 

But eventually the “coat” is frayed beyond repair, when all we have left is an empty, badly stained wineskin. 

Today’s Gospel asks us to see what “fabric” of reconciliation, mercy and peace in our life is in need of repair and restoration, what we need to bring to our families and workplaces to store the “new wine” of hope, forgiveness and justice. 

In the spirit of Jesus, let this New Year be a time for new coats and better wine. 

O God of reconciliation and restoration, help us to mend what is torn and to fix what is broken in our lives. Do not let us be satisfied with quick fixes but set us to the hard work of bringing your love into our broken, incomplete lives. May we become “whole cloth” in which your love enfolds those we love; may we become “new wine” in which your Spirit enlivens and animates our hearts and souls.  

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.