Today’s the 3rd Sunday of Easter
Find the Mass Readings here: 3rd Sunday of Easter, April 15, 2018
#MyMassTakeaway . So. The disciples were walking along and the Resurrected Jesus sauntered up to hang out with them. They didn't recognize Him. Ha! They chat for a while and suddenly the disciples realize who they're talking to. . When Jesus disappears, the disciples run back to tell everyone what happened. Just as they're talking about it (and nobody is really believing them) Jesus shows up again. And they're scared! . C'mon guuuuys, you JUST saw this happen! And it still scares and surprises you? I was thinking we'd at least get a smug "I told you so." . I get it though. The same darn thing can happen over and over and surprise me every time. I give my kids a fancy glass and they spill it? Surprise. I bury my face in my phone and the kids start to fight? Surprise. I start my day with exercise and feel so much better? Surprise. I drink somethimg wayyy too sugar and crash in the afternoon? Surprise. I spend an hour in adoration and my head feels so much clearer? Surprise. I pray the Rosary and handle stress with so much more grace and virtue? Surprise. . I could go on all day. . You'd think I'd learn my lesson. You'd think experience would change my life. But I'm just so slow to get it. So were the apostles I guess. . Thank You Jesus for being infinitely patient with me. Help me move forward step by tiny step. Help me recognize the truth of Your life and Your grace. And let it change my life, so I'm not stuck in the same circle of surprise. . Amen.
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A bouquet for this lovely Sunday for #showmeyourflorals Day 7. Painting flowers and reflecting on this passage from Acts from today’s readings: “The author of life you put to death, but God raised him from the dead; of this we are witnesses.” We did and do everything wrong, and still He has boundless mercy. How beautiful is that!?! #truth #beauty #watercolorbouquet #watercolorflorals #peonies #catholicreading #biblereflection #dailymassreadings #mymasstakeaway
I look awake and alert here, I know. For the most part I am. Today, though? Not so much. We had a wedding this weekend (and another one next weekend, too!) and I'm a little…well, spent. Wiped out. Weary, even. In Mass today, at Superman's old parish, we had a homily from the parochial vicar and one from a seminarian. I listened intently to one…and fell asleep during the other one. 😮😴 The sleep wasn't deep or especially refreshing, but it was peaceful. Incidentally, the first homily spoke about peace. The priest pointed out that placing our trust in God ultimately leads to peace. I'm sure that, sitting in the front pew, seeing me fall asleep on my husband wasn't a pleasant sight, and I've been the person judging the sleeping adult in Mass before. Peace. Peace comes to us when we trust in God. Peace comes to us when we rest in Him. So, yes, I fell asleep today in Mass. I was still there, and today I brought my all to Jesus: every exhausted part of me. New policy: Instead of judging those whose behavior in Mass doesn't quite match my own expectations of what Mass standards should be, I'm going to pray that God gives them what they need in that moment. #MyMassTakeaway with To Jesus, Sincerely
In the 11 years I've been a mother taking her children to mass, I've not had anyone treat my family with disdain. . Today you broke that streak. . Yes, we came in at the second reading. We had two sensory meltdowns and one anxiety-fueled refusal. . Yes, my girls' hair needed more brushing. They bury themselves under blankets so they can sleep. . Yes, my son was active. He loves the "bwead and wiiine" and the "pweist." . I realize we may have looked ragged, and that there was motion in our pew. . Do you realize your glare was so obvious, that we aren't required to prove our holiness to you? . Why were you troubled by family? Why did questions arise in your heart? . I'm extending the benefit you didn't give my family. May the love of God be perfected in you. #mysundaybest #mymasstakeaway
Don’t you just love finding unique places when traveling? My daughter and I woke up early and found this hip little breakfast joint. I loved being surrounded by all the plants. Then we strolled down the river walk in Reno and headed to church. We attended St. Thomas Aquinas Cathedral built in 1907. It smelled of incense, coffee, and donuts. Such comforting scents. My thoughts from Mass today: Christ greets the Apostles with peace. Those who had abandoned him and left Him, He greets with forgiveness and peace. It’s the same for us. When we turn back to Him, that’s what we find, too—mercy and peace.
We had one of those miraculous days where our boys were really well-behaved during Mass. The baby even slept through most of it! And then we remembered that our priest gave them blessings before Mass. (Coincidence? We think not.) Keep bringing your kids to Mass. It’s not always easy, and you’ll probably feel like it’s useless…but it’s not. You’re planting seeds. You’re still receiving graces. And one day you’ll be able to sit through a Mass without worrying about a screaming baby, a tantrum-throwing toddler, or any other crazy scenarios. Ask God for the grace to be faithful. He sees you. “Know that the Lord does wonders for his faithful one; the Lord will hear me when I call upon him.” -from today’s Responsorial Psalm ❤️ #mymasstakeaway #mysundaybest #itsstilleaster
I want to know your Mass Takeaway too! Comment with your thoughts on the readings, your pastor’s homily, or anything that struck you during your time at Mass.