From The Font
“Jesus came home with his disciples…”
Jesus came home? I thought He did not have a home? Wasn’t that a major part of His whole message when He called the disciples?
Jesus, the man, certainly did not raise a family and He did not own land or buildings. But Jesus, Mary’s baby boy, was always welcome in the cabin behind the carpenter shop where Jesus grew up. And this is the context for the today’s incident of Mary and her step-children arriving home after running errands and finding their house overrun with Jesus and a couple hundred onlookers. The residents of the house send word through the crowd that they’d like to put away the groceries and maybe take their shoes off, thank you very much…
When Jesus hears that his family is outside, His reply is really neat. He says that those who do the will of God are my siblings and my mother. He doesn’t say “my father,” just my siblings and my mother.
We have to remember that Jesus had several cousins and he had at least two step brothers. In Koine Greek - the Greek of the Gospels - the word ἀδελφός (adelphos) implies any close blood relation of the same generation. So a half-brother, step-sister or a second-cousin living in the same home are all referred to in the same way. If there was a real need to distinguish, an author would have to say something like “Bob’s sister, the child of his mother and her first husband Jim” or “Mike’s brother, the child of Dave and Sarah, his mother’s sister.”
What we see in our Gospel today is a rare glimpse into the way that Jesus’ ministry affected His family’s life. It wasn’t easy for them. This certainly wasn’t the only time Jesus came by for a visit. But this is what a visit meant for them. Imagine one of your close relatives becoming very, very famous. Imagine trying to put on some sweats and going out to the grocery store and finding a hundred photographers in the front yard. Your famous relative might be used to it - but how jarring would that be!
I love that St. Mark (who was closely connected with St. Peter) included this little insight into the daily life of Jesus’ nuclear family.
Thoughts from Fr. Ryan
The Third Commandment is to keep holy the Lord’s Day. For the Jews, that meant keeping the whole list of rules regarding the Sabbath. For us Christians, it’s not about rest on the Sabbath (which is Saturday), but about honoring the Lord’s Resurrection on Sunday.
We keep holy the Lord’s Day when we worship Him in Spirit and in Truth at Sunday Mass. Pope St. John Paul II wrote an incredible Apostolic Letter called Dies Domini on the topic of the Lord’s Day. He reminds the Church vigorously that every Sunday is Easter Sunday. Every Sunday we recall that This is the day which the Lord has made: let us rejoice and be glad in it (Ps 118:24). Every Sunday, “reflects the astonishment which came over the women who, having seen the crucifixion of Christ, found the tomb empty when they went there very early on the first day after the Sabbath (Mk 16:2).” Every Sunday is “an invitation to relive in some way the experience of the two disciples of Emmaeus, who felt their hearts burn within them as the Risen One walked with them on the road, explaining the Scriptures and revealing himself in the breaking of the bread (cf. Lk 24:32,35).” Every Sunday “echoes the joy — at first uncertain and then overwhelming — which the Apostles experienced on the evening of that same day, when they were visited by the Risen Jesus and received the gift of his peace and of his Spirit (cf. Jn 20:19-23).”
Our Pope-Saint says “Sunday is a day which is at the very heart of the Christian life. From the beginning of my Pontificate, I have not ceased to repeat: Do not be afraid! Open, open wide the doors to Christ! In the same way, today I would strongly urge everyone to rediscover Sunday: Do not be afraid to give your time to Christ! Yes, let us open our time to Christ, that he may cast light upon it and give it direction. He is the One who knows the secret of time and the secret of eternity, and he gives us "his day" as an ever new gift of his love. The rediscovery of this day is a grace which we must implore, not only so that we may live the demands of faith to the full, but also so that we may respond concretely to the deepest human yearnings. Time given to Christ is never time lost, but is rather time gained, so that our relationships and indeed our whole life may become more profoundly human.”
I am so personally convicted and challenged by Pope St. John Paul’s challenge: Do not be afraid to give your time to the Lord! I have to admit that I fail in this. I think to myself “I could pray but I NEED to read\write\study\exercise\whatever.” But do I need to do those things more than pray? If I have 16 hours of consciousness in a given day, do I really have so much to do that I can’t give an hour or two or more to prayer, spiritual exercises and works of mercy? It’s a powerful challenge!!
This is why failing to attend Holy Mass on Sunday is a grave sin and something we should make every reasonable effort to avoid. It’s not about jumping through hoops - it’s about the Church reminding us to keep our priorities in order - even when we’re tempted to think that giving God our time won’t pay off as we’d like!
Calendar of Events
- Confessions every Fri & Sat from 5p until Mass at 5:30p and on Sun from 9a until 9:30a Mass
- Pastoral Council meeting monthly on the third Tuesday after the 5:30p Mass
- Altar Society meeting every other month on the second Tuesday after the 5:30p Mass
- Sunday Morning Catechism in the Hall after the 9:30a Mass unless otherwise indicated
- June 16 - Saturday Mass 6pm
- June 23 - Saturday Mass 6pm
Our Return to the Lord
- Weekly Budget FY 2017-18 $1,917
- May Budget $7,668
- May Income $6,010
- May Expenses $8,766
- June Budget $7,668
- Collection June 2/3 $3,705
- June Income to Date $3,705
Stewardship Adam and Eve were banished from the Garden because of their disobedience. But Jesus says in today’s Gospel that when we are obedient to God's will--when we use our gifts to serve one another--we become part of His family. “Whoever does the will of God is brother and sister and mother to me.”
