Billy Sunday, the Chicago Cub baseball player turned evangelist, made it a practice to pray for specific people in a city where he was going to conduct a campaign. Before going to Columbus, Ohio, he wrote his customary letter to the mayor requesting list of the names of people in that city who were in need of special prayers. The mayor responded by sending him the city telephone book. The mayor perceived rightly that everybody needs prayer.
We know that prayer is important, but many times we go through the motions of praying and nothing important seems to happen. And we tend to get discouraged —or we give up altogether.
Repeatedly in the gospel we find references to the Lord Jesus at prayer. Often, after a long account of something Jesus did or said, the Gospel writer inserts a note about how He withdrew from the crowds so that He might pray. Before He chose the disciples, Jesus needed to be alone at prayer. In the upper-room with His disciples, on the last night of His life, Jesus needed to be at prayer. In the Garden of Gethsemane and on the Cross —from the first day of His ministry to the last —Jesus needed to be at prayer.
I notice when I visit or attend any ministry in the church, whether it’s Knights of Columbus, Eucharistic ministry, pastoral meeting etc., I often ask to pray the start of the meeting, but when the meeting starts and there are big decisions or there is a heated conversation no one pauses to pray for clarification or wisdom. Each of the members tends to solve the issue in his own self-centered way — his own selfish way that would benefit him. And the meeting becomes a whining session. Most of you know this if you have been to any meetings whether in church or civic meetings. What did Jesus do in any situation when there are big issues or clarification needed to be addressed? Yes, he prayed! Why don’t the disciples of Christ in church do that as a habit?
Peace and Blessings!
Liturgical Music Corner by our Music Director, Rebecca Brown
Feb. 8, Fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time
The book of Job is difficult to get through. After all, I don’t know if I would have the same faith as Job if I were tested in the same way! Still, Job continued to trust in God through it all. In today’s Gospel, we see Jesus healing many people and exorcising possessed people. He shows his power over demons and thus all creation. No matter what happens, let us remember that God is in charge: “In every age, O God, you have been our refuge”; and He will come to our aid with healing, wholeness, joy, and ultimately eternal life, if we only believe in Him!
Songs for the 9 am Mass:
Processional Hymn: All the Ends of the Earth (BB #554)
The new Gloria:
Psalm 147: Praise the Lord, who heals the brokenhearted.
Preparation of the Gifts: In Every Age (BB # 469 )
Communion Song: In This Place (BB # 308 )
Recessional Song: Come Let Us Sing With Joy to the Lord (SS) The Feast of St. Blaise was Feb 3 but we had the ritual today after the 9:00 AM mass.
BB = Breaking Bread SS = Song sheets
Today we are introducing the beautiful song, “In Every Age”, which speaks of the constancy of God and eternal life promised in the Bible.
Ordinary Time continues until Ash Wednesday, which falls on Feb. 18th.
Note from volunteer Irene Deem: The series CATHOLICISM continues at St. Hubert’s Hall on Thursdays at 10:30 AM. Please RSVP at (707) 486-9683. The DVD also has Spanish audio. Episode 4 is about Mary and features extensive coverage of Our Lady of Guadalupe. A light lunch is served.
Thank you to our choir for the beautiful music at 9:00 AM mass today.
For our online visitors, here are the words to “In Every Age” (taken from BREAKING BREAD, #469)
Long before the mountains came to be
and the land and sea and stars of the night
through the endless seasons of all time,
you have always been.
In every age, O God, you have been our refuge.
In every age, O God, you have been our hope.
Destiny is cast, and at your silent word
we return to dust and scatter to the wind.
A thosand years are like single moment gone,
as the light that fades at the end of the day.
Teach us to make use of the time we have
Teach us to be patient even as we wait.
Teach us to embrace our every joy and pain.
To sleep peacefully, and to rise up strong.
Wishing everyone a peaceful, blessed Sunday! Stay dry!