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Sunday Mass of the Body and Blood of Christ from St Jude the Apostle Mission

Daily Reflection from Saint John of God Mission near Albany (Capitol Region) NY

Reflection written by Bp. Tony Green – for the Human Resources Newsletter at Ellis Medicine

I’m Starving

Festivals, family reunions, street fairs, backyard BBQ’s – These are just some of the things that we are accustom to as part of summertime.  This summer, however, life has changed; life has changed dramatically over the past few months.  So, our ability to host and participate in, what used to seem like ordinary activities, will be hampered

Surely, all of us enjoy gathering with people to have fun, laugh, sing, dance, share stories, and break bread together.  Ah, food!  In my community we say, “If you feed them they will come.”  Who doesn’t like a good potluck with Aunt Helen’s potato salad?  Whose mouth doesn’t begin to water at the smell from Uncle Bob’s BBQ on the grill?  I tend to limit my food intake before I go to a gathering where I know I will indulge in overeating.  Hence, the words “I’m starving!” that come out of my mouth when I see and smell the feast that awaits.

Humans can’t survive without food and water.  The evidence on how long a human can live without food and water is limited.  Mahatma Gandhi survived 21 days of complete starvation when he went on a hunger strike protest.  There is enough evidence, however, that we know a human can live days to weeks without food and water – and that could extend to months if there is some water intake.  So, just because I may go 4 to 6 hours without eating really does not mean “I’m starving!” – I exaggerate.

Beside being fed by the good food at those gatherings we are so accustomed to, our spirit is fed by the joy and happiness of being with other people.  During this pandemic, I’ve heard people say, “I’m starving to get out to be with friends and family.”  It’s true, our spirit can be starved, so we have to be creative so we can feed our spirit and keep it from dying.

I started a Zoom praying and sharing group with my faith community a few months ago.  It feeds my spirit because I can see people I love and care deeply for; I can hear them, laugh with them, and cry with them.  Is your spirit starving?  Don’t ignore the hunger.  Get creative and find new ways of connecting that will feed your spirit.

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Daily Reflection from Saint John of God Mission near Albany New York

Daily Mass from Saint Jude the Apostle Mission

Daily Reflection from Saint John of God Mission in Albany New York

MONDAY OF THE TENTH WEEK in ORDINARY TIME

Monday of the Tenth Week in Ordinary Time

Readings: 1 Kings Chapter 17 verses 1-6 / Psalm 121 verses 1bc-2, 3-8 / Matthew Chapter 5 verses 1-12

Friends, the Beatitudes are a constant reminder for us to live the message of God. They remind us to live the corporal and spiritual works of mercy. It is for us to have unconditional love for humanity. If we just follow what is said, we would be living in joy what Jesus lived when he said follow me.  Blessings

(rev.) michael

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Daily Mass from Saint Jude the Apostle Mission

Homily for Holy Trinity from Saint Jude the Apostle Mission

Daily Mass from Saint Jude the Apostle Mission

Daily Reflection with Bishop Tony Green from Saint John of God

Daily Mass from Saint Jude the Apostle Mission

CACINA Tuesday night Prayer and Share

Daily Mass 9am w the Presiding Bishop from St Jude the Apostle Mission

TUESDAY OF THE NINTH WEEK in ORDINARY TIME

Tuesday of the Ninth Week in Ordinary Time

Readings: 2 Peter Chapter 3 verses 12-15a, 17-18  / Psalm 90 verses 2-4, 10, 14, & 16 / Mark Chapter 12 verses 13-17

For the readings of the Optional Memorial of Saint Marcellinus and Peter, martyrs – 2 Corinthians Chapter 6 verses 4-10 / Psalm 124 verses 2-5, 7B-8A / John Chapter 17 verses 11B-19

Friends, two things that we know are certain in life, are death and taxes. These two things we really have no control over. One is a certain end at some point in time (hopefully peaceful and dignified) and the other we must adhere to in order to help generate enough resources for the communities we live in.

If we are informed well enough to understand that even for the latter that we accept our share in the payment of the tax then we expect the use of our taxes to provide adequate services, i.e. the protection and preservation of life from government services (police, fire, emergency medical assistance, etc.) We have the expectation that services provided will keep us safe and do no harm. They are meant to provide appropriate services for the entire community.  

Friends, we have the understanding to fall in the right ways or order of things. When we rely on our stability in life, what we have rested our souls in, the constancy of God and the example of Jesus, then we can really appreciate the sacredness of all creation. The sacredness of life itself  and all that has been placed in our capable hands.

It is when we violate that special sacredness, that bond of trust with our fellow sisters and brothers, then it is we who have let down humanity. There is a certain level of trust and expectation that shows no room for error. Of, course no system or entity is perfect, mistakes do happen, but not when at the bare minimum the level of what is expected is upheld. I must go to work, in order to eat, I must do my laundry in order to have clean clothes for work. When I come short of what is expected then I enable the system to fail. I contribute to it. I become part of the problem. Even the most basic of things require special attention. Would not life fit that most basic criteria?

This is not meant to humiliate law enforcement. I myself am a retired NYPD Detective. This is for us to ponder our own stakes in this present situation. Where is the disconnect as incidents of this nature in the tragedy of George Floyd continues. Let us look for the stability that lies in our hearts and minds and really take the necessary steps in a peaceful manner to usher a new renewal that benefits all.  

(rev.) michael

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Daily Mass for Saturday of the Seventh Week of Easter

THURSDAY OF THE FOURTH WEEK OF EASTER

Thursday of the Fourth Week of Easter

Readings: Acts Chapter 13 verses 13-25 / Psalm 89 verses 2-3, 21-22, 25 & 27 / John Chapter 13  verses 16-20

Friends, when I was in college, I remember an old recruiting advertisement from the United States Marines for their officer program that stated “The relationship between officers and (men) enlisted is not one of master and servant, or father and son (parent & child) but of teacher and friend.” (paraphrased) That has always stayed with me. It is a profound and yet simple statement.

In our lives, who are the friends who come to us who appear to us as teachers? Do we take the opportunity to learn from the experiences of others who touch our lives? Or do we sometimes put up obstacles and barriers ignoring the message that can come touch and heal our souls?

We may not need to take in everything that we are presented with, but with an open heart and spirit, discerning what may be that we are to take in, may we accept it with peace and joy. We must remember not to put our ego in the way or get offensive. We must not be jealous. We need to free ourselves from the resentment we still hold toward the person or situation.

When we are able to truly do this in our lives, then we know that those who receive us  will receive the One who sent us. Yes, the relationship is reciprocal with God as it should be and with those placed in our paths as well. We not only receive, but we teach as well and lead by example. Let us continue as we all journey on our paths being Jesus and receiving  Jesus  from others as well.

+michael

 

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