Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,
As disciples of the Lord Jesus Christ it is in our frail nature to see the possibility of good things rising out of bad. Most of us do have a positive outlook on life, but at times it can be strained and put to the test. What, may we ask, is a “good thing” which has come as a result of the pandemic (which we constantly pray will come to an end)? To answer this query we hear resonated from the last line of today’s reading from the prophet Isaiah:”…..My house shall be called a house of prayer for all people.”
Because of social distancing and the wearing of masks, I have observed that more people are devoting time, before and after Mass, to silent, meditative prayer. I know that we miss each other and especially the beneficial socializing that takes place around Mass time. But a wonderful air of reverence has been the effect of our inability to communicate with each other. When things hopefully get back to normal, we will have more opportunities to see how we are all doing, especially at our after-Mass hospitality. In the meantime, we appreciate the solemn silence necessary to prepare for the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass, for us to remember what the Lord indeed has done for us.
This weekend, both Saturday and Sunday and next weekend as well, the children in our First Communion Class will be receiving Our Lord in the Holy Eucharist. We commend them and their parents for their patience as they have prepared and waited for this special day. Also on August 30 at 1:00 PM, our candidates for Confirmation will receive the fulfillment of their invitation into the Church and the seven-fold gifts of the Holy Spirit. Let us keep all of these young parishioners in our prayers that they continue to be loyal members of the Church desiring to follow Christ faithfully.