4/27 Easter 2020 Monday Motivation


Because we are unable to gather in person, we have decided to continue the Monday Motivation through the Easter Octave.  We hope that you are enjoying these weekly motivations and find them valuable in your own personal faith journey.

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Digital Opportunities:

Digital Broadcast Mass:

Wednesday: 10:00 am

Sunday: 9:00 am

Church is closed and locked during these broadcasts.  Please participate by watching live on Facebook.  Click the Facebook Live Faith logo above to easily find the videos.

Sacrament of Reconciliation this week:

Tuesday: 7-8 pm

Saturday: 3:30-4:30 pm

Private reconciliations are available in person.  Please enter into the parish commons and space yourself 6 feet apart from each other.

Church is OPEN for private prayer.

The church office is open for private prayer in front of Christ in the tabernacle every day.

Monday , Thursday & Friday  9 am – 4 pm

Tuesday 9 am-8 pm

Wednesday 11 am-4 pm

Saturday  3 pm – 6 pm

Sunday  10 am – 1 pm


Song Suggestion

This week’s song suggestion is “I Will Rise” by Chris Tomlin

Take time to listen to this song.  How is it speaking to you?

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Gifts of the Holy Spirit
WISDOM

The gift of Wisdom illumines the mind and instills an attraction to the divine. But our spiritual attention deficit disorder easily distracts us. The Israelites, impatient for the return of Moses from the Mount, turned away from God and worshiped a golden calf. Even the fleeting work of human hands can distract us – and the distractions today are more sophisticated than ever.

Years before he received a cardinal’s hat, the great Carlo Caffarra accompanied a priest friend to New York City. He was awestruck by the skyscrapers: “How is it possible for a man to have faith with such magnificence?” Alas, as we know since 9/11, even those towers can collapse. The gift of wisdom remains – and is necessary to keep us focused on the Prize.

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Corporal Works of Mercy VISIT THE SICK

Those who are sick are often forgotten or avoided. In spite of their illness, these individuals still have much to offer to those who take the time to visit and comfort them.

  • Give blood
  • Spend time volunteering at a nursing home – Get creative and make use of your talents (e.g. sing, read, paint, call Bingo, etc.)!
  • Take time on a Saturday to stop and visit with an elderly neighbor.
  • Offer to assist caregivers of chronically sick family members on a one-time or periodic basis. Give caregivers time off from their caregiving responsibilities so they can rest, complete personal chores, or enjoy a relaxing break.
  • Next time you make a meal that can be easily frozen, make a double batch and give it to a family in your parish who has a sick loved one.

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Spiritual Works of Mercy

COMFORT THE SORROWFUL

Be open to listening and comforting those who are dealing with grief. Even if we aren’t sure of the right words to say, our presence can make a big difference.

  • Lend a listening ear to those going through a tough time
  • Make a home cooked meal for a friend who is facing a difficult time
  • Write a letter or send a card to someone who is suffering
  • A few moments of your day may make a lifetime of difference to someone who is going through a difficult time


Tested by Fire

Poust, Mary DeTurris. Rejoice and Be Glad 2020: Daily Reflections for Easter to Pentecost. Liturgical Press, 2020.


Readings: Acts 2:42-47; 1 Pet 1:3-9; John 20:19-31

Scripture:

Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who in his great mercy gave us a new birth to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead. (1 Pet 1:3)

Reflection:

Suffering and mercy, doubt and faith are front and center in today’s readings, from Thomas’ infamous moment in the upper room, to Peter’s warning of the trials that will come to test the faith of Jesus’ followers, to the Gospel that offers us a glimpse of the forgiveness that is ours through the sacrament of reconciliation. One week after Easter, the lilies still vibrant, the joy still sweet, and already we have returned to themes that make us a little uncomfortable. Can’t we revel in this resurrection celebration a little while longer before talking about suffering and trials?

That’s seeing the Easter news with worldly eyes, eyes that look away at the first hint of difficulty and discomfort, strain and struggle. We want faith to bring us a peace that promises ease and calm, but if the cross teaches us anything it’s that ease is not the way of a disciple. And, really, when you think about it, how many truly worthwhile things in your life were easy to attain? None, I’m guessing. This journey through life will take us high and low, through fields of flowers and deserts of scorched earth. But always Jesus is with us, offering the cooling waters of forgiveness, renewal, mercy, and hope. On this Divine Mercy Sunday, let us ponder the image of Jesus with water and blood pouring from his wounded side and know in our souls that his suffering washes us clean and offers salvation, and say with confidence, “Jesus, I trust in you.”

Meditation:

We all have a little Thomas in us. No matter how strong our faith, there’s a piece of us that harbors a sliver of doubt, especially when things take a turn for the worse or some trial makes us wonder. Poor Thomas gets a bad rap for his doubt, but can you blame him? Believing that Jesus was back from the dead was too good to be true. We’ve probably known that feeling, hearing something through the grapevine and thinking, “I’ll believe it when I see it.” Jesus reminds us today that being able to believe without seeing is a gift. Today, renew your trust in Jesus’ promise.

Prayer:

God of mercy, we trust in your goodness, even when our human hearts are overcome by the shadow of doubt. Give us faith that requires no proof, that withstands any test.


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