THURSDAY THE SEVENTEENTH OF MAY, 2018
Father in heaven, our minds were prepared for the coming of your kingdom when you took Christ beyond our sight so that we might seek him in glory. May we follow where he has led and find our hope in his glory, for he is Lord forever. Amen,
( New Saint Joseph Sunday Missal )
See, the Lord ascends in triumph, conquering king in royal state
riding on the clouds, his chariot to his heavenly palace gate.
Hark! The choirs of angel voices joyful alleluias sing
and the portals high are lifted to receive their heavenly king.
Who is this that comes in glory with the trump of jubilee?
Lord of battles, God of armies, he has gained the victory.
He who on the cross did suffer, he who from the grave arose,
he has vanquished sin and Satan; he by death has spoiled his foes.
While he lifts his hands in blessing he is parted from his friends;
while their eager eyes behold him, he upon the clouds ascends.
He who walked with God and pleased him, preaching truth and doom to come,
he, our Enoch, is translated to his everlasting home.
Now our heavenly Aaron enters with his blood within the veil;
Joshua now is come to Canaan and the kings before him quail.
Now He plants the tribes of Israel in their promised resting place,
now our great Elijah offers double portion of his grace.
He has raised our human nature on the clouds to God's right hand;
there we sit in heavenly places, there with him in glory stand.
Jesus reigns, adored by angels; man with God is on the throne;
by our mighty Lord's ascension we by faith behold our own.
( Christopher Wordsworth )
MEDITATION by Tim Madsen
Mary McLeod Bethune: educator and civil rights leader
Mary McLeod Bethune was an American educator, stateswoman, philanthropist, humanitarian and civil rights activist. She is best known for starting a school for African-American girls in Daytona Beach, Florida. This later evolved into the co-educational Bethune–Cookman University.
President Franklin D. Roosevelt appointed her a national advisor on what was known as his “Black Cabinet.” She was known as "The First Lady of The Struggle" because of her commitment to gain better lives for African Americans.
Faith was a very important part of her life from her earliest days. Her first education was at the Trinity Mission School run by the Presbyterian Church. Her parents were born into slavery, she was the fifteenth or seventeen children. She had at first wanted to be a missionary in Africa, but later turned her thoughts to the education of African American girls. The Presbyterian Church persuaded her to move to Florida, where she ran a mission school. This was in 1899.
In October 1904, she moved to Daytona Beach, Florida and opened the Literary and Industrial Training School for Negro Girls. In the beginning she struggled to find financial support.
Later on, reflecting back on that time she wrote: “I considered cash money as the smallest part of my resources. I had faith in a loving God, faith in myself, and a desire to serve.”
The Presbyterian Church, and local black churches in Daytona got her through the early years.
Besides her efforts in education, she was a dynamo in the civil rights area. She was involved in the National Association of Coloured Women and as early as 1917 was registering African Americans for voting. She took on the Ku Klux Klan in Florida in the 1920s and went on to establish a national headquarters for the NACW in Washington, DC, a first for any organisation of African Americans.
After working on the presidential campaign for Franklin D. Roosevelt in 1932, she was invited to become a member of his Black Cabinet. She advised him on concerns of black people and helped share Roosevelt's message and achievements with blacks, who had historically been Republican voters since the Civil War.
On the eighteenth of May, 1955, Bethune died of a heart attack. Her death was followed by editorial tributes from across the country.
The New York Times noted she was, "one of the most potent factors in the growth of interracial goodwill in America."
The Washington Post said: "So great were her dynamism and force that it was almost impossible to resist her. Not only her own people, but all America has been enriched and ennobled by her courageous, ebullient spirit."
Scripture. In the fourth chapter of "Philippians" at verses twelve and thirteen, we read:
I know what it is to have little, and I know what it is to have plenty. In any and all circumstances I have learned the secret of being well-fed and of going hungry, of having plenty and of being in need. I can do all things through him who strengthens me.
... for peace in the world.
... for black people in the United States of America.
... for an end to homophobia and transphobia. DETAILS
... for the people of Norway who are celebrating their national day today.
... for those who have died recently and for those who mourn their passing.
... for those who are unwell and for those caring for them.
... for those, both close to us and far off, who we hold in our personal prayers.
... for ourselves.
THE LORD'S PRAYER
Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name, your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as in heaven. Give us today our daily bread. Forgive us our sins as we forgive those who sin against us. Lead us not into temptation but deliver us from evil. For the kingdom, the power, and the glory are yours now and for ever. Amen.
From "The Weight of Glory" by C. S. Lewis:
There are no ordinary people. You have never talked to a mere mortal. Nations, cultures, arts, civilisations: these are mortal, and their life is to ours as the life of a gnat. But it is immortals whom we joke with, work with, marry, snub, and exploit; immortal horrors or everlasting splendours. This does not mean that we are to be perpetually solemn: We must play. But our merriment must be of that kind (and it is, in fact, the merriest kind) which exists between people who have, from the outset, taken each other seriously; no flippancy, no superiority, no presumption. And our charity must be a real and costly love, with deep feeling for the sins in spite of which we love the sinner; no mere tolerance, or indulgence which parodies love as flippancy parodies merriment. Next to the Blessed Sacrament itself, your neighbour is the holiest object presented to your senses. If he is your Christian neighbour, he is holy in almost the same way, for in him also Christ vere latitat; the glorifier and the glorified, Glory himself, is truly hidden.
Lord our God, we thank you for the gifts of grace given to your servant, Mary McLeod Bethune, particularly for the clarity of her vision and the freshness of her thought. Help us, like her, to serve you with single-hearted devotion, in the church and in public life; through Jesus Christ, our saviour and lord. Amen.
May the Lord bless us, protect us from all evil and bring us to everlasting life. Amen.
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