05/11 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 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 “Whom Shall I Fear” 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
FEAR OF THE LORD

Fear of the Lord is a sense of awe in the divine presence and causes us to fear separation from His love. After the miraculous catch of fish, Jesus calls Peter to be a member of his Band of Brothers. In awe, Peter falls to his knees and exclaims, “Depart from me, for I am a sinful man, O Lord.”(Luke 5:8) Peter’s fear of the Lord is endearing but imperfect, in need of purification over his entire life.

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Corporal Works of Mercy
GIVE DRINK TO THE THIRSTY

Many of our brothers and sisters in Christ do not have access to clean water and suffer from the lack of this basic necessity. We should support the efforts of those working towards greater accessibility of this essential resource.

  • We take it for granted that we have access to clean water. Donate. . . to help build wells for water for those in need
  • Organize a group of children involved on a sports team (e.g. soccer) or a summer camp. Invite them to collect bottled water to distribute at a shelter for families. If parents can be involved, ask them to accompany their children in delivering the water to the families.
  • Do the same for youth and young adult groups.
  • Make an effort not to waste water. Remembering to turn off the water faucet when you are brushing your teeth or washing dishes can help, especially in regions suffering from drought.

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Spiritual Works of Mercy
ADMONISH THE SINNERS

Do not judge, but be supportive in helping others find their way and correct their mistakes. Together we can learn to walk more closely with Christ.

  • In humility we must strive to create a culture that does not accept sin, while realizing that we all fall at times
  • Don’t judge, but guide others towards the path of salvation (see Mt 7:1-2)
  • When you correct someone, don’t be arrogant. We are all in need of God’s loving correction.
  • We should journey together to a deeper understanding of our shared faith
  • “Remove the wooden beam from your eye first; then you will see clearly to remove the splinter from your brother’s eye” (Mt 7:5)

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Revisiting Lent

Readings: 

Acts 6:8-15; John 6:22-29

Scripture:

“Do not work for food that perishes but for the food that endures for eternal life, which the Son of Man will give you.” (John 6:27)

Reflection:

We all have to work for food that perishes, so today’s Gospel can be a little unsettling to those of us bringing home a paycheck to keep the pantry full and the lights on. But there’s a difference between working to live and living to work, and I think that may be at the heart of Jesus’ message today: Do we put our faith in earthly things we can buy? Have we made an idol of our job, our car, our specialty foods that can be bought only in certain stores? Or do we understand that those things are nice, but they are not important?

I was heading to a retreat house recently to spend two days in solitude and silence. I packed up a cooler bag with all my meals so I would not have to break the quietude of the hermit suite I’d been assigned. I was about forty-five minutes into my drive when I realized I left that cooler bag by the garage door. I had no food, and there would be no meals available. At first, I erupted in frustration, cursing my stupidity. But then God knocked some sense into me. This could be an opportunity. I could make due with whatever was available and live like a true hermit rather than a well-fed suburbanite. I ate a stale granola bar for lunch and popcorn for dinner. I found some dry cereal in the retreat center kitchen and a packet of peanut butter. My stomach growled now and then, but I was full on a deeper level, on a level that could not perish even if my cooler did.

Meditation:

Take a look at how you spend your time, your money, your energy. Can you let some of the “perishables” drop away – maybe too much time on social media, too much money spent on clothes, too much energy spent on gaining prestige. Although we tend to think of fasting as something reserved for Lent, there is benefit to it any time of the year. During the Easter season, can you revisit your Lenten promises and see if they could prove to be life-giving even now?

Prayer:

God of all creation, you have filled this world with beauty and wonder that we too often ignore and neglect. Give us eyes to see what is life-giving and a heart that chooses wisely.


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