March 21 – 4:45 Weekend Liturgy (St. Joseph Church, Hillsborough)


good evening and a special welcome to
all of you celebrating with us online today we celebrate the fourth Sunday of
Lent our celebrant today is father Hank our leader of song today is Chris our
lectures are Suzanne and me Mary Beth guy is serving as sacristans
this mass is being offered for the repose of the souls of Harry and Elsie
Jackson Nick de Scipio and Linda thank you for turning off your cell phones in the name of the Father and of the Son
and of the Holy Spirit the Lord be with you
morning after morning he wakened my ears to hear as disciples do morning after
morning he wakens my ears to hear as disciples do our Lenten theme not
canceled we continue to go with the son days of Lent recalling that God wakens
our ears God helps us to hear as disciples hear and so three weeks ago it
was about hearing those competing voices in our hearts and our souls call him the
angels the competing angels who want some to point us in the self-destructive
path and the good angels who want to point us toward Christ’s peace last two
weeks ago it was about hearing the hero stories in a way that listen must be
realistic about our heroes in the faith but let’s also be sympathetic let’s be
realistic about Abraham Peter John and James but let’s also be sympathetic
about what they were up against last week it was about listening as a
disciple would listen to others crabbiness sometimes and trying to get
to the bottom of all what are they really asking for and this week it’s
about hearing with the ears of a disciple to hear the Lord’s reassuring
voice that says of course you can do this and by the way that gospel was
planned and these readings were planned long before we knew anything about a
pandemic it’s just it’s a wonderful gift from God to have these readings today
that remind us of course you can do this the story behind the story in the first
reading of Samuel he is scared out of his wits when the Lord sends him down to
anoint David and Jesus has to overcome some pretty significant stuff as does
the man born blind who comes to faith in Christ
sometimes when the going gets really tough we do tend to maybe not pay so
much attention to that voice that says of course you can do this I’m with you
of course you can be at peace and for the ways in which we don’t listen to
that voice and for the ways in which we indulge
the invitations of those troubling and troubled spirits we acknowledge our sin
we entrust ourselves to God’s mercy as we pray you were sent to heal the
contrite of heart lord have mercy you came to call sinners Christ have mercy
you are seated at the right hand of the Father to intercede for us lord have
mercy may Almighty God have mercy on us
forgive us our sins and bring us to the everlasting life
let us pray Lord our God by your help we beseech you may we walk eagerly in that
same charity with which out of love for the world
your son handed himself over to death through our Lord Jesus Christ your son
who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit one God for
ever and ever a reading from the first book of Samuel
the Lord said to Samuel fill your horn with oil and be on your way I am sending
you to Jesse of Bethlehem for I have chosen my king from among his sons as
Jesse and his sons came to the sacrifice samuel looked at Eliab and thought
surely the Lord’s anointed is here before him but the Lord said to Samuel
do not judge from his appearance or from his lofty stature because I have
rejected him not as man sees does God see because man sees the appearance but
the Lord looks into the heart in the same way
Jesse presented seven sons before Samuel but Samuel said to Jesse the Lord has
not chosen any one of these then Samuel asked Jesse are these all
all the sons you have Jesse replied there is still the youngest who is
tending the Sheep Samuel said to Jesse send for him
we will not begin the sacrificial banquet until he arrives here Jesse sent
and had the young man brought to them he was ruddy a youth handsome to behold
and making a splendid appearance the Lord said there anoint him
for this is the one then Samuel with the Horn of oil in hand anointed David in
the presence of his brothers and from that day on the Spirit of the Lord
rushed upon David the word of the Lord thanks be to God Shepherd me O God beyond my wants beyond
my fears from death into life Shepherd me O God beyond my wants beyond my fears
from death into life God is my shepherd so nothing shall I want I rest in the meadows of faithfulness and love I walk by the quiet waters of peace Shepherd me O God beyond yones beyond my
fears from death into life gently erase me and heal my weary soul
you lead me by pathways of righteousness and truth my spirit shall sing the music
of your name Shepherd me O God beyond yones beyond my
fears from death into life though why should one have a valley of death I fear
