Thursday, the 29th week of Ordinary Time
Mass at noon: Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday - Thursday at 7p
Saturday at 5:00 - Sunday at 9:00 and 11:15am
When the people gather for prayer, all are welcome.
Saint of the day - Peter of Alkantara
Readings for today’s Mass
i recently was sitting on the grass with one of my friends from down town. She is now and then homeless and uses a variety of products to escape from the painful demons that eat her from the inside out. Sometimes she spends time with some of the guys who share her space because, in return, they share with her some of what she needs to keep forgetting. One of the guys has a history of beating her, It saddens me to have watched her journey of the past several years.
A couple of weeks ago she heard that her mother had died. She heard about it from one of the other people on the streets. Then her brother, who was also no stranger to the streets, moved west, several states away. She told me how all alone she was now. She had nobody left. She was heavily influenced as she grieved her loss of family and felt her sense of abandonment.
As i prayed the psalm for today's Mass, i think of my friend and get stuck on the words: Blessed are they who hope in the Lord. My friend has lost good hope. She tells me she hopes to not wake up in the morning. And if she does, she hopes someone will have something for her to drink.
Maybe you know someone who is without hope. Can you think of a way that you can be the source of hope someone else needs? Today, i can only pray for my friend and hope that something good happens in her life today.