St. Stephen Martyr Catholic Church

"A Drop in the Bucket"

Fr. Joseph Reflection for March 30, 2020                                                       

Monday of the Fifth Week of Lent

DN 13:1-9, 15-17, 19-30, 33-62 or 13:41C-62 “Thus was innocent blood spared that day.”

PS 23:1-3A, 3B-4, 5, 6 “Even though I walk in the dark valley I fear no evil; for you are at my side.”

JN 8:1-11 “Let the one among you who is without sin be the first to throw a stone at her.”

This pandemic has forced us to slow down. Perhaps, God has taken away a lot of things that kept us always rushing from one thing to the next.

In the light of today’s Gospel, one thing perhaps we need to also slow down in is throwing a stone at our neighbor who has sinned. 

To take our time is not so much as to really do a deep careful investigation on the veracity of what we heard our neighbor’s fault. It is rather to take the time to remind ourselves that we too have our own share of struggles as sinners. To take the time to love and show mercy to our fellow sinner. To take our time to improve ourselves than being too busy fault-finding. 

Jesus was writing something on the sand. Maybe, it’s “Slow Down.”

My Drop In The Bucket for Today:

Slow down and watch the Netflix film, “Miracle in Cell No. 7” (The Turkish Version directed by Mehmet Ada Öztekin)


COVID-19 UPDATE 3/20/2020

All regular scheduled Masses and Friday and Saturday  confessions will be canceled until further notice.

All parish events and meetings will be cancelled or suspended until April 20th.  We will re-assess the situation during this time to determine whether we need to continue suspending parish meetings and events after April 20th. 

Our parish offices will also be closed until April 20th, however our phone lines will remain open during the hours of 9am and 6pm Monday thru Friday if you should need assistance.

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