Today’s Prayer – May 15
by Theresa Konitzer, Director of Religious Education
Lord, Jesus Christ, from Your cross and in Your suffering, You taught me just how much it means to love one another. Even then, You cried out to Your Father asking Him to forgive those who persecuted You. Help me to have that same loving heart to forgive those who hurt me.
In today’s Gospel from John, Jesus tells His disciples to “Love one another as I love you.” Teach me, good and compassionate Father, how to love others in a culture that at times fails to model Your love. During this time of pandemic, there are examples of everyday people modeling Your love. Help me Jesus, to follow the examples of those who have given of themselves to make sure we have the freedoms we enjoy as a nation. To have the courage of the brave men and women who willingly care for the sick with infectious diseases. For all the first responders who dash into burning buildings, are the first to protect us from ourselves, and those who continue to make sure we have food for our tables and the medicines we need. Most of all, Jesus, thank You for the people who have brightened my day with a smile, opened the door for me, or said “Good Morning.”
Heavenly Father, when You created me, You placed within me a loving heart. Your command to love one another is very simple. Enlighten me, Lord, to remember that You are a loving God who has given me the free will to love others or to show hatred. Let me be a person to show only kindness to all I encounter.
Daily readings can be found on the USCCB website here.
Mass Will Continue to Be Held Via Live-Stream on Facebook on Sunday at 9:00 AM – While the Archdiocese (AOB) recently announced that parishes in permitted jurisdictions could resume public indoor Masses with up to 1/3 capacity beginning May 30-31, Baltimore County has not yet fully entered Phase 1 of the state’s reopening plan. As stated on the Baltimore County website:
In-Person Religious Institutions Remain Closed
Until further notice, religious institutions may not begin holding worship services and ceremonies indoors. The restriction on gatherings of more than 10 people remains in place—and those restrictions will continue to apply to religious gatherings.
This means that until further notice, St. John’s Mass will be live-streamed on Facebook on Sunday at 9:00 AM, with no presence of the public.
Even when Baltimore County lifts restrictions, before St. John can resume in-person Masses, there are many other factors that need to be considered, including supply availability, preparation of church facilities, adequate personnel to assist with sanitizing, directing people, ensuring proper distancing and hygiene protocols, etc.
We will keep you updated as more information becomes available.
The Archdiocesan Phase 1 Guidelines are available here for your review.
(MSMM = Mass of St. Mary Magdalene)