#MyMassTakeaway: Surprise!

Today’s the 3rd Sunday of Easter

Find the Mass Readings here: 3rd Sunday of Easter, April 15, 2018

My takeaway:

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#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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Thoughts from my blogging friends:



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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

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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

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