no evil for you are at my side your rod and your staff my comfort and
my woe Shepherd me O God beyond my wants beyond my fears from death into life. a reading from the letter of Saint Paul
to the Ephesians brothers and sisters you were once
darkness but now you are light in the Lord live as children of light for light
produces every kind of goodness and righteousness and truth try to learn
what is pleasing to the Lord take no part in the fruitless works of darkness
rather expose them for it is shameful even to mention the things done by them
in secret but everything exposed by the light becomes visible for everything
that becomes visible is light therefore it says awake o sleeper and arise from
the dead and Christ will give you light the word of the Lord Jesus Christ King
of endless glory I am the light of the world says the Lord whoever follows me
will have the light of Life praise to You Lord Jesus Christ King the Lord be with you
a reading from the holy Gospel according to John as Jesus passed by he saw a man
blind from birth he spat on the ground and made clay with the saliva he smeared
the clay on the man’s eyes and said to him go wash in the pool of Siloam which
means sent so he went and washed and came back a belabour ‘s and those who
had seen him earlier as a beggar said isn’t this the one who used to sit and
beg some said it is but others said no he just looks like him he said I am they
brought the one who was once blind to the Pharisees now Jesus had made clay
and opened his eyes on a Sabbath so when the Pharisees also asked him how he was
able to see he said to them he put clay on my eyes and I washed and
now I can see so some of the Pharisees said this man is not from God because he
does not keep the Sabbath but others said how can a sinful man do such signs
and there was a division among them so they said to the blind man again what do
you have to say about him since he opened your eyes he said he is a prophet
they answered and said to him you were born totally in sin and you are trying
to teach us then they threw him out when Jesus heard they had thrown him out he
found him and he said to him do you believe in the Son of Man he answered
and said who is he sir that I may believe in him jesus said to him you
have seen him the one speaking with you is he he said I do believe Lord and he
worshiped him the gospel of the Lord praise to You Lord Jesus Christ so let’s
go back maybe to a few other situations personally and community that have shook
us up but we did okay the first one in my recollection being the age I am but I
think 44 now 45 not was the Cuban Missile Crisis and some of you were old
enough to recall the Cuban Missile Crisis and I found the Cuban Missile
Crisis to be pretty disturbing I was in the first grade at the time and when
they explained to us they drew really graphic pictures of okay here’s and
here’s Cuba and here’s the missiles and here’s New York and here’s our hometown
and so they’re gonna do this and then the this big wall of fire is gonna come
and knock this school over or whatever it was going to do and so you know so
many of us what was the answer to the Cuban Missile Crisis instead of having
to get vaporized what were you supposed to do right dive under the desks there
was a big help but even at age six I figured I don’t know if this is a really
big deal this is a really good idea and I kind of hit the panic button
and I went running out of the room and down the hall and the one person I
wanted to see in the whole school was the person my brother Marc who’s three
kids up from me went to Notre Dame but he’s a great guy so I found him in the
basement of the school the school only had a teeny little basement like a
boiler room kind of a situation it didn’t go into the whole school just
in one place and I ran over to him I said something you notice my hysterical
and he said don’t worry don’t worry it’s gonna be okay you
get to stay inside he said a lot of these kids get their mother’s make him
walk home once the bombs start to fall and I thought What did he say and it was
true if you live close enough to the school when the air rage signal went off
you’re supposed to run out the school door and head for home before so I
thought well this is great this is great at least I get to stay in school and
somehow that little reminder of his I mean those people who had to walk and
run out of the school are still paying the price and they’re paying it dearly
but there is something about that that you can stay calm Hank you can you can
deal with this thing you can negotiate whatever comes through that window or
whatever anticipation you have you can deal with this thing of course you can
do this was the voice of course you can do this you can be at peace and you can
keep your wits about you several years later when it was time to make the
