May 21 2020 – Ascension, the missionary mandate

Marching orders . . .

Sunday sermons, weekday observations

Before he ascended . . .

The eleven disciples went to Galilee,
to the mountain to which Jesus had ordered them.
When they saw him, they worshiped, but they doubted.
Then Jesus approached and said to them,
“All power in heaven and on earth has been given to me.
Go, therefore, and make disciples of all nations,
baptizing them in the name of the Father,
and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit,
teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you.
And behold, I am with you always, until the end of the age.”

Convert the world, he told them.

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May 21 2020 – Day’s reading from Acts

Hard-working missionary can’t win ’em all . . .

Sunday sermons, weekday observations

Fascinating account of Paul in Corinth, meeting a Jewish couple from Italy, which they had been forced leave with other Jews by emperor’s order, joining the tentmakers, preaching up a storm to Jewish and Greek residents (“entered into discussions,” says the text), winning some, losing some, as in the case of Jews in a synagogue giving him a hard time, Paul saying in effect, “It’s your call,” and walking out.

Took to the house of a believing man, which lo and behold was next to another synagogue, whose “official” he convinced to come aboard the good ship Jesus. Etc. A good story today, as these Acts of the Apostles unfold.

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Justice Dept. says California’s pandemic plan should open churches sooner

Starkly put:

“Simply put, there is no pandemic exception to the U.S. Constitution and its Bill of Rights,” said Assistant Attorney General Eric Dreiband in a three-page letter sent to California Gov. Gavin Newsom May 19.

DOJ to Calif. governor: Forget about it.

Seems to have revolutionary adaptability, this no-exception decision. Can it be the start of something?

End New York City’s lockdown now!

At almost the end of his ringing anything-but-endorsement of governor and mayor, David Marcus also calls for revolution, adding this:

Our politicians serve by our consent; we don’t run our businesses or live our lives by their consent. The suggestion to the contrary is an ­affront to Americanism.

I’ll say. The Constitution and Bill of Rights are full of what govt cannot do, isn’t it? That’s the definite of limited govt.

Minnesota bishops will reopen public Masses, defy state order

Movement on the shutdown front.

CNA Staff, May 20, 2020 / 05:05 pm MT (CNA).- The bishops of Minnesota have permitted parishes to resume public Masses, and to defy a statewide order prohibiting religious gatherings exceeding 10 people.

“An order that sweeps so broadly that it prohibits, for example, a gathering of 11 people in a Cathedral with a seating capacity of several thousand defies reason,” the bishops of Minnesota’s six dioceses said in a May 20 statement.

“Therefore, we have chosen to move forward in the absence of any specific timeline laid out by Governor Walz and his Administration. We cannot allow an indefinite suspension of the public celebration of the Mass,” the bishops added.

Bold and reasonable. Not timid.