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Parish Daily Update 5/3/21

Dear Parish Family,

“Today – right now – let’s begin again.  Let’s truly listen and humbly give another their due.  Let’s forgive and forget.  Let’s leave behind arrogance and rediscover humility.  Let’s abandon outrage and embrace gratitude.”   ~Dr. Tod Worner, “The Hard World and How to Restore Mercy to a Merciless Age”

Please keep an eye on this week’s emails.  We are expecting some updates on Diocesan protocols in the coming days!

BUSINESS:  Offering for the week of 4/25/21:

General                              $9,436.00

Building                             $70.00

Home Missions                $711.00

Cemetery                          $50.00

Rice Bowl                          $43.50

The methods we have set up to make it convenient to make your offering are:

                ~Place your offering in the basket as you come to Mass;

~Mail checks directly to 127 Church Rd., Madison, MS 39110;

~Your bank’s online bill-pay page, having the bank send a check to the

  church;

~ACH Auto-draft of your account.  Call the office – 601-856-2054 – and we will

  send you the form to have that set up.

~Texting your contribution to 601-391-6645; or

~https://giving.parishsoft.com/app/giving/stjosephgluckstadt for on-line giving. 

We continue to be very grateful for your support of our parish!!!

God bless,

Pam

Tuesday of Fifth Week of Easter  

First Reading:  Acts 14:19-28 

In those days, some Jews from Antioch and Iconium arrived and won over the crowds.  They stoned Paul and dragged him out of the city, supposing that he was dead. But when the disciples gathered around him, he got up and entered the city.  On the following day he left with Barnabas for Derbe. After they had proclaimed the good news to that city and made a considerable number of disciples, they returned to Lystra and to Iconium and to Antioch. They strengthened the spirits of the disciples and exhorted them to persevere in the faith, saying, “It is necessary for us to undergo many hardships to enter the Kingdom of God.” They appointed presbyters for them in each Church and, with prayer and fasting, commended them to the Lord in whom they had put their faith. Then they traveled through Pisidia and reached Pamphylia. After proclaiming the word at Perga they went down to Attalia. From there they sailed to Antioch, where they had been commended to the grace of God for the work they had now accomplished. And when they arrived, they called the Church together and reported what God had done with them
and how he had opened the door of faith to the Gentiles. Then they spent no little time with the disciples.  

Responsorial Psalm:  Ps 145:10-11, 12-13, 21 

R. Your friends make known, O Lord, the glorious splendor of your kingdom.
Let all your works give you thanks, O LORD,
and let your faithful ones bless you.
Let them discourse of the glory of your kingdom
and speak of your might.
R.    Your friends make known, O Lord, the glorious splendor of your kingdom.
Making known to men your might
and the glorious splendor of your kingdom.
Your kingdom is a kingdom for all ages,
and your dominion endures through all generations.
R.    Your friends make known, O Lord, the glorious splendor of your kingdom.
May my mouth speak the praise of the LORD,
and may all flesh bless his holy name forever and ever.
R.    Your friends make known, O Lord, the glorious splendor of your kingdom.
 

Gospel:  John 14:27-31 

Jesus said to his disciples:
“Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you. Not as the world gives do I give it to you. Do not let your hearts be troubled or afraid. You heard me tell you, ‘I am going away and I will come back to you.’ If you loved me, you would rejoice that I am going to the Father;
for the Father is greater than I. And now I have told you this before it happens, so that when it happens you may believe. I will no longer speak much with you, for the ruler of the world is coming. He has no power over me, but the world must know that I love the Father and that I do just as the Father has commanded me.”  

Homily

“I will no longer speak much with you, for the ruler of the world is coming.” John 14: 27-31a 

Make no mistake: the ruler of the world is already here – and pretty much in charge. 

And the most destructive, dangerous aspect of his “rule” is how he manipulates us. 

The “ruler” that Jesus warns us of is that self-centeredness that makes us put our own interests and wants before that of others. 

The “ruler” that Jesus knows too well is the attitude that our perspective, our sense of morality, our culture and nationality and race are superior to that of others. 

The “ruler” that is the antithesis of Jesus’ spirit of compassion and justice is the source of division and discord among our families and communities. 

The “ruler” of the world is in our midst here and now. Through some kindness or offering of forgiveness, by some act of generosity or humility, may we begin to bring that rule to an end. 

Lord Jesus, let your peace rule our days. May we confront the “rule” of arrogance and selfishness dictated by the world by embracing your spirit of reconciliation and compassion. Help us to take up your cross with the sure and certain hope that it can be the means of resurrection and new life for a world entombed in fear and despair. 

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.