Spiritual Exercises ok and the idea of heading into the month of silence was a
little bit scary all of a sudden I know that everybody did it everybody who went
through the Spiritual Exercises as the Jesuit novice you know they they
generally made it not too many people killed over during the exercises and I
remember being really uptight about that and talking to the cook in the house and
I said I don’t know if I can really you know deal with this silence for 30 days
I know God blah blah blah and he and his very sort of down-to-earth way said ah
you’re not gonna have a problem he said some of these people have really big
mouths they never shut up he said some of these guys were inoculated with the
phonograph needle he said you don’t have that problem you’re gonna be able to
handle it and suddenly it was of course he can do this thing of course he can do
this thing and as I’ve mentioned to you before so years after that 12 years
after being a novice it was time to be ordained and I remember thinking gosh
when you think about the truth of what the sacrament is and and the Eucharist
and and and the power the ability the grace to forgive sins and that the the
ministry of anointing was sick and the whole thing I just was overwhelmed by it
and I remember Rose the famous Rose of our household saying you know are you
ready to go and I said I don’t know all of a sudden you know a week before I’m
thinking I I’m not the right guy just that momentary cold feet thing that you
said you know remember the Lord’s call only takes you where the Lord’s grace
can hold you another version of of course you can do this thing of course
you can do this thing you can do it and you can be at peace and you can love it
it’s great friends I’d ask you to notice the way in which that calm voice the
true and the trusted voice is the voice that says of course you can do this and
what’s the this that we face today that this is to be at peace in the days of
pandemic of course you can do this everybody in the readings today had to
come to terms with a scary situation and they heard that voice of the Lord say of
course you can do this the first reading today comes from 1
Samuel 16 remember the whole story of Samuel is the original king of Israel as
King Saul Samuel is the Prophet who anoints King
Saul and then Saul gets himself in a big bit of trouble in Chapter 15 of 1st
Samuel so it’s all has been anointed king and then the Lord sends him off to
the Amalekites and the Lord gives him some pretty brutal orders about what to
do when he encounters the Amalekites enthrall doesn’t obey and should all
have been a big hit and a big favorite but Saul does not obey the Lord when it
comes to the Amalekites and so forth Saul falls from favor from God and then
Saul the Lord says to Samuel Saul’s out I need for you to go down and anoint one
of Jesse’s sons in Bethlehem now Samuel gets that order and says
you’ve got to be kidding me Lord if Saul finds out that I’ve betrayed him and I’m
going to anoint somebody else he’s gonna have my head on a plate electric who
wouldn’t said that that didn’t have until John the Baptist but you get the
idea right Saul is not going to take kindly to the idea of me going to anoint
his substitute he does not want that to happen and the Lord says to Samuel in
his own way to Samuel of course you can do this you can do it and you can do it
right and you can hold your head high you can do a great job of this Samuel
and here’s how we’re going to work it out and the Lord gave them some specific
guidance go down and tell them you’re there to do this and
figure it out and it’s exactly what happened and we get to the point where
we here at the end of the reading today that Samuel went ahead and anointed
David and David became the king of Israel and yeah it worked
of course Samuel had his doubts but he anointed David and it all worked out I’d
ask you to notice the situation in the gospel today we hear from the 9th
chapter of John’s Gospel the whole chapter is devoted to the story of the
man born blind and the cure of the man born blind but right before this in
chapter 8 Jesus runs into some pretty serious
resistance chapter 8 starts off with the woman caught in adultery and Jesus
challenges everybody who’s around in a circle and they’re there they’re
breathing fire and they want to kill this poor woman right and Jesus gets
right up in their face and says remember anybody who hasn’t committed their sin
let them throw the first stone anybody who’s here sinless okay anybody
here and there’s the old joke about the stone came flying out he said not you
mother I wasn’t talking to you but he really made some serious enemies that
morning and the story goes on about he was telling people who he was with the
with he’s the light of the world and he’s got this special relation to
Abraham and they didn’t want to hear it and it got to the point where they
