On this 2nd Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year B. January 17th, 2021.

Dear Sisters and Brothers of Saint Therese Parish,
 
Sometimes you come upon something that’s helps put the pieces together. I am convinced that when we dig deep into our Catholic tradition we find ways of being unifying and prophetic in a nation still traumatized by the violent events of January 6th in our Capitol. One of these is the practice of the corporal works of mercy. I came upon this prayer just the other day:
 
God in whose love we are made,
When bread is before us
Remind us of the hungry.
When our key is in the door
Remind us of thoseWho have no home.
When we enjoy the opportunities
Of money in our pockets
Remind us of those
Who only know poverty.
When the laughter of friendship
Fills our hearing
Remind us of those
Who know only loneliness.
When the love of our family
Keeps us safe
Remind us of those whose family
Was the place of their pain.
When we wonder what it is
We can do
Remind us that you said:
Whenever you feed the hungry,
Clothe the naked,
Welcome the stranger,
Visit the prisoner
You do it for me.
And lead us to do
As you call us to do.
Amen.
 
Blessings and peace,
Father Bob, C.P.