Sunday, January 29, 2012

Mass missing and the Magnificat

We missed Mass this morning.

Looks terrible written out like that.

But we stayed up very late last night . . . discussing . . . our current financial mess, brought on by a broken-down vehicle.  Because last month we had to subtract an obscene amount - twice! - from our emergency fund for repairs on our other vehicle  (Yup, right before Christmas.  We had crockpot chicken for Christmas dinner.).   When we decided to give up the discussion and try to sleep, we didn't.  For hours. 

So when I finally roused at 8:30 and saw Ken still sleeping, I left him alone.  Since it's still mostly dark and 20 below zero this time of year, and since there was no noise in the house, the kids remained sleeping as well.  After coaxing the coals to a roaring fire and making an enormous mug of coffee, I curled up with the Magnificat for the Mass readings and devotional.

Here's what I read.  Honest.

"What can free us from being anxious about the things of the world?  The authority of Jesus who commands even the unclean spirits and they obey him.  To Him you shall listen because obeying the authority of Christ makes us more human and fills us with a burning desire for things truly great."

And the Communion antiphon ~

Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the Kingdom of Heaven.  Blessed are the meek, for they shall posses the land.

The Gospel reading was Mark 1:21-28, two stories showcasing Jesus' authority : synagogue teaching and unclean spirit-casting out.

Lesson learned.  Order my interior, for I want "a burning desire for things truly great".   Darn that Magnificat.

Always learning,

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