wanted to stone him they were picking up rocks by the time you get to the end of
chapter 8 they’re picking up rocks to throw at Jesus Jesus Christ true God and
true man Jesus Christ who said to his father please let not you know let this
cup pass for me but not my will be done Jesus Christ who experienced fear and
intimidation he’s one of us and so he goes from all that in chapter 8 right
into chapter 9 and he sees the man born blind and his heart is moved with
compassion and he doesn’t even ask the guy what you want me to do for you he
just sends the guy to the pool of Siloam with the mud on his eyes and then of
course the resistance kicks in but can you imagine Jesus going from all that
resistance in all that trouble into another situation where he has to do
something heal on the Sabbath and can you imagine the voice of the Father –
speaking in Jesus’s Sacred Heart insane Jesus of
course you can do this it’s not going to go over big but of course you can do it
but even more poignant Lee perhaps and visibly as the story of the man himself
the man who was born blind whom Jesus cured he’s cured people resist him
people want to beat him up people want to challenge him people want to do all
those things it’s no good and they finally confront him and they call him
the sinner and they try to shake the discipleship out of him they try to
squeeze the discipleship out of him but he doesn’t cave it is as if the voice of
Christ is saying to him you know newly healed man man born blind new disciple
you can do this you can be at peace and be my disciple you don’t have to fear of
course you can do this of course you can withstand whatever pressure is coming in
your direction inside or outside you can do this thing and he fell down and
worshiped despite all the all the pressure to go haywire you notice it in
every story today it’s the story of someone someone who had to hear that
voice that said of course you can do this absolutely you can do this and that
this for us this week in the pandemic of course you can be at peace of course you
can be at peace despite the Malstrom of course you can
experience his calm despite the storm and let’s just let’s just admit it
situations like this make each one of us a hypochondriac but a hypochondriac of a
different story right so some people right now our financial hypochondriacs
right you get this big dip okay and the 401k mine I don’t know about yours my
401k has turned into about a 101 instead of a 401k right it’s gone it’s that’s so
I get the information so uh well yeah it’s good okay let me buy a lot of cat
food or tuna fish whatever it is now it really lasts me for the long haul calm
you don’t don’t worry about it and of course the markets gonna come back it
always does you know want to be presumptuous about
but it always does so we could be financial hypochondriacs we we could be
emotional hypochondriacs I’m never going to be able to withstand this thing it’s
too much for me I can’t stand the isolation I’m gonna break no you’re not
no you’re not right listen to that voice that says to you of course you can do
this thing you can stay calm you can experience his peace
despite the Maelstrom could also be physical hypochondria right oh my gosh I
got the thing on my forehead I’m probably gonna die no that’s a mosquito
bite stay calm right the dark side as it says in the Spiritual Exercises remember
the dark side wants to quote beset us with wild and fallacious reasoning that
deprived us of peace and prevent our progress in the Lord
repeat the privacy of peace and prevent our progress in the Lord and these
little bouts of hypochondria in the face of a big unknown tried and true method
it is as if the devil wants us to buy that old thing that what’s the adage ah
when in trouble when in when in trouble when in doubt run in circles scream and
shout that’ll get us really far down the road won’t it Jesus is saying just the
opposite but I want to challenge you one more time
what’s that way in which the devil wants to make you a hypochondriac at this
moment what’s that one thing with the Lord they’re saying don’t listen for it
with the devil the dark side your subconscious your Jungian whatever it is
is saying over interpret that one piece of data get to thinking this is the end
of the world and you can’t be at peace there’s no way you can be at peace
unless you’re completely delusional right because this is going to happen no
no no this is the way the Lord works throughout salvation history of course
you can do this of course you can do this of course you can be at peace and
be even more at peace than you’ve been before the dark side wants us to keep
alone keep us alone with our hypochondria
of various sorts so what’s yours what’s that number one thing on your list right
now it rattles your cage and following the first rule for the discernment of
spirits are you telling somebody about it can you joke about it can you say I
