Thank you for joining the Good Shepherd Live Stream Mass for Tuesday 6/30/2020

Going Deeper – Gospel Reflections

Readings for Tuesday 6/30/2020

Reading 1 AM 3:1-8; 4:11-12

Hear this word, O children of Israel, that the LORD pronounces over you,
over the whole family that I brought up from the land of Egypt:

You alone have I favored,
more than all the families of the earth;
Therefore I will punish you
for all your crimes.

Do two walk together
unless they have agreed?
Does a lion roar in the forest
when it has no prey?
Does a young lion cry out from its den
unless it has seized something?
Is a bird brought to earth by a snare
when there is no lure for it?
Does a snare spring up from the ground
without catching anything?
If the trumpet sounds in a city,
will the people not be frightened?
If evil befalls a city,
has not the LORD caused it?
Indeed, the Lord GOD does nothing
without revealing his plan
to his servants, the prophets.

The lion roars–
who will not be afraid!
The Lord GOD speaks–
who will not prophesy!

I brought upon you such upheaval
as when God overthrew Sodom and Gomorrah:
you were like a brand plucked from the fire;
Yet you returned not to me,
says the LORD.

So now I will deal with you in my own way, O Israel!
and since I will deal thus with you,
prepare to meet your God, O Israel.

Responsorial Psalm 5:4B-6A, 6B-7, 8

R.    (9a)  Lead me in your justice, Lord.
At dawn I bring my plea expectantly before you.
For you, O God, delight not in wickedness;
no evil man remains with you;
the arrogant may not stand in your sight.
R.    Lead me in your justice, Lord.
You hate all evildoers;
you destroy all who speak falsehood;
The bloodthirsty and the deceitful
the LORD abhors.
R.    Lead me in your justice, Lord.
But I, because of your abundant mercy,
will enter your house;
I will worship at your holy temple
in fear of you, O LORD.
R.    Lead me in your justice, Lord.

Alleluia PS 130:5

R.    Alleluia, alleluia.
I trust in the LORD;
my soul trusts in his word.
R.    Alleluia, alleluia.

Gospel MT 8:23-27

As Jesus got into a boat, his disciples followed him.
Suddenly a violent storm came up on the sea,
so that the boat was being swamped by waves;
but he was asleep.
They came and woke him, saying,
“Lord, save us!  We are perishing!”
He said to them, “Why are you terrified, O you of little faith?”
Then he got up, rebuked the winds and the sea,
and there was great calm.
The men were amazed and said, “What sort of man is this,
whom even the winds and the sea obey?”

O Mary,

you always shine on our path
as a sign of salvation and of hope.
We entrust ourselves to you, Health of the Sick,
who at the cross took part in Jesus’ pain,
keeping your faith firm.
You, Help of Christians and Mother of Perpetual Help,
know what we need,
and we are sure you will provide
so that, as in Cana of Galilee,
we may return to joy and to feasting
after this time of trial.
Help us, Mother of Divine Love,
to conform to the will of the Father
and to do as we are told by Jesus,
who has taken upon himself our sufferings
and carried our sorrows
to lead us, through the cross,
to the joy of the resurrection. Amen.
Under your protection, we seek refuge,
Holy Mother of God.
Do not disdain the entreaties of we who are in trial,
but deliver us from every danger,
O glorious and blessed Virgin.
Amen.

Calming the Storm

They came and woke Jesus, saying, “Lord, save us! We are perishing!” He said to them, “Why are you terrified, O you of little faith?” Then he got up, rebuked the winds and the sea, and there was great calm. Matthew 8:25-26

Imagine you were out on the sea with the Apostles.  You were a fisherman and spent countless hours on the sea throughout your life.  Some days the sea was exceptionally calm and other days there were big waves.  But this day was unique.  These waves were huge and crashing and you feared that things would not end well.  So, with the others on the boat, you woke Jesus in a panic hoping that He would save you.

What would have been the best thing for the Apostles to do in this situation?  Most likely, it would have been for them to allow Jesus to remain asleep.  Ideally, they would have faced the fierce storm with confidence and hope.  “Storms” that seem overwhelming may be rare, but we can be certain they will come.  They will come and we will feel overwhelmed.

