#MyMassTakeaway: The Good Shepherd

Today’s the 16th Sunday in Ordinary Time.

Find the Mass Readings here: 16th Sunday in Ordinary Time, July 22, 2018

My takeaway:

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#MyMassTakeaway – the Good Shepherd. Sometimes I feel overwhelmed by the responsibilities of motherhood. I'm the one who has to do all the scheduling, all the planning, all the prep. A lot falls on my shoulders. And I feel like I have to have it all together. I feel like if something goes wrong, I must have failed at my job. But today's Gospel readings remind me: the Lord is my Shepherd. He is guarding me. Watching over me. I'm under His constant care and protection. Life doesn't run by my schedule, it runs by God's. Life doesn't follow my plans, it follows God's perfect plans. And no matter how hard I prep, life will still catch me by surprise. But that's okay, because Jesus is there. He will guide me when I don't know the way. He will pick me up when I fall. He will rescue me when I go astray. He will protect me when trouble strikes. The burden falls off my shoulders. I don't have to be perfect. I don't have to have it all together. My faults are not failures. They're just a chance to turn back to Him. A reminder to entrust myself to His loving care. Today I let go of my anxiety and my doubt. I let go of my fear. I set down my burdens and I surrender myself to Jesus. I let Him take charge of my plans, my schedule, my family, my heart. He's got this. He is good. He is my Shepherd. #catholicsonline #Catholicinspiration #mycatholiclife #catholicmoms #momsofinstagram #momlife #thegoodshepherd

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Thoughts from my blogging friends:

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Growing up, I loathed when my mom would come to wake me up for church. I hated it even more than her waking me up for school. I'd find any excuse to try and talk her into letting me stay home. During that time, if one of my favorite singers or bands had been in town on a Sunday for me to see, I'd have jumped out of bed with gusto. I probably would have set an alarm. In fact, I would have waited in line for a favorite musician or actor/actress. But, to go spend an hour with Christ was pure torture. ✝️ Today, I look around and see that it's nothing for us to wait in line for some material item (Build-A-Bear, anyone) or to wait for hours in line to meet some Disney character at Disneyland. We'll wake up on a Sunday at the crack of dawn to head to a football stadium to watch our team. We'll camp out and wait for days or hours to get into some new movie or a favorite band. But, going to church and spending time with Christ….meh. ✝️ I've mentioned this several times, but in 2015 my family attended the World Meeting of Families. On Sunday, you had to wait in these massively long lines to get into the area for outdoor Mass. There were literally a million Catholics there, so we were all packed in like cattle. As we stood in this long line, everyone around me was happy. No one was grumbling about having to wait in line or that they were having to go to Mass. People were singing, meeting new people from all over the world, and enjoying the moment. It was beautiful. We were going to spend time with Christ and we were not going to miss it. ✝️ Today, in the Gospel we read about how Jesus and the Apostles try to go off to a "deserted place and rest awhile." Yet, when people found out Jesus was around "they hastened there on foot from all the towns and arrived at the place before them." They just wanted to be with Christ. They were drawn to Him and being with Him was the most important thing. ✝️ In every Catholic Church, Christ is literally present in the Eucharist. We get to go be with Him. I pray that we always hasten to go be with Him. I pray that He is more important to us than any sport's team, famous person, or material item. ✝️ Have a blessed Sunday!

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