don’t know man this coronavirus has me crazy I think my head’s gonna blow up
with my foots gonna fall off well good as soon as you say it you got the dark
side on the run in every generation the spirit says to us of course you can do
this the circumstances shake our faith the more that we understand our
hypochondria is of all all forms the better we’ll be able to be to fight them
he’s saying that to you right now of course you can be at peace what might
get in the way of that and who are you talking to let’s stand for the profession of faith
and today we’ll use the Apostles Creed I believe in God the Father Almighty
Creator of heaven and earth and in Jesus Christ His only Son our Lord he was
conceived by the Holy Spirit and born of the Virgin Mary suffered under Pontius
Pilate was crucified died and was buried he descended into hell on the third day
he rose again from the dead he ascended into heaven and is seated at the right
hand of God the Father Almighty from there he will come to judge the living
and the dead I believe in the Holy Spirit the Holy Catholic Church the
communion of saints the forgiveness of sins the resurrection of the body and
life everlasting amen and knowing that God wants to hear our prayers we bring
those prayers to God now for all human beings everywhere that they will
experience God’s peace despite the pandemic we pray Lord hear our prayer
for all Christians that we will hear Christ’s voice remind us that we can
experience his peace despite the Maelstrom his calm despite the storm
we pray Lord hear our prayer for all Catholics especially Pope
Francis Bishop checky o all members of st. Joe’s parish and all who are tuning
in by video that we will help each other to hear Jesus telling us of course you
can be at peace in this moment we pray Lord hear our prayer
for all people around the world who have been stricken by the virus and for all
who seek recovery from addiction illness and injury especially Joseph Greer Ryan
Tracy shocked Tracy DeHaven Linda Ross Patrick Moore Chrissie Hensler Betty
Rancic Emmet Ferreira Donna Carter Herbert Hank
Paulette noretti Helen Campbell and Jeff Scott
we pray Lord hear our prayer for all who have died especially the
victims of the coronavirus and for Al Wand husband of Susan wand for June
Riley mother of John Riley for Edward Edward
Celeste key brother of Barbara Mellet and for Steven Poltarak brother of
Chris Poltarak we pray Lord for Harry and Elsie Jackson who are especially
remembered at this mass for Nick Desibbio who’s especially remembered at
this mass and for Linda Michalek who is especially remembered at this mass we
pray Lord hear our prayer for all medical professionals who are
helping people for God’s blessings on those trying to produce a super
abundance of test kits for god’s richest blessings on those who are developing a
cure for god’s richest blessings on those developing a vaccine and for an
inspired flattening of the curb we pray Lord hear our prayer for all our attentions and those written
in the book of intentions we pray Lord hear our prayer and again we tie our
prayer for the medical workers for the test kits for the cure for the vaccine
and for the flattening of the curve we tie that as we all together pray the
memory remember almost gracious Virgin Mary that never was it known that anyone
who fled to the eye protection implored thy help or sought the intercessions was
left unaided inspired by this same confidence we fly unto the Virgin of
virgins our mother to you do we cry before you we stand sinful and sorrowful
Oh mother of the word incarnate despise not our petitions but in night Clemmons
here and answer us a men and we pray the three rounds of the parish Jesus prayer
Lord Jesus Christ living son of the Living God help me to trust more than
ever that you are loving us right now Lord Jesus Christ living son of the
Living God helped me to trust more than ever that you are loving us right now
Lord Jesus Christ living son of the Living God helped me to trust more than
ever that you are loving us right now pray friends that our sacrifice may be
acceptable to God the Almighty father Almighty God hear us and having
instilled in your servants the teachings of the Christian faith graciously purify
them by the working of this sacrifice we ask this through Christ our Lord
the Lord be with you lift up your hearts let us give thanks to the Lord our God
it is truly right and just our duty and our salvation always and everywhere to
thank you Lord Holy Father Almighty and eternal God through Christ our Lord
for as true man he wept for Lazarus his friend and as eternal God he raised him
from the tomb just as taking pity on the human race he leads us by sacred
mysteries to new life through him the hosts of angels adores your Majesty and
rejoices in your presence forever may our voices blend with theirs in one