If the Apostles would not have panicked and would have allowed Jesus to sleep, they may have had to endure the storm a bit longer.  But eventually it would have died down and all would have been calm.

Jesus, in His great compassion, is OK with us crying out to Him in our need as the Apostles did on the boat.  He is OK with us turning to Him in our fear and seeking His help.  When we do, He will be there as a parent is there for a child who wakes during the night in fear.  But ideally we will face the storm with confidence and hope.  We will ideally know that this too will pass and that we should simply trust and stay strong.  This seems to be the most ideal lesson we can learn from this story.

Reflect, today, on how you react to hardship and problems in your life.  Be they big or small, do you face them with the confidence, calm and hope that Jesus wants you to have?  Life is too short to be filled with terror.  Have confidence in the Lord no matter what you face each day.  If He seems to be asleep, allow Him to remain asleep.  He knows what He is doing and you can be certain that He will never allow you to endure more than you can handle.

Lord, whatever may come my way I trust You.  I know You are always there and will never give me more than I can handle.  Jesus, I do trust in You.

Source of content: mycatholic.life

Your donation is an amazing blessing to Good Shepherd in this time of uncertainty. It helps with our weekly collection and allows us to provide our daily Livestreams of the Mass and Holy Hours.  Please note: If you give during the Mass Livestream you will NOT leave this page, upon submission the page will refresh but the Mass stream will continue.

Electronic Offertory
Credit Card Billing Address *
Credit Card Billing Address
City
State/Province
Zip/Postal
Credit Card

Important Contact Information


Parochial Administrator
Fr. Raymond Buehler
frbuehler@mygoodshepherd.com
Office: 636-789-3356


Parish Office
parishoffice@mygoodshepherd.com
Office: 636-789-3356


Parish Coordinator
Brenda Bone
bbone@mygoodshepherd.com
Office: 636-789-3356

We livestream on Youtube and Facebook.  [Click here for the Facebook Livestream]  Online Mass is Monday – Saturday at 8:00am and Sunday at 9:00am.  Live Stream will start approximately 10 minutes before Mass start time, and we encourage you to welcome each other in fellowship as we prepare for the Eucharistic Celebration.  During the online Mass we will have a digital usher who will be posting in the live feed the readings, Psalms, Gospel and prayers throughout the parts of the Mass.  Your participation in the Mass, whether privately or outwardly, is important to your spiritual health.  Thank you celebrating Online Mass with us today.  We look forward to the time when we can praise and worship God the Father together in our church again.

View our other Daily Live Stream Masses at Good Shepherd Catholic Church

Sunday Mass 7/12/2020

Thank you for joining the Good Shepherd Live Stream Mass for Sunday 7/12/2020 Mass Guide for 11am Going Deeper - Gospel Reflections Readings for Sunday 7/12/2020 [...]

Saturday Mass 7/11/2020

Thank you for joining the Good Shepherd Live Stream Mass for Saturday 7/11/2020 Mass Guide for 4pm and 9am Going Deeper - Gospel Reflections Readings for Saturday [...]

Saturday Morning Mass 7/11/2020

Thank you for joining the Good Shepherd Live Stream Mass for Saturday Morning 7/11/2020, Memorial of Saint Benedict, Abbot Going Deeper - Gospel Reflections Readings for Saturday 7/11/2020 [...]

Friday Mass 7/10/2020

Thank you for joining the Good Shepherd Live Stream Mass for Friday 7/10/2020 Going Deeper - Gospel Reflections Readings for Friday 7/10/2020 Reading 1 HOS 14:2-10 Thus says [...]

Thursday Mass 7/9/2020

Thank you for joining the Good Shepherd Live Stream Mass for Thursday 7/9/2020 Going Deeper - Gospel Reflections Readings for Thursday 7/9/2020 Reading 1 HOS 11:1-4, 8E-9 [...]

GOOD SHEPHERD MASS SCHEDULE

Saturday: 4:00 p.m.
Sunday: 7:00, 9:00 and 11:00 a.m.
Monday 8am – Communion Service
Tuesday 8am – Mass
Wednesday 8am – Mass
Thursday 8am – Mass
Friday 8am – Mass
Saturday 8am – Mass

SACRAMENT OF RECONCILIATION

Saturday 8:30-9:30am
Saturday 2:00-3:00pm