The gospel: Isaiah 58:7-10
"Thus says the LORD:
Share your bread with the hungry,
shelter the oppressed and the homeless;
clothe the naked when you see them,
and do not turn your back on your own.
Then your light shall break forth like the dawn,
and your wound shall quickly be healed;
your vindication shall go before you,
and the glory of the LORD shall be your rear guard.
Then you shall call, and the LORD will answer,
you shall cry for help, and he will say: Here I am!
If you remove from your midst
oppression, false accusation and malicious speech;
if you bestow your bread on the hungry
and satisfy the afflicted;
then light shall rise for you in the darkness,
and the gloom shall become for you like midday."
There are so many things in this reading that could be related to everyday life. Instead, we got a history lesson. I thought he said that Tuesday is the African American National Day of Prayer, but the USCCB website says it's today. Anyway, while the history was interesting, he certainly could have tied the history lesson and the gospel together.
I did learn something, though: St. Augustine was a black saint, as was his mother, St. Monica. I had no idea. Not that it matters, in the whole scheme of things! For a list of black/African saints, go here .
As an added plus for attending mass this morning, we had the "Blessing of the Throats". February 3rd was the feast day of St. Blaise, who is the patron saint of throat problems, as well as the wool trade.
When we were trying to decide on a name for YS, I threw out the name "Blaise". CH didn't like it; in fact, if I'm remembering correctly, he thought it was a little strange. (Not as strange as a name that he threw into the hat, but we're not going to go there right now!) So, YS wasn't named Blaise, but there was a boy in OS' class with that name. (Enter the green-eyed monster.) In all fairness, YS' name fits him, and I can't imagine calling him Blaise.
So, yes, the green-eyed monster shows up quite often to taunt me. That's one of the biggest things I have to work on. Any suggestions?