#MyMassTakeaway: To Whom Shall We Go

Today’s the 21st Sunday in Ordinary Time.

Find the Mass Readings here: 21st Sunday in Ordinary Time, Month day, year

My takeaway:

I loved my pastor’s homily about marriage today.

He started with St. Paul’s words from the second reading, and put all the Theology of the Body essentials out there.

But I especially loved a story he shared about the sacrificial love of an old married couple.

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#MyMassTakeaway – Marriage! I wanted to stand up and high five our pastor and shout "Amen!" during the homily today. He took the second reading and ran with it. He talked about holy marriages, the unitive and procreative ends of sex, why we don't use contraception, the heart of being pro-life… Everything!!! And then he tied it into Christ's love for us in the Eucharist. It was the perfect homily. He also told the perfrct story to go with and that's what I wanted to share with you today. A married couple was celebrating their 45th wedding anniversary. For 45 years, whenever the husband opened up a new loaf of rye bread to make their morning toast, he would give his wife the end piece. On their 45th anniversary, the husband opened up the loaf of bread, pulled out the end piece and gave it to his wife. She gave it back to him and said, "You know, I've been eating the end piece for 45 years and I don't really even like the end piece. You have it." And he said, "Gladly! The end piece is my favorite piece." And they made that sacrifice for each other for 45 years!!! 😭😭😭 Today, resolve to make the small daily sacrifices that keep your marriage alive. ❤

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Featured Five Takeaways:


Kate shares with real honesty today.

She didn’t want to go to Mass. But she was reminded to keep her eyes on Christ – that we only sink when we look our way.

And I’m thankful to her for sharing that reminder with us, to help us through this difficult season in the Catholic Church.

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I didn't want to go to Mass today. A few years back, that wouldn't be a big deal. When did I ever want to go to Mass? But as I've grown in my faith, I've also grown in my love for the Mass. The beauty, the tradition, the readings from Scripture, the Eucharist, and the inevitable joy after wards have made the Mass something I genuinely enjoy and look forward to. Last Wednesday, I struggled, and last Sunday was even more difficult, but I knew that Christ was the answer. I've been angry. I've been sad. I've been bitter. But I've also been prayerful and hopeful. Last night, though, when I read the news about Pope Francis, it was like that final push. To learn that the cover-ups and enabling of abusers could go as high as our pope was what really caused me to question why I was Catholic. Do I really believe everything the Church teaches? Do I really trust the Church and her goodness despite the corruption? Do I really trust Christ's promise that the gates of Hell will not prevail over His Church? And my answer is yes. And today, as I sat in the pew despite not really wanting to be there, I realized that the things I love about the Mass are also what can heal us. The priest at the parish we visited reminded us that we must keep our eyes on Christ. The second we look away, we will begin to sink. We can't look away from the scandals. We must keep our eyes on Christ. We have to push through the storm. And when we do that, Christ will heal His Church. #MyMassTakeaway with @tojesussincerely #faith #CatholicChurch #PopeFrancis #Mass #CatholicsofInstagram #CatholicsOnline

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Emily is sharing her struggles with us too.

The verse that brought her comfort is, “As for me and my house, we will serve the Lord.”

Like Emily, I have taken comfort in the fact that I can focus on our domestic church. My household can be a place where we seek to serve the Lord with our whole hearts.

We can make a difference in the Church beginning in our own homes.

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"To whom shall we go?" Whether or not it's true or not, the news regarding the Pope this morning (let alone everything from the past few weeks) crushed me. I knelt in the pews before the tabernacle this morning at Mass, wondering what to do. I'd never leave the Catholic faith, but I honestly don't know how we go from here. I looked at the tabernacle and the only thing I could think was "To whom shall we go?" Whatever may come, Jesus is the only place to go. The disciples knew it, and I do too. And then that very line was proclaimed in the Gospel. #godincidence And that is why, I still say, along with Joshua in today's first reading, "As for me and my house (and my business, life, and heart), we will serve the Lord." (Sign by @littlerabbitsignco) #MyMassTakeaway #asformeandmyhouse #asformeandmyhousewewillservethelord #towhomshallwego #jesusistheway #thewaythetruththelife #catholic #heretostay #sackclothandashes #catholicsonline #zeliecreates #bissisterhood #gloriam #gloriammarketing #amdg #forhisgreaterglory

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Andrea shared this verse, and I’m so thankful she did.

When doubts are cast on the head of the Church, we can stand strong – because Christ is the true head of the Church.

We don’t leave because of fallen priests, bishops, or even popes.

We stay because of Jesus and the Truth he gives us.


“Are you shocked?” Amy reminds us of Jesus’ words.

The Catholic Church isn’t some feel-good church where you can decide to believe whatever you want.

It’s got the hard and true teachings of Jesus Christ.

Amy reminds us to “never lessen the shock value.”

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“Are you shocked?” Jesus asks this question of his disciples. So much of what Christ says is contrary to how we humans think. So much of what He says is difficult because He challenges us and asks us to go against the grain of the world. He tells us to take up our crosses and follow Him. He asks us to sacrifice. He tells us that following Him can leave us hated. Yet, we live in a time when everyone tries to strip away the hard parts of Christ’s teachings. Christianity’s been watered down to make it easy to accept. Everyone has their own nice version that asks nothing of us really. It’s become bland and anything but shocking. The saints, though. They lived Christ’s path fully and their lives shock us because they are magnificent testimonies to a life lived for God. They went against the grain. They waged war with evil. Their lives were not pampered or easy-going. They picked up their crosses and didn’t conform the Faith to their beliefs; they conformed their lives to Christ. Many have left Christ and chosen to follow their own brand of Christianity because they can’t handle what Christ offers to us. We have modern day disciples who leave Him saying “This saying is hard; who can accept it? I think I’ve got my own ideas about how Christianity should go.” Christ is shocking. His teachings are shocking. May we never try to lessen His shock value. Have a blessed Sunday, Pilgrims.

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Admittedly, Leah didn’t use the hashtag BUT her Mass reflection struck a chord with me today.

She shared these three steps the Church gives us, that can help us find a way to respond in this time of crisis.

“The entire Church needs a big ol’ dose of self awareness followed by deep conversion of heart and mind in order to be in Mission with Christ Jesus.”

This helped me re-center myself, and find clarity and direction in the midst of all the high emotions.

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Are you hurting from the current Church crisis? Are you scared of what the future holds for Catholics? . We must remember that Christ suffers with us. HE has been betrayed. While He remained faithful, some of His shepherds did not. And this is not the first time, nor will it be the last. . So, how do we respond? How do we make sense of this? . At the moment, all I can do is unite myself to Christ Crucified and remember the words of Pope Paul VI. The Church gave itself and all its faithful (clergy included) a clear path in Ecclesiam Suam: . 1. Self Awareness 2. Renewal/Metanoia 3. Mission/Dialogue . The entire Church (Pope, Cardinals, Bishops, Priests, Deacons, Sisters, laity and everyone in between) needs a big ol’ dose of self awareness followed by deep conversion of heart and mind in order to be in Mission with Christ Jesus. . While it hurts to witness the Church and it’s members suffer, it is necessary (not the sins/abuse, but the truth of it coming to light). We must bring all corruption into the light. We must not be afraid to admit fault and we must brave the storm ahead. . Because, “Master, to whom shall we go? You have the words of eternal life” (John 6) . I encourage you to unite your sadness, concern, anger, disgust, frustration, confusion and suffering to the Crucified Christ — Who will “make all things new” (Rev. 21:5).

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Your turn:

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.

One thought on “#MyMassTakeaway: To Whom Shall We Go

  1. We all have to remember that everyone in the church including priests, bishops etc. are human and as such sinners.I’m not conning what’s happened. It’s a terrible scan dell.
    But like Peter said ‘To whom shall we go?’ Christ is the way, truth and the light. Only in the Catholic Church can we receive the true Body and Blood of Jesus which I believe is one of the most important things of the Catholic Church.


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