Today’s Prayer – June 24
by Deborah Jenkins, Administrative Assistant
Most Holy St. John the Baptist, today we reflect on you and the importance of your message to all who would take heed. You spent your adult life steadfastly focused on the mission to which you were called. You gave no thought to your own comfort, wearing clothing made of camel hair cloth, eating locusts and honey, and living in the desert. You encouraged everyone to repent and be baptized. You heralded the news that Isreal’s Messiah was coming!
Oh, greatest of prophets, show us how can we be better messengers of God’s Word! By your example, may we focus more on living a life devoted to bringing others to Christ! Let us remember that the clothes we wear, the homes in which we live, the lifestyles we pursue are meaningless in God’s eyes. May we live humbly and remember that our lives are for naught if we don’t prepare ourselves for the day we meet our Savior for judgement. Let us remember “You were buried with Him in baptism, in which you were also raised with Him through faith in the power of God…” (Col 2:12) and became children of God.
Finally, most humble St. John the Baptist, may our love of the Lord be as steadfast as was yours. May every decision we make, our every word and deed, demonstrate our undying love of God. We pray that we are never put to the ultimate test, as you were. Therefore, most holy son of Sts. Elizabeth and Zachariah, please be with us until our dying breath and help us be resolute in our unwavering love and devotion to Jesus, our Heavenly King.
Daily readings can be found on the USCCB website here.
Today’s Update – June 24
Phishing/Email Scam – “Phishing” is where someone sends an email pretending to be someone else and tries to trick the recipient into doing something, such as responding, logging into a website, downloading malware, etc. Attacks frequently rely on email spoofing, where the email header — the “from” field — is forged to make the message appear as if it was sent by a trusted sender.
It appears that a new series of email scams have surfaced whereby the email appears to be coming from Fr. Pete or other St. John’s staff, asking you to help, do them a favor, etc.
If you receive such an email, please ignore and delete it, and do not respond or forward it. You’ll notice that while the sender may use the name of a staff member, the email address will not be a valid “@sjehydes.org” email address.
Update Your Contact Information – Many people have eliminated their home phones and use their mobile phones as their main contact number. Kindly let the parish office know if your contact phone number has changed so that we may update our records – email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 410-592-6206 and leave a message in the general voicemail box.