Greetings! During the month of November we remember our departed love ones. Please write the name of your family member or loved one you want to remember on the back of the “All Souls” envelope, and put it in the second collection basket.
The second collection this weekend is for Restoration and Repair funds. Thank you!
The story is told of a clever spider that managed to construct a most magnificent, beautifully patterned web — a work of art …
The web was so marvelously constructed that spiders from all over the land came to marvel at it. The web was so symmetrical that if you folded it over at the middle, the two sides would fit exactly over each other. The designs would have matched perfectly.
The spider of course, was very pleased with its creation. One morning, the creature made the usual inspection tour of the web, tightening up a knot here, loosening another there. All seemed to be in order, until the spider suddenly saw a thread it didn’t recognize. What could it be? Where did it come from? Soon the spider discovered that the thread was long but seemed useless. “Who needs it?” the spider thought. And so it bit through the thread. Whereupon the beautiful web collapsed, and the spider had a big fall. The one essential thread — the thread that held the beautifully patterned web together — the thread on which the spider’s whole world depended, had been broken — disconnected.
The Apostle Paul has written, “There are three things that last: faith, hope and love, and the greatest of these is love” (I Cor. 13:13). The Apostle Paul is telling us that the essential thread on which our whole life depends is Love — for God is Love. And oh how we so desperately need to translate that into our daily living!
It’s been said that human love can be compared to the sunshine which shines brightly on the trees of the forest. The trees sink into the earth and finally are dug up as coal. When the coal burns, it returns the light and heat that came from the sun. Like the trees which receive sunlight, the human heart receives the capacity to love from God. Then, in union with another heart, love burns, and returns again to God the love that came from Him.
In the famous novel, “The Diary of a Country Priest,” there is a moving scene in which the priest encounters a woman who is completely turned in on herself. She has been abandoned by her daughter and betrayed by her husband. Death has claimed her young son. And her heart has hardened. Beseeching her to unlock her hardened heart, the priest says, “Hell is not to love anymore.”
To tuck ourselves away in a little ego-world of our own is hellish. To deceive ourselves into believing that our own little world is the world, is hellish. To search for any kind of lasting fulfillment outside the context of “giving a drink of water” is hellish. That is a hellish life to be living. But when you break out and give of yourself in Jesus’ Name, He tells us: “I assure you, you will not go without reward.”
As a community of Christians, that is our number one priority. As a people of faith, our number one priority is to translate God’s love into everything we do. There’s no better translation than that!
Peace and Blessings!
LITURGICAL MUSIC CORNER
by our Music Director, Rebecca Brown
Nov. 1, Feast of All Saints
“Let us all rejoice in the Lord, as we celebrate the feast day in honor of all the Saints, at whose festival the Angels rejoice and praise the Son of God.”
“The saints are God’s masterpieces. He never tires of painting them in different colors…each one unique, each one reflecting some aspect of the divine reality. The saints are not simply models or people to be admired; above all, they are friends. If we have a devotion to a particular saint, we’ve found a soul companion, a spiritual guide, one upon whom we can rely personally. So find a heavenly soul-mate. Make him or her part of your prayer life.” (Bishop Robert Barron, Word on Fire) Let the power of their lives, their witness and writings open up to you!
This year we have the unusual occurrence of the Feast of All Saints falling on a Sunday.
In today’s gospel, we hear Jesus preach His well-loved and oft-quoted Sermon on the Mount, or the Beatitudes. “Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the Kingdom of heaven.” At first glance, it doesn’t seem to make sense. How can those who are poor, or in mourning, or persecuted, be “blessed”, or “happy”? Jesus is telling us that true happiness consists only in Him, and doing His will. Our songs today were chosen to remind us that we are all saints in the making, and our hope is to someday join our loved ones and all the saints and angels in heaven.
Songs for the 9 am Mass:
Gathering Song: Sing With All the Saints in Glory # 622
Gloria in excelsis Deo, gloria, gloria!
Gloria in excelsis Deo, et in terra, terra pax.
Additional words to the Gloria are found in your Breaking Bread hymnal, p. 6.
Psalm 24: Lord, this is the people that longs to see your face.
Preparation of Gifts: We Shall Rise Again (ss)
Communion: Blest Are They # 640
Recessional: Blessed Assurance, Jesus is Mine (ss)
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