Tuesday, the 27th 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 - Francis Borgia
Readings for today’s Mass
Upon reflection, Tracey offered a powerful insight into humanity's response to human suffering. She noted how awful it is when tragedy strikes anywhere in the world. But she said it was different when it happened to someone she know and love; when it happened to someone whose baby she had held in her arms. Her experience of suffering, kept at arms length on the other side of the world, was different when it hit close to home.
While in Peru, Tracey learned something she never expected - human suffering is a universal part of the human condition. It feels the same regardless of where in the world you are or the cause of the suffering.
In light of recent and summer events, there is something else we night learn about suffering. For those who are not affected by tragedy, the suffering of others has a shelf life. When hurricane Harvey hit Houston, an endless newsfeed brought their suffering into our livingrooms daily. It was a terrible thing. Until Irma hit S. Florida. As our attention shifted to Florida, news from Houston began to fade as our outpouring of concern moved eastward. But then Maria took on Puerto Rico and again our emotions moved along with the news coverage. Now Florida is in the back seat of our awareness and Houston is hardly newsworthy. Now we shift to the southwest and more suffering from a different source, but just as painful.
This most recent suffering is on a much bigger scale, but individually, it is no different from that of my friend, Sue, who lives in the park downtown. She recently heard that her mother had died. She heard it from one of the other people living on the street.
Whatever the next news trend is, remember that the pain of those who experience tragedy doesn't fade as quickly as it does for those of us who experience it from a distance, from a different place on the planet. It is no less real. As well, it's good to recall the words from Paul's letter to the Corinthians: If one part of the body suffers, all the parts suffer with it.
Take some time today to offer prayerful comfort and compassion to people suffering throughout the world, whether or not they are part of a newsfeed.