Notes from mass 10/25/20
30th Sunday of ordinary time
Saint Teresa of Avila (the church I attended in college when I would try catholicism) remotely
Counting down to advent (a light at the end of this dark year) :)
Discussing the greatest commandments it seems.
The familiar lord have mercy Christ have mercy (when did st. T’s mass, and father chris become “familiar“ to me? It felt like a homecoming listening)
Speaking of familiar. The prayer at the beginning in song makes it much easier for laymen (there’s a catholic word for that right?) to remember it.
Reading 1: exodus
You wrong other people, I’ll do it to you whether they’re widows, orphans, poor, or aliens (cough cough border children. How people can say they are Christian and support that is beyond me, speaking as someone who regrettably did)
This is what they mean by god going Old Testament on people. Bring the sword and cut people down? Dang!
Seems like an odd choice for following that verse but ¯\_(ツ)_/¯
Oh! From the perspective of the widows, orphans, etc.
Reading 2: 1 Thessalonians
Calling the Thessalonians good models when they first started the church and how they led by example.
(Not sure the connection to the exodus passage, but it is always nice to see leaders being actual leaders)
(The hallelujahs bring back so many positive memories. I will have to schedule a visit with father Chris. Perhaps he can answer questions about catholicism since we already had at least some rappor with him when I was there. Emotional guidance as well.)
This is one of many times the Pharisees try to trap Jesus and he lays the verbal smack down on them. Sassy Jesus is my favorite.(“going New Testament on people” as way to say beating them not with strength but with wits?)
What is the greatest commandment? Love the lord your god and love your neighbor as yourself. (So basically… all of them summed up to their core.)
Homily: (The deacon (right?) did the homily)
Actually talking about the gospel (thank you)
Talking about how it’s more than just a command. It’s about a relationship. (But how can one have a relationship with a divine being. One who deigns when you answer and when to not. Who would be friends, with someone who only does what they want.
Answered my own question . He’s not our friend. He’s our parent. When we are kids we trust our parents to know what’s right. As we grow we lose that faith and assume we know better. But I think we all come to realize that just because our parents aren’t on the same page as us, doesn’t mean they’re always wrong. Sometimes they definitely are. They are fallible as are we. But our Heavenly Father is infallible. So there’s never a time he’s wrong, no matter how much of a different page we’re on. This was a long tangent)
600 commandments!? We struggle with 10!
Baseball analogy. We accept the rules. We don’t questions those even as we question the game.
Bab noises! My heart. 😍 and the deacons chuckle at it warmed my heart
We can’t accept moral failings just cause they “don’t matter”. We have to hold ourselves to the rules.
Didn’t stick around for communion. It’s virtual anyways and I’m not there yet. My dear friend’s brother just took first communion. It was a massive celebration. I regret having partaken before. I did not understand the import and still don’t. I just wanted to be included. It was sacrilege to do so though and for that I apologize my lord.
I feel there is something to this small church. It’s more than mere comfort. I don’t long for the rest of college back. But that church has a way of feeling so welcoming. It’s the genuineness I think. It’s not some great cathedral. It used to be a pharmacy. So it has the power of Catholicism without the pomp that makes it seem distant. I think I’ll keep watching virtually and get in touch with them. The flowers also did a good job of not making it seem so empty.
Lord please help me to understand your mysteries.