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dc.contributor.authorWirth, Eileenen_US
dc.identifier.otherLectionary number: 320en_US
dc.description.abstract"We must consider how to rouse one another to love and good works. We should not stay away from our assembly as is the custom of some, but encourage one another."||In the small town parish where I grew up, it was risky to "stay away from the assembly" because other members would certainly notice. If Mildred was missing from her customary pew at 9 o'clock Mass, someone would probably call find out if she sick, or visiting her daughter in Omaha or had just gone another Mass. An elderly in-law aunt spent so much time taking attendance that we used to wonder when she found time to pray.|None of this has much to do with "rousing one another to love and good works" or "encouraging one another" - the reasons St. Paul tells us that we need to worship in community instead of privately. A lot of us probably think we've done everything we need to do simply by showing up and not snoring during the homily. Obviously we haven't.|I've gone regularly to Mass for many years for many reasons: no choice as a child, a feeling of guilt for skipping as a young adult, a sense of obligation to my children as a parent, and of course, belief throughout. There have been weeks when Mass was inspiring, others when it was almost mechanical. At times I've found strength for the journey - answers to problems. At others, I've wondered why I bothered to show up. Generally, I've failed to reach out to fellow worshipers for mutual rousing "to love and good works."|Ironically the "attendance mavens" of my youth may have been a little closer to what St. Paul urges than I have been. At least if one of them noticed Mildred missing, she'd call to check. How many of us even learn the names of those we see week after week - let alone reaching out to love and encourage or help if need be?|We lay people place too great a burden on the presider for a rewarding worship experience. Even small things like greeting the person next to us in the pew or connecting with someone in the congregation whom we know has a problem would be a step in the right direction.en_US
dc.publisherUniversity Ministry, Creighton University.en_US
dc.rightsThese reflections may not be sold or used commercially without permission. Personal or parish use is permitted.en_US
dc.titleReflection for Thursday, January 30, 2003: 3rd week in Ordinary Time.en_US
dc.rights.holderUniversity Ministry, Creighton University.en_US
dc.publisher.locationOmaha, Nebraska, United Statesen_US
dc.program.unitCollege of Arts and Sciencesen_US
dc.program.unitJournalism, Media and Computingen_US
dc.contributor.cuauthorWirth, Eileen M.en_US Timeen_US 3en_US
dc.subject.local1Hebrews 10:19-25en_US
dc.subject.local2Psalms 24:1-2, 3-4ab, 5-6en_US
dc.subject.local4Mark 4:21-25en_US
dc.title.seriesDaily Reflections (Meditations) on the Scriptures from the Roman Catholic Lectionary.en_US Ien_US

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