Mass Schedule & Intentions for the Coming Week
- Sat 5:30p In memory of Paul VanderVieren/family
- Sun 9:30a Pro Populo for the Living & Dead members of our Parish
- Mon No Mass
- Tue 5:30p In memory of May DiTomasso
- Wed 9:00a In memory of Inez and C.B. DeMoss/family Olive Branch
- Thu 5:30p In memory of Joe Scurria/Harris
- Fri 5:30p In memory of Thomas Trichell (birth)/family
- Sat 5:30p In memory of Father Ferre (birth)/Magoun
- Sun 9:30a Pro Populo for the Living & Dead members of our Parish Family
Altar Candles this week are provided by Margo Corulla
Assistants at Holy Mass
- 6/9 5:30p
- Lector: A Farlow
- EMHCs: P & M Gilfoil
- 6/10 9:30a
- Servers: P Collins & C Wood
- Lector: A Oliver
- EMHCs: N & M Ernst
- 6/16 5:30p
- Lector: C VanderVieren
- EMHCs: M Rome & L Bullard
- 6/17 9:30a
- Servers: C Sullivan & H Ellerbee
- Lector: W Sullivan & EL Marsh
- EMHCs: B Smith & K Collins
- 6/23 5:30p
- Lector: MA Gilfoil
- EMHCs: A Farlow & A Keene
- 6/24 9:30a
- Servers: W Sullivan & A Collins
- Lector: K Collins
- EMHCs: N & M Ernst
Let us Rejoice in the Lord!
Happy Birthday MaryKathryn Book (June 13), Emily Ginn (June 14), Connie Copes (June 15), Margaret Gilfoil (June 16)
In Our Daily Prayers…
Our Holy Father Pope Francis and Pope-Emeritus Benedict XVI; our Bishop David Talley and Bishop-Emeritus Ronald Herzog. Our President, our Governor, our Mayor and our national, state and local elected representatives, our family and friends
Our parishioners who are sick, shut-in, or otherwise in need of our prayers: Pat Bullard, Connie Copes, Margo Corulla, Elizabeth Crothers, Susan Gilfoil, Bill Kennedy, Becky and Michael Lancaster, Dale and Louise Magoun, Kathleen Mills, Sue and Mike Rome, and Delia Trichell
Those under full-time care: Billy Hodge, Frances Kennedy, Andrew Lombardo, Sue Scurria. Jim Farrell of Vicksburg, Consuelo Marsh of Lake Providence, Jean Cantrell, Marie Cedotal, Geneva Russell
Our friends and relatives who need our prayers: Lee Adams (Smith), Ashley Weimer Alexander (Regan), Jenna Faye Allen (Florence), Margaret Baker (Magoun), Marie Farlow Bellard, Hattie Brown (Lancaster), Jerry Bullard, Colton Bullock (Farlow), Richard Chappuis (Johnson), Kay Collins, Jackie Daniels (Lancaster), Vickie Dichiara (Hodge), Carol Dipert (Rome), Ainslee and Jared Duff, Reba Duncan, Joe Farlow, Mike Farlow, Charles Michael Finlayson, JoAnn Phillips Finn (Hodge), Thom Gilfoil, Kathy Garley Hanlon (Gilfoil), Cooper Harris (R Wood), Bo Holloway, Jamie and Cindy Howington, Diane Johnson (Johnson), Ben Lenhart (G Marsh), LaLa Lopez (Hernandez), Michelle McGuire (Gilfoil), Mathieu family in Delhi (Wilks), Tobie McKowen (Wilks), Keith Melancon (Regan), Tucker Melancon (Johnson), Lindsay Mills,Jessica Montpelier (A Ginn), Wanda Murphy (Terry), Debbie Pettis (Rome), Sam and Betty Phillips (Hodge), Wayne Pitre (Gilfoil), Lee, Tiffney & Bailey Rome, Dianne W. Roper (Murphy), Linda Sanchez (Wilks), Andy Sevier, Beverly Sibile (Gilfoil), Elaine and James Trimble (Rome), Teresa Vidrine (Wilks), Conner and Hudson Wood (nephews of Bart)
Our collegiates: Norman Ernst, Anna Ginn, Matt Hall, Nick Hall, Chris Hall, Kathleen Oliver, Maddie Oliver, Blake Sullivan, Lori Sullivan, Brice Wood Those Catholics residing at Christian Acres, Louisiana Transitional Center for Women, and our local Detention Centers and for their families and loved ones.
PLEASE LET US KNOW OF ANYONE WHO IS ILL OR HOSPITALIZED OR WOULD LIKE TO RECEIVE A VISIT.
PLEASE HELP US TO UP-DATE OUR PRAYER LIST BY ADVISING US OF ANYONE WHO SHOULD BE REMOVED FROM THE PRAYER LIST.