06/01 Easter 2020 Monday Motivation

This will be the final Monday Motivation for the 2020 Easter Season.  This week we Celebrated the Feast of Pentecost.  Pentecost is when the Holy Spirit descended upon the Apostles. 

It takes its name form the fact that it comes about fifty days after Easter. The name was originally given to the Jewish Feast of Weeks, which fell in the fiftieth day after Passover, when the first fruits of the corn harvest were offered to the Lord (Deuteronomy 16:9), and later on the giving of the law to Moses was celebrated. 

In the early Church, Pentecost meant the whole period from Easter to Pentecost Sunday, during which no fasting was allowed, prayer was only made standing, and Alleluia was sung more often.

Song Suggestion

This week’s song suggestion is “Fullness” by Elevation Worship

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

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Gifts of the Holy Spirit
COUNSEL

The gift of Counsel perfects the virtue of prudence in us, illuminating the will of God in particular circumstances.   Jesus teaches, “If you love me, you will keep my commandments.” (John 14:15)  But in many situations, it’s challenging to apply His laws: burning questions of war, immigration, or even simple matters such as whether to work late again tonight and miss the family meal.  We need to ask the Holy Spirit to inflame the gift of counsel to fortify our prudence.

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Corporal Works of Mercy
FEED THE HUNGRY

There are many people in this world who go without food.  When so much of our food goes to waste, consider how good stewardship practices of your own food habits can benefit others who do not have those same resources.

  • Having delicious food at Thanksgiving or Christmas dinner? Donate to a Thanksgiving or Christmas food drive so everyone can have something to eat.
  • Research, identify and contribute financially to organizations that serve the hungry.
  • The next time you make a recipe that can be easily frozen, make a double batch and donate one to your local food pantry or soup kitchen.  
  • Try not to purchase more food than you are able to eat. If you notice that you end up throwing groceries away each week, purchasing less groceries would eliminate waste and allow you to donate the savings to those in need.

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Spiritual Works of Mercy
COUNSEL THE DOUBTFUL

COUNSELING THE DOUBTFUL

Everyone has moments of doubt in their faith journey.  Nevertheless, we should always remember that Christ is the Way, the Truth, and the Life and turn to him along our way. 

  • Listen to counsel and receive instruction, that you may eventually become wise” (Prov 19:20) 
  • The Cross of Christ “the foolishness of God is wiser than human wisdom, and the weakness of God is stronger than human strength” (1 Cor 1:25) 
  • Has someone asked you for advice? Orient your response to Christ, who is the Way, the Truth, and the Life 
  • Follow Christ with the witness of your life so that others may see God’s love revealed in your actions 
  • Accompany a friend who is struggling with believing to join a parish group for service or faith formation, share a book you found useful in dealing with your friend’s faith concern, and worship at Sunday Mass

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Altered Reality

Readings:
Acts 13:26-33; John 14:1-6

Scripture:

“Do not let your hearts be troubled.” (John 14:1)

Reflection:
We live in troubled times, so it’s really no surprise that we often find our hearts troubled.  For some of us the trouble is right now, right here – an illness, a job loss, a marriage failing, a child in crisis.  For others of us the trouble is in all the “What ifs.” Whether we’re looking ahead to starting a family or looking ahead to retirement, there are troubles that work their way into our minds even when they have not yet worked their way into our realities. In today’s Gospel, Jesus tells his followers not to worry. If they have faith in him, they already know how to get to where they need to go. And Thomas says what all the others were probably thinking: No, we don’t.

How often do we say we don’t know how we’re going to get through a busy week, a busy season, a rough patch of life? It threatens to overwhelm, the uncertainty of it all. Like the disciples, we wonder how we’ll do it. Yes, we have faith in God but that’s not going to pay the bills or get the next big work project done. Or is it? When we learn not to be troubled and to trust in God, we find that the problems may still be there, but they feel less burdensome, because we recognize that, ultimately, nothing on this earth can derail our joy and our faith without our consent.

Meditation:

In New Seeds of Contemplation, famed Trappist monk Thomas Merton wrote, “No despair of ours can alter the reality of things, or stain the joy of the cosmic dance which is always there.” Do you sometimes imagine that your despair or worry can alter your situation? Awake at night, staring into the darkness, we spin our wheels thinking that all that energy spent on worry is actually getting things done, but it’s doing just the opposite – wearing us out and making us less likely to be ready for whatever is ahead. Same in our spiritual life. Stop the spinning and worrying and pour all of that energy into prayer and joy and life with God and in service to others. Suddenly worry gives way to dancing, even if only on the inside.

Prayer:

Although I am often troubled, I trust in you, Jesus. Lead me to the dwelling place where there is no need to fear.


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