chorus of exultant praise as we acclaim holy holy holy Lord God of hosts heaven
and earth are full of your glory hosanna in the highest
blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord hosanna in the highest Lord you are holy indeed the fount of
all holiness make holy therefore these gifts we pray by sending down your
spirit upon them like the dewfall so that they may become for us the body and
the blood of our Lord Jesus Christ at the time he was betrayed and entered
willingly into his passion he took bread and giving thanks he broke it he gave it
to his disciples and he said take this all of you and eat of it for this is my
body it will be given up for you in a similar way when supper was ended
he took the chalice and once more giving thanks he gave it to his disciples and
he said take this all of you and drink from it for this is the chalice of my
blood it is the blood of the new and eternal covenant it will be poured out
for you and for the many for the forgiveness of sins do this in memory of
me the mystery of faith save us savior of
the world for by your cross and resurrection you have set us free
therefore as we celebrate the memorial of his death and resurrection we offer
you Lord the bread of life and the chalice of salvation we thank you
because you have held us worthy to be in your presence and minister to you humbly
we pray that partaking of the body and the blood of Christ we may be gathered
into one by the Holy Spirit Lord remember your church spread throughout
the world bring her to the fullness of charity together with Francis our Pope
James our Bishop and all the clergy remember your servant Harry and Elise
Nick and Linda whom you have called from this world
to yourself grant that they who have been United with your son in death may
be one with him in the resurrection remember all of our brothers and sisters
who have fallen asleep in the hope of the Resurrection and all who have died
in your mercy please welcome them into the light of your face have mercy on us
we pray that with the Blessed Virgin Mary Mother of God with Saint Joseph the
apostles Saint Isaac Saint Albert the Great Saint Pius the tenth st. Aloysius
Gonzaga and all the saints who have pleased you throughout the ages we may
merit to be co-heirs to eternal life and we may praise and glorify you through
your son Jesus Christ for it is through him and with him and in him O God
Almighty father in the unity of the Holy Spirit
all glory all honor is yours forever and ever
aiming at the Savior’s command and formed by divine teaching we dare to
pray our Father who art in heaven hallowed be thy name
thy kingdom come thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven give us this
day our daily bread and forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who
trespass against us and lead us not into temptation but deliver us from evil
deliver us Lord we pray from every evil graciously grant peace in our days that
by the help of your mercy we may be always free from sin and safe from all
distress as we await the Blessed hope and the coming of our Savior Jesus
Christ for the kingdom the power and the glory
are yours now and forever Lord Jesus Christ you said to your apostles peace I
leave you my peace I give you please don’t look on our sins look
instead on the faith of your church and graciously grant her peace and unity in
accordance with your will who live and reign for ever and ever the Peace of the
Lord be with you always we offer each other a sign of Christ’s
peace and folks at home give each other a good sign of peace okay Lamb of God
you take away the sins of the world have mercy on us
Lamb of God you take away the sins of the world have mercy on us
Lamb of God you take away the sins of the world grant us peace may this
mingling of the body and blood of our Lord Jesus Christ bring eternal life to
us who receive it Lord Jesus Christ with faith in your love and faith in your
mercy we eat your body we drink your blood let it not bring us condemnation
but health in mind and in body behold the lamb of God behold him who
takes away the sin of the world blessed are those who are called to the
supper of the Lamb lord I am not worthy that you should
enter under my roof but only say the word and my soul shall be healed
may the body of Christ bring us to the everlasting life may the blood of Christ bring us to the
everlasting life one treasure in earthen vessels light has shone in our torque
nervous God has shown in our heart with the light of the glory of Jesus the law Please join in an act of spiritual communion my
Jesus I believe my Jesus I believe that you are present in the Most Blessed
Sacrament that you are present in the Most Blessed Sacrament I love you above
all things I love you above all things and I desire to receive you into my soul
and I desire to receive you into my soul since I cannot now receive you
sacramentally since I cannot now receive you sacramentally come at least
spiritually into my heart into my heart I embrace you as if you are already here
I embrace you as if you are already here and unite myself wholly to you and unite
myself wholly to you never permit me to be separated from you never permit me to
be separated from you amen in this week’s bulletin please notice
the news about just a reminder all instructional and recreational events
have been canceled until further notice these include all CCD programs youth
ministry prayer camp caregivers morning of recollection children’s Liturgy of
the word ministry recruiting sages Becca’s friends blue storm banquets
Knights of Columbus Columbia and prayer shawl ministry all forms of public
prayer are canceled we are streaming daily masses and weekend masses you will
also be able to pray the rosary with our usual 8:00 a.m. rosary group the bishops
annual appeal in pew weekend has been postponed our weekly bulletins are
posted on our website the Columbia are looking for a high school girl to
nominate for the student good citizen award see the bulletin for more details
Milly Bijas is in our catechist spotlight this week read about her in
our bulletin also please notice the news about the average weekly collection from
December through February things CCD folks the the game is on we’re gonna get
500 cards together for the people in the nursing homes so check out all the
information that Mrs. Mackiw and Mr. Jungles sent home just this week make
sure you got that going on it’s going to be fun and then next week we’ll start
the thing for the little kids remember little kid’s baptism – First Communion
kids first communion confirmation big kids confirmation until they start
paying taxes right so we’re gonna have the little kids thing going on next week
and that’s gonna be for you to write a picture but we’re gonna tell you what
it’s about next week also everybody please make it possible encourage other
people to get the news to get the email bulletins it’s really
important that’s the way we share the good news these days and if you have if
you’re connected to someone who doesn’t have a computer could you please figure
out a way to make sure you share the email news with them especially when it
comes to the mass just call them up stick your phone in front of their
computer speaker and play it away okay just one shoutout today today the date
of today is March 21st 3 21 you know what special day that is in the
world national Down syndrome day yes it is national Down syndrome day and it’s a
heartbreak because Jason our server at 4:45 and Christopher our money basket
mover at 4:45 are both guys with Down syndrome and we had a lot of people from
Gigi’s Playhouse all lined up for the big party last week but we’re gonna stay
an extra prayer for Jason and for Christopher and for anybody out there
with Down syndrome and that the world will really be the kind of world that’s
worthy of them we pray hail Mary full of grace the Lord is with thee blessed art
thou among women and blessed is the fruit of thy womb jesus holy mary mother
of god pray for us sinners now and at the hour of our death amen Our Lady of
the way. Pray for us. Saint Joseph, pray for us and Saint Jude pray for us. Jason I didn’t
spill a single bit of wine here on the altar we’re gonna get the camera to come
up later on so you don’t have to worry and Christopher there’s no collection so
don’t worry you didn’t lose your job okay everything’s good. Morning after
morning he wakens my ears to hear as a disciple hears right morning after
morning he wakens my ears and his disciples we hear the calm steady voice
of Jesus Christ say you can do this where this is you can be at peace right
now take some deliberate effort and you got to beware in this corner we have
peace in this corner we have all those forms of hypochondria right and the Lord
is always calling us to that deeper peace just like you did for Samuel just
like the father does for the son just like the son does for the man born blind
always calling us to that deeper peace and saying you can get there so we
believe it and we recognize this is what might get
in the way and the dark side leaps up and blows that hypochondria bomb up in
my face huh makes me worried about something that doesn’t deserve to worry
morning after morning he wakens my ear to hear his disciples do to hear his
calm steady affirming voice let us pray Almighty God we pray that we may always
be counted among the members of Christ in whose body and blood we have
communion who lives and reigns with you for ever and ever
the Lord be with you may Almighty God bless you the Father the Son and the
Holy Spirit the mass is ended we go in peace to know to love and to serve the
Lord. Now remember it’s a minor venial sinnot to get out in this kind of weather while we have it.

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