Daily Mass March 24, 2020

Livestreamed Mass at the Chapel of the Holy Family in Charleston, SC
Celebrant: Msgr. D. Anthony Droze
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Catholic TV Mass Online February 9, 2020: Fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Presider: Fr. Mark Payne
Parish: Chaplain, Heart of the Nation
Choir: Heart of the Nation
The Lord be with you. And with your spirit. A reading from the Holy Gospel according to Matthew. Glory to you O Lord. Jesus said to his disciples: “You are the salt of the earth but if salt loses its taste, with what can it be seasoned? It is no longer good for anything but to be thrown out and trampled underfoot. You are the light of the world. A city set on a mountain cannot be hidden. Nor do they light a lamp and then put it under a bushel basket; it is set on a lampstand, where it gives light to all in the house. Just so, your light must shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your heavenly father.” The Gospel of the Lord. Praise to you Lord Jesus Christ. We have two very powerful images this morning in our Gospel. Salt and light, for most of us I know if you use a little salt we're always careful. Why? Because it makes a difference! You don't want your food to be too salty, now, do you? So you add just a little and you try it and you taste it. Oh! It's getting better, it's getting better, light. I don't know about you, but I usually do a little camping in upper Wisconsin and sometimes in the U.P. with friends of mine and I'll tell you something, you need a light up there! Light and salt makes a difference and that's what Jesus is telling his disciples. He's telling all of us we may a difference. You know the world can be gloomy, the world can be a dark place at times and we can feel that darkness around us, especially when you're in Wisconsin and the darkness is very prevalent when we don't have sunny days. And you can feel that. But you know what? We are called to be light! Jesus says, “You are light! You are salt! So now make a difference. Go out there and make a difference.” Our first reading tells us how to do that. To share what we have with those around us. To be mindful of those who are hungry. To be mindful of those who have needs. And you know, for all of our viewers who are homebound, for all of you, we want to pray for you. And you pray for us. Let your light, through your prayer, through your connection with us, shine, because it makes a huge difference. You know, when you have a caregiver come in and you're a bit gloomy or a little off, it affects them too. But when you're happy, and you allow that light and your happiness it touches their world. They're happy, we're happy, the residents where you're living are happy. It makes a difference. And it's not just about happiness. Because joy is from the heart, but it's got to be deeper, it's to respond to those who may be sad. To call those who may need a phone call. To reach out to those, share what we are able to. I know at my home parish, Blessed Sacrament, we have share Sunday. And share Sunday always offers us an opportunity to bring in canned goods and offer those who may need some food to have that opportunity to receive it. But you know something? I'm going to tell you something. You have to do it. We can talk about it. We can think about it. We can say “I'll put that canned good in the car.” Well, we gotta do it! Otherwise, guess what, we wind up at church and say, “Ohhh I forgot that canned good!” You know something? Jesus says, be light. Be salt. Don't think about it. Act on it. Make a difference. We can all sit back, we can all have our gloomy moments, but the Lord is calling us to be that light. To be that salt. To make a difference in the lives of those around us.
Entrance: Holy, Holy, Holy! Lord God Almighty!
Text: Reginald Heber, 1783-1826, alt.
Tune: NICAEA, 11 12 12 10; John B. Dykes, 1823-1876

Psalm 112: The Just Man is a Light in Darkness to the Upright
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Preparation: Whatsoever You Do
Text: Matthew 5:3-12; Willard F. Jabusch, b. 1930
Tune: WHATSOEVER YOU DO, 10 10 11 with refrain; Willard F. Jabusch, b. 1930; harm. by Robert J. Batastini, b. 1942 © 1966, 1981, Willard F. Jabusch. Administered by OCP Publications

Communion: Bread for the World
Text: Bernadette Farrell, b. 1957
Tune: Bernadette Farrell, b. 1957
© 1990 Bernadette Farrell, published by OCP Publications

Sending Forth: We Are The Light of the World
Text: Matthew 5:3-11, 14-16; Jean A. Greif, 1898-1981
Tune: Jean A. Greif, 1898-1981
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Mass of Renewal
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