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Parish Daily Update 6/3/21

Dear Parish Family,

“Even when alone be cheerful, remember always that you are in the sight of the angels.”  

~St. Therese of Lisieux

FIRST FRIDAY:  Tomorrow is the First Friday of the month.  We will have Mass, followed by Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament, beginning at 5:30.

SUNDAY MASS:  As you come to Mass this Sunday and going forward, we will no longer have ushers seating you! A huge thank you goes out to those men and women who have given their time over the past year to help find seats for everyone!!!   While I understand that everyone loves “their” place in the church, PLEASE be aware of the need for everyone to find a seat without having to climb over those who are hugging the aisles.  If possible, please scoot over to allow others to be safely seated.  Also, be aware of the 3-foot social distance we are still required to maintain.  (As a guide, for most people, from your nose to the fingertips of your outstretched arm is approx. 3 ft.)  Thank you all for your cooperation and for your care and concern for your fellow St. Joseph Parish family members — Let’s continue to take care of each other!!

SUNDAY MASS OBLIGATION:  Please remember that Bishop Kopacz is lifting the Dispensation from the Sunday Mass Obligation beginning this coming Sunday.  Once again, all Catholics in good health are Obligated to attend Mass every Sunday.  As usual, if you are sick, immune compromised, or fearful of returning to a Sunday Mass, you have the option of staying home or attending a daily Mass on Wednesday at 5:30 p.m. to fulfill your Sunday obligation.  If you need to discuss your particular situation, please feel free to call me!

DAILY EMAILS:  As we are well into our “return to normal,” this will be the last week of daily emails.  Going forward, we will send one email a week, which will normally come on Wednesdays, and which will include parish information along with the readings and Father Kevin’s homily for the upcoming Sunday. 

GOOD SAMARITAN DRIVE:  On Sunday, June 13, the KCs and Ladies Auxiliary will be sponsoring a drive to benefit the Good Samaritan Center.  The Good Samaritan Center is an organization which collects furniture, household goods, decorative items, linens, and non-perishable food items and donates them to people in need.  (Please do NOT bring clothing items!)  If you have any of these items you would like to donate, please bring them to the church, room 107, on Sunday, June 13. 

God bless,

Pam

Friday of the Ninth Week in Ordinary Time  

First Reading:  Tobit 11:5-17 

Anna sat watching the road by which her son was to come. When she saw him coming, she exclaimed to his father, “Tobit, your son is coming, and the man who traveled with him!” 

Raphael said to Tobiah before he reached his father: “I am certain that his eyes will be opened.
Smear the fish gall on them. This medicine will make the cataracts shrink and peel off from his eyes; then your father will again be able to see the light of day.” Then Anna ran up to her son, threw her arms around him, and said to him, “Now that I have seen you again, son, I am ready to die!” And she sobbed aloud. Tobit got up and stumbled out through the courtyard gate.
Tobiah went up to him with the fish gall in his hand, and holding him firmly, blew into his eyes.
“Courage, father,” he said. Next he smeared the medicine on his eyes, and it made them smart.
Then, beginning at the corners of Tobit’s eyes, Tobiah used both hands to peel off the cataracts. 

When Tobit saw his son, he threw his arms around him and wept. He exclaimed, “I can see you, son, the light of my eyes!” Then he said: “Blessed be God, and praised be his great name, and blessed be all his holy angels. May his holy name be praised throughout all the ages, because it was he who scourged me, and it is he who has had mercy on me. Behold, I now see my son Tobiah!” Then Tobit went back in, rejoicing and praising God with full voice for everything that had happened. Tobiah told his father that the Lord God had granted him a successful journey;
that he had brought back the money; and that he had married Raguel’s daughter Sarah, who would arrive shortly, for she was approaching the gate of Nineveh. Tobit and Anna rejoiced 
and went out to the gate of Nineveh to meet their daughter-in-law. When the people of Nineveh saw Tobit walking along briskly, with no one leading him by the hand, they were amazed.
Before them all Tobit proclaimed how God had mercifully restored sight to his eyes.
When Tobit reached Sarah, the wife of his son Tobiah, he greeted her: “Welcome, my daughter!
Blessed be your God for bringing you to us, daughter! Blessed is your father, and blessed is my son Tobiah, and blessed are you, daughter! Welcome to your home with blessing and joy.
Come in, daughter!” That day there was joy for all the Jews who lived in Nineveh. 

Responsorial Psalm:  Ps 146:1-2, 6-7, 8-9, 9-10 

R. Praise the Lord, my soul!
Praise the LORD, O my soul;
I will praise the LORD all my life;
I will sing praise to my God while I live. 
R. Praise the Lord, my soul!
The LORD keeps faith forever,
secures justice for the oppressed,
gives food to the hungry.
The LORD sets captives free.
R. Praise the Lord, my soul!
The LORD gives sight to the blind.
The LORD raises up those who are bowed down;
the LORD loves the just.
The LORD protects strangers.
R. Praise the Lord, my soul!
The fatherless and the widow he sustains,
but the way of the wicked he thwarts
The LORD shall reign forever,
your God, O Zion, through all generations! Alleluia.
R. Praise the Lord, my soul!
 

Gospel:  Mark 12:35-37 

As Jesus was teaching in the temple area he said, “How do the scribes claim that the Christ is the son of David? David himself, inspired by the Holy Spirit, said: The Lord said to my lord, ‘Sit at my right hand until I place your enemies under your feet.’  

David himself calls him ‘lord’; so how is he, his son?”
The great crowd heard this with delight. 

Homily 

“How do the scribes claim that the Christ is the Son of David?”Mark 12:35-37 

The Jews of Jesus’ time believed that the Messiah would be a descendant of the legendary King David; they expected the Messiah to restore the nation of Israel and the Jews’ political and economic fortunes. Jesus cites Psalm 110, attributed to David himself, in which God promises that he will save David and his people from their enemies. 

Jesus does not deny the scribes’ claim that the Messiah will descend from David – but Jesus’ Messiahship has a deeper and more profound purpose than political and military power. Jesus comes to establish a reign of peace and compassion, of justice and reconciliation that is centered in human hearts and the human spirit. From the Gospel we embrace in our souls, we are able to bring that Kingdom to light in our own time and place. 

So let’s keep in mind what we are saying when we call Jesus the “Messiah.” Jesus does not come to make our lives easier or grant our personal dreams and wishes – he comes to enable us to realize God’s Kingdom of reconciliation and peace here and now. It’s hard work – but work worthy of Christ and those who seek to follow him. 

Establish your rule, O God, in our hearts and spirits, so that we may realize your Kingdom of peace through our own works of reconciliation and justice. May we redeem our fallen world and heal our broken humanity by our living the Gospel of your Christ, the Messiah. 

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.