Weekly Reflections on the Reading
We recall and commemorate the events of our salvation as we begin Holy Week. As we remember the suffering and death of Jesus, we are drawn more deeply into the mystery of God’s steadfast love for all humanity: God so loved the world that he sent his only Son that all may be saved. Saint Matthew writes of Jesus’ celebrated entry into Jerusalem, where some of the very large crowd … cut branches from the trees and strewed them on the road. Isaiah prophesies of one who will speak to the weary a word that will rouse them. Paul writes to the Philippians about the total self-giving of Christ and his exaltation by the Father. In the Gospel, Matthew gives his account of the last hours of Jesus, including their Passover meal, his betrayal, and his passion, death, and burial.
Reflections of the Pastor
I never, in my wildest dreams, thought that I would live to see the day when the public celebration of the Mass would be suspended. It feels strange locking the doors as I prepare to say daily and weekend Masses. I am not one for being in front of the camera, yet in the blink of an eye we are forced to worship in ways we never thought of before. We never stop to think of what we take for granted in our lives. The touch of family and friends, the laughter and tears of being there in person to share someone’s joys and heart aches. Yet in the blink of an eye all that changes, and God gets our attention. Just as you miss coming to Mass and receiving our Lord in the Sacrament of the Eucharist, so too do I miss you when you are not here. What brings me peace throughout all of this is that God is by my side. I don’t always understand the why behind what He does, but in time His plans will be revealed. I hope all of you are staying safe, taking care of your families and reaching out to those in most need. As we enter the celebration of Holy Week and reflect on our Lord’s entrance into Jerusalem, let us lay down our sorrows and our fears at the foot of the Cross. Even though we cannot be together to publicly celebrate his Passion, Death and Resurrection, we know that he lives, and we know that he is with us. While we cannot have you physically present for Holy Week and Easter, I know that each and everyone of you will be with us spiritually and will be tuning in via your computer, tablet, or phone. When all is said and done, I cannot wait to rejoice and celebrate with all of you. You are truly a blessing in my life, and I am eternally grateful to lead such an amazing parish. Please know of my continued prayers for each and everyone of you as we battle through this together. Continue to pray for me as I continue to pray for you. May God bless you and keep each and everyone of you safe.
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PRAYER TO SAINT MICHAEL THE ARCHANGEL
St. Michael the Archangel, defend us in battle. Be our protection against the wickedness and snares of the Devil. May God rebuke him, we humbly pray, and do thou, O Prince of the heavenly hosts, by the power of God, thrust into hell Satan, and all the evil spirits, who prowl about the world seeking the ruin of souls. Amen..