#MyMassTakeaway: Going Somewhere

Today’s the 4th Sunday of Easter.

Find the Mass Readings here: 4th Sunday of Easter, April 22, 2018

My takeaway:



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On Easter Sunday, I sat next to my husband and I realized I wanted to try dressing up for Mass more often. . Not that what I wore was ever irreverent or sloppy, but after years of working at a parish during Mass with the need for function over fashion, I'd gotten into the habit of throwing on whatever dress pants and sweater I could find, combing my hair, and calling it a day. Contacts and dresses were considered a waste because I'd only be a wearing them for an hour, and God didn't care. . For the past few weeks, however, I've made a conscious effort to try to put in a little more effort – wear a dress or skirt, put my contacts in, do my hair, wear different jewelry than normal. Not because God cares what I look like and not for vanity (because goodness knows I've finally gotten to the blessed time in my life where I don't care what I look like in public – one of the joys of marriage)…but because I want to put in a little bit more effort with God. I want to show Him I care and prepare to receive Him internally by making a conscious effort externally. And surprisingly, it's also added to my connection to God during Mass, by just putting in that extra effort beforehand. It helps my mind to process that this thing I do every week is special, and not just routine and mundane. It's crazy how much our mindset affects our mood. . Also, can we just celebrate the fact that I was able to go to Mass without a coat today for the first time this year?! Praise you Jesus for the spring. . . #mymasstakeaway with @tojesussincerely #mysundaybest with @rosiehill425 #sundaybest #sunday #sundayMass #Mass #catholic #catholicchurch #churchlady #catholicwoman #dressup #dressingup #sundayfunday #catholicmarketing #catholicentrepreneur #catholicmillenial #catholicprofessional #catholicmedia #catholicsonline #bissisterhood #zeliecreates #spokenbride #amdg #gloriammarketing #gloriam #forhisgreaterglory

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Letting the Good Shepherd lead was #mymasstakeaway and #LOVEthewordtakeaway. 💜 Today is Good Shepherd Sunday, and I loved every bit of the mass. We read about what has yet to be revealed to us. We glorified God and proclaimed Christ the new foundation – the stone the builders rejected – the promise fulfilled and the new covenant established on earth. We listened to Jesus reaching out in love to fold all of us into His flock. No exceptions. Everyone is welcome at His table. It was also Confirmation mass this weekend, so we got an extra side-helping of the Holy Spirit infused into the Homily, and we recalled that our Blessed Mother brought it all to fruition with her triumphant, serpent crushing YES when we sang “Be Joyful Mary” at communion. Since we felt like there weren’t nearly enough Alleluias goin’ ‘round, we belted out Alleluia #1 and we went forth to proclaim the Gospel with an exclamation of “Christ the Lord is Risen Today” and continued JOY in this halfway point of Easter. ✝️ My soul was lifted up and twirled around and carried up to heaven at His goodness. To merely say He is the Good Shepherd seems like an under-statement. My Lord, my rock, my refuge. King of kings, Lord of all, Our Alpha and Omega. Always seeking me when I am the one separated from the other 99. Because that’s how much He loves every one of us. You. Me. All of us. He can’t wait to bend down and scoop us up and lay us oh so gently across His shoulders, bearing our burdens and our self-inflicted guilt and lament of “I’m not worthy…” The Good Shepherd will always find us and carry us safely home. 💜 Alleluia! #tojesussincerely #biblestudyevangelista #catholicwomen #joy #easter #goodshepherd #weareaneasterpeopleandalleluiaisoursong #mamamary #mysoulproclaimsthegreatnessofthelord #singanewsong #makeajoyfulnoise #mysundaybest

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