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The artist, Benjamin West, explains how his career as a successful and important painter began. When he was still a boy, his mother went out on an errand and left him in charge of his little sister, Sally. It was then that young Benjamin discovered several bottles of his mother’s colored ink. He opened the bottles and proceeded to create Sally’s portrait.
Before long, a big mess had developed, with ink spilled everywhere. And when Ben heard his mother arriving back home, fearing the worst, he hid himself in a dark corner under the stairs. Ben’s mother looked at the awful mess and said nothing.
Then, with Sally’s portrait in hand she looked for Ben. When she found him in his hiding place, she glanced at the portrait and said, “Why it’s Sally!” And then she kissed Ben. “And ever since that day,” said Benjamin West, “my mother’s encouraging kiss, in the dark made me a painter.”
What a lovely story of encouragement and love — and most of us wish we could be like that as a parent as well as a disciple of Christ. Sometimes in our own life we tried to do good like the young Benjamin, but instead of getting encouraged we end up being put down or chastised.
I want you to look around in our PARISH and our COMMUNITY as an experiment and list down how often do you encouraged and how often you chastised, or how often do you build and how often you tear down people. After a month of this listing you will know what person you are. Are you a builder or are you a person that “tears down.”
It is ironic that whenever hear such story, as of young Benjamin, it lifts up our spirit, does it not? Why, then don’t people do that?
Just a note of gratitude for those who cleaned and put away the Christmas decoration, you are just quite an angel!
Peace and Blessings!
The Last Supper painted by Benjamin West, American painter 1738-1820. Commissioned by George III and presented by him in 1786 to Saint George’s Chapel, Windsor. Detroit Institute of the Arts.v
Liturgical Music Corner by our Music Director, Rebecca Brown
Jan 18, Second Sunday in Ordinary Time
Entrance antiphon: “All the earth shall bow down before you, O God, and shall sing to your name, O Most High!”
Today we hear God calling to Samuel, who answers, “Speak, for your servant is listening”. In today’s Gospel, Andrew takes his brother Simon to see Jesus, saying, “We have found the Messiah”. Jesus renames him “Cephas”, which means “Peter”. Peter became our first Pope in a long line of popes which is unbroken to this day, Let us not be afraid to respond to the call of Jesus to spread the good news throughout all the earth!
Songs for the 9 am Mass:
Processional Hymn: All the Ends of the Earth (BB #554)
Psalm 40: Here I am, Lord, I come to do your will.
Preparation of the Gifts: Here I Am, Lord (BB # 378 )
Communion Song: Speak Lord (BB # 603 )
Recessional Song: Sent Forth By God’s Blessing (BB #385 )
BB = Breaking Bread SS = Song sheets
Today we return to Ordinary Time until Ash Wednesday, which falls on Feb. 18th. There are many beautiful songs in the new Breaking Bread hymnals. We are looking forward to introducing them and praying